Youth Volunteer

The youth volunteers at Nova’s Ark are the most incredible people that we have ever met! In order to qualify as a volunteer at Nova’s Ark, you must be at least 12 years of age and able to complete tasks independently. You need to have a gentle heart, a respect for all living things, extreme patience, a huge smile and a willingness to learn. Youth volunteers begin their experiences on Sundays from 9 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. Jobs with our therapy animals may include feeding and grooming, cleaning pens, and sorting vegetables. However, one of the most important role for our volunteer is to participate, along with our therapy animals, in the Circle of Friends providing social opportunities for individuals with varied abilities.

There are a number of youth volunteers who have their 100 hour status, others who have moved into the 500 hour team and several now who have graduated into the 1,000+ hour leadership group. These are very dedicated individuals. All of our volunteers are gifts to Nova’s Ark which truly makes a tremendous difference.


We love our volunteers!Nova’s Ark holds Volunteer Information Sessions in the Spring (Mar/Apr/May) of each year. Youth (12 years or older) interested in becoming a volunteer, may register to attend one of these Sessions along with the support of a parent or guardian.  This half-day information session will include an introduction to the philosophy and focus of Nova’s Ark, along with the roles and responsibilities of a volunteer.  Once the overview is complete, prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to sign-up to continue with Training Sessions in 4 Key Areas which cover safety, animal care and inclusion of all.  This process will allow Volunteers to become familiar with aspects of Nova’s Ark and to participate in the various activities throughout the year.

The May session is now CLOSED!

Thank you for all of your interest. We will see you next year for the next orientation!

   Click on the link to see the Frequently Asked Questions about our Volunteer Program:  FAQs – Youth Focused


NOTE:   If you already volunteer and need information on your total Volunteer Hours, please email   Please make sure you include your full name and Nova’s Ark PIN#.

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