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.

Child safety and welfare is absolutely paramount to us. The children and young people who participate in our program need to have a safe and happy experience. We support and respect our children, young people, staff, volunteers and students.

All volunteers over the age of 18 years must hold a current Blue Card issued by the Queensland Government.

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


All Volunteers need to become current members so that they can be covered by our insurance policies. The cost of an annual membership is $40 for an individual or $80 for a family. Membership is free for:

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

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. Successful applicants will then be required to attend an Induction Workshop at the Sanctuary before commencing their volunteering.

Please note that we are not currently accepting applications for Juniors under 12yo.

We are accepting applications for Juniors 12-17yo as long as they have a parent willing to volunteer at the same time and provide supervision.

Adult Volunteers – click here to apply

Junior Volunteers 12years or older – click here to apply – if you have an adult that is also applying and can supervise you while you are at the sanctuary

Volunteer Jobs

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

Each shift takes between 90mins to 2 hours. Experience with horses is preferred for these roles but not absolutely necessary as we can provide training. All Horse Care Team Members must be prepared to work their way through a 6-week training period during which they must be available for a minimum of two shifts per week.

Commitment required: 2 hours twice each week on shifts to suit your availability during the 6-week training period. A minimum of one regular shift per week after training is completed.

Program Development Team

Our Program Development Team work together to develop program content, worksheets for children and Mentors to use in their sessions, training materials for Mentors etc. You will ideally have a mental health qualification as well as an Equine-Assisted Learning or Equine-Assisted Therapy qualification – or be currently studying in one or both of those areas.

Commitment required: 2-3 hours per week with hours increasing when we are developing new program content and decreasing when we are settled.

Sponsorships Manager

Caring for our horses is our biggest expense – approximately $3,500 per year per horse. To offset this cost, we’d like to find a sponsor for each of the horses and we need to keep in regular contact with them – inviting them to Open Days and events, sending them regular updates on their horse’s welfare and scheduling regular social media posts thanking them for their support.

We’d love to find someone to take on the task of helping us to contact prospective sponsors and take care of those who decide to become sponsors.

Commitment required: A  few hours a week until we have sponsors for all the horses and then probably less than an hour a week on an ongoing basis. You can work 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.

Equine Wellness Expo Event Coordinator

2020 will be the first year of what is proposed to be an annual Equine Wellness Expo to be held here at the sanctuary. We are looking for someone with event management experience to Coordinate this event for us.

Commitment required: Will vary. Minimum of 2-3 hours per week with more required as the event date nears.


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.

Admin Team

Running a charity with multiple programs requires lots of organisation and administration behind the scenes. Many of our regular administration tasks take time to teach a new person and so to help in this area we need you to be able to commit to long-term volunteering, 1-2 days per week. If you like office administration tasks and are in a position to commit to regular shifts for at least 12 months we’d love to hear from you.

Commitment required: A minimum of 6 hours per week – preferably spread over 2-3 days per week. Three half days per week would be terrific.

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 🙂 .

Under 18’s Team

The Under 18’s Team are welcome to help out whenever they can.

The tasks we need help with will vary but may include tasks with the horses (grooming, washing, some basic training and handling where appropriate) and also non-horsey tasks (poo patrols, cleaning tack and feed buckets, and helping the program Mentors with any tasks they may need such as equipment set-up and pack-down).

Under 18’s who are confident and capable can help with the Horse Care Team tasks (see above). Experience with horses is preferred but not absolutely necessary as we can provide training.

Commitment required: As many sessions as you can manage – but even just one a week would be helpful.