August 20, 2015
Volunteer with the HSUS District Leader Program
Be a leader for animal protection in your community!
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 the HSUS federal and state animal protection legislative agenda.
You will also develop and implement a local action plan 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 in touch with you. We thank you for your interest in this exciting program and for your patience.
The benefits of becoming a district 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 community.
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. You will also develop your legislative advocacy, networking, strategic thinking and leadership skills.
The efforts of our district leaders, coupled with the support of the largest animal protection organization in the United States, will advance animal protection priorities in the 435 congressional districts across the nation.
How to become a district leader volunteer
Start by reviewing the district 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 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, cultivate and communicate with HSUS allies, effectively engage community members and/or participate in HSUS development and awareness-building events
- A general knowledge of social media and a willingness to maintain and post relevant content on social media accounts
- Willingness to learn volunteer management skills
- Flexibility and adaptability, given sometimes rapidly changing priorities
- The ability to think strategically to help shape the district leader program
- The ability to initiate and lead a variety of projects
- The ability to work on a team and as an independent self-starter
- Actively participate in ongoing federal, state and local legislative advocacy
- Build a base of allies in your congressional district who will take action on behalf of animal protection issues, especially legislation at the federal, state and local levels
- Develop and implement a local action plan in one or more of the following animal protection priorities: companion animals, eating with a conscience and wildlife protection
- Be a current HSUS member or have made a greater philanthropic commitment
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, less. Ongoing participation is preferred.
- Must be able to learn and follow all HSUS guidelines and policies and follow directions given by staff
- Have access to a computer with Microsoft Office and Internet capabilities, a phone and reliable transportation
- Must not be participating in the district leader program to fulfill court-ordered community service obligations
The application process
If you've read the position description, requirements and restrictions and feel the position would be a good fit for your skills and commitment level, take the next steps.
- View the list of open congressional districts to see if a district leader is needed in your district. 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 enter 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.
What to do if your congressional district already has a district leader
If there isn't an opening for a district leader in your congressional district and you’d like to get involved with animal protection issues in your state, please fill out the short HSUS Ally form so your state director and district leader 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.