Jobs and Volunteering


Current Openings

Sienna Ranch is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and other groups traditionally under-represented in outdoor education.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Horseback Riding Instructor: Part-Time

Part Time Riding Instructors work as part of a collaborative, supportive and professional team to deliver riding lessons, horsemanship classes and seasonal camps to students and campers at Sienna Ranch. Sienna Ranch uses a Pony Club-influenced approach to balanced seat and safety, and deeply values a Natural Horsemanship approach to forming connections between students and horses, horse training and horse care.

SCHEDULE SUMMARY

Non-exempt.​ ​Permanent.​ ​Part-time.​ ​Year-round. Afternoon availability a must.
School​ ​Year​ ​Schedule (approx Sept-May): Mon/Wed/Fri, 6-15 hours per week
Spring Break Camp: April 2nd-6th, 2018 Monday-Friday, 25-40 hours per week

Summer Schedule (approx June-August): Monday-Friday, 25-40 hours per week

 APPLY NOW!   

 Email applications to Director Chris Lauf at chrislauf@siennaranch.net.  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:           Horseback Riding Instructor

Combine this position with Weekend Special Events Instructor for more hours!


Animal Care and Education Manager: Full-Time (Permanent)

The Sienna Ranch Animal Care and Education Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of care for our six horses, two sheep, small goat herd, flock of chickens, ducks, barn cats and bunny. This position is also responsible for liaising with our Nature Program Curriculum Director and Nature Program Instructors to create curriculum and guidelines for interacting with our animals in positive, respectful and meaningful ways. The Sienna Ranch Animal Care and Education Manager also leads our Ranch Apprenticeship Program, a free program for teens.  ​This​ ​position reports​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Ranch​ ​Director.

SCHEDULE SUMMARY

Non-exempt.​ ​Permanent.​ ​Full-time.​ ​Year-round.
School​ ​Year​ ​Schedule:​ ​Sunday-Thursday,​ ​35-40​ ​hours​ ​per​ ​week
Summer​ ​Schedule:​ ​Monday-Friday,​ ​35-40​ ​hours​ ​per​ ​week
Start​ ​Date:​ ​Open Immediately!

Training takes place on School-Year Schedule (Sun-Thurs). 

 APPLY NOW!   

 Email applications to Business Manager Amy Roth at admin@siennaranch.net.  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:           Animal Care & Education Manager


Business Manager: Full-Time (Permanent)

Are you or someone you know interested in the full-time position of leading the day-to-day program to-dos for Sienna Ranch’s school year classes and Summer Camps? Sienna Ranch seeks an enthusiastic Business Manager to organize and implement behind-the-scenes details like registration and the website while simultaneously providing high-quality customer service to new and returning students and parents. Get excited to flex your organizational skills as you encounter whatever a day in the life of outdoor education brings. This position demands a collaborative approach to leadership, management and teaching, and highlights the Business Manager’s ability to demonstrate professionalism through writing, phone and in-person communication. The Business Manager supports students and staff during program hours in real time and collaborates daily with the Owner and Director to run a small family business. This administrative position is best suited for any person interested in putting down some roots and making a lasting impact on a wholesome, educational program here in Lafayette, California.

The ideal candidate will work side-by-side with the current Business Manager the last few months of this school year with the goal of being independent in time for the transition to Summer Camp 2018. We want this opportunity reach as many people of underrepresented groups as possible and appreciate help connecting with anyone you think might thrive in an educational leadership opportunity. Must love spreadsheets.

SCHEDULE SUMMARY

Non-exempt.​ ​Permanent.​ ​Full-time.​ ​Year-round.
Schedule:​ ​Monday-Friday,​ ​35-40​ ​hours​ ​per​ ​week

 APPLY NOW!   

 Email applications to current Business Manager Amy Roth at admin@siennaranch.net.  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:           Business Manager


Special Events Instructor: Seasonal (September-May)

Multiple positions available.  Work with your friends!  Special Events Instructors lead birthday parties and host our open house Family Days on most Sundays, September-May. Special Events instructors may also have the option to lead scout trips, occasional private events, and lead school field trips on depending on interest and availability. See our the Special Events tab on our website for more details on our Special Events offerings.

SCHEDULE SUMMARY

Non-exempt. Seasonal. Part-time. Should be available most Sundays September 2017-May 2018.
Birthday Party Schedule: Available to work 1 or 2 parties (9:30am-3:30pm or 10:30-4:30pm), 3-6 hours per week
Family Day Schedule: Available to work activity assignment (12:00-4:00pm), 3-4 hours per week
Employment Dates: September 9th, 2017-  May 27th, 2018.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Apply Immediately.  

 Email applications to Special Events Director Amy Roth at admin@siennaranch.net .  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:           Special Events Instructor


Summer Camp Instructor: Seasonal (June-August)

See our Nature Program Instructor and Pottery Coordinator position above.

 Email chrislauf@siennaranch.net if you’d like to receive notice when job posting go live!  


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Feeder: Adults (ages 18+)

  • Morning shifts start between 7:00 am & 8:00 am (0.75-1.5 hours/shift)
  • Evening shifts start between 5:45 pm & 7:00 pm (0.5-1 hour/shift)

The volunteer feeder program gives adults, ages 18 and up, an opportunity to experience the satisfaction and learning which comes from providing one of the most important aspects of care to the animals residing on the Sienna Ranch property- feeding! Under the instruction of Sienna Ranch’s Animal Care and Education Coordinator, volunteer feeders are responsible for following the guidelines of the morning and evening feeding routines for animals. The animals in the Sienna Ranch family include:

  • Horses
  • Goats
  • Sheep
  • Chickens
  • Ducks
  • Cats
  • Rabbits

The program consists of feeding, providing fresh water, transporting animals between pens, and promptly communicating any problems with animals or animal feed to the Animal Care Coordinator.

Is our Volunteer Feeder program right for you??

As a volunteer feeder you must consider yourself one of the primary caretakers of the animals; rain or shine, your animals need to be fed. In the animal care business, there is no such thing as a lazy day; expect to work hard and possibly get a little dirty in the process.  Working with animals on a ranch is not a light-weight job.  The volunteer feeder program requires dedication, reliability, and responsibility. If you are prepared to work hard, get a bit dirty and volunteer as part of an awesome animal care team… Apply to the Sienna Ranch Volunteer Feeder Program!


Volunteer Feeder Requirements

  • Ability to work your shift, rain or shine. It is expected that you will be attending your shift in any weather.
  • Punctuality. Our animals are on a strict meal schedule. Feeding them early or late can seriously jeopardize their health!
  • Ability to work independently and to follow written instruction –  there will not always be someone on the property to instruct you.
  • Show initiative. If something is unclear, YOU must take the initiative to have instructions clarified for you.
  • Good physical strength, more than opening a can of dog food! This is a physically demanding job requiring the ability to push a wheelbarrow full of hay across rough terrain.
  • A minimum 6 month commitment to a regular feeding shift is required (2 weeks notice is required before resigning from the volunteer position).

Finding someone to cover a feeding shift can be very difficult without adequate notice. We require:

  • 1 week notice for planned absences
  • 1 month notice if two or more consecutive shifts are to be missed
  • In case of illness or emergency, please give as much notice as possible
  • Volunteers who are absent for 4 or more volunteer shifts within a 6 month period will be ineligible to continue in our volunteer program.

Join the Volunteer Feeder Crew

Fill out the online application form below and we will be in touch if we have a shift available which fits your schedule.

Our volunteer feeding program is very popular. We apologize if we do not have shifts available to match your schedule. Open shifts are assigned as they arise, based on the applications we have on file. Priority is given to volunteers with previous experience in Sienna Ranch programs.

 Email our Director, Chris Lauf with questions at chrislauf@siennaranch.net.  

Apply to be a volunteer feeder