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.

Nature Program Instructor

Non-exempt. Permanent. Full-time. Year-round
Nature program instructors teach a range of programs, including school year, summer and holiday camps. This position is responsible for creatively adapting and delivering dynamic nature-based curriculum to small groups of youth age pre-K to teen. Participants return weekly throughout the course of the year and rapport-building between students and instructors
is a key aspect of this position. Instructors will cultivate a sense of curiosity and discovery of the natural world through inquiry-based teaching, hands-on lessons, animal interactions, and nature exploration. Activities will include gardening, cooking, animal care, wilderness skills, ecology, and observation of nature. Instructors will model enthusiasm for all aspects of nature and weather conditions and consistently incorporate themes of stewardship, gratitude, and wonder. Nature instructors work as part of a dynamic and collaborative team as well as teach classes independently. This position reports to the Ranch Director.
Summer Schedule: Monday-Friday, 35-40 hours per week, June-August, 2019
School Year Schedule: Monday-Friday, 30-35 hours per week, September 2019-May 2020
Applications open now. If you want more information or have questions, email

Animal Intern

School Year 2018-2019 (September – June)
Shifts are offered Monday-Saturday, 8:30-11:30Monday-Friday, 2:00-5:00, Saturday 8:30-11:30 with the addition of two Sundays a month from 11:30-2pm.
Each school year, Sienna Ranch offers four paid internships for high school students in 10th grade and above. Animal Interns work 3 three-hour shifts per week under the guidance of the Animal Care and Education Manager for a total of 9 hours.  Interns are responsible for feeding, mucking pens, and general care of Sienna Ranch’s animal staff: chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, horses, and ducks. Interns will have opportunities to provide both daily maintenance and specialized care for our animals. Interns are also given the opportunity to mentor students in the Animal Care Apprentice Program on Sundays. Each intern will have opportunities to work independently, alongside the animal care manager, and as part of a team. Individual must be self-motivated as some shifts require the ability to work without supervision. Internships are one full school year (September-June) with potential for a summer position. Interns must have reliable transportation. Applicants must be able to attend training on August 29th, 30th, and 31st.
Applications open now. If you want more information or have questions, email 

Horseback Riding Instructor

Part-Time School Year 2018-19

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 Spring work and full time summer camp work


 Email application materials to Lauren Matters at 

MORE DETAILS AND APPLICATION:         Horse Back Riding Instructor

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

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  

Apply to be a volunteer feeder