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October 6, 2015

Volunteer with our State Affairs Department

Help animals in your state!

About our volunteers

The State Affairs department’s volunteers support our state directors in their work to celebrate animals and confront cruelty in their states. Greater volunteer involvement can expand each state director’s reach into local communities and in the legislature.

States with opportunities

Georgia—Administrative, Events and Legislative roles only

Massachusetts—Administrative, Events, Research and Volunteer Leader roles only

West Virginia—Volunteer Leader role only

Volunteer opportunities

Click on role title to view an expanded position description.

Administrative Support Volunteer: Increase the state director’s capacity to meet his/her goals by providing administrative support

Events Volunteer: Provide assistance to the state director by helping to prepare, promote, and carry out events related to animal protection in the state

Legislative Assistant: Provide assistance to the state director in carrying out national, state, and local legislative agenda items and priorities within the state

Research Assistant: Assist the state director by researching a variety of issues related to animal protection in the state

Volunteer Leader: Help develop and lead the State Affairs volunteer program in a particular state by delivering orientations and training, recruiting volunteers, promoting volunteer opportunities and helping to engage volunteers more fully in the work we do

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteers foster a deeper understanding of the animal protection issues in their state and are able to make a real difference for animals by helping to support the mission of The HSUS. Volunteers have the opportunity to strengthen various skills, gain knowledge of The HSUS and learn how the work of the State Affairs department fits into the larger picture of animal protection.    

Becoming a volunteer

Commitment Policy:

  • Dependent upon the role, a weekly commitment of three-four hours per week for three-six months is required.


  • Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age; exceptions will be made at the discretion of the state director.
  • We do NOT accept any court ordered community service.


  • Please review the descriptions and restrictions above to help determine if our volunteer opportunity is the right fit. If you would like to proceed, please fill out the appropriate volunteer application below.
  • After review of your application, a representative from the program will contact you to discuss the next steps.
  • Before becoming an official volunteer, you must sign a volunteer agreement and a waiver and release of liability.

Apply now


Apply for the Administrative Volunteer position »
Apply for the Events Volunteer position »
Apply for the Legislative Volunteer position »


Apply for the Administrative Volunteer position »
Apply for the Events Volunteer position »
Apply for the Research Assistant position »
Apply for the Volunteer Leader position »

West Virginia

Apply for the Volunteer Leader position »

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