Barn Attendant

 

Volunteer Position Description

 

Volunteers are valued as an integral part of our team bringing a wealth of enthusiasm, skill and experience. We treat our Recreation volunteers as potential future part-time employees.  We provide them with the skills they need to assist us effectively in our public programming and in return, we offer workshops and coaching that will improve their likelihood for employability.

 

  1. Assignment: Barn Assistant

 

  1. Purpose of Assignment:  To create a positive learning space by ensuring the health, safety and fun of all participants. Continuously striving to deliver excellent customer service to all participants, parent/guardians and patrons. Volunteers will assist with the professional care of animals and performing basic barn operations.

 

  1. Tasks:
  • Answer questions regarding different animals and service offered at Mini Moo barn
  • Prepare the barn for public openings
  • Immediately report any health or safety issues with animals or patrons
  • Crowd control and line maintenance for pony rides – organize riders according to size
  • Preform basic grounds keeping duties including, but not limited to, garbage collection, litter picking, sorting produce and “poop” scooping
  • Assist with daily feeding and watering of animals
  • Help wash and clean large animals
  • Clean out the livestock stalls and/ or small animal cages

 

  1. Time Commitment:  Barn assistant shifts are run out of the Mini Moo Farm at Chinguacousy Park. There are a variety of shifts running morning and an afternoon , 7 days a week. Volunteers are required to attend additional training and/or shadow a staff member before they can perform duties on their own.

 

  1. Position Requirements:
  • Must be at least 14 years old
  • Must have attended a mandatory Volunteer Orientation/Training
  • Have the desire to work with animals and young children
  • Be a team player, able to work well with fellow volunteers and staff
  • Able to successfully complete onsite training
  • Experience dealing with small and large animals and asset
  • Knowledge of WHIMIS is an asset

 

  1. Supervision: Staff will always be present. For program specific inquires (cancelled dates or missed shifts) report to the on-site contact. For any other volunteering concerns, report to the designated Volunteer Specialist.

 

  1. Working Conditions:  Outdoor conditions and exposure to barn materials including but not limited to woodchips and hay. Volunteers will be interacting with a variety of animals and livestock. Must be comfortable with standing for extended periods of time and lifting up to 25 lbs. Must be comfortable working in an environment that is prone to getting dirty.

 

  1. Uniform Requirements:  Must wear CSA approved 8” safety boots,  and an issued uniform. Clothing that is in keeping with outdoor weather conditions, and that can get dirty.

 

  1. Benefits:  The benefits of this position are:
  • Potential future opportunities for part-time employment with the City of Brampton
  • Learn about livestock and the care of animals
  • Great introduction into a career in the Animal Science field
  • Development of customer service skills
  • Increased ability to communicate effectively with others
  • Improve interpersonal and people skills