Our process of communication with internship candidates is:
1. A student contacts us with a resume and cover letter.
Mail to: Internships at Rest.Stop.Ranch, 202 Haverhill Road, Topsfield, MA 01983
2. A mailed response or phone interview is scheduled.
3. Onsite interviews are scheduled. A mutual discernment decides a good fit.
4. An internship program is discussed and developed on paper.
5. An agreement between student, educational organization, and Rest.Stop.Ranch is formed.
We will be interviewing and accepting intern candidates throughout the spring season (March 1 to June 15).
Spring Internship: April 1 – May 24.
Summer Internship: June 3 – July 26.
Fall Internship: August 12 – December 13.
High-school, Bachelor’s and Master’s level internships are available. Please contact us if you are seeking to gain experience in communications, community outreach, marketing, social work, hospitality services, sociology, psychology, education, special education, music/dance/drama/art therapies, horticulture, horticultural therapy, dementia care, disability care, spiritual care, accessible design, universal design, event management, program management, program administration, and/or social entrepreneurship.
Help us make a difference for care-partners and people living with dementia or a chronic disability!
We need your help with:
If you live North of Boston, are at least age 14, and are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please:
- Download, complete & return our Volunteer Application
- E-mail volunteer (at) rest-stop-ranch.com, or call 978-887-4202.
Thanks for your interest! Please scroll down this page to learn more.
~ The Rest.Stop.Ranch -Making a Difference- Team
Programs/Events Help (Weekends)
Events (offered on either Saturday or Sunday) are our year-round Memory Café, and our Seasonal Sunday Stroll.
Year-round Events, Volunteer Roles:
Events Team (experience not necessary)
Event Set-up & Breakdown
Seasonal Events, Volunteer Roles:
Nature Guides (for People with Special Needs)
Picnic Area Support
Activities: Drums & Dancing
Activities: Bird Tales
Activities: Fish Tales
Activities: Flower Fun (Craft/Arranging)
Outreach/Marketing Help (Anytime)
Outreach Team (experience not necessary)
Help Manage Print Literature
Help Distribute Print Literature
Help Manage Online Presence
Share our Story & Services with Friends
Visit & Present to:
- Healthcare Partners
- Schools/Education Partners
- Councils on Aging
- Aging and Disability Agencies
- Faith-based Organizations
- Public Libraries
Administration/Office Help (Anytime)
Office Team (experience not necessary)
Help Manage Paper Files (Paper Organization)
Help Manage Digital Files (Data Entry & Organization)
Garden/Horticulture Help (Anytime)
Horticulture Team (experience not necessary)
Build Trails and/or Garden Beds
Maintain Trails and/or Garden Beds
Plant, Weed, Harvest
Caregiver Support Group (Thursday Evenings)
Group Facilitator(s) trained by Alzheimer’s Association or AFTD.
What are the Benefits?
– Rest.Stop.Ranch volunteers have the opportunity to become part of a dynamic and highly-participative Rest.Stop.Ranch communitee consisting of Mary, Karl, team members, program participants, contributors (of plants and funds), volunteers, mentors, and project stakeholders.
– Rest.Stop.Ranch volunteers have the opportunity to experience meaningful and gratifying work:
1. support families living with long-term illness and disability
2. develop wheelchair-accessible gardens for the present and future
3. meet guests with disabilities with kindness and love
Requirements for Helping in the Garden
– At least 14 years old.
– Enthusiasm for Rest.Stop.Ranch Programs and a commitment to learning about conservation, stewardship, and universal access.
– Ability to lift 20 pounds, the ability to stoop and bend, and the ability to tolerate local weather.
– No prior gardening knowledge is required; all necessary knowledge is taught.
– Ability to talk informally to children and adults, both in groups and one-on-one.
– Ability to communicate Rest.Stop.Ranch rules effectively in a non-threatening manner.
– Must be reliable, responsible, and flexible.
– The ability to walk or stand for a significant amount of time.
– All required information and communication techniques will be taught.
– Report to work on time and in uniform.
– Work with a positive, can-do attitude with all guests and members of the team.
– A one-time contribution of project time, or a regular commitment of your choosing is appreciated.
– Volunteers are paired with a member of the Rest.Stop.Ranch team to perform their duties, and additional on-the-job training will be provided by those team members.
– All volunteers will be issued a volunteer ID name tag, which must be worn when acting in a role supporting guests.
– Long pants are considered appropriate (khakis and blue jeans are acceptable).
– For safety reasons, closed-toe shoes and socks are required; no sandals.
– A hat, sunscreen, and water bottle are all encouraged (also, work gloves if working in the garden).
– Rest.Stop.Ranch team members are available to provide assistance, supervision, and mentoring as needed.
How to Apply
– Complete & Return to us: Rest.Stop.Ranch Volunteer Application.
Or, Please e-mail volunteer (at) rest-stop-ranch.com if you have questions.