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July 14, 2014

Volunteer with The HSUS District Leader Program

Be a leader for animal protection in your community!

  • Humane Lobby Day is just one of the times that Arizona Volunteer District Leader Tom Krepitch will promote state animal-protection laws. Tara Rider Berry.

  • Volunteers are essential to spreading the word about The HSUS's campaigns to help animals. The HSUS

Do you want to help The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) build an even stronger platform of protection for all animals? Then consider becoming a part of our volunteer leadership by applying to be a District Leader. District Leaders are at the forefront of The HSUS’s efforts to celebrate animals and confront cruelty.

As a District Leader, you will serve as an HSUS ambassador in your congressional district and advance animal protection legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. You will also develop and implement initiatives in one or more of these HSUS priority campaigns: companion animals, farm animals and wildlife.

We are seeking engaged and dedicated District Leader Volunteers to serve as HSUS ambassadors in every one of the 435 congressional districts across the country.
To learn more, read the expanded position description [PDF] »

Important note: The District Leader Volunteer program is receiving many applications from across the country, so we may be delayed in responding. However, we will get back in touch with you. We thank you for your interest in this exciting program and for your patience.

Benefits of volunteering

As part of The HSUS’s volunteer leadership, you will reflect the spirit of the organization and communicate our mission and positions, helping to build an even stronger platform of protection for all animals. District Leaders develop animal and legislative advocacy skills while strengthening important skills such as networking, strategic thinking, and leadership.

You will join many others who are deeply committed to advancing compassionate and powerful efforts on behalf of all animals. You will become a highly trained volunteer leader in the rapidly growing animal protection movement and have the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with others.

Leadership from District Leaders, coupled with the support of the largest animal protection organization in the country, will advance animal protection priorities in communities across the nation.

Becoming a volunteer


  • Commitment to the mission of The HSUS
  • Willingness to cultivate strong relationships with appointed and elected lawmakers and participate in Humane Lobby Day(s)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with a variety of people effectively and without judgment
  • Strong computer literacy and online research skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
  • Willingness to recruit new HSUS 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 to Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Willingness to learn volunteer management skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability, given sometimes rapidly changing priorities
  • Ability to think strategically to help shape the District Leader program
  • Ability to initiate and lead a variety of projects
  • Ability to work on a team and as an independent self-starter

Annual Requirements

  • Ongoing Legislative Advocacy at the federal, state and local levels
  • Activation of others in your district on behalf of animal protection
  • Implementation of at least one project in one or more of the following animal protection priorities: Companion Animals, Eating with a Conscience and Wildlife Protection
  • At least one action in Growing the Movement
  • Current HSUS membership or greater philanthropic commitment

Commitment Policy

District Leaders commit to an average of 1-3 hours per week for a minimum of one year; some weeks will require more time, and other weeks will not require any time at all. Ongoing participation is preferred.


  • Must be able to learn and follow all guidelines and policies of The HSUS and follow directions given by staff
  • Access to a computer with Microsoft Office and internet access, a phone for easy
  • communication, and reliable transportation
  • We do NOT accept any court ordered community service.


  • Please review the District Leader volunteer position description, requirements, and restrictions above to help determine if our volunteer opportunity is the right fit. If you would like to proceed, please complete and submit the District Leader Volunteer application for your state below.
  • After review of your application, a staff member will contact you to schedule a quick 15 minute interview. If we mutually agree that the opportunity is a good fit, you will be offered the volunteer position.
  • Before becoming an official District Leader, you must sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver/release of liability.

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