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Become a Volunteer


Training is available for all volunteer opportunities. Experience with horses is preferred, specifically experience working with thoroughbred race horses either at the race track or thoroughbred farms.

No Experience Necessary

  • Barn chores
  • Office and administrative
  • Education
  • Special events
  • Booth representative

Experience Necessary

  • Handling horses
  • Horse care
  • Farm operations


In order to volunteer, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (volunteers under the age of 18 must have their guardian sign volunteer paperwork)
  • Pass an online background check
  • Have a current Tetanus vaccination
  • Be capable of safely handling animals with minimal staff supervision
  • Commit to volunteering 10 hours per month for at least six months

Possible Barn and Stall Volunteer Tasks

Not all volunteers will be required to complete these tasks:

  • Willingness to work in extremes of hot and cold temperatures
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds on occasion and up to 20 to 25 pounds regularly
  • Ability to walk on uneven terrain
  • Ability to work while standing and walking, sometimes for extended periods and with occasional breaks
  • Stall cleaning involves loading, pushing and dumping wheelbarrows
  • Lifting 40 to 50-pound hay bales and 50-pound bags of feed

The barn environment includes exposure to horses, hay, grasses, dust and pollen. Cats will also be present in the barn.

Application Process

Volunteers must complete the following application process.

Step 1: Complete Application Paperwork

To apply to become a volunteer, you must download, review and complete the application paperwork listed below. The following are PDF documents that open in a new window:

Return these completed forms by email to, by fax at 410-832-4402, or by mail or in person to:

Baltimore County Agricultural Center Equine Facility
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
1114 Shawan Road, Suite 1
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Step 2: Complete and Pass the Online Background Check

Complete your background check with the login information provided to you by the Volunteer Coordinator. You must pass Baltimore County's background check, which will include fingerprinting, before you're approved to work as an Equine Facility volunteer.

  • Disapproval: If a report comes back with information preventing you from volunteering, SSCI will contact you directly to report the findings or possibly request additional information by email or mail.
  • Approval: Volunteers who pass the check will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator.

Once the application has been submitted in person or online, it takes up to two weeks to receive the results.

Step 3: Attend Volunteer Orientation and Training

Orientation will be offered to approved volunteers. Training is ongoing and covers a variety of topics related to caring for and working around or with horses. Topics include:

  • Safety Around Horses
  • How Horses Think
  • Equine and Barn Equipment
  • Horse Grooming
Revised November 14, 2018         


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