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October 13, 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. Photo by Tara Rider Berry

  • Volunteers are essential to spreading the word about HSUS campaigns to help animals. Photo by The HSUS

Do you want to help The 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 HSUS 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.

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 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 and developing your legislative advocacy, networking, strategic thinking and leadership skills.

You will become a highly trained and effective volunteer leader in the rapidly growing animal protection movement and have the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with others.

The efforts of our district leaders, coupled with the support of the country's largest animal protection organization, will advance animal protection priorities in the 435 congressional districts across the nation.

Becoming a volunteer


  • Commitment to the HSUS mission
  • 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 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 federal, state and local legislative advocacy
  • Activation of others in your community 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 that helps grow the animal protection movement
  • Current HSUS membership or greater philanthropic commitment

Commitment policy

District 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 will not require any time at all. 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


  • Please review the district leader volunteer position description, requirements and restrictions above to determine if this opportunity is the right fit. Then view the list of open congressional districts. If you live in an open congressional district, please complete and submit the district leader volunteer application for your state below.
  • Not sure which congressional district you live in? Look it up! Simply fill out your zip code and address in our lookup form; your congressional district number will be listed in the results under the name of your U.S. representative.
  • After reviewing your application, a staff member will contact you to schedule a 45-minute interview. If you, the district leader team 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.

Is your congressional district already filled by a district leader?

If you don’t live in an open congressional district and you’d like to get involved with animal protection issues in your state, please fill out this short HSUS Ally form so your state director and district leader can connect with you on 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.

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