Volunteer & Internships

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Complete the volunteer application, waiver and background check (no fee).

2. Must be at least 18 years old and pass the background check.

3. Schedule an interview and orientation.


Equine

Get up close and personal with our beloved horses! Help with general stable duties such as washing, mucking, grooming and harnessing. Volunteer in the Hall of Champions with our celebrity horses, with over 40 different breeds in the Horses of the World, in the Big Barn with draft horses, the Kids' Barn or Farrier Shop. You will get your boots dirty!

Hands-on Trainings are offered to volunteers with limited experience and provide an opportunity to gain valuable skills and confidence while being taught by one of our equine specialists. Volunteers learn about horse behaviors, barn and pasture safety, grooming, haltering and leading.


Park Representative

Volunteers advise and direct guests on how to best enjoy their time at the park. Help at the daily shows, give tours and assist with special events! Help visitors navigate the grounds and provide information about activities, programs and equine presentations.

Drive the shuttles throughout the park to assist guests and answer any questions they may have.

Tour guides give interpretive tours on foot and on shuttles to the thousands of adult and school groups that come to the park each year.

Field Trip Program Volunteers will meet school groups on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-1 and assist them throughout the park. Each school group is given a schedule to follow, and volunteers will guide the students and teachers to each of the areas of the park.

Special Event volunteers provide information at booths, greet and advise visitors, take tickets, register guests, sort t-shirts, stuff goodie bags, direct 5k runners, run activity stations, handle mini horses, hand out giveaway items and drive shuttles.

Assist with merchandising and decorating in the Gift Shop and Tack Shop or with registration, cleaning sites and shuttling at the Campground.


Behind the Scenes

Volunteers help with office duties, landscaping, general maintenance and the vital preparation for special events. Contribute in the International Museum of the Horse on projects including exhibitions, archives, library, research, and conservation.


Volunteer Calendar

March 19 - Hippity Hoppity Hunt at the Campground

April 28 - May 1 - Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

May 22 - High Hope Steeplechase

June 1 - July 31 - KHP/CKRH Equine Troop

July 30 - Hats Off Day

September 30 - Celebrity Team Penning

October 15 & 22 - Halloween at the Campground

November 17 - Southern Lights Stroll

November 18 - December 23 - Southern Lights Holiday Festival



Internship Opportunities

2016 Fall Internship Opportunities
2016 Fall Internship Applications will be accepted from August 22-September 12. These internships will run for a minimum of 8 weeks starting September 19 through December 12.

Campground Recreation Internship
Draft Horse Division Internship
Equine Education Internship
General Equine Internship
Landscaping Internship
Marketing Internship
Mounted Police Internship
Museum Education Internship
Special Events Internship
Volunteer Management Internship


2017 Spring Internship Opportunities
2017 Spring Internship Applications will be accepted from November 21-January 23. These internships will run for a minimum of 8 weeks starting February 1 through April 30.

Campground Recreation Internship
Draft Horse Division Internship
Equine Education Internship
General Equine Internship
Landscaping Internship
Marketing Internship
Mounted Police Internship
Museum Collections Internship
Museum Education Internship
Special Events Internship
Volunteer Management Internship


2017 Summer Internship Opportunities
2017 Summer Internship Applications will be accepted from March 15-April 30. These internships will run for a minimum of 8 weeks starting May 1 through August 15.

Campground Recreation Internship
Draft Horse Division Internship
Equine Education Internship
General Equine Internship
Landscaping Internship
Marketing Internship
Mounted Police Internship
Museum Collections Internship
Museum Education Internship
Special Events Internship
Volunteer Management Internship


To Apply for an Internship at the Kentucky Horse Park:
1. Complete the internship application, waiver and background check (no fee).
2. Must be enrolled in a college or university, at least 18 years old and pass the background check.
3. Email cover letter, resume, preferred internship dates and hours available to Annie Hickey.

Please click on the links for more information about each internship. All positions are unpaid. The Kentucky Horse Park does not provide housing, transportation or pay stipends. Equine related internship applicants must have a moderate amount of horse experience. The Kentucky Horse Park is willing to work with colleges and universities to meet credit requirements if applicable. Internship opportunities for each season are subject to change.


Contact

Volunteer Center Hours
Monday: 11:30am-5pm & Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-5pm
Annie Hickey, Volunteer and Outreach Manager, (859) 259-4267, Annie.Hickey@ky.gov