Idle-Hour Ranch is a privately owned and operated animal sanctuary dedicated to providing loving care to species of all kinds; educating the public through a fun, interactive, family atmosphere, all while promoting conservation and awareness. 

As a volunteer here at IHR you have the opportunity to interact directly with people who are looking for a fun, family-friendly activity. They’ve planned their adventure, driven as much as an hour or more, and are planning to spend the day with us. All they need is a little help.

It’s our job to make sure they get started exploring quickly, learn new things, find the services they need throughout the day, and have fun throughout their visit. We are the party coordinators for their day-long party. All we have to do is take good care of them. Sound fun?

If this sounds like something you would enjoy then you will love volunteering at IHR!

Please note: Every year we have more applicants than we can possibly add to our team; so if you are only wanting to play with the animals, or do not get excited at the thought of smiling and helping people for seven hours a day during the weekend, then we encourage you to apply with a facility more suitable to your interests, as we are looking for very particular traits in our applicants in order to provide the best experience for our guests.


You have the opportunity to make people happy! You have the opportunity to learn a lot as you educate our guests about cool things like exotic animals, agriculture, wildlife, and conservation.

You get to help families make wonderful memories together while having lots of fun!
And most importantly, you make it possible for IHR to provide quality care for the animals!

Every day is different. We believe in cross-training every volunteer so you can have different jobs throughout the day to keep you fresh and excited. We have indoor & outdoor tasks, more physical & less physical tasks, more interaction & less interaction tasks. Just specify your interests on the application and we will do our best to keep you within your preferred niche.

Be at least 18* years of age 
Have reliable transportation
Be able to pass a background check and drug test
Understand that all hours worked are unpaid and without recompense
Be able to commit to a minimum of 150 hrs per season (or one 7 hr day per weekend)
* Teens (ages 14 years and older) may apply for our Youth Volunteer Program; sign up form Coming Soon 

Sound like something you’d like to try? CLICK HERE to download our Volunteer Application

Complete your Application and mail to:
Idle-Hour Ranch - Volunteer
4845 Fenner Rd.
Troy, OH 45373

Youth Volunteer Program - information coming soon!
We are constantly working hard to make improvements to IHR's educational programs; and to introduce new features, as well. Please check back with us soon to see our new and exciting program for teens interested in volunteering here at IHR!

In the meantime, have you checked out the wonderful hands-on opportunities that ourSummer Camp provides for ages 5-15? It's the opportunity of a lifetime!