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Volunteer with the HSUS County Leader Program

Be a leader for animal protection in your community!

  • Volunteer for The HSUS and animals: Become a county leader. The HSUS

Do you want to help The HSUS build an even stronger platform of protection for all animals in your state and community? Then consider becoming a part of our volunteer leadership by applying to be a county leader.

County leaders are at the forefront of HSUS efforts to celebrate animals and confront cruelty.

As a county leader, you will serve as an HSUS ambassador in your county and advance The HSUS's state and local animal protection legislative agenda.

You will also build a base of HSUS allies who will take action on animal protection issues.

County leaders will also develop and advance local ordinances and have the option of developing and implementing local action projects in their communities. County leaders will be asked to engage in federal legislative priorities as time and energy allow.

To learn more, read the expanded position description [PDF] »

Please note: the county leader volunteer program is a pilot program that is currently available only in the states of Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Wisconsin. This is an exciting new opportunity that we hope to offer in other states.

The benefits of becoming a county leader volunteer

As part of the HSUS volunteer leadership, you will reflect the spirit of the organization and communicate our mission, approach and positions, fostering a greater animal protection presence in your state and local community and developing your legislative advocacy, leadership, networking, and strategic thinking skills.

You will become a highly trained and effective volunteer leader in the rapidly growing animal protection movement and have the opportunity to join a community of leaders in your state who are dedicated to protecting all animals.

The efforts of our county leaders, coupled with the support of the largest animal protection organization in the country, will advance animal protection priorities in your state and community.

How to become a county leader volunteer

Start by reviewing the county leader volunteer position description, requirements and restrictions to determine if this opportunity is the right fit for you.


  • A commitment to the HSUS mission
  • Willingness to cultivate strong relationships with appointed and elected lawmakers, submit letters to the editor to publicly thank legislators, encourage them to adopt the animal protection position, or co-sponsor a bill
  • Strong leadership skills and experience
  • Willingness to take an active role in connecting and building relationships with elected and appointed leaders in the county, as well as animal protection groups (i.e. city councils, county board of supervisors, shelter directors, leaders of nonprofits, etc.)
  • Participate in Humane Lobby Day(s)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of people effectively and without judgment
  • Able to be discreet, keeping in mind the confidential nature of some aspects of the work
  • Strong computer literacy and online research skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
  • Willingness to recruit, cultivate and communicate with HSUS allies, effectively engage community members, and/or participate in HSUS development and awareness-building events
  • General knowledge of social media and a willingness to maintain and post relevant content on social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Willingness to learn volunteer management skills
  • Able to adapt to sometimes rapidly changing priorities
  • Able to initiate and lead a variety of projects
  • Able to work on a team and as an independent self-starter

Annual requirements

  • Actively participate in ongoing state and local legislative advocacy and policy work
  • Build a base of HSUS allies in your community who will take action with you on animal protection issues, especially legislation at the state and local levels
  • Option to develop and implement a local action project in an area of your choice, although we strongly urge county leaders to work with their HSUS state director on a project that is most relevant to the needs of the county
  • Must be a current HSUS member or have provided a greater philanthropic commitment

Commitment policy

County leaders commit to an average of one to three hours per week for a minimum of one year; some weeks will require more time and other weeks, less. Ongoing participation is preferred.


  • Must be able to learn and follow all HSUS guidelines and policies and follow directions given by staff
  • Access to a computer with Microsoft Office and Internet capabilities, a phone and reliable transportation
  • Court-ordered community service not accepted

The application process

  • Please review the county leader volunteer position description, requirements and restrictions above to determine if this opportunity is the right fit. Please complete and submit the county leader volunteer application below. Note: in the “Additional Information” field on the application, please write in the county in which you live.
  • After reviewing your application, your state director will invite you to complete an online, digital interview. If you and your state director agree that the opportunity is a good fit, you will be offered the volunteer position.
  • Before becoming an official volunteer, you will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver/release of liability.

Fill out an Iowa county leader volunteer application now »

Fill out a N.H. county leader volunteer application now »

Fill out a N.J. county leader volunteer application now »

Fill out a Wis. county leader volunteer application now »

Other ways to get involved

If this volunteer position doesn't fee like a good fit at this time and you'd like to get involved with animal protection issues in your state, please fill out the short HSUS Ally form so we can connect with you about the issues that matter to you the most.

You can also learn more about our other volunteer opportunities available in your state, check out our 55 Ways to Help Animals and find additional opportunities in your community by visiting www.volunteermatch.org.