We look forward to seeing some of you when the weather is warmer and you can come help us!
Crews: Unfortunately, we cannot handle more than 12 volunteers
during a single day for outdoor volunteering and four volunteers per day for indoor volunteering. Positions are given
on a first-come, first-served basis. You
will be notified when you submit your online Volunteer Application Form (available in February) if the day is already full. Please register for the
next available date of your choosing. We also welcome clubs or organizations who would like to volunteer as a group. Check the available volunteer days and sign up
Requirements: Minimum age to volunteer is 15; all minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or other adult guardian.
Physical Condition: Although
some of our volunteer projects might not
be terribly labor intensive, the terrain
that you will be work in, coupled with the
sometimes oppressive weather conditions,
requires that you be in good physical condition.
We are not able to leave any volunteer behind
as the remainder of the group hikes to
our designated project site.
Day Hours: The scheduled hours for Volunteer Day are 8:45
a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST. You must be at the check-in point by
8:30 a.m., in Hohenwald, TN, approximately 90 minutes from
downtown Nashville. (A map will be provided
when your registration is accepted.) Volunteers are brought
onto Sanctuary grounds as a group. Only those people with
a reservation on a volunteer day will be allowed on grounds. Any
volunteer who is late and misses the check-in time will not
be admitted and will miss the opportunity.
Cancellation: If you have signed up for a volunteer date and need to cancel please notify the office by emailing email@example.com at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled volunteer date. This will allow others on the waiting list the opportunity to take your place. If you fail to notify us of your cancellation and are a “no-show” on your reserved date you will not be allowed to volunteer at the Sanctuary for any other Volunteer dates throughout the year.
with Staff: At least one member of the staff will join you
for lunch — a great time for questions and answers!
to Bring: Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch and enough
water or other refreshments for the day.
You may bring a personal cooler or backpack
if you would like — but
remember, you may have to carry it for
some distance. You will want to record
your visit with photos, so a small camera
would also be on the list of what to bring.
is very helpful to bring latex rubber gloves
to avoid getting the oil-based enamel
paint on your hands as you paint. If you
are allergic to anything (for example,
bee stings), please bring the remedy with you!
project should be completed around 3:00 p.m.
The Sanctuary will provide the opportunity
for all volunteers to clean up before returning to their vehicles and continuing on the Welcome Center for a presentation from The Elephant Sanctuary Caregivers. The day will conclude at 3:30.
to Wear: Depending on the season, temperatures can range
from low 30s to as high as 100 degrees. Inclement weather, such
as rain, happens often and will not cancel volunteer activities.
In most cases, it merely changes your scheduled project.
such as mosquitoes and ticks are abundant in this area, so wear
the proper repellants, work boots, long pants, comfortable long
or short sleeved shirts, sunscreen, and sunglasses. We also recommend
a tetanus shot.
if I see an elephant? It is a rare occasion that a volunteer
will see an elephant, but if you do, you will be instructed
to remain quiet in their presence, and will not be allowed any
verbal or physical interaction with them. Remember, this is
Pets Allowed: While it is no secret that we love animals
as much as you do, for the safety of all
creatures big and small, please leave yours at home.
Smoking or Drinking: The Sanctuary buildings and grounds
are a smoke-free and drug-free zone. No one is allowed to smoke
or consume drugs or alcohol on grounds.
Liability Waiver: You will be asked to sign a liability waiver each time you volunteer.
Me Up: Registration for 2014 Volunteer Days will be opened early next year.