Facility Volunteer Position
Facility Volunteers assist in the weekly maintenance and upkeep of our 60-acre ranch. This includes tasks such as cleaning paddocks, raking, weeding, gardening, etc. You may also be asked to assist in special events or with some clerical tasks.
Program Volunteer Positions
Program Volunteers work directly with our horses and participants. Every new program volunteer begins as either a Horse Care or Level 1 Volunteer, regardless of previous experience. All program volunteers will periodically be asked to assist with other tasks such as the cleaning of program-related spaces (the tack room, boot and helmet cubbies, etc.), assisting with special events, clerical tasks, or facility projects. We all work as a team and no one is “above” any task here.
Level 1 Sidewalking (limited due to COVID-19 protocols)
Sidewalkers are directly responsible for the rider’s safety as well as assisting the rider during their lesson. They help the rider focus on the instructor’s cues and aid the rider when necessary. This is a hands-on position, and therefore is temporarily reserved only for individuals in a rider’s “pod” or household due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will open this job to our general volunteer community again when it is safe to do so.
Level 2 Horse Handling
Horse Handlers are responsible for leading the horses for the participant’s during their lessons. They are directly responsible for both the student’s as well as the horse’s safety at all times. To properly and safely lead the horse, a leader must keep their student’s and side-walker’s safety in mind by communicating with both the student and the side-walker when necessary. Leaders must pay attention and always be aware of their surrounding and potential hazards (vehicles, other horses, other people, objects, etc.) and must act safely and accordingly.
Team Leaders are volunteers who have shown an admirable level of commitment to the program, an ability to lead their peers, and a high level of capability with both horses as well as participants with special needs. Team Leaders are individuals who have been specially selected to act as role models by training and guiding their fellow volunteers. Leaders support HCR staff by following any and all volunteer policies, and by setting a good example of the “Halleck Creek Way” for the other volunteers.