We need volunteers to assist with caring for our farmed animals residents during farm opening and closing at our sanctuary in Lindstrom, MN. Residents currently include cows, pigs, and goats; additional farmed animal species will be added in the future.
Tasks include letting out or closing in the residents, feeding (feed & hay distribution), stall cleaning, refreshing residents’ water, and observing animal behavior / health for potential problems. Opening and closing tasks typically take 1.5 - 2 hours. Opening should be started no later than 9:30 am (earlier preferred if it is light); closing should be concluded at dark.
Farm Animal Care volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. You must be comfortable working with large farm animals (e.g., cows and pigs); prior farm animal experience is not required, but is beneficial. Finally, Farm Animal Care volunteers must be reliable - the health and well-being of our residents depends on it!
Farm Animal Care volunteers must attend an Animal Care Training, which are held Saturday mornings at 9:30 (visit https://farmaste.org/volunteer/volunteer-opps/ to see and sign up for training dates) and shadow a trained volunteer a minimum of 2 times before signing up for independent shifts. After you are trained, you will be expected to sign up for regular (e.g., weekly or biweekly) shifts.
- Animal Care / Handling
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training