Ready to make a difference?

If you’d enjoy working with kids and animals in a busy ranch environment, please get in touch with us.  We have many opportunities for you to get involved.

Scroll down to find out more about volunteering, internships, employment opportunities, and other ways you can help out or interact at Nature’s Edge Therapy Center. We appreciate everyone who makes our mission possible and would love to add you to the family.

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Volunteer

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At Nature’s Edge, volunteers are always needed for our Wisconsin autism treatment programs and more!

  • Do you like to garden?
  • Do you like to spend time with animals?
  • Do you have organizational skills?

If you answered “Yes!” to any of these questions, we invite you to join our team, enhance your skills and contribute to our success.  Volunteers perform integral roles at our center.  In fact, it would be impossible for us to achieve our mission without them.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  •  Facility maintenance
  •  Small animal care and feeding
  •  New construction
  •  Large animal care and feeding
  •  Assisting in fundraising
  •  Tack care
  •  Assisting in therapy sessions, including hippotherapy sidewalkers
  •  General cleaning
  •  Gardening/landscaping
  •  Stable attendant

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Nature’s Edge Therapy Center.

If you would like to volunteer at Nature’s Edge, please complete both the “Volunteer Intake Forms” and the “Background Information Disclosure (BID)” form below and return them to the center.

Ready to Volunteer?

Download these forms to get started.

Volunteer Intake Form

Background Info Disclosure Form

Our Volunteers Speak

Read what our volunteers have to say about us . . .

• This is a great place to volunteer, because the results of your work are so immediately tangible.  The clients and patients work very hard to achieve and respond to so much as a smile and work that much harder.  And the horses and other animals seem to know that they have a higher mission in life.  How can farm animals be so gentle, even the mischievous goat?  This is a well managed operation, and the staff is hard working.  The successes here are large and small.

–Donald Davis, Volunteer

(Donald and his two children have flown in from New York to volunteer, stayed locally and worked with us for the past three years.)

• I enjoyed the privilege of being around all kinds of animals.  With assistants, I have helped to build a greenhouse, a workout area for therapy, a fenced in area and more pasture for the horses. The ducks, pigs, dogs, cats, horses, ponies, and one cow among other animals, I have become a friend to all of them. I have become a friend to many handicapped people. I myself, happen to be handicapped. Working together the others can understand you can do it too.

–Jerry Hazelwood, Volunteer

• I love Nature’s Edge because I love working with the animals and I love children.  I also love working with people in general.  The reason why I love the children is because we connect.  Some are funny, sweet and are very curious about the way things work around here.  I personally have gotten to know the animals and some of the people.  I know what they like, and dislike.  I have learned so much, just from watching the barn manager, and the Lundeens themselves.  Nature’s Edge is my life.  Thank you Nature’s Edge.

–Sam Waggoner, Volunteer

• My first visit to Nature’s Edge Therapy Center was to discuss the 4-H Therapeutic riding program.  I ended up staying the day and came home with a volunteer training manual, four training videos, and an application to become a volunteer.  I know I had found a very special place where exciting things were happening and I wanted to be a part of it. I am learning so much from the incredible staff.  They make me feel like part of the team.  Watching the patients relate to the animals has shown me what a perfect form of therapy this is for them.  This is a professionally run program but so human and basic.  Each child and animal is unique and special.  I look forward to my time with them.

–Louise Buchmann, Volunteer

• I have lived next door to Nature’s Edge for 6 years and have watched it grow, but it wasn’t until this fall that I was able to get involved on a regular basis.  I started by filling in for the barn manager, caring for the animals and handling horses when she was injured and have enjoyed it so much that I am continuing as a volunteer.  I have learned so much from the staff about animals and people.  I am amazed at how the therapists utilize the animals and things in everyday life as tools to help their patients.  You can see the animal-human bond at work and viably see the patient’s progress during a session.

–Arlene Poulter, Volunteer

Other Ways to Get Involved

Grant Writing

Grants are an important source of support for us, and we are always interested in hearing from anyone who can assist us with writing grants or identifying potential sources for grants.  Please contact us, at [email protected] if you would like to help with our grant program.

Internships

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Unpaid internships at Nature’s Edge are occasionally available to students pursuing a career in speech, occupational and/or physical therapy.  For more information please contact our director, Becky Payne, at 715-859-6670, or email her at [email protected].

Employment

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We now have an opening for a part-time Physical Therapist at our center.

Physical Therapist Position Description

Part-time position; hours negotiable
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

Qualifications:

  • Current State Physical Therapy License, graduate of an approved school of Physical Therapy or graduate of accredited college or university with a certificate in Physical Therapy
  • Current BCLS (CPR) certification (to be completed on your own time)

Position Description:

  • Responsible for evaluating, planning, directing and administering physical therapy modalities of treatment as prescribed by a licensed physician
  • Administers treatments and physical agents as prescribed by a referring physician in an effort to restore function and prevent disability following injury, disease or physical disability
  • Assists patients in reaching their maximum performance and level of functioning, while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities
  • Participates in operational aspects of the center and maintains performance improvement within the center
  • Upholds and delivers quality communication for effective treatment planning and delivery

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Observes and evaluates treatment effect; recommends change to physician as needed
  • Performs an appropriate assessment on all patients as related to therapy requested and provided, and reassessments per policy
  • Formulates a teaching plan based on identified learning needs and evaluates effectiveness of learning; family is included in teaching as appropriate
  • Demonstrates knowledge of physical therapy modalities
  • Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly.  Maintains cleanliness and safety.
  • Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care
  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff and administrative team
  • Maintains clear, legible and complete records pertinent to personnel and operation of the center in accordance with current standards and policies
  • Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations
  • Consults other therapists and employees as appropriate to collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities

If you are interested in the part-time Physical Therapist position, please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references by fax, US mail, or email.  No phone calls or email inquiries please.