Daily responsibilities include:
Volunteers should be able to lift 50 lb. grain bags
into our Duck Truck (which is a fancy name for our
wagon!) and then pull it over to the barn.
Refreshing hay in barns and houses.
Requires use of pitchfork, shovel and wheelbarrow.
Cleaning water buckets & food dishes.
Cleaning duck houses and goose barns.
Inspecting water lines and adjusting
valve flow as needed.
Carefully inspect all pens for safety
Visually checking every duck and
goose to be sure everyone is healthy, happy, getting
along well with pen mates and behaving normally.
Administering medication is always
done under vet guidance. Any and all treatment is
recorded in detail in each bird's medical records.
Computer tasks (email response,
website updates, bookkeeping, etc.)
Additional Spring/Summer/Fall responsibilities
Turning over the entire grounds and seeding
Mucking out all eleven duck ponds.
Hope you don't mind the smell
of duck poop because this is a STINKY job!
Volunteers will need to be
comfortable standing on a 6' ladder.
Trimming plant overgrowth in "Abby's Goose
Pruning & weeding knee-high plants
around the sanctuary's perimeter.
Friends of pruning scissors and leaning over please!
Additional Fall/Winter responsibilities
Changing water in heated water buckets
and ensuring all are functioning properly.
Clearing snow during snowstorms
(even in the middle of the night).
Sanding down icy pens to make them safe.
Additional Special Projects include:
Breaking down and rebuilding our
final three pens: The Gardens, The Gate House & Abby's
Goose Run: Among other tasks,
this includes carrying and lifting
lumber/beams into place, removing old wire and cutting/reinstalling
new sheets of new (heavy)
wire into place. Cement work will also be required
(digging, forms, etc). Friends of 6 foot ladders with
strong backs please!
Squaring out door and gate frames:
This task requires detailed
the above schedule and then
Email us with the date and time you would like to
come join us again. Please remember to include your full name
and phone number in the email. We will confirm your appointment within 24 hours of
receiving your email.
permitting, onsite volunteer opportunities usually take
place on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and
on Sundays 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
We ask that
our Onsite Volunteers show up for at least 4 hours of
service on any given day. For consistency, our onsite Volunteers need to commit to
volunteering on a consistent basis at least four
times a year.
Thank you and we look
forward to seeing you again!
Food & Drink:
We provide plenty of lemonade and
water to our volunteers to ensure everyone is fully
Volunteers will need to bring their own
lunch and/or snacks.
Occasionally, when large tasks are on
the agenda, we will advise our volunteers ahead of time
that dinner will be provided at the END of the workday.
Dinner will ONLY be provided to those volunteers who
show up on time at the start of the day and
finish up with the rest of us at the end of the day.
Late shows or early departures will not be rewarded with
this complimentary meal. Volunteers must participate in
the ENTIRE workday in order to qualify.
will either order pizza & grinders or we will drive you into town and treat you to an
all you can eat dinner that has never gone wrong!
Go to Volunteering Opportunities Page
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