Volunteer's are the Heart of HHT

Volunteer Staff Positions

Please fill out a “VOLUNTEER APPLICATION” and forward it to our Volunteer Coordinator. After a review and approval of your application, we will notify you to set-up a time you can do some volunteer evaluation shifts and a orientation class.

Volunteer Application online

All volunteers are required to attend an orientation class, prior to actually be put on our volunteer shift calendar.
The orientation classes are held the second Saturday of the month starting at 10:00 am.

Please print out and carefully read the manual before attending class.




MORNING Barn Chore Team Member (9:00 AM until 12:00PM):

A great way to start your day! Spend some time outside and help feed our horses their breakfast. Then it’s on to watering the horses, general barn clean-up, and preparing feed buckets for the next shift. We often have special projects that we need help with so any time you can spare after the morning chores are complete is appreciated. When the weather is nice, we include some “horse time” for all volunteers that may include grooming and walking the horses. Horse experience preferred but we welcome all volunteers who are strong team players and have a desire to work hard in order to help the horses. Minimum 3 month commitment to one day per week. Training period required. Position not suitable for large or “one time only” groups.


EVENING Barn Chore Team Member (5:00 PM until 8:00 PM summer / 4:00 - 7:00 winter):

Spend the late afternoon with our horses. Help to feed our horses their dinner and enjoy some time outside. It’s a great way to unwind after work or school! Help with general barn clean-up, watering, and preparing feed buckets for the next shift. Groom horses as weather permits and help with special projects as needed. Horse experience preferred but we welcome all volunteers who are strong team players and have a desire to work hard in order to help the horses. Minimum 3 month commitment to one day per week. Training period required. Position not suitable for large or “one time only” groups.


Barn Chore SHIFT LEADER (morning or evening shift):

Lead our barn chore teams through a morning or evening feeding. Coordinate, manage, and assist in the activities of all volunteers including horse handling, horse care, feeding, and general clean up. Must be detail oriented and efficient so as to ensure the continuity of all barn protocol. Level 2 handling skills are required. Applicants for this position will be considered after two months of consistent weekly participation as a barn chore team member. Must be able to attend a monthly leaders meeting which is usually held on a Saturday morning.

Volunteer Mentors: (make your own schedule):

Work one on one with Level one volunteers to help build their confidence on working around horses. Must have good people skills and able to train less experienced volunteers in the safe and  proper way to work around the horses. Help build knowledge with those volunteers who wish to learn more, and move up in the ranks on the volunteer skill level. Applications for this position will be considered from only Level 3 volunteers.

Office Assistant (schedule is flexible):

Assist our Executive Director with administrative tasks such as filing, archiving, special mailings, office cleaning, answering phones and emails, and light computer work. Writing and organizational skills are helpful. If you are detail oriented and can work within deadlines, please consider donating your time for this important work on behalf of our horses.

Special Events Team Member (year-round):

Assist our staff with preparing for any of the many special events we participate in each year, ranging from the "Good Stuff" Yard Sale, on-site horse clinics and our annual "FUN"draising Trail Ride. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help set-up and disassemble our HHT booths at large shows as well as work the booths during their general hours of operation. Good communication skills and knowledge of the organization are helpful in promoting our organization at all events. We sometimes take horses to events so horse handling skills are beneficial but not mandatory. There are many events to choose from and we can always use extra help. This is a fun way to get involved with the community and promote HHT.

Facility Maintenance Worker (year round but schedule is flexible):

Building, grounds, and fence upkeep. In our efforts to keep our facility looking sharp, we can utilize more volunteers to help with such things as fence repair, harrowing of our pastures, horse shelter and barn repair, rock removal, manure spreading and/or hauling, and building of additional horse pens and pastures. These projects can be completed by an individual or a group of volunteers who enjoy outdoor farm work. If your work group has the necessary skills to help with these sorts of projects, we could certainly use the help.

Gardening. With over 20 acres of open space we are in need of individuals or groups of volunteers who can help with maintenance of the garden spaces around our office and barn including weeding, planting flowers, watering trees, and mowing. If you have flowers or plants you would like to donate to help make our facility look better, we can always find spots for you to plant your favorite items! This is a great activity for large work groups that are looking for a day-long project.

Volunteers that work with the horses must be at least age 16. Those under the age of 18 must provide a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Those under the age of 16 require a parent or guardian work with them. If the parent or guardian are not at least a level 2 volunteer we suggest they come out and volunteer only on adoption day which is held the second Saturday of each month from 10am - 2pm.

All volunteers must have a car available. Neither HHT staff or volunteers are available to provide transportation in case of an emergency which requires the closure of any facility.

HHT reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer.






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