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Do you want to help create a more humane society for all animals? Check out our Humane Policy Volunteer Leader opportunity! Humane Policy Volunteer Leaders are at the forefront of the HSUS's work to advance priority federal, state and local animal protection policies. These efforts serve to advance humane priorities across all 435 congressional districts and thousands of state legislative districts across the nation. To learn more, check out our volunteer ad here: www.humanesociety.org/policyvolunteer
Establish and maintain effective, professional relationships with government officials and encourage their support of the HSUS’s priority animal protection positions.
Actively engage in federal, state and local policy advocacy, including submitting comments to federal and state agencies on proposed animal-related regulations, as well as letters to the editor in coordination with HSUS staff.
Work closely with your state director to serve as an ambassador for the HSUS by communicating our mission, approach and policies in order to foster a stronger and more visible animal protection presence in your community.
Participate in HSUS-facilitated webinars or meetings. If possible, participate in and assist with your state’s Humane Lobby Day and/or local grassroots events.
Develop and implement a local animal protection project, preferably working with your city council or county board of supervisors to advance an HSUS priority ordinance or resolution in your community.
Encourage your networks to take action on HSUS alerts and priority policies. Recruit HSUS allies to continue expanding the diversity of our audiences, volunteers and the organization, and make the animal protection movement more inclusive for all.
Benefits of becoming a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader
The Humane Policy Volunteer Leader program is the first, largest and most effective animal protection policy volunteer program of its kind in the nation. HSUS volunteers are essential partners in our lifesaving work for all animals and are an integral part of this community of compassionate individuals, all of whom are deeply committed to advancing humane public policies for all animals.
Humane Policy Volunteer Leaders will become highly skilled in the rapidly growing animal protection movement, receiving advanced training and ongoing support. You will receive an orientation on our policies and programs as well as access to support and resources not provided to the public, including:
Volunteer toolkit and other resources on effective policy advocacy.
Regular virtual meetings conducted by your HSUS state director.
Monthly webinars on timely animal protection issues.
As a Humane Policy Volunteer Leader, you will develop skills in public policy advocacy, networking, leadership and strategic thinking, and have the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with community members. You will gain a deeper understanding of how to be an effective animal advocate, gain in-depth knowledge about the HSUS’s priority issues and deepen your understanding of the policy process and political landscape at the federal level, as well as in your specific state.
Apply Today! Please see full details about the Humane Policy Volunteer Leader position and apply through our web page at www.humanesociety.org/policyvolunteer. Before becoming an official volunteer, you must sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver/release of liability.
We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries. With our affiliates, we rescue and care for thousands of animals every year through our animal rescue team’s work and other hands-on animal care services. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society. And we can’t do it without you.
We work to:
Provide direct care, rescue and services for animals in crisis.
Pass local, state and federal laws to protect animals.
Make sure existing laws are properly enforced.
Help the biggest corporations reform their animal welfare policies.
Shape public opinion on animal cruelty through our awareness campaigns and investigations.
The world’s greatest roster of scientists and other experts in animal welfare.
State directors across the country working at the local level.
Five affiliated animal sanctuaries and medical centers.
Programs that provide veterinary care and other animal services to inner cities, and a veterinary affiliate that provides these services to Native American reservations.
Wildlife sanctuaries in more than 35 states.
A global affiliate, Humane Society International, which runs programs in more than 20 countries.
We take a mainstream approach and combat the most severe forms of cruelty and abuse. Leaders in the humane movement ranked us the most effective animal organization in the country in a survey conducted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia.
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.
March 2, 2021
Verbal / Written Communication
Orientation or Training
Humane Policy Volunteer Leaders commit to taking actions as directed by HSUS program staff and their state director, averaging one to three hours per week for one year (weekly time may vary). Ongoing participation after the first year is preferred.