Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities at the Gleneayre Equestrian Program

573 Eayrestown Road, Lumberton NJ

609-267-4104   info@gepnj.org

 Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Gleneayre Equestrian Program! Most of our volunteer opportunities are centered around events throughout the year, but many are on-going. Because of the sensitive nature of our program and working with horses and children, all on-site volunteers must be 18 years or older, agree to a background check, and sign a waiver form. Below is a list of specific volunteer opportunities available.

 Leading Horses or Side Walking (as needed for events such as Pony Parties, Summer Camp, Johnson’s Farm Pony Palooza):

  • Some prior horse experience is required.
  • Volunteer must be trained in our Advanced Horse Safety class
  • This is an active, outdoor job that requires a volunteer to be on their feet walking for several hours at a time while leading a horse or walking along side of a horse

Equine Facilitated Learning Volunteer (on-going dependent on the availability of programs, a firm commitment to attend each session in the program is required):

  • Volunteer must be trained in our Advanced Horse Safety class and attend an EFL orientation meeting
  • This job requires a firm commitment to attend each session in the EFL program, generally two hours once a week for 13 weeks.
  • Volunteer must be punctual and professional
  • Volunteer must be willing to assist our facilitators and work directly with children and young adults

 

Summer Camp Assistant Counselors (we typically hold 2 sessions of summer camp, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm)

  • Volunteer must be trained in our Advanced Horse Safety class
  • Volunteer must commit to working all four days of a summer camp session
  • Summer camp is mainly outdoors
  • Typical duties include leading horses to and from pastures, leading or sidewalking horses during riding lessons, assisting campers in grooming horses, assisting campers in horsemanship lessons, assisting with crafting activities (all in conjunction with GEP staff)

 Painting Jumps (once or twice a year, as needed):

  • Volunteers are needed to help paint wooden jumps.
  • Generally, we paint our jumps each year in October. We provide paint and brushes. If you can paint your bedroom walls, you can help paint a jump! No specialty skills are necessary!

Jump Crew for Hunter Derby (annually for fundraising event in November):

  • This job is outdoors and requires manual labor, lifting, and moving of heavy wooden jumps.
  • Volunteer will be required to attend a jump crew orientation meeting (approximately one hour) prior to the event.

Crafting (many times a year, as needed):

  • Volunteers are needed to assemble or set up items for crafting. We would provide all needed supplies; you would provide your time and craftiness!! May require use of scissors, hot glue gun, spray paint, etc. Many of these jobs can be done in the comfort of your own home!

 Baked Goods and Hunter Derby Food Tent prep (semi-annually for fundraisers):

  • No requirements other than a love for your kitchen!
  • Volunteers are typically needed to bake cakes, breads, pies, and other specialty items for bake sales. Bake in the comfort of your own home. All items must be individually packaged and delivered to Gleneayre Farm ready for sale. Unfortunately, we generally do not need cookies or cupcakes.
  • Volunteers are needed to prepare dishes to be sold in the food tent at GEP’s annual Horse Show in November. Dishes may include pasta salad, fruit salad, macaroni and cheese, pulled pork, chili, lasagna, etc.

 Academic Tutors (on-going during the school year):

  • Tutors must be college level students or college graduates
  • Tutors are needed in a variety of subjects: math, English, Spanish, biology, chemistry
  • Tutors meet with students at our farm once a week after school for 30 minutes per student. Typically a tutor would agree to meet for approximately two hours a week to accommodate multiple students. References will be checked.

If you would like to take advantage of any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact us for a volunteer application!  If you think you are able to provide us with help in a way that is not mentioned above, please do not hesitate to ask!

However, all of our horses are well loved, well groomed, and cared for on a daily basis by our trained staff and the participants in our Work to Ride program. Unfortunately, that means we do not have a need for volunteers to groom, love, or ride our horses. We hope you understand!