2017 Seasonal Volunteer Programs

volunteer Do you have a passion for animals and rescue work? Do you want to be a part of a very unique sanctuary, focusing on rehab and finding adoptive homes for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, pigs, cows, and sheep? If so, we may have just the right volunteer opportunity for you! 
Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary is a unique organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of former research animals. Settled on 1,000 acres in the ranchlands of Hartville, WY, just 3.5 hours north of Denver, Kindness Ranch provides a safe place for these animals to live and learn – and when they are ready, we also help them find their happily ever after! 
And now, Kindness Ranch is seeking passionate, motivated, and qualified candidates to take part in our 2017 Seasonal Volunteer program. This program consists of four 5-week sessions during which a volunteer will work right alongside our staff, caring for the animals, interacting with adopters and other visitors, and carrying out all of the necessary day-to-day tasks that keep the sanctuary running. It is an experience you will never forget! 
The Seasonal Volunteer position is an unpaid, voluntary position that serves as an assistant and back-up to the Animal Caretaker staff. The primary duties are the direct care of the dogs and cats or barnyard animals (depending on assignment), supervising other volunteers and visitors, and cleaning and maintaining the guest cabins and other visitor areas. However, this person may be asked to help with or complete other tasks as needed day-to-day, and should expect a varied and flexible 40-hour per week schedule. 
Seasonal Volunteer duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Ensuring that our animals’ daily needs are met with the highest possible standards for care. Includes preparing food and water, cleaning habitats, distributing medications, socialization, exercise, and daily monitoring for health and behavior concerns;
  • Socializing and creating an engaging and stimulating environment for all of our animals;
  • Assisting in the efforts of our rehab and training program;
  • Assisting in promoting and facilitating adoptions of our available animals by interacting with visitors and potential adopters;
  • Supervising volunteers and day visitors in daily ranch activities;
  • Cleaning of rental cabins after guests’ departure;
  • Occasional cleaning chores in common visitor areas or other animal areas;
  • Other duties as assigned.
The Seasonal Volunteer should be a person who:
  • Has strong communication and customer service skills and likes working with people as much as they like working with animals;
  • Can engage in a positive manner with staff, volunteers, and guests to ensure an overal pleasant experience for all visitors;
  • Is a reliable team player and can be flexible day-to-day regarding scheduling and duties assigned;
  • Can work unsupervised when needed and stay on task;
  • Possesses basic computer and internet knowledge and skills;
  • Has experience and/or the willingness to learn and apply positive animal training techniques;
  • Is willing and able to live in an isolated environment with limited services and resources;
  • Is energetic and motivated to help carry out Kindness Ranch’s mission.
The following are also helpful, but not necessary:
  • Experience handling and/or caring for dogs and cats in a professional capacity;
  • Ranch hand or similar experience caring for farm animals;
  • Home or facilities maintenance knowledge and skills;
  • Experience operating large equipment (tractors, etc.)
  • First aid (human or animal) and/or vet tech knowledge and skills.
You must be at least 18 years old to apply. If selected, you must agree to a background check before a position will officially be offered. All Seasonal Volunteers will sign a Volunteer Agreement and have a 10-day trial period during which all parties will decide if the assignment is a good fit. 
2017 Sessions:
Please note that there is a separate application due date for each session, however, only one application is needed per candidate regardless of how many sessions you would like to be considered for.
1) May 15 - June 19 (Applications due by April 2, 2017)
2) June 24 - July 29 (Applications due by April 21, 2017)
3) August 3 - September 7 (Applications due by June 8)
4) September 12 - October 17 (Applications due by July 18)
Property and other area information:
Because of the ranch’s remote location, on-site furnished housing is provided with a refundable deposit. These cozy, one-bedroom cabins include full kitchens equipped with standard appliances and stocked with dishes, cookware, utensils, etc. All linens and towels are provided. Internet service is not available in the cabin, and cell reception is minimal, but there is access in other areas of the ranch. Personal pets can be considered on a case-by-case basis. You must be able to provide your own transportation, groceries, and other personal items for the duration of your session.
Interested in applying? We can’t wait to hear from you! Please complete the following steps:
  1. Review the Seasonal Volunteer Job Description and the Essential Capabilities of Volunteers documents to ensure your complete understanding of the duties and expectations of the position.
  2. Email a brief introductory/cover letter telling us why you believe you would be a good fit at Kindness Ranch to Stephanie Bilbro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can include a resume, but it is not required.
  3. Submit the online 2017 Seasonal Volunteer Application.
Please note that there is a separate application due date for each session, however, only one application is needed per candidate regardless of how many sessions you would like to be considered for.
Qualified applicants will be notified for the next step. There will be a total of four Seasonal Volunteers selected (one for each session). Once the selection process is completed, all offers will be made at least 4 weeks before the start of each session.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Stephanie Bilbro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-735-4177 x 2.
You can download this complete program posting HERE.

Appointments are REQUIRED in advance to visit Kindness Ranch. Please make appointments with minimum of 48 hours notice to ensure we will be able to accommodate your visit. Thank you!