Volunteering at Unity Farm Sanctuary

Volunteers are the heart of the everyday activities here.


Work can include cleaning and filling water containers, raking and mucking stalls and paddocks, spending one-on-one enrichment time socializing and grooming specific animals, and other animal care needs of the day. At certain times of the day you can assist the staff with some feeding tasks, especially the pigs or the birds. We train you and focus on the safety of both our animals and the volunteers. Most volunteers report that they get more from volunteering than they give: a true sense of connection.

Want to help in other ways? Volunteers can get involved with activities outside the realm of direct animal care. Maybe you are a great videographer or photographer? You rock at great social media posts? Maybe you would like to help with our fundraising? You could offer workshops on topics related to our mission, or help with the humane education program. Once onsite events can be held again - we love to work with our volunteers to be the voice of Unity Farm Sanctuary as ambassadors near the animals during the onsite events, speaking with the visitors


Volunteer Hours

Volunteer hours are available 8am-6pm every day of the week. We limit the number of volunteers onsite at one time with the help of SignUp Genius. We ask that volunteers try to come each week, and stay for at least an hour, but we are flexible with volunteers that travel quite a distance. 

We completely understand that emergencies and inclement weather occur, so if you will not be able to make your regular time, please make sure to edit your timeslot on SignUp Genius. And if thunderstorms or blizzards are expected, please stay home and safe.

Age Restrictions

For safety and liability purposes, all volunteers must be at least 10 years of age, no exceptions. Volunteers under 14 will need a parent with them at all times. Volunteers 14-18 will need a parent to accompany them on their first visit. 

Volunteering Tips and Suggestions

Closed-toe shoes are required (and boots are strongly recommended). Clothing is likely to get dirty, so keep that in mind when deciding what to wear - and long pants in the summer will protect your legs better than shorts! Goats and cows love to chew on shoelaces - no surprises there. Work gloves are also a great idea if you have them. We have disposable gloves and hand sanitizer for your use onsite.

You can find the Volunteer Liability Release form here.


The majority of any onsite animal-care activities are labor intensive, so please notify us in advance if you are unable to perform certain tasks. We can work with you to craft a volunteering experience that will respect your needs and the requirements of our animal rescues.


We always appreciate the generosity of people like you, with every contribution going towards making Unity Farm Sanctuary an even better forever home for farm animals than it already is. Every dollar goes directly into animal food, veterinary care, and animal housing.


Maybe you have another idea how we can work together to enhance our educational mission and community service. For example, we offer opportunities to numerous local organizations for the disadvantaged, disabled, and elderly. Please contact us with your special requests.


We sometimes offer opportunities for local schools and colleges to include Unity Farm Sanctuary experiences in their coursework offerings. Interns work closely with staff to participate in hands-on daily events, and developing relationships with the animals that far exceeds any other experience we offer.  For more details and to apply, contact us.


Unity Farm Sanctuary is seeking new team members for our amazing staff!


Download our pdf of the Farm Hand Job position currently open

To receive an application, please email farm manager Tyla Doolin at barnmanager@unityfarmsanctuary.org

You must have a valid Massachusetts or Rhode Island driver's licence, you need previous equine experience to apply, and you must be 16 and up.

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