Internship Opportunity with Heifer International in Arkansas

Full-time Residential Volunteer (Internship) Opportunity with Heifer International - Heifer Ranch Learning Center, Perryville, Arkansas


All Heifer International volunteers (interns) are a part of helping to provide experiential education that inspires, challenges, and engages people to end global hunger and poverty.  Heifer Ranch operates a 5 acre organic garden (CSA), a small livestock production, a dining hall which uses Ranch produce and meats, a conference center, and experiential education programs year-round – welcoming nearly 18,000 visitors each year.  Volunteer positions are specialized into four areas: livestock, education, gardens/food service and guest operations/visitor center.  Learning Center volunteers have a passion for Heifer’s mission to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth.  They enjoy working with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds, are able to put in a good 40+ hour week, spend time outdoors in all types of weather and are willing to learn and help out.

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Position Description

Heifer Ranch is recruiting for volunteers who can commit to one of the following time commitments:

1.      August 31, 2015 – November 21, 2015

2.      August 31, 2015 – August 13, 2016

3.      February 1, 2016 – August 13, 2016

4.      February 1, 2016 – November 19, 2016

Schedule: 40-50 hours a week including some evenings, weekends and holidays depending on scheduled programming.  Volunteers receive two days off each week.


·         On-site, fully-furnished, communal-style housing;

·         Cost-of-Living Reimbursement Stipend of $98/week;

·         Weekday lunches in the Dining Hall during programming;

·         20% Heifer Gift Shop discount during term of active service.

·         Access to Ranch bikes & vehicles

Responsibilities:  Vary by positions listed below and detailed full position descriptions are available upon request at

•        Education Volunteers lead tours, education activities & programs with mostly youth participants; Assist with daily livestock chores and periodically in the Visitor Center.

•        Guest Operations Volunteers answer phones, assist with reservations, gift shop sales, community outreach, light housekeeping and data entry.  Also assist with daily livestock chores and field trips.

•        Farmer Chef Volunteers assist part-time with meal preparation for program participants and part-time with gardening in a variety of gardens, including an organic CSA; periodically lead education programs.

•        Livestock Volunteers oversee daily livestock feeding, conduct animal well-being checks, assist with fencing repairs, purchase feed & supplies; periodically lead education programs.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age by starting date of volunteer service

  • Must pass background check

  • Must be fluent in English and possess excellent verbal & written communication skills

  • Must have ability and willingness to work with school and congregational groups

  • Must complete required orientation and training

  • Must uphold all Heifer policies and procedures

  • Must commit to specific service dates prior to orientation, preferably a full season as listed

  • Must meet the physical requirements which vary by position and duties

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively particularly with youth and groups

  • Excellent customer service skills, during routine times and under pressure

  • A friendly, “can-do” attitude, people skills and patience

  • Ability to perform as an effective team member and work cooperatively and positively with a diverse group (gender, age, religion, ethnicity, etc.) of guests and coworkers

  • Possess a clear understanding of and appreciation for the mission of Heifer International

  • Ability to follow procedures, expectations and policies, with or without direct supervision

  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors during inclement weather (hot and cold)

  • Willingness to work hard and get dirty

  • Demonstrated ability to complete assigned projects independently and to multi-task

  • Willingness and ability to share housing (including room) with a diverse group of volunteers and participate in the household community including housekeeping chores

To Apply:

Visit the website – or contact the Outreach & Volunteer Manager at Heifer Ranch by emailing or calling 501-889-5124.

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