Love animals? We love our volunteers!

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We operate with a tiny staff and count on our volunteers to keep the animals' housing clean and fresh, their pastures tidy and their buckets scrubbed. Volunteers also get to spend a lot of quality time cuddling cows and snuggling sheep. 

Chores may include:

  • Cleaning the pastures, play areas and barn stalls

  • Removing old straw and replacing with fresh

  • Cleaning water and food dishes

  • Feeding the residents

  • Grooming and socializing

  • Making minor repairs to our barn, fencing and enclosures

  • Small building projects (Please let us know if you have carpentry experience)

  • Assisting our licensed veterinary technician with routine health care

Sunday work parties

The best way to visit the sanctuary and see if volunteering is right for you is to attend a Sunday work party. We host volunteer work parties year-round, on the first and third Sundays of every month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please use the calendar to sign up and review the guidelines below. For the safety of our staff and other volunteers, we ask that everyone show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

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Weekday care teams

Volunteer opportunities are also available during the week for those who want to make a regular, long-term commitment (generally 6+ months). Volunteers come in on a specific day of the week on a weekly basis to clean and help with chores. If you are interested in becoming a weekday volunteer, please fill out an application and waiver.

Additional details/requirements:

  • Animal Care Team volunteers must be at least 18 years old

  • Long term commitment required (we ask for at least a 6 month commitment)

  • You will be assigned to a specific day of the week based on your schedule and will come out every week with your team for the day

  • Shifts are two hours in length

  • Morning availability required. Animal care shifts are in the morning, generally from 10-12

General Guidelines

 

Our residents are on special diets for the sake of their health. We welcome donations of fresh produce for the animals to enjoy, but please DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS without staff approval and assistance.

  • Do not enter paddocks or pastures without first checking with designated staff.

  • Wildwood is a haven for wildlife too, so be on the lookout for snakes, spiders, bees, mice, and other natural residents.

  • Because of their histories, some of our animals have oddities or deformities. Please know that they are receiving appropriate care that allows them to have comfortable lives and we love them just the way they are.

Accommodations:

  • Wildwood Farm Sanctuary does not discriminate against visitors on the basis of disability. We encourage you to let us know in advance if you need accommodation.

  • For our guests and volunteers, we have a porta-potty with hand sanitizer and an uncovered area with picnic tables.

To bring or not to bring:

  • Out of respect for our residents, the sanctuary is a vegan facility. You are welcome to use our picnic area if you bring plant-based snacks (no meat, eggs, dairy). 

  • Please leave companion animals at home. We love all animals, but for the safety and comfort of all, we cannot allow dogs or other pets on the property, including in visitors’ vehicles (it's not safe for your pets!).

  • All visitors must wear closed-toed shoes. Muck boots are best, because the ground is muddy in the rainy season. No flip-flops or other open-toed shoes.

  • There is absolutely no smoking or alcohol allowed on the sanctuary premises.

  • Please bring a refillable water bottle to help us reduce waste.

  • Please plan for weather. There is limited cover from sun and rain, so dress accordingly.