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Volunteers are the heart of our organisation
Volunteers are the lifeblood of most charities.  We love our volunteers for the precious time, and skills they give to us, and we enjoy seeing how much they get back in return.   Volunteering can show future employers that you are socially responsible, have a work ethic, and can be a great way to develop valuable skills, and volunteering may help you live a longer, happier life!   Medical Daily Article on Health Benefits of Volunteering
Training is provided for those volunteering in our equine programs.   We are looking for people  with good communication, time management , and people skills for most positions, and all positions require a commitment to maintaining safety. We do perform background checks to ensure our clients safety, and require all volunteers to participate in our health and safety program. 

If you'd like to find out more about our volunteer programme, including getting updates on volunteer events, and available roles please sign-up for our newsletters.    Keep reading for current roles, and to answer frequently asked questions.

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Current Roles

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  • Funding Assistant Position - Volunteer
    Volunteer to assist our funding manager (also a volunteer) to put together grants applications for our charitable trust, and reconcile those grants if funding is obtained.  This position mainly deals with getting quotes for project materials, or services, but it will also require you to work with other members of the organisation to get details of the project e.g. getting details of items from our Head Coach, or putting together a Bill of Materials (BOM) with our property manager. Once funding is obtained, you will assist in reconciling the grant application  - ensuring that the funding is properly accounted for, and all requirements of the grant are met.

    This position will give you great experience in the non-profit, and the community grants sectors, and give you a great start in the business world with real-world experience in both ethical, and legal accountability, as well as understanding business processes and timelines at a Board and Management level in a charitable organisation (which are directly transferable to most profit driven businesses).
     
    You will need to work with deadlines, show initiative, and attention to detail, and communicate well with others from a wide variety of backgrounds.  

    Hours are flexible.  We are looking for someone who can allocate a few hours per month.  Generally these will be bounded by the processes of funding committees and our Board meetings, so while you need to meet deadlines, there is quite a lot of flexibility in time to do the tasks themselves.

    We are located in Whangaparaoa, but you can perform all tasks required remotely if you wish. Our Board\ volunteer management team use Skype and email\Google + Suite. We do encourage a visit to our site to see our programmes in action, and at least one face-to-face meeting with our Funding Manager before starting, so that you can appreciate what we do, how we operate and understand the importance of, and constraints on, the tasks you may be assigned.

    Please send your CV to hr@equestrian4everyone.com   Subject "Funding Assistant Application" 
    Posted Mar 5, 2017, 1:09 PM by Viv Dostine
  • Property Manager [Board Position if desired]
    Are you a skilled handy person, retired builder, or farmer looking for a community project? 

    We're looking for a volunteer property manager, who can:
    •  join our Board to plan property management and maintenance, 
    • do jobs about the place, 
    • employ contractors to complete the bigger projects, and\or
    • manage the volunteers who do these tasks.
    Posted Sep 17, 2016, 11:37 PM by Viv Dostine
  • Horse Leaders \ Grooms
    We need people to lead our ponies for our weekday equine programmes.  Should be calm, and confident around horses, preferably an experienced horse person, but we will train the right person\people.  We need people over 18 yrs old 

    Are you experienced with horses, but no longer have your own? Here's the perfect opportunity to get your horse fix, without all the time and expense. Are you a calm, confident person, who has dealt with other animals, but not horses? Here's an opportunity to get to know horses, and help your local community. 

    Many of our equine programs require a person to lead the pony.  The person must be able to independently control the pony, leaving our coaches free to concentrate on lessons with the student.  We will teach you exactly how to lead our ponies, and we constantly update the training of our horses to ensure our volunteers are safe and able to handle them easily. 

    Communication is key,  a horse leader must be able to communicate well with the rest of the team to ensure the safety of clients, and staff. 

    Can only offer an hour? Please apply - we value everyone's contribution, and would rather have someone who can offer an hour once a fortnight, than no one at all. 

    Posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:27 AM by Viv Dostine
  • Gardener(s)
    If you live in or near Whangaparaoa, we are a growing charitable organisation offering equestrian services to the community.  We're looking for a person, or group of people who enjoy gardening to come help make our venue beautiful.  

    We have plenty of manure, and some planter boxes, and plenty of land. We'd like to make our client arrivals area more beautiful, and we'd love a local, or even a group of locals, who enjoy gardening to help us out.  

    We aren't in a hurry, so it doesn't matter if you aren't keen on the rain, or just want to come up when you feel like it.  We'd love it if a social group forms for regular, or occasional gardening get togethers, and we have a beautiful bush block that you can enjoy as part of your volunteering perks!  

    We have clients, horses and ponies onsite, as well as pest control, so we do need to run a health and safety site induction for you.  

    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 7:24 PM by Viv Dostine
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FAQS

​Do I need to volunteer for specific hours? 

It depends on the role. Some require volunteers to work in with equine programs, other roles are much more flexible. Please ask if we have a role that's right for you.

Do I need to work with horses?

We often need volunteers for roles that do not directly work with the horses. Many of our clients are apprehensive at first too, so don't worry if you have never been near a horse. We take our responsibility to keep our volunteers safe seriously. 

Warning! Horses are seriously addictive; it may introduce a whole new love in your life.

What other roles are there, that might suit me?

  • Love gardening, but live in an apartment? 
  • Used to be a farmer, but now living in the city? 
  • Handy, as a handy person? 
  • Professional skills to enhance our Board team

If you enjoy getting out in the fresh air, while doing good in your community, we have a role for you.  

Why do some roles have age limits?

Some roles may involve being able to work alone, until the coach arrives.  Others need a certain level of strength, and concentration. 

Does your volunteer program participate Duke of Edinburgh Service Awards?


Yes, we do. 


What Skills do I need, or can I develop as a Volunteer?

  • Communication
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Event planning and organising
  • Willingness to try new things
  • People management
  • Self-motivation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Working with different cultures, and abilities 
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Working independently
  • Use of initiative
  • Ability to manage stress
  • Decision making
  • Positive attitude about the future
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What our Volunteers say



"I learn to care for the horses, and groundwork. I enjoy watching how far the kids come, from being scared of horses to riding, and being upset when they leave them. Every kid is different and it's fun to get to know their personalities." ​ - Ava


"I love it. I really enjoy the way the volunteers, and coaches work together with the people coming for lessons.  The methods used help to empower, and build trust, and relationships. ​It is always great seeing the confidence, and skills grow each week" ​- Jan


"Its a very friendly environment, the volunteers and riders are a pleasure to be around. The horses all have great personalities, and I've loved being able to learn new skills with them. Each rider is different, with a challenge, but it is awesome to see how far they have come." ​- Casey


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