Parks & Recreation

Farrel-McWhirter Teen Volunteer Program

Love animals? Need community service hours for NHS or college apps? Join the Farrel-McWhirter Volunteer Program and get hands on experience with horses and livestock, helping children learn about agriculture and the equestrian world. The Volunteer Program holds monthly meetings, offers horseback riding opportunities, educational outings, and hands-on animal trainings. Applications are accepted year-round; however, there are only two New Member Orientations, usually held in the fall and early spring. Depending on availability and openings, an additional orientation may be added. You must attend a New Member Orientation prior to starting. Interested individuals will receive information about registering after their application has been received. 

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application online.

For more information, please contact Sidney Smith at sesmith@redmond.gov

Details

  • Age: 12 to 16 years
  • Fee: $75 
  • Time Frame: September - August

Farm Docent Adult Volunteer Program

Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park seeks enthusiastic adult volunteers that are excited to help unite the public with the Farm Park’s mission of connecting our community to our common roots in nature and agriculture.

The primary focus of the Farm Docent program is to provide information to the public and offer assistance, help support educational programs, and help maintain aspects of an educational working farm. Accepting Applications starting August 6th! 

Duties as assigned might be: Assisting Farm School Instructors with farm school and nature programs, assisting with scheduled species education sessions, working in the Farm’s garden, assisting with the public farm tour program, answering general park and animal questions from the public, and assisting staff with basic farm maintenance and animal care, special event support. 

The Farm Docent Program will provide participants with a fun, nature-rich environment to volunteer in, and wants to welcome them to the outstanding community of staff, youth volunteers, clients, visitors, and very special animals that call Farrel-McWhirter home. Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park and the City of Redmond strive to make nature accessible to everyone!

Click here to complete the Volunteer Application online.

Farm Docent Requirements:
•    Complete Application

•    In Person Interview if selected from applicant pool

•    Background Check if selected for interviews

•    Successful Completion of the Farm Docent Training Program

Preferred Qualification for Applicants:
•    Out-going, friendly adults that have a passion for animals, nature, and educating.

•    Must enjoy interacting with children of all ages and their families.

•    Some prior experience working with animals of any species is preferred, but no required. Training will be provided.

•    Willingness to learn and warm demeanor is a must.