December 15, 2014
Volunteer at The Humane Society of the United States’ 2015 Animal Care Expo!
About Animal Care Expo: The Animal Care Expo is an annual event that brings together those working with animals across the diverse fields of animal sheltering, care, control, rescue, and disaster planning and response. It is the largest educational event of its kind, and offers a unique opportunity for animal welfare professionals and volunteers to come together and collaborate on the best strategies and practices with which to tackle today’s animal welfare challenges. The Expo also offers an international trade show, dozens of workshops, as well as the opportunity to network with animal welfare professionals from around the world!
This year’s Expo will be held March 30-April 2, 2015, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. We have a variety of volunteer roles available.
- Bag Stuffers: Volunteers will be assigned to work in an assembly-line type of environment, stuffing materials into more than 2,000 promotional gift bags for conference attendees. Volunteers should be able to stand and walk for the majority of their shift and have adequate dexterity to pick up and carry the materials. This position is ideal for active listeners who follow instructions and have an aptitude for working in a fast-paced environment.
- Coffee Break Monitor: Volunteers will be stationed in the beverage service area to ensure only attendees with Animal Care Expo badges are allowed entry, and provide any additional assistance required. Volunteers should expect to remain standing for the duration of their shift.
- Information Booth Attendant: Volunteers will be assigned to stand in specific stations throughout the facility, providing directions and maps to anyone needing assistance. Volunteers must be able to stand during their entire shift, and provide helpful verbal instructions as needed.
- Door Monitor/Microphone Runners: Volunteers will be assigned either to monitor the doors to sessions to ensure everyone has the appropriate credentialing, to help attendees find seating, or assist during the session by running the microphones to people in the crowd who wish to ask questions. Volunteers should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to stand for the duration of their shift.
- Exhibit Hall Sponsorship Sign Collector: This volunteer is responsible for collecting sponsorship signs from vendors throughout the exhibit hall area. Volunteers must work within the specified window of time, be able to walk up and down the rows of exhibitors (a large area) and pull a cart loaded with collected signs.
- Floaters/Stand By: Volunteers in this role will be expected to arrive at the volunteer station as assigned and be prepared to fill in if needed, or be sent to provide additional assistance as needed. Volunteers should be prepared to stand for the duration of their shift, though they may not be required to do so as part of their assigned work. If there is no need for any additional assistance, Floaters may be released from their shift early. Volunteers must have the ability to adapt to changing priorities and be a quick learner.
- Meal Ticket Takers: Volunteers will stand at the entrance to the dining area to ensure everyone entering provides a valid meal ticket for that specific session. Tickets will be collected by Conferences and Events staff at the end of the shift. Volunteers must be able to stand for the duration of their shift.
- Registration Runners: Volunteers working in this role will provide assistance to staff working in the registration area. They will be responsible for pulling out the appropriate paperwork and materials for the attendees, and ensuring staff has the supplies they need to perform their tasks. Volunteers will be standing up and moving about for the majority of their shifts. This role is ideal for active listeners who follow instructions as given, and who have an aptitude for working in a fast-paced environment.
Benefits of volunteering
As a volunteer, you will have the chance to be a part of the largest conference and trade show for the animal protection community in the world. It is a great opportunity for those seeking to expand their knowledge, develop professionally, and recharge their commitment and passion for working with and on behalf of animals. Also, volunteers will receive a $40 discount off the price of full conference registration if they volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours.
Becoming a volunteer
Requirements for all volunteers
- Must be able to attend all online pre-conference trainings
- Must be able to follow direction
- Must be able to work as scheduled and provide high quality customer service to conference attendees
- Please also check role-specific requirements outlined in the position descriptions
- Volunteers will be asked to work a minimum of one 4 hour shift
- The minimum age to work independently is 18; must be at least 13 years old to volunteer
- Some roles require prolonged standing and/or walking
- Please review the description and restrictions above to help determine if our volunteer opportunity is the right fit. If you would like to proceed, please fill out the volunteer application.
- After review of your application, a staff member will contact you to discuss the opportunity. If we mutually determine that the opportunity appears to be a good fit, you will be asked to sign up for the opportunities that interest you at the times that work for your schedule.
- Before volunteering, you must sign and submit a waiver/release of liability.