Volunteering for Hoofbeats

We’re always on the lookout for volunteers – they are the lifeblood of our organisation and we couldn’t manage without them.

There are always lots of things needing to be done and there’s sure to be something to suit you.

Requirements

All Volunteers need to become current members so that they can be covered by our insurance policies. The cost of an annual membership is $50 for an individual or $100 for a family. Membership is free for:

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

All volunteers over the age of 18 years 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.

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. Once we receive your application form we will contact you to arrange an interview.

Please note: we are not currently accepting applications for Junior Volunteers

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

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 4hours each week and for at least a 6 month period. You can, of course, come to the Sanctuary for a visit and meet with some of the team before deciding if this is the right place for you.

Volunteer Jobs

Different Kind Of Perfect Volunteer Team

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

Horse Care Team

Our biggest team! Every horse is checked twice a day to make sure that they are safe and well.

The morning shift tasks include:

  • feeding the horses that have special feeds
  • applying sunscreen to the horses that need it
  • applying insect repellent to the horses that need it
  • checking the water troughs
  • checking all horses for signs of illness or injury
  • moving horses to their day paddocks
  • putting fly-masks on the horses that need them
  • giving medication to the horses that need it
  • manure pick-up

Afternoon shift tasks include:

  • feeding the horses their hay
  • checking the water troughs
  • checking all horses for signs of illness or injury
  • moving horses to their night paddocks
  • giving medication to the horses that need it
  • manure pick-up

Day shift tasks include:

  • feeding the horses their lunchtime hay
  • grooming and washing horses as needed
  • basic handling and training of horses
  • Trust Technique sessions
  • general sanctuary duties

Each shift takes between 1.5-2 hours. Experience with horses is preferred for these roles but not absolutely necessary as we can provide training. All Horse Care Team Members work their way through a 6-week 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.

Sponsorships Admin Support

We now have a Sponsorships Manager who is responsible for finding a sponsor for each of the horses in our herd.  We now need to find someone to support her in that role and take on the responsibility of  keeping in regular contact with sponsors including:

  • inviting them to Open Days and events
  • sending them regular updates on their horse’s welfare
  • scheduling regular social media posts thanking them for their support
  • 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: sausage sizzles, collection boxes, Containers For Change, Merchandise Sales (online and at markets), clinics and workshops at the Sanctuary, 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 an not more than  once per month.

Mentors

Most of the children that we support are vulnerable or at-risk in some way. 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 their horsemanship skills to the best of their ability, as well as to foster a caring connection between the three of you. You are a facilitator, and as such it will be your responsibility to keep your child safe while helping them learn to draw the parallels between what they are learning with their horse and how to apply those principles to their everyday life. You will be provided with training, guidance and support.

Please note: Before you can become a Mentor you will need to join 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.

Social Media Coordinator

We are very keen to grow our social media presence on both Instagram and Facebook. If you are skilled in using those platforms and have time to spare we’d love to hear from you.

Commitment required: 3-4 hours each week.

Maintenance Team

Our Maintenance Team keep on top of any maintenance work which could include, painting, fencing, making pathways, minor construction jobs (for example: lining old covered holding yards to turn them into hay and feed sheds), 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.

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 :-) .