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.

Operations Director

The Sienna Ranch Operations Director will work as part of a collaborative three-person administrative leadership team tasked to run all aspects of Sienna Ranch. The other members of the team are the Education Director and Business Director; this team reports to the business owner. The Operations Director is responsible for managing all Ranch operations, from day-to-day site use to long term site goals. The Operations Director supervises the Facilities team (three people) and the Animal Care team (two people). The Operations Director is also responsible for day-to-day HR tasks, compliance, and staff management policies. The Operations Director works with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, which is made up of parents, instructors and one member of the Ranch administration team. The Operations Director takes short, medium and long term site and operations goals into consideration with every decision and is excited about creatively and sustainably managing Ranch operations on a tight budget. Each Director is expected to teach one class per week.


Exempt. Permanent. Full-time. Year-round. Ranges seasonally from 30-40 hrs per week.

 APPLY by March 25th!  

 Email application materials to  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:         Operations Director

We are looking to hire on a short timeline and will accept and review applications until the position is filled. 

Horseback Riding Instructor

Part-Time School Year 2019-20

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.


Non-exempt. Permanent. Part-time. Year-round.

Positions open now for part-time (Monday through Friday) work starting immediately.


 Email application materials to  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:         Horse Riding Instructor

We are looking to hire on a short timeline and will accept and review applications until the position is filled. 

Special Events Instructor

Part-Time School Year 2019-20

Special Events Instructors will be primarily responsible for leading birthday parties and hosting our open-house Family Days on Sundays. Special Events instructors may also have the option to lead scout trips, occasional private events, and lead school field trips on Wednesday mornings depending on interest and availability. See our the Special Events tab on our website for more details on our Special Events offerings.

Qualified candidates for this position love working with kids outside, and can excel at leading a wide variety of outdoor activities including archery, farm animal interaction, nature games, shelter building, fire building, simple woodshop projects and gardening. All training is included but previous experience is looked upon favorably. Candidates will have excellent character, integrity and adaptability, and are able to work independently, as well as work in a cooperative, team-oriented atmosphere. Enthusiasm, sense of humor, and patience are also necessary attributes, as well as outdoor experience and a passion for connecting children to nature. It is important that you are comfortable working with horses, goats, chickens and ducks in our unique learning environment.


*Sienna Ranch birthday parties are scheduled on Sundays, between 9am and 6pm, most Sundays between September through May (excluding Sienna Ranch holiday breaks). There are months with less events scheduled (winter months). We are happy to receive time off request, but they need to be emailed to no earlier than a month before the day requested. 

*Family Days are from 12pm-4pm. They are held from on 5 Sundays each year.  Dates are: September 15th, October 20, April 19, May 10th (Mother’s Day) and one Saturday October 26th.


 Email application materials to  

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:         Special Events Instructor

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

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  

Apply to be a volunteer feeder