We’re always in need of committed and reliable volunteers – they are the lifeblood of the Sanctuary, which simply couldn’t operate without them.

Between caring for our horses and ponies, Mentoring clients and managing the day-to-day operations of the Sanctuary, there are so many ways to help there’s sure to be something just perfect for you.

We have an online application form. Once you’ve completed your form, our Volunteer Development Manager, will arrange a time for you to visit the Sanctuary to have a look around, meet with some of the team (and the horses) before deciding if this is the right place for you. From there you can choose to either progress your application and attend an Induction Meeting, or choose not to progress your application.


Please note: we invest a significant amount of time, effort and resources into training our volunteers. As such we require volunteers to commit to volunteering with us for at least 4 hours each week and for at least a 6 month period.

All Volunteers must be 18yo or over. We no longer offer Junior Volunteer opportunities.

We ask that each Volunteer be a current member of the sanctuary. The cost of an annual membership is $50 per person per year. Membership fees assist us to cover the cost of our Volunteer Insurance cover. Membership is free for:

  • Seniors
  • Volunteers that have been volunteering with us for 10 years or longer

All volunteers must hold a current Blue Card issued by the Queensland Government.

If you already have a Blue Card that’s terrific, if you don’t, the application form is easy to complete and we can do that together when we meet.

Current Vacancies

Details on current volunteering vacancies are listed below. If there is something here that you think might suit you, the next step is to complete an online application form.

Adult (18yo+) Applicants – click here to apply

Horse Care Team

Our biggest team!  Prior and recent experience with horses is highly regarded – especially if you are familiar with positive reinforcement practices, liberty work, the recent work of Warwick Schiller or James French’s Trust Technique.

Pre-requisites include:

  • confidence around horses. We have everything from 7hh ponies to 17hh Thoroughbreds and you need to be comfortable in handling all aspects of their care.
  • good health and fitness. This is not the role for you if you have any musculoskeletal issues that will either prevent you from lifting relatively heavy weights safely (think heavy buckets of feed, large horse hind legs, wheelbarrows full of manure etc.) or which may be exacerbated by those activities. You need to be nimble enough to hop out of the way if a horse moves suddenly.

The morning shift (8 – 10am) tasks may include:

  • feeding the horses
  • applying sunscreen
  • applying insect repellent
  • checking/cleaning water troughs
  • checking for signs of illness or injury
  • moving horses to their day paddocks
  • putting fly-masks on
  • giving medication
  • taking off night rugs and putting on day rugs (not all horses are rugged)
  • assisting with farrier and vet visits
  • manure pick-up

Afternoon shift (4:30 – 6:00pm) tasks include:

  • checking/cleaning water troughs
  • checking for signs of illness or injury
  • taking off day rugs and putting on night rugs (not all horses are rugged)
  • moving horses to their night paddocks
  • giving medication
  • manure pick-up

Day shift tasks include:

  • grooming and washing horses as needed
  • taking the herd on adventure walks (leading, not riding)
  • conducting Trust Technique sessions with the herd
  • assisting with farrier and vet visits
  • basic clicker training activities
  • enrichment activities
  • stretching and massage activities
  • stable block maintenance
  • general sanctuary duties

Each shift takes between 1.5-2 hours. All Horse Care Team Members work their way through a training period and must volunteer for a minimum of four hours per week – this can take the form of:

  • 2 x AM shifts, or
  • 2 x PM shifts, or
  • 1 x AM shift plus 1 x PM shift, or
  • 1 x AM shift plus 1 x Day Shift
  • 1 x PM shift plus 1 x Day Shift
  • 2 x Day Shifts

Commitment required: 4 hours each week minimum – no maximum.

Sponsorships Manager

The Sponsorships Manager is responsible for finding a sponsor for each of the horses in our herd.  They are also responsible for keeping in regular contact with sponsors including:

  • inviting them to Open Days and events
  • sending them regular updates on their horse’s welfare
  • scheduling and organising a day where each sponsor can come and visit their horse, take photos for their own social media campaigns etc.

Commitment required: 1-2 hours each week at the most – working from the Sanctuary or from home – whichever suits you best.

Fundraising Team

We have an ongoing need for helpers on our fund-raising team.  Activities are many and varied and you can help with one or all depending on your skills and preferences. Activities include: attending sausage sizzles, managing collection boxes, finding Containers For Change locations and opportunities, Merchandise Sales (online, at markets and at our quarterly Mega Sale events at the Sanctuary), helping with our annual Equine Wellness Expo.

Commitment required: Minimum 2 hours each week would be terrific to meet with the team and plan events. On the days of the events, a full day commitment may be required. Events are usually held on a weekend and not more than  once per month.


Most of the children and young people that we support are living with the impact of trauma, abuse or neglect. They need to be around compassionate, caring and reliable people. A Mentor’s main role is to work with a child and a horse or pony to help that child develop a sense of self worth resulting from a caring connection between the three of you. Our Mentor’s are responsible for keeping the child safe while helping them to see the parallels between what they are learning with their horse and how to better navigate the challenges in their lives.  Mentors are provided with training, guidance and support.

Please note: It is preferable that Mentors spend some time on the Horse Care Team to get to know each of our horses and ponies and to develop an understanding of the methods we use when working with the herd.

Commitment required: A weekly commitment is generally needed. Each mentoring session is approximately two hours long and you will need to arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare.

Maintenance Team

Our Maintenance Team keep on top of any maintenance work which could include, painting, fencing, making pathways, minor construction jobs, hanging gates, building compost bays etc., using a quad bike and manure vacuum to pick up and transport manure, bagging up manure for us to sell, clearing paddocks of fallen branches and debris, mulching, mowing etc.

Commitment required: 3-4 hours each week.

Gardening Team

The Gardening Team keeps on top of the weeding tasks as well as creating some colour in the garden beds and basically just making the whole space feel more welcoming, relaxing and maybe even productive (it would be terrific to get the children involved in growing beneficial herbs for the horses etc.). We need keen gardeners who are able to give a couple of hours each week.

Commitment required: A minimum of 2 hours (no maximum hours – come as often as you like!) each week at a time to suit you.

Different Kind Of Perfect Volunteer Team – NO CURRENT VACANCIES

Hoofbeats Sanctuary is able to offer limited opportunities for volunteers with mild disabilities on our Gardening Team. The prerequisites are that the volunteer:

  • can regulate their behaviour in all ways. The Sanctuary is a quiet and peaceful environment that is calming for our horses, program participants and volunteers alike. Maintaining that feeling of safety and tranquility is a priority in all that we do.
  • is accompanied by a carer
  • can work with their carer without the need for an additional Sanctuary staff member to monitor their activities
  • is able to perform general gardening activities that include: raking up leaves, weeding garden beds, pruning trees, planting seedlings, watering garden beds, mulching garden beds etc.

All tools and equipment are provided.

Commitment required: Flexible

To apply: both the volunteer and the carer need to complete a separate online application form

General Volunteer Team

Members of the General Volunteer Team are so important to what we do. They may not have the time to commit to a regular volunteering day but make themselves available to help out when they can with fundraising events, working bees and other things that might come up from time to time.

Commitment required: no set commitment – just helping out when you can :-) .