Surrey Docks Farm is a working farm that rears a range of livestock to demonstrate where our food comes from and to promote animal welfare. Produce from the animals, including meat and eggs is sold through the farm shop when available.
Livestock volunteers assist with all aspects of animal care. Daily duties include helping with feeding, mucking out enclosures, sweeping the yard and paths, collecting eggs, exercising and putting the animals away at night.
Livestock volunteers should have an interest in animals and their welfare and be prepared to get stuck in with routine, dirty and physical tasks in all weather. Enthusiasm and interest in animal care is essential, skills and knowledge can be taught!
Livestock volunteers need to commit to a set morning (9am-1pm), afternoon (2pm-5pm) attending on a weekly basis, ideally for a minimum of three months. Set times are important, so that we can stick to routine times for the animals we’re caring for and know we’ll have enough help.
Please be aware we have a small staff team with only one Livestock staff member per day and as such volunteer supervision is very limited. We do provide on-the-job training, but expect volunteers to be capable of working independently to complete a set task.
In line with our Safeguarding and Health & Safety Policy, volunteer roles are for adults only, so to be eligible you will need to 18 years or older. We’re currently applying for funding to be able to offer a new project for those aged 14-18 and will update on our website if/when this is established.
Volunteering can continue throughout the pandemic but extra precautions have been put in place for example numbers are greatly reduced and volunteers carry out their tasks outdoors, spread out across the Farm. With less people on site there will be longer periods where you’re mucking out and carrying out physical tasks alone, outside in all weathers; we therefore can not take anyone with additional health or support needs as we sadly can’t provide the supervision and support at present.
We’ve recently taken on a lot of new volunteers and a new Livestock Apprentice and have now paused livestock volunteer recruitment.
We will review capacity from mid-October and hope to open up for new volunteers from then on.
Please note we are a tiny staff team and don’t have capacity to hold a waiting list. Please do check back on this webpage from mid-October to apply to vacancies then.