Volunteering at Ferne

Support Ferne With The Gift Of Time

Do you have a passion for Animal Welfare?  Can you donate some spare time?  Would you like to gain experience in Customer Service or Animal Care skills while undertaking valuable charity work?

If the answer is Yes! then please contact us through volunteering@ferneanimalsanctuary.org

Please note restrictions on volunteering apply to under 18’s.

The Sanctuary relies on the goodwill and dedication of volunteers for much of its work and would love to hear from you if you would like to help – just a few hours a week will make a difference. Please phone 01460 65214 for more information or click here for more contact details. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following roles.  Please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions it is having on us at Ferne, some of our volunteering roles are currently not available.


This role will involve informally talking to visitors about some of the animals here, whilst out and about in the Sanctuary. This would ideally suit someone who is friendly and outgoing with an interest in animals. Training in both communication skills and knowledge of the sanctuary and its animals will be provided. As most of our busy times are in school holidays it would ideally suit someone who is in higher education or works in education.

Visitor Centre Volunteers – NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Are you friendly, open and enjoy meeting people? Do you enjoy answering questions and sharing your passion for animals? Are you happy to handle money? We are looking for volunteers for our brand new Visitor Centre and our new on-site Ferne Animal Sanctuary Shop.  As a Visitor Centre volunteer you will be meeting, greeting and providing information about Ferne Animal Sanctuary to visiting members of the public.  There will be the option to expand your role with additional training during our peak season. Ferne Shop volunteers will be advising on and selling products to visitors from our on-site shop. Please note you must be 18yrs & over to volunteer in our Visitor Centre and 17yrs & over for the On-Site Shop.

Dog Walking Volunteers – CURRENTLY FULL

With our newly built kennels and rehoming centre, we can care for up to 50 dogs at any one time, so need a lot of help walking the dogs every day, particularly in the mornings. Please let us know if you can spare a little time, we’d love to hear from you. Please note you must be 18yrs & over.


We are particularly looking for volunteers to help with fun children’s crafts and activities that we run on all school holidays and special event days.

We are also looking for more regular volunteers who would like to gain experience in developing & delivering educational activities and games to a wide range of audiences, but especially Primary School aged children.

Cafe Volunteers – CURRENTLY FULL

The Sanctuary is seeking volunteers who can donate some valuable time to the Sanctuary by helping out in our cafe. As part of your volunteer duties you will take orders and serve members of the public our range of food items which include ice creams, hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks; you may also be helping in the kitchen.  This volunteer role is great for gaining catering experience. Please note you must be 15yrs & over.


To assist in the Charity shops, advise and help customers, operate the till, sort stock and prepare stock for sale. We currently have two charity shops – one in Chard,the other in Ilminster. Please note you must be 15yrs & over.

Volunteer Estate Helpers – VOLUNTEER ROLES AVAILABLE

To assist in the building and maintenance of our 52 acres of beautiful countryside.  You could get involved in hedge laying, maintaining our sensory garden, painting and decorating or buildinga new duck shed! Please note you must be 18yrs & over.

Volunteer Home Visitors – NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

To visit homes of cats and dogs which have been adopted from Ferne.  We are in need of help in Blandford Forum, Bridgwater, Budleigh Salterton, Burnham on Sea, Charmouth, Dawlish, East Coker, Exeter, Glastonbury, Ilchester, Kilmington, Merriott, North Curry, Ottery St Mary, Shepton Beauchamp, Stocklinch, Sturminster Newton, and Upottery. We do welcome all Volunteer home visitors, whichever area you live in.

Office Admin Volunteers – NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

We always need help in our offices, so please do get in touch if you need work experience in this area.  We can give you useful experience in customer care, marketing, accounting and other general office duties.

Fundraising Volunteers – VOLUNTEER ROLES AVAILABLE

Do you fancy organising a fundraising event or activity? This could be organising a sponsored walk; a bake sale; dressing up silly at work, or running a bingo night for example. Here is a link to our Just Giving page where people are fundraising right now for Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

For more information about volunteering, please download our information sheet:

F.A.S Volunteering Information Issue 1.2 Jan 2019

or download our application form here:

F.A.S Volunteer Application Form Issue 1.6 August 2020