Hickory Hill Farm would not exist without our fabulous volunteers. We like to think that we have the best team of volunteers out there! You do not have to have experience to be a wonderful asset. If you are interested in getting involved, please click the link below to submit an application. Join our team; we would love to have you!
Please read the FAQ below if you have an interest in volunteering in some capacity:
I don’t have any equine experience, are there opportunities for me to work with horses or help out around the barn?
Yes, after a training period. We do have a training program that helps mentor people to be able to eventually handle the horses. There are plenty of other things you can help with at the barn as well, while you learn. The only way we can continue operations is with the help of our barn volunteers, so we welcome anyone willing to work hard for the horses. There are three daily shifts available at the barn to feed, groom, muck, etc. Please apply to volunteer HERE.
My child loves animals and horses especially, can we volunteer?
Our mission includes children; however, due to liabilities and our insurance requirements, no youth/minors under the age of 16 are permitted to volunteer hands on with horses. Minors that are between the ages of 16 and 17 are permitted to volunteer only under supervision of a parent or guardian ONLY. Minors 16 and up are welcome to sign up for barn shifts, but they may not handle horses.
In recognition that we love to share our mission and farms with the youth in our community, we will always and continue to have multiple special events, open volunteer days, and other activities on the farms in which minors are invited, welcomed, and encouraged to attend. On the event flyer or page, it will indicate if it is an event in which minors may attend or volunteer.
What do the volunteer opportunities at Hickory Hill Farm look like?
There are SO many ways to get plugged in at HHF–whether you are a horse person, an educator, or just wanting to get involved and give back. Currently, a team of 50-80 volunteers is what keeps us going strong! Do you have a talent or heart that you feel would be helpful? Please reach out. Here is a list of just SOME of our volunteer opportunities:
Volunteer Coordinator: No previous experience necessary. The volunteer coordinator helps us with scheduling and assigning tasks with current volunteers as well as recruiting new ones!
Camp Counselor: No previous experience necessary, though preferred–specific training provided by HHF is required and back ground checks are required.
Reading with Rescues Tutor: No previous experience necessary, Specific HHF training is required and provided. This position is generally designated for a person with an educational background or childcare experience. A background check is required. Tutor child or small group of children while they read to rescued animals.
Fundraising Team (Various Positions/Opportunities): We need bold people with a passion for HHF’s mission to help us obtain sponsorships & donations which will allow us to grow and continue our work.
Pet Partners Visit Asst: Often, extra hands are needed to help maneuver the minis, coordinate people, take photos, be situationally aware, etc. when the Registered Therapy Minis are out for visits. This position will require an extra training session.
Rescue Director: Equine experience required. This is a very serious position that will require extensive training under the current director.
Reference Manager: Remote & no experience necessary! Assists with calling and checking references for potential adopters or fosters. Must have internet access and have good phone etiquette.
Photography/Videography: We are always in need of QUALITY videos or photos of horse training sessions, adoptable animals, and of our events.
Grant Writer: Write and apply for grants on HHF’s behalf.
Trailering: We often have a need for transporting animals. Whether it be for our traveling farm program when we visit schools or for picking up our newest rescues, the need for volunteers that can trailer is always great.
Event Coordination: This would be someone to take over the planning, scheduling, and execution of each of events. We encourage you to create a committee of volunteers and we will advise of a budget, and you run with it!
Horse Training: Previous experience, training, and separate application required.
Reading with Rescues Horse Handler: Specific RWR training is required and provided. A background check is also required. Assist in RWR session by handling the animal.
After reviewing the above, if you think HHF is the place for you to serve at, complete our volunteer application HERE.