Volunteer at Heartland Farm Sanctuary

Heartland Farm Sanctuary is recruiting volunteers 16 and older who support our mission of inspiring compassion for all beings. Interested? Start by filling out our volunteer application. You can learn more about our volunteer opportunities below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Barn Chores & Animal Care

Humane Education

Groundskeeping

Gardening

Construction/Repair Work

Administrative

Looking for a volunteer opportunity for a small group?

Dane County Time Bank

The Dane County TimeBank is a community of people who help each other by sharing their abilities, talents and experiences. When you provide a service for another TimeBank member, you earn one TimeBank Hour for each hour of help given. You can then exchange each TimeBank Hour you earn for an hour of service from anyone else in the network. The possibilities are endless, but exchanges include such things as pet care, gardening, transportation, computer help, tutoring, music and art lessons, and so much more! We each have talents and skills that someone else values. By sharing them, we can create community one hour at a time.

Since Heartland Farm Sanctuary is a member of the Dane County TimeBank, any of our volunteers who join the TimeBank can now earn hours for helping us out!

Change Lives With Your Gift

Your tax-deductible donation to Heartland Farm Sanctuary provides rescue, compassion and care to farm animals in need and allows us to operate our people programs that inspire compassion for all. 

Barn Chores & Animal Care

Animal care shifts take care of the resident animals that include goats, pigs, sheep, cows, llamas, donkeys, turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, emus, and one adorable, blue-eyed mini horse named Cookie.  Animal care can be hard work, but it is also incredibly rewarding. Heartland provides all the tools and equipment, volunteers provide the smiles and elbow grease! There are three (3) animal care shifts per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year:

  • AM shift (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • Mid shift (12:30 – 3:30 pm) 
  • PM shift (4:00 – 8:00 pm)
Animal Care volunteers are responsible for helping to:
  • Feed and water nearly 100 rescued farm animals.
  • Move animals. (AM – move animals to outside pastures and pens; PM – move animals to their inside barn stalls.)
  • Muck (clean) barn stalls, pens and pastures. (Yes, we are talking about picking up poop. Lots of poop. All sorts, sizes and shapes of poop.)
  • Prepare fresh produce meals in the AM and PM for various animals.
  • Haul, move, stack and re-supply barn supplies like straw and hay bales, limestone, sand, mineral blocks, etc.
  • Handle light groundskeeping such as raking, weeding, clearing brush, etc.
  • Clean out water troughs and other items throughout the property.
  • Prepare the barn for different seasons (i.e. winterize).
  • Clear snow during winter.
  • Wash dishes.
  • Clean and sweep the barn.
  • Socialize, enrich, groom and interact with the animals at end of shifts as time permits.

*Have questions? Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Ana, for more info!

Humane Education

We have a few different volunteer opportunities available for individuals 16 years and older who are interested in helping with our humane education programs that inspire compassion for all beings. Check out the options below:

Volunteer Camp Counselor
  • Supporting campers as they participate in age-appropriate activities (animal care and barn chores, arts and crafts projects, games, gardening & more)
  • Monitoring campers to ensure compliance with camp rules and prevent accidents
  • Cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of camp facilities and equipment
  • Spending time with Heartland’s rescued farm animals
Volunteer Club Teacher
  • Supporting kids as they participate in age-appropriate activities (animal care and barn chores, arts and crafts projects, games, gardening & more)
  • Monitoring participants to ensure compliance with club rules and prevent accidents
  • Cleaning, maintaining and ensuring proper use of club facilities and equipment
  • Spending time with Heartland’s rescued farm animals
Humane Education Volunteer

Unlike the two positions above, Humane Education Volunteers help our humane educators prepare and set up for programs. This position does not involve working directly with kids.

  • Cleaning and organizing program areas
  • Organizing and taking inventory of program supplies
  • Running errands as needed
  • Assisting with the sanctuary gardens
  • Spending time with Heartland’s rescued farm animals

*Have questions? Contact Humane Education Manager, Amy, for more info!

Groundskeeping

If you love working outside and have experience with outdoor work, we need YOU! While working on our unique Driftless Area property, you will meet many of our rescued animals and help keep their home beautiful and safe!

Duties include:
  • Mowing
  • Weed-whacking
  • Removal of invasive species
  • Tree trimming
  • Raking and animal pasture maintenance
  • Shoveling snow, salting and snow-blowing

*Have questions? Contact Shelter Director, Alecia, for more info!

Gardening

If you enjoy spending time in vegetable and flower gardens, Heartland has many amazing new gardens that could use your help! We need hands every step of the way to keep them fruitful and beautiful. Your volunteer time could be one time, weekly, or anything in between! 

Duties include:
  • Planting
  • Amending Soil
  • Watering
  • Mulching
  • Weeding
  • Regular Maintenance
  • Harvesting

*Have questions? Contact our Administrative Coordinator, Kes, for more info!

Construction & Repair Work

Smaller jobs:

Join our biweekly Sunday maintenance crew to help with small repairs, barn cleaning, and fence repair. You will see many of Heartland’s animals during your shift, and know that you are helping make their home safe and happy! Some experience with tools is helpful.

Larger jobs:

If you have strong construction skills, inquire about working directly with our project coordinator on large projects such as building animal structures, putting up fencing, maintaining equipment and restoring our historic barn.

*Have questions? Contact Shelter Director, Alecia, for more info!

Administrative

Office work:
We always need help with office tasks (filing, data entry, research, etc.) and grant writing!
Fundraising Opportunities:
You can also fundraise for Heartland: Grab a bunch of friends and plan your own fundraising event (birthday donations, walk for the animals, bake sale, party, you get the idea).

*Have questions? Contact Admin Coordinator, Kes, for more info!

Help Heartland with your donation today!

Your gift - of any amount - helps us provide care for farm animals in need and operate our unique people programs that inspire compassion for all.