Candlelight Ranch relies on a large and committed volunteer base to keep the ranch beautiful and deliver our programs. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, and groups! Whether providing hands-on support to deliver the Ranch’s programs, or helping on a special project to keep the ranch beautiful, we appreciate the support of volunteers and couldn’t deliver our mission-based programs without them. All volunteers who work with the youth at the Ranch are screened and must pass a background check. Sign up to volunteer!
Internships & Field Work
Are you looking for an exciting experience working outdoors delivering innovative nature programming, equine assisted learning, and challenge courses to children that face unique challenges? Candlelight Ranch is now recruiting for Spring and Summer Interns! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Interns receive a ropes course verification and hands-on professional experience working with children who face unique challenges.
Save the Date:
Our next Zip Line Training & Verification will be on September 30, 2107. Space is very limited so sign up as soon as you can!
Here are some example of volunteer opportunities at the Ranch
Keep the Ranch Beautiful
- Work Days
- Corporate Involvement and Improvement Projects
- Community Service and Care
- Earth Day Event Volunteer
Program Support Opportunities
- Challenge Course Facilitator
- Creative support for Arts and Crafts
- Yoga and Music Leader
- Nature Exploration and Education Program
- Team Building Support
- Equine Program Support
My name is Alisa Van Meter. I am currently a Masters’ level student at the University of Texas Arlington studying Social Work with a concentration in children and families. I am an intern at Candlelight Ranch, and am in my second semester interning here. I truly have found a lottery-winning internship here at the ranch. … Continued
Volunteers are an integral and important factor in Candlelight Ranch’s success. Just this summer Candlelight Ranch volunteers clocked over 2000 volunteer hours, making this one of the most successful summers yet. Volunteers from all over Central Texas assisted with our programs – from facilitating zip lines, to helping with kayaks, horses, ChillVille and nature programming, … Continued
“Coming into summer 2016 as an Intern I knew my time at Candlelight would be a memorable and wholly worthwhile experience. However, I did not expect what a change the ranch would spark in not only me, but the kids that come out for a fun filled time in nature. Everyday I drive through the … Continued
“I was fortunate to discover Candlelight Ranch when I was searching for internship opportunities while earning my MSW. Once I visited, and witnessed the changes that occurred through Candlelight’s unique outdoor/self-esteem programming opportunities, I was hooked! I have spent over 15 years working with youth who encounter various barriers to their success and happiness – … Continued
Thank you Gary! Candlelight Ranch would like to thank amazing volunteer, Gary Caylor! Gary has volunteered with Candlelight Ranch for over two years, and brings to CLR vast experience in nature, gardening, and the outdoors. He is verified on the ziplines and whether it is helping children have the time of their life as they fly … Continued
“My husband, Ron, and I were introduced to the great work of Candlelight Ranch by invitation to Dress By Candlelight at Saks 5th Avenue about 4 years ago. We have been so blessed with the friendships we have developed on this journey and the many friends, family and co-workers who have engaged through us with … Continued
“The community that Candlelight Ranch is located with in is near Lake Travis with dry terrain and spaced out mountains with the lake in between. Surrounded by ranches and about a 15 miles out there is a small town which had a CVS, a grass station and a small grocery store. The surroundings were beautiful. … Continued
Talented volunteers of Texas Trail Tamers, Pat and Angie, led a group of dedicated volunteers, including a team from UFCU, Amy, an occupational therapist, Todd, Candlelight Ranch’s new intern, and our valued ranch team, Lynette, Angelia, and Randy, in sculpting out Tamer’s Trail near the lake. This hard work increases water access at Candlelight Ranch, enabling … Continued
“My parents were coming to town from Tennessee, and what better way to get in the holiday spirit than making a trip to Candlelight Ranch. They’ve heard me raving about the ranch for months now, but they didn’t fully understand what I was talking about until they were out there on Saturday for the Family Day Christmas … Continued
University Federal Credit Union volunteers are no strangers to working on the land at Candlelight Ranch and helping to facilitate innovative nature programming. It was fun to see these hardworking humanitarians get dressed up for this important cause and help Candlelight Ranch execute an incredibly successful annual fundraiser at Dress by Candlelight!
The team at University Federal Credit Union is making a difference in the lives of the youth at the Ranch! They have come out in large groups for multiple work days to keep the ranch in tip-top shape for all the visiting ranchers. Looking for a corporate volunteer opportunity or setting for a team building session? … Continued
Tara Gray deserves some applause! This summer she volunteered many hours as a zipline volunteer helping Ranchers overcome their fears while making life-long memories. Not only is she a dedicated hands-on volunteer, she has spent countless hours serving on Candlelight’s board, including President. The special tree house at the Ranch is named after her daughter, … Continued