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September 12, 2013

Volunteer at Duchess Sanctuary

Get involved by filling one of the many roles open at our Oregon sanctuary for horses

  • Duchess volunteer enjoys time with one of our draft horses. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • A volunteer at Duchess plays with two of our horses. Jennifer Kunz/The HSUS

  • The horses on the range at Duchess. The HSUS

  • As a volunteer, you might meet Maxine, one of the Duchess horses. The HSUS

About our volunteers

At the Duchess Sanctuary, our volunteers serve a vital role in caring for the almost 200 horses who call it home. With 1120 acres of pastures, woodlands, and facilities, there is no shortage of ways that volunteers can help with the operation of the sanctuary. Involving the community in our work is important to us—join us!

Duchess Sanctuary location

Duchess Sanctuary is located near Oakland, Oregon.

Volunteer opportunities

Direct Care–Equine: Assist with feeding, watering, and equine medical treatments or during herd health procedures, groom/bathe special needs equines as instructed, and clean enclosures which may include shoveling manure, raking, weeding, and scrubbing water troughs.

Grounds-Keeping/Maintenance: Assist with general maintenance of sanctuary, equipment and grounds by mowing, weeding, clearing brush from pastures and/or fence lines, maintaining memorial and other garden areas.

Office Assistant: Provide administrative support to staff by helping with common office duties and volunteer scheduling.

Outreach/Events: Promote Duchess by interacting with the general public, answering any questions, providing information about opportunities for individuals and businesses to get involved, identifying additional outreach opportunities and assisting with event planning.

Volunteer Leader: Help develop our volunteer program by participating in a volunteer leadership team, helping to deliver volunteer orientations and training, and helping to engage volunteers more fully in our work.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteers at Duchess have the opportunity to make new like-minded friends, learn about a wide variety of equines in rehabilitation or general population at the sanctuary, as well as equine care and sanctuary management in general.

Becoming a volunteer

Commitment Policies

  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 50 service hours, with no less than 8 hours per month.

Restrictions

  • Volunteers under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to participate in our program. Teens 16-17 may work independently after attending the orientation with their parent or guardian. Teens 12-15 can volunteer with a parent or guardian as their partner at all times.
  • Volunteers must meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Capabilities document.
  • We recommend all volunteers and interns have a current tetanus inoculation.
  • We cannot accommodate court-ordered community service at our Center.
  • Volunteers must pass a criminal background check.

Process

  • Prospective volunteers should attend a tour and information session at Duchess, scheduled one Saturday per month, with alternate times available if needed, based on staff schedules. To register for an orientation, email jkunz@humanesociety.org or call 541-459-9914.
  • Carefully review the application and position descriptions before applying. 
  • Fill out the volunteer application.
  • If, after the orientation, we mutually determine this opportunity is a good fit, you will be asked to authorize a background check based on the type of volunteer position for which you are applying.
  • Following the completion of the background check, you will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver and release of liability.
  • After you are made an official volunteer, all training is individually established based on your skills, interests, and availability.

Fill out a volunteer application now

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