About Volunteering

Safe Harbor Equine and Livestock Sanctuary would not exist without the time and love of many dedicated volunteers who devote time weekly to the animals in our care, as well as to our outreach programs for children.  We have an amazing and growing team, and we welcome you to learn more about it, and hope you may want to join our cause!

So, you may be wondering–what does a volunteer with Safe Harbor do?  Well there are absolutely a million and one options!  Some things require you to be on your feet, some can be done from the computer, and there are things in between, too! If you are interested in volunteering HANDS – ON with the horses, chances are we have a foster farm near you.

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Volunteer, Paige, reads to foster horse Ulysses


Taking on a dedicated role with Safe Harbor is fun and rewarding.  It doesn’t pay in dollars–we’re an all volunteer organization, but the payment in knowing you are making a difference, following your passion and saving lives is priceless.

The following job opportunities with Safe Harbor are currently open and available to volunteers age 16 and older!

Event Planner – Requires prior experience in event planning. This is an ADVISORY COUNCIL role.  You will become a core team member helping to shape the future of Safe Harbor.  If you have excellent organizational skills, team management skills, a type A personality and drive to perform and succeed, we need you!  Help shape the future of fundraising events for the organization.  If you dream and can plan it, we’ll support you to make it a reality.  The dedicated team of Safe Harbor volunteers loves helping with the events, and needs a fearless leader to take the reins.

Volunteer Coordinator – Are you a people person who loves to get to know people, motivate and inspire?  This ADVISORY COUNCIL role is for you!  You will be a core team member helping to build and inspire the volunteer team of Safe Harbor, getting new volunteers engaged in the right role, and helping existing volunteers reach the potential within the organization that they wish to reach.  We have over 100 current volunteers who work in various levels of activity in their volunteering, so you will have a great existing team to begin working with immediately!

Development Director – Do you understand trusts, endowments, and long term financial planning?  We are an accredited, goal oriented organization, and development is a key element of a successful future.  If you know how to network to drive long term growth and success, and have the rolodex and desire to transform Safe Harbor from good to great, we are looking for you! This is an ADVISORY COUNCIL position with progression to BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Donations Coordinator – Are you logistically skilled?  Donations come to Safe Harbor from a variety of sources and need to be managed for pickup or delivery to the most logical location in our foster network.  If you have great communication and interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and can handle sorting out complicated items from point a to point b, we need you!

Medical Records Coordinator – Are databases a happy place for you?  Cloud Storage second nature?  Help Safe Harbor stay organized and up to date by assuring all medical records for all horses and livestock animals are digitally stored in the right place.  This is an entirely online role, a couple hours a week at most, but critical to maintaining a class act in rescue.

Foster Liaison – Do you want to be on the front end of knowing what is happening with horse care on a daily basis?  Become a Foster Liaison and interface with our foster homes and foster director to keep day to day care logs current in RescueGroups.  This is an online database, so a laptop or desktop computer is a must for ease of performance in this role.  You’ll use email or phone to contact designated foster homes regularly; upload photos to our Cloud Storage (Google Drive), and enter journal notes for horses in the database.  This allows each horse in Safe Harbor to have a complete file and sets the adopter off on the right foot with their horse at adoption!  It also makes the answers to critical questions like, “when was the horse dewormed and with what dewormer?” a mouse click away.  Are you a communicator and organizational guru??  If you are, then being a foster liaison is the role you have been looking for.

Farm Hand – Are you a hands on person?  Do you want to get down and dirty in the barn?  If Mucking Stalls, Sweeping, Feeding, Watering, Grooming, and learning about horses hands on is what you seek, then a Farm Hand position is for you.  The training center always has opportunities for help, located in Cottontown, TN.  There may be opportunities at a foster farm near you, but this role is an on farm position, and the only guaranteed location for farm hand work is Cottontown.

Youth Coordinator – Do you love kids?  Do you love teaching youth? Are you passionate about horses and their interaction with kids?  Lead a team or team(s) of kids on an ongoing basis at the Safe Harbor Training Center for Youth Opportunities to be with horses and learn about horses and horse rescue.  This commitment can be once a week or once a month; if this is your passion, then this role is for you!