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ORGANIZATION: Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary

If you are an organized person, love working with, coaching people and are seeking an involved volunteer position with a growing non-profit animal rescue organization, read on. Training will be provided to the right individual.

The Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinator will play an integral leadership role on the Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary team, as a people manager and coach.

Working with Executive Director, Kelly Lapham, your 2 major areas of responsibilities and opportunities include:

  • Managing the 50+volunteers of the Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary volunteer team.
  • Providing orientation and training to new volunteers.

Your Commitment

  • Minimum 1-year commitment
  • 8 to10 hours per week with a willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the role. Work at a Farm Sanctuary can be uncertain and chaotic at times! Some of it can be done remotely as well.
  • Be able to work several Saturdays a month for orientation and training, shifts are between 2-3 hours each.



  • Always be in a recruiting mindset, figure out creative ways to recruit volunteers


  • Work at finding ways to recognize volunteers and create a warm, welcoming feeling where volunteers feel appreciated.
  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization and volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Needs

  • Perform volunteer interviews, find their interests, and implement a program so that their needs are met.
  • Perform annual evaluations of volunteers, this is a way to find out their level of happiness and satisfaction with BDFS, what improvements need to be made etc.


  • Schedule Volunteer Shifts
  • Organizing, training and leading on-the-job training.
  • Keeping schedules and records of volunteers' work.


  • Respond promptly to e-mails and phone calls
  • Relay information to the Executive Director in weekly reports
  • Collecting volunteer information, availability, skills, and maintaining an up-to-date database.
  • Using marketing tools such as outreach programs, e-mails, and volunteer databases.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Representing Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary at community events and with our veterinary partners.
  • Giving occasional tours of the Sanctuary.
  • Ensuring the organization's purpose is conveyed to the public.


  • Previous animal experience is desired.
  • Management, coaching or leadership experience is desired.
  • Excellent time management and communication skills is essential.
  • Reliability and attention to detail is essential.
  • Strong organizational skills: proven ability to manage multiple priorities and projects is critical.
  • Ability to utilize e-mail, excel and bonus if you have experience with access
  • Ability to work well with variety of people.
  • Team player is a must.
  • Reliable and dependable.
  • Positive attitude, heck yea!
  • Commitment to Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary’s animal care policies and organizational programs and goals.
  • Valid driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.

Additional Experience Sought

  • Animal Sanctuary and or non-profit experience.
  • Experience with large animals is a giant plus.


  • Part-time (volunteer) position
  • Reports to the Executive Director
  • Work schedule varies; several weekends required
  • The job requires some physical work
  • Some public speaking in front of small groups

Note: Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary is funded by donations. We are an all-volunteer team, even the Executive Director. All money raised goes directly to the animals and the operation of our 10-acre property, housing more than 100 rescued animals, for life.

CONTACT: For more information on this opportunity, and a personal interview, please contact:

Kelly Lapham, Executive Director

Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


Office Phone: 360-446-0294

Email: volunteer@blackdawg.org

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About Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary


12020 123rd Ave SE, Rainier, WA 98576, US

Mission Statement

Our goal is to rescue, rehabilitate farm animals and to educate and inspire the public about their care and welfare. We provide a lifelong sanctuary for our adopted animals with veterinary care, proper feeding, environment enrichment and love. At the same time giving people who might not have had contact with farm animals a hand on experience. We offer learning programs for children and teens, helping them to connect and build emotional and mental well-being through the human- animal bond. You can directly apply at https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1043099842


Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuary started in 2014 with two horses from the kill pen, it has since grown and evolved from there. We are located in Rainier, Washington on 10 beautiful acres of farmland nestled in Thurston County. We are a farm animal sanctuary that provides a lifelong home to the animals in residence.

We do not adopt out any animals.

Many of the animals are not considered adoptable due to age, nature of injuries, psychological and emotional trauma. This is their last chance for a home, where they are loved, cared for and are allowed to be happy individuals.

We receive the animals through other animal rescue agencies, the sheriff's department, abandonment and owners that are no longer able to care for their animals.

We are making a difference in the community through education and awareness. Our Vision and mission guide us in everything we do and how we will continue to proceed in the future.

Besides being a farm animal sanctuary, we are an educational learning center- teaching the public about the social and ethical responsibility of animal ownership. We do this thru educational tours, hands-on-learning, and by hosting professionals who are experts in their field- come and speak. We believe that the human-animal bond is crucial to to mental health and well-being. These animals that were once unwanted are able to teach us about love, empathy and so much more.




We'll work with your schedule.


12020 123rd Ave SERainierRainier, WA 98576



  • Public Relations
  • Data Entry
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • The time commitment is between 8-10 hours a week, some of it may be done remotely after you complete training.
  • For the right person who may or may not have all of the skills listed, we will train. Our most important requirement is that you are committed to our vison and ethics and animal welfare.

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