Volunteering at Heartland

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Volunteer Opportunities

Heartland Farm Sanctuary is currently recruiting volunteers 16 and older who support our mission, to provide care for farm animals in need, nurture people through the human-animal bond, and foster respect and kindness toward animals and each other, to participate in our volunteer program. See below for our current opportunities.
  • Barn Chores & Animal Care (See the full volunteer position description here.)
    Animal care shifts take care of the 100+ resident animals that include goats, pigs, sheep, cows, llamas, donkeys, turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, emus, and one adorable, blue-eyed mini horse named Cookie. There are two (2) animal care shifts per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year: Morning shifts are from 9 AM – 12 PM and evening shifts are from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. Animal care volunteers must be able to lift at least 50 lbs! Questions? Email Barbara at  Barbara.Oconnell@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org.
  • Camp Volunteers
    We are looking for a volunteers to help at our awesome weekly day camp. If you are 16 or older, able to commit to one or more weeks of 7-8 hour days, and love hanging out with friendly farm animals and kids, please contact our Programs Director, Maggie Bayerl for more information. Volunteers spend time helping kids with animal care chores, art/craft projects, games of all sorts, gardening and animal time just to name a few of the responsibilities.
  • Groundskeeping
    If you love working outside and have experience with outdoor work, we need YOU! With direction, you will help with mowing, weed-whacking, removal of invasive species, tree trimming, raking and animal pasture maintenance. Winter grounds work includes shoveling, salting and snow-blowing. While working on our unique Driftless Area property, you will meet many of our rescued animals and help keep their home beautiful!
  • Construction/Repair Work
    Help with small repairs, barn cleaning, and fence repair. You will see many of Heartland’s animals during your time at the sanctuary, and know that you are helping make their home safe and happy! Some experience with tools is helpful. 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.
  • Administrative
    We always need help with office tasks (filing, data entry, research, etc.) and grant writing! 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).
Looking to volunteer with your colleagues and come out to the sanctuary for a work day? Please contact staff member, Ana, at Ana.Rudy@HeartlandFarmSanctuary.org.

Did you know? 

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! Learn more about the Dane County TimeBank by visiting www.danecountytimebank.org.  If you are interested in signing up to receive the benefits of Timebank, please contact TimeBank at join@danecountytimebank.org