Volunteers are the key to our success
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others?
Volunteers are the heart and hands of the North Country RIDE programming and are vital to our success. The majority of our clients could not participate without the help of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in classes there are many areas available for volunteering, some involving direct horse contact and some helping the organization strengthen and grow.
We need many volunteers to assist with classes as horse leaders and sidewalkers assisting riders. We provide training so horse experience is not always necessary.
Other volunteers pitch in with work around the farm, both indoor and outdoor, keeping our grounds and buildings safe and looking good. Some use their talents to help with volunteer and client recruitment, office work, photo/videography, newsletter, web site development, special events, fundraising, or join an advisory board or our Board of Directors.
General Job Description for an Equine volunteer
The ideal situation for many of our clients is having consistent volunteers. We use the time and talent of many volunteers, with and without previous horse experience, to provide assistance for people facing a variety of challenges.
- Minimum age of 14
- Able to work independently in a safe manner
- Physically capable of performing assigned tasks; lifting saddles, arm extensions, standing, walking, jogging
- Must be able to walk for an hour at a time (indoors/outdoors) on uneven surfaces
- Willing and able to learn and follow North Country RIDE policies and procedures
- Horse knowledge and experience helpful but not required
- Dress in an appropriate and professional manner
- Adequate vision and hearing to ensure the safety of horses and participants
- Arrive when scheduled
- Prepare horse and tack for lessons
- Assist instructors and therapists by horse leading or side walking with riders
- Assist with activities required at the end of the day and or lesson
- Perform miscellaneous tasks assigned by staff
- Attend continuing education opportunities
If you are able to assist in classes, please choose a class you can attend every week for a 6-week session. If there are other times when you are available as a substitute, please let the Program Coordinator know. If you are unable to commit to a full 6-week session, speak with the coordinator about your options as a substitute.
If you are unable to attend one of North Country RIDE’s orientation sessions, you are still encouraged to view our volunteer handbook and submit an application. Call the office to set-up a one-on-one orientation out at the farm.
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Volunteer Application Form »Volunteer Application Form
Can volunteers ride?
Volunteers frequently ask if they will have the opportunity to ride the horses as well. The answer is “yes!” if you are an approved horse conditioner. These are volunteers who have demonstrated their riding competency through a riding test and an instructor has cleared them to come in and exercise the program horses either during class or on their own time. This conditioning helps our horses stay fresh and engaged in their job. For more information, please contact the office.