Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary                   Volunteer Application
Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary! Please read everything carefully and answer the following questions so we can determine how your skills or talents can help the animals. Eligible volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older and must be able to lift 30 pounds.

A volunteer coordinator will reach out via email the first week of every month. For example, if you apply the 15th of March, you will receive an email the first week of April. Please note submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the volunteer program.

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Email *
First & Last Name *
Phone Number *
Address, City, State, Zip *
Emergency Contact Name & Phone Number *
Emergency Contact Relationship *
Please list any social media profiles you actively use.   *
Employer *
I am more interested in: *
Please list any other organizations or non-profits you have volunteered for. *
Describe the organization and what your volunteer duties were. *
I want to volunteer at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary because: *
What prior experience do you have with animals? *
Please check any of the special skills listed below that you might be able to share.
If Selected "Other" Above, Please Elaborate
What would you like to get out of your volunteer experience? What would make you feel like you have been successful? *
Can you tell us about an aspect of a volunteer experience that you've really enjoyed. Anything you wish had been different? *
How do you respond to stressful or quickly-changing situations? *
What is your greatest strength? How will that help you volunteer at Broken Shovels? *
Please provide us with the name and phone number of two character references that we may follow up with. *
Excluding traffic violations, have you ever been convicted of any criminal offenses? If yes, please explain. (Note: Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary may decline to accept volunteers who have been convicted of any felonies, crimes against the person, crimes against the family or crimes related to animals. ) *
I understand that as a volunteer, I may be required to lift heavy objects, perform strenuous physical labor, work in various weather conditions from extreme cold to excessive heat. Volunteer duties may include but are not limited to: Speaking with visitors about the sanctuary, discussing our mission as well as fund-raising outreach, cleaning and setting up for public events, light and heavy property clean-up, feeder-area raking, animal pen/coop cleaning, morning/evening chores, small construction projects, errand-running, etc. *
I understand that working around and with animals carries a risk of zoonotic (bacteria that can be spread from animals to humans) disease. Pregnant individuals or people with impaired immune systems because of medical conditions, medications or other medical treatments or other reasons are an an increased risk of developing severe animal-related infections. Hand-washing frequently during any volunteer work performed is strongly encouraged.
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Volunteers will be on a training and trial basis for up to the first two months of their volunteering and will be notified if the animals feel they are unable to fulfill the duties and tasks assigned to them within that initial time period. Volunteering at Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary is not for everyone and if you cannot reliably commit to our needs, please do not submit an application. All volunteers must complete an application, read and sign the release and waiver of liability and pay the donation of $50 for Public Events Guide and Saturday Barn Scrapes OR $100 deposit for Animal Care Assistant applicants prior to starting any work. Please be prepared to show a valid state-issued ID. *
I am agreeing to submit this application by electronic means. By typing my name below, I am electronically signing this application. *
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