Farm Volunteer

What is a Farm Volunteer?

Newparks farm is located within Muiravonside Country Park and we are home to various animals, including Hamish and Jake, the Clydesdale horses. On the farm, you can also find Highland cattle, Shetland ponies, pigs, llamas, goats, sheep, and donkeys to name a few!

Newparks Farm is run by a small team of staff and, therefore, we rely on our volunteers to help us care for the animals, bringing with them the care and compassion that enables us to provide the best care possible.

Don’t worry if you don’t have experience! Farm Volunteers work alongside the Stock Keeper, who will train you in everything you need to know about caring for the animals and volunteering on the farm.

What’s in it for you?

  • Build confidence
  • Gain new skills and knowledge, including animal care and handling
  • Meet other volunteers with the same interests
  • Get outside and increase your physical activity
  • A reference can be provided for volunteers upon request

What’s involved?

  • Feeding animals and cleaning food/water dishes
  • Mucking out enclosures
  • Sweeping the yard and paths
  • Collect eggs

Skills, Attitude, and Experience Required

  • This role would suit volunteers with a positive attitude and who are willing to get stuck in with dirty and physical tasks in all weather
  • An interest in animals and animal welfare
  • Must be physically able to carry out manual labour tasks
  • No animal handling experience necessary!

Other important information

Location: Muiravonside Country Park, The Loan, Whitecross, Linlithgow, EH49 6LW
Time Commitment: We are flexible on the day of volunteering, but volunteers must be able to commit to 4 hours per month.

Contact: Simon Bowers
07764 308030

Training: Training will be provided to all volunteers, including animal handling and caring for the animals.

Expenses: We are sorry but we are unable to provide expenses for this opportunity.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form here.

If you require a hard copy, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or phone 01324 503 614.

This role is purely voluntary and this arrangement is not meant to be a legally binding one or an employment contract.

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