Research Centre ranch volunteering

During this Research Centre Ranch volunteering learn about and work in all aspects of ranch life that support our conservation work and self-sustainable lifestyle. Spending your days outside, you will get involved in everything that is required to take care of the animals and keep the ranch running smoothly. You will maintain the garden, feed and care for horses, dogs, cats and chickens, maintain the barn and riding equipment. You will also maintain the irrigation system, fix fences, complete inventories, cut firewood and use the farm machinery and equipment to help keep the ranch sustainable and self-reliant. As you develop your skills, you are able to take on greater responsibility, such as being solely responsible a certain task.

The three main responsibilities of your research centre ranch volunteering

  • Animal care of horses, chickens, dogs and cats
  • Equipment and ranch maintenance
  • Improve procedures to increase sustainability and self-reliance

Your contribution

  • Use innovative thinking to improve our sustainability and self-reliance
  • Tend our garden to grow food such as rhubarb and potatoes
  • Feed and tend to horses, dogs, cats and chickens
  • Maintain ranch property, operate and maintain farm machinery and equipment
  • Fix fences, cut firewood, dispose of garbage, complete inventories
  • Move irrigation equipment to keep the horse fields watered
  • Maintain saddles and riding equipment
  • Learn about and implement our Six Principles of Nature Connection, Nature Conservation, Personal Development, Self-Sufficiency, Empowerment and Consciousness and Awareness
Ranch volunteering

Interested in this volunteering opportunity for university?

If you want to complete this volunteering for a required university internship, you can make it a practicum. Find out more:

Want to see where you'll be volunteering?

Take a look at the Chilcotin Ark Institute’s website to see the conservation philosophy and more of what you’ll be getting involved with:

If you are joining us from outside Canada, you will need a valid working holiday visa or a co-op visa, through the International Experience Canada program. Find out more on our hands on opportunities page:

If you aren’t able to get an International Experience Canada visa, you can join us by completing a training program. Take a look at our training page for more information:

Are you ready for more in life?

Join us on the trail to empowerment towards a greater sense of self-confidence, courage and initiative. Find a greater connection with nature and yourself. Develop your leadership skills in a unique environment where you can evolve with a positive mindset by facing challenges and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.