Volunteering

Volunteering at TRAK

Volunteering at TRAK is an incredibly rewarding experience! We are so grateful for all of our amazing volunteers who care for our animals and our ranch.

Group volunteering

Did you know that 90% of our daily animal care is completed by our volunteers? Volunteers at TRAK can expect to help with daily care tasks of our large and small animals such as filling waters, feeding, mucking horse stalls, raking the grounds, among many other tasks. We also offer our Horse Handler certification which allows volunteers to help with horse specific tasks like walking horses to and from turn-out, leading horses in our Buckaroo program or special events.

Our volunteers can choose to participate in our daily Ranch Hand shifts. These shifts are twice a day, morning and evening, and we do change to our summer hours Memorial Day-Labor Day. We are committed to involving today’s youth in community service and service to others. For children ages 10-11, they must volunteer alongside a parent. For children over 12, youth can begin volunteering independently, unless a specific need arises. We do ask that our volunteers commit to a weekly shift for a minimum of four months. We understand that life happens, if you are unable to make it to your shift please call ahead.

Important Information
  • If you are under 12, you MUST volunteer with a parent.
  • You MUST submit a background check prior to attending orientation.
  • Please make sure you can commit to volunteering at least once a week for four months.
  • You MUST have Health Insurance to participate as a volunteer.
  • Reserving your spot for Volunteer Orientation is mandatory, otherwise you will be turned away.
How to become a TRAK Volunteer

Groups & Events

At TRAK, we welcome groups to come and volunteer at the ranch! Each member is required to complete a registration and waiver form to participate.

If you would like to bring your group to volunteer at TRAK, please submit this form! (Insert inquiry form)

We host several special events each year and welcome groups large and small to participate! Please check back for updates on upcoming special events that we are in need of volunteers for.

People riding horses
Children at birthday party

Group of volunteers

College Interns

Through the course of these activities the intern will learn about and assist with animal care including cleaning pens, cages, arenas, feeding, exercising and providing for the general care of the animals. The intern may also provide assistance with grounds maintenance ensuring the ranch facilities are safe and presentable for animals, guests and clients and participate in community outreach programs such as ranch tours and field trips as time permits.

Interns gain experience and understanding of the challenges of working with individuals with emotional trauma, cognitive challenges, mental and physical disability and psychiatric illness. The Intern will also gain an understanding of Animal Assisted activities and will gain skills in animal handling and knowledge of animal care, behavior, and diseases.

Our Interns spend time observing and helping to facilitate the interaction between clients and animals and have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with clients to help them further develop life and social skills and work toward their individual goals.

Intern Testimonials

“My experience at TRAK has been beyond rewarding. From the relationships built with the animals to the laughs shared between interns and volunteers, to seeing the positive impact on the adults and children that come here. I have nothing but amazing things to say about TRAK. I would love nothing more than to continue my time here and continue to see the positive difference TRAK makes in the community. ~ Miranda H. (Fall 2015)”

“I had the pleasure of interning here this summer and these animals have such an amazing impact on people, as well as the staff. ~ Cece R. (Summer 2015)”

In person internships now open!
Accepting applications for Winter 2022!

  1. Background Checks are REQUIRED, please don’t forget to complete it!
  2. Please submit completed online application form along with a cover letter and your resume.
  3. Email cover letter and resume to dorisstivers@traktucson.org
  4. Sign up for your interview slot, we are excited to meet you!
  5. Share our flyer with friends who may want to intern as well!

APPLICATIONS DUE: TBD

Intern Interviews: TBD

Testimonials

  • Richard Harris

    “Incredible what this group is doing with these kids. Thanks for all you do, just amazing. IF you are wondering if you should be a part of what TRAK is doing stop wondering, pick up the phone and give them a call. You won’t regret it. Top notch staff, leadership, and facilities.”

    5 star icon
  • Wilmadeen Minger

    “My son and I volunteer here and we love it! Even though you’re working it is a lot of fun too. They have petting zoo birthday parties that the kids absolutely love! They also have horseback riding lessons. The atmosphere is relaxed and it’s so much fun here!”

    5 star icon
  • Lee Buzzard

    “TRAK Ranch is where you will find a family of people doing the right things for the Tucson community. It is a great place to interact with so many animals, riding lessons, a fantastic site for birthday parties for all ages. If you have not stopped by for at least a visit, you are missing Tucson’s true gems.”

    5 star icon
  • Melanie McKissick

    “WOW, what a wonderful staff and crew these guys have. Very kind and caring people who want to better the community and the children who live in it. I HIGHLY recommend TRAK ranch in Tucson.”

    5 star icon
  • Michael J. Monroe

    “TRAK RANCH is nothing short of awesome. Scott Tilley works tirelessly to provide incredible programs for the therapeutic benefit for those in need and does so in a clean, attractive environment. Tucson is is so fortunate to have Scott and TRAK. Everyone should stop by and learn about and see all the wonderful programs offered at the ranch.”

    5 star icon

    Location

    3250 E. Allen Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718

    NOTICE: When you come to TRAK, you MUST only park along Edith Blvd.
    Parking is not permitted anywhere else.

    Subscribe to our Newsletter
    TRAK logo white

    © Copyright 2021 TRAK Therapeutic Ranch for Animals & Kids

    3250 E. Allen Rd. Tucson, AZ 85718
    Phone: (520) 298-9808
    Email: office@traktucson.org

    Business Hours: Mon - Sun 8 - 4
    Member Hours: Mon - Sun 4 - 6;
    Sat & Sun 7 - 11AM.
    Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas


    TRAK is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit program focused on children with and without specific challenges.