Work with animals and gardens on a care farm!


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


13195 Upper Applegate RoadJacksonville, OR 97530
Alpaca training


The Sanctuary helps people of all ages experience nature's power to heal by providing them with an opportunity to volunteer on a real working farm. Working with animals and gardening has been widely shown to lower blood pressure, ease depression and stress, and help lonely people establish therapeutic relationships.

Because it takes time and effort to train people work safely around rescued animals and farm equipment, we require volunteers to make a commitment to serve for a reasonable amount of time. To be perfectly honest, the one-time or occasional volunteer does not really help us because of the learning curve. It's the regular volunteer who "knows the drill" who provides the most effective help. For important safety reasons, those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Our volunteer jobs are mostly simple but important tasks related to taking care of animals, farming and gardening, and general clean-up. For these kinds of jobs you must be in good shape and not suffer from allergies to animals or hay. Because most of the work on the farm is physical in nature, this is not the right place if you have lower back pain or other similar medical issues.

If hands-on farm work is not your cup of tea, we also have a variety volunteer opportunities of a clerical or technical nature. Some of them may be done from the comfort of your own home. These jobs are just as important as bucking hay or mucking out the barn.

To schedule a tour of our care farm and learn more about volunteering, please visit our webpage.


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Gardening
  • Farming

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 8 hours a month for 6 months.

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