Do you want to help build an even stronger platform of protection for all animals? 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 fight for all animals. As a district leader, you will serve as an HSUS ambassador in your congressional district and advance the HSUS's federal and state animal protection legislative priorities.

District leader volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Active participation in ongoing federal and state legislative advocacy and corporate reform campaigns.
  • Establishing and maintaining strong and effective professional relationships with legislators; politely, clearly and consistently relaying the organization’s animal protection positions to them, encouraging their support/co-sponsorship and thanking them for their efforts.
  • Building a network of HSUS allies who will take action on behalf of animal protection issues.
  • Participating in Humane Lobby Day at your state capitol and, when possible, participating in federal Humane Lobby Day in Washington, DC.
  • Optional: Under the guidance and advice of your HSUS state director, developing and implementing a local animal protection project in your congressional district in an area of your choice.

read the expanded position description (PDF)

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 local community. You will join a community of 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, receiving advanced training and ongoing support. You will develop your legislative advocacy, leadership, networking and strategic thinking skills and will have the opportunity to share your expertise and experiences with others in your community.

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 (PDF) to determine if this opportunity is the right fit for you.

The application process

If you feel the position would be a good fit for your skills and commitment level after reading the position description, requirements and restrictions, take the next steps:

  • Please complete and submit your district leader volunteer application. To apply, scroll to the bottom of this page and select your state from the drop-down menu after clicking “Apply Today.” Then click the red "Apply Now"' button in the top right corner. Although not a requirement, it’s helpful to know which Congress member represents you and which congressional district you live in, as this volunteer opportunity is organized at the federal level by congressional district. Simply enter your zip code and address in our Find Your Federal Legislators Look-up 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 invite you to complete a digital interview. If we mutually determine that the opportunity appears to be 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.
  • Note: On a case by case basis, due to the congressional district currently being filled by a district leader or the specific skillset of an applicant, the district leader team and the state director may determine that the best fit for the applicant is the deputy district leader (DDL) volunteer position. This position is also a volunteer leadership position within our program in which the deputy district leader would receive the same high-level training and support that district leaders receive. However, DDLs are not expected to be as actively engaged as district leaders. To the extent practicable, deputy district leaders learn from, work with and support the district leader in their congressional district. If the incumbent district leader moves or resigns, the deputy district leader will be invited to step into the role of district leader.

What to do if this volunteer position doesn’t feel like the right fit

Learn more about our other volunteer opportunities available in your state and find additional opportunities in your community.

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