Job description


Volunteer Role - Gardening (0412)

  • Poscity
  • Poscountry
    United Kingdom
  • Area:
    Support and Governance

Do you love donkeys?

Would you like to help make a difference?

Can you spare the gift of time?

Then come and join our family!

The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities, currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

Volunteers have been at the heart of our work for over 15 years and will be an integral part of the charity reaching its goals in the future. They are involved in a multitude of ways across the organisation – welcoming visitors to The Donkey Sanctuary at our Visitor Centre, in our shop, in our award winning restaurant, at our Donkey Assisted Therapy Centres, and at the many events we host throughout the year. They also offer support behind the scenes – with our wonderful donkeys, in our offices, our green spaces and much, much more…

Role Description

If you’re a keen gardener with a love for all things green we are looking for 3 new volunteers to join our gardening club on a Wednesday or a Thursday at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

We’re looking for help with …….

Watering and feeding of tubs and displays within the sanctuary.
Weeding and mulching of borders, replanting.
Seed sowing, potting up, propagation, division of plant material.
Edging up lawns and keeping the gardens and pathways.
Grass cutting and assisting with tree management.
Pruning of shrubs.

You will enjoy working outdoors as part of a team, love meeting people and have a willingness to learn. You will have a reasonable level of fitness and an awareness of the demands of this role. With the ability to be cheerful working outside even when there is a nip in the air or when the heavens open!

You will be a friendly face, happy to chat to all our visitors, answering their questions to the best of your ability or directing them to someone who can help.

You will be available to attend and complete our two day people induction which includes our Stage 1 Donkey Care course, prior to starting your volunteering. 

You will love acting as an ambassador, representing the charity in a positive way at all times. Demonstrating our values of compassion, collaboration and creativity.


If you are aged 18 or over, enthusiastic and have regular free time you can offer, then we would love to hear from you.

Once we have received your competed application we will give you a call to chat more about the opportunity and give you the chance to ask any questions you may have. If after this chat you feel the role is for you and we feel you would be a good fit then we will make arrangements for you to come along for a taster session.  This will offer you a real insight into what the role will involve and will be an opportunity for us to see how you will fit with the team.  If this all goes well the next step will be for your to attend our two-day induction and at this point we will also send out some online training for you to complete before you start. 

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you would like to find out more information about volunteering at The Donkey Sanctuary in this role please call us on 01395 578222 (Monday-Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm)

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The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Sidmouth, Devon, United Kingdom, EX10 0NU
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