Volunteer Opportunities

Bear River Ranch appreciates the help from volunteers to help us with the care, feeding and socialization of our animals. Our animal care volunteers work side by side with our professional staff to provide care, enrichment and socialization to over 100 species of domestic, exotic and wild animals.

Volunteers are able to work with us during our off-season from August 15 to May 15. We have three animal care volunteer shifts available for each day of the week, including weekends: 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm and 4pm – 6pm. To help volunteers get comfortable with their responsibilities and the animals they are working with, all volunteers are assigned to same animal area / animals for each shift.

Minimum Requirements
  • All volunteers must be at least 12 years old. Volunteers who are 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent volunteer. Independent volunteers must be 16 years or over. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian to provide proof medical insurance and be willing to sign a liability waiver on behalf of themselves and/or the volunteer.

  • Volunteers are required to commit to one shift per week for a minimum of 4 months, in order to be considered for a position. Our animal team has a scheudle that helps them organize what volunteers will be doing when they arrive. They should be able to depend on a consistent schedule with all volunteers.

  • Each volunteer should be able and willing to follow directions. We want this to be a enriching experience for you and the animals. In order to do this, all volunteers should follow the instructions of the animal team.

Animal Husbandry

Help us with the feeding, watering, enclosure cleaning, socialization and enrichment of our animals. Each volunteer will be assigned to one area per shift and work directly with our Animal Team. Duties will include collection and distribution of feed and water bowls, washing of dishes, cleaning of animal cages and enclosures, making and distributing animal enrichment, sweeping and mopping of floors, sitting and socializing with the animals, using feed and treats to reward and encourage positive interactions. This job requires repetitive bending and lifting and exposure to a variety of cleaning agents. This position has high animal contact.

This is an entry level position and requires no prior experience.



Animal Walker and Groomer

Animal walkers work in teams of two-four, individually grooming and then walking a variety of animals around our facility. Animal walkers teach basic obedience commands and help our animals grow in their overall confidence and comfort being around people, walking on a variety of trails and using harnesses, halters and leads. The goal of this position is to help keep our animals socialized and bonded with people during our off-season. Animals that are walked include: Alpacas, Porcupines, Llamas, Goats, Miniature Donkeys and Horses, and Pot Bellied Pigs.

This is an entry level position and requires no prior experience.



Horse Wrangler

Experience Riders only. This volunteer position is with the Ranch's full-sized horses and encompasses a variety of tasks. Volunteers will keep up the horse barn by sweeping and mucking horse stalls; Groom, walk, and ride horses; and help with their daily feeding. Our horses need to develop and keep up their skills and need experienced riders to work with them.

Volunteers must be able to demonstrate:
Correct placement of halter, head gear, saddle and pads
Proper girthing procedures
Proper use of grooming tools
Proper care of hooves
Proper way to lead a horse through pasture gates, in and out of stalls
Ability to keep horse from eating grass
Use of aids such as voice and end of lead rope
Ability to return tack in an organized manner to the appropriate locations



Full-Time Animal Volunteer

We are looking Full-time Animal Care Volunteers who are able to work with us a minimum of 28 hours per week. These positions include housing in a shared room of a two bedroom house / apartment and a $75 per week stipend for food. This could be an ideal opportunity for a college student who is able to commit 4 hours each morning before/after attending classes. This position can be tailored around individual goals and internship credit can be earned for this position. A three month minimum commitment and a regular volunteer schedule is required to be considered for one of these positions.



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