Volunteer Staff Positions
Because HHT is a 98% volunteer based organization that require the help of many volunteers to help care for the horses on a daily bases. Below are just a few of the volunteer positions that are always open. All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation class and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you once your application has been reviewed.
Horse Haven of Tennessee currently only has an actual facility in east Tennessee so most hand-on Volunteer opportunities are only for this area. We do have some Holding Facilities in Middle Tennessee that need help on occasion with fencing and shelter projects, transportation and foster care. We do not hold an orientation for middle Tennessee volunteer opportunities at this time.
MORNING and EVENING Barn Shift Team Member
Barn Chore SHIFT LEADER
Lead our barn shift teams through a morning or evening feeding. Coordinate, manage, and assist in the activities of all volunteers on your shift, including horse handling, horse care, feeding, and general clean up. Must be detail oriented and efficient so as to ensure the continuity of all barn protocol. Applicants for this position will be considered after two months of consistent weekly participation as a barn shift team member. Must be able to attend quarterly shift leaders meeting which are usually held on a Saturday morning. Only volunteers 21 years of age or older will be appointed Shift Leader.
Assist our Executive Director with administrative tasks such as filing, archiving, special mailings, office cleaning, answering phones and emails, and light computer work. Writing and organizational skills are helpful. If you are detail oriented and can work within deadlines, please consider donating your time for this important work on behalf of our horses.
Special Events Team Member
Assist our staff with preparing for any of the many special events we participate in each year, ranging from the “Good Stuff” Yard Sale, on-site horse clinics and our annual “FUN”draising Trail Ride. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help set-up and disassemble our HHT booths at large shows as well as work the booths during their general hours of operation. Good communication skills and knowledge of the organization are helpful in promoting our organization at all events. We sometimes take horses to events so horse handling skills are beneficial but not mandatory. There are many events to choose from and we can always use extra help. This is a fun way to get involved with the community and promote HHT.
Facility Maintenance Worker (year round but schedule is flexible):
Building, grounds, and fence upkeep. In our efforts to keep our facility looking sharp, we can utilize more volunteers to help with such things as fence repair, harrowing of our pastures, horse shelter and barn repair, rock removal, manure spreading and/or hauling, and building of additional horse pens and pastures. These projects can be completed by an individual or a group of volunteers who enjoy outdoor farm work. If your work group has the necessary skills to help with these sorts of projects, we could certainly use the help.
Gardening. With over 20 acres of open space, we are in need of individuals or groups of volunteers who can help with maintenance of the garden spaces around our office and barn including weeding, planting flowers, watering trees, and mowing. If you have flowers or plants you would like to donate to help make our facility look better, we can always find spots for you to plant your favorite items! This is a great activity for large work groups that are looking for a day-long project.
Volunteers that work with the horses must be at least age 16. Those under the age of 18 must provide a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Those between the age of 14 – 16 require a parent or guardian to work with them. If the parent or guardian does not have horse handling experience we suggest they come out and volunteer only on adoption day which is held the second Saturday of each month from 10am – 2pm.
All volunteers must have a car available. Neither HHT staff or volunteers are available to provide transportation in case of an emergency which requires the closure of any facility.
HHT reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer.