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Bringing people & pets together 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Berkeley Humane! Our lofty goals are impossible to accomplish without passionate, dedicated volunteers who are integrated in every area of our daily operations. Your efforts will truly help us make the world a better place for homeless dogs and cats in the East Bay.

WHY JOIN US?

  • Make a real difference and improve the lives of shelter animals.
  • Connect with your community, meet like-minded people and expand your network.
  • Increase self-confidence and stay physically healthy. Our volunteers are smarter and better looking. Don't believe us? Join us now and see for yourself!

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ages 12-15 may volunteer with a legal guardian in a 1 adult to 1 child ratio.
  • Ages 16+ may volunteer independently.
  • Animal care volunteers must commit at minimum 8 hours per month for 6 months.
  • All volunteers must meet the commitment requirements specified for each role. 
  • For other roles, please see below for more details.

Get Started!

Attending a volunteer orientation is your first step to becoming a Berkeley Humane volunteer! Whether you're interested in a specific volunteer role (see openings below), want to learn more about Berkeley Humane and our many volunteer needs, or stay informed as new needs arise, you can sign up to attend a Volunteer Orientation. 

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Current Volunteers, sign into Volgistics here.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


BARK (& MEOW) AROUND THE BLOCK EVENT PLANNING CHAIRS

Bark (& Meow) Around the Block is one of Berkeley Humane's biggest annual events! In addition to being an exciting family and dog friendly street fair, Bay Area rescues also come together for an adopt-a-thon where hundreds of animals are available for adoption. In 2015, 135 animals were adopted within a few hours at the event!

The volunteer planning committee will partner with Berkeley Humane Staff January through July in 2016 to make this event a success. This is a great opportunity for someone passionate about animal welfare to take on a leadership role.

General Commitment for all chairs:

-Must be available for weekly 1-hour calls 2/1/16 through 7/16/16, tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays 5:30-6:30p 
-Must be available for 3 in-person meetings at Berkeley Humane, tentatively scheduled as follows: 
   -Saturday 1/30/16, 10-12p 
   -Saturday 7/2/16, 10-12p 
   -Saturday 7/23/16, 10-12p 
-Expect to dedicate anywhere from 4 to 40 hours per month to event planning

We are recruiting for the following roles:

SPONSORSHIP CHAIR

-Responsible for soliciting and coordinating with local businesses in order to obtain monetary sponsorships.  
-Responsible for planning, executing, and overseeing all sponsorship details, with support from Berkeley Humane staff 
-Commitment = ~150 hours over the span of February through July 
-A successful Sponsorship Chair will feel comfortable asking for money from local businesses


"Thank You" Caller & Administrative Volunteer

The Development & Communications Department is seeking a friendly and cheerful volunteer with great phone etiquette, who feels comfortable calling and thanking supporters on behalf of Berkeley Humane. Most calls result in leaving a scripted voice message, while others involve a short, friendly conversation with our supporters. Callers will NOT be asking for donations, nor are callers expected to have answers for questions. Volunteer will also provide general office assistance, such as filing, copying, preparing mailings.

REQUIREMENTS

-Excellent customer service skills and phone etiquette
-Comfortable with office equipment such as computers, phones, copiers, etc.

COMMITMENT

This position requires a 6+ month commitment. You must be available to work onsite during regular business hours for a minimum of 2 hours a week.

TO APPLY

Please contact Jacob LaBay, Development Analyst at jlabay@berkeleyhumane.org with your interest.


DATABASE VOLUNTEER 

Berkeley Humane’s Development Department has an exciting volunteer opportunity for individuals who enjoy the meticulous and instantly gratifying work of entering data into a database! If you love Berkeley Humane, and prefer to work quietly behind the scenes to help us fulfill our mission, this opportunity is for you! Database volunteers will be entering donations into individual donor records. Volunteers will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. No cash handling is involved.

REQUIREMENTS

-General understanding of computers and databases
-Attention to detail
-Desire and drive for accuracy

COMMITMENT

This position requires a 6+ month commitment. You must be available to work onsite during regular business hours for a minimum of 2 hours a week.

TO APPLY

Please contact Jacob LaBay, Development Analyst at jlabay@berkeleyhumane.org with your interest and a recent resume.


MOBILE ADOPTION CENTER & OUTREACH LEAD

Berkeley Humane is looking for a lead volunteer to partner with our current volunteer lead and staff to coordinate all outreach and mobile adoptions events. This is a great opportunity for an organized person who is passionate about reaching out to our community.

REQUIREMENTS

-Comfortable working with a diverse population of people and animals 
-Excellent customer service skills 
-Experience coordinating schedules for volunteers or staff 
-Comfortable reaching out to local businesses and event organizers by phone or email

COMMITMENT

6+ months, 3 – 20 hours per month (varies by month, summer months will likely require more hours)

TO APPLY

Please contact Jenn Suzuki, Volunteer Manager, at jsuzuki@berkeleyhumane.org with a cover letter explaining your interest in this position.


VIDEOGRAPHY VOLUNTEER

Berkeley Humane's Volunteer Videographers help promote our organization, our programs and efforts, as well as our animals available for adoption by capturing footage and producing videos that are shared across Berkeley Humane's platforms.

REQUIREMENTS

Must be passionate about animals, and have some exposure to filming and producing videos. Volunteers must have access to a computer, internet, as well as video editing software. 

COMMITMENT

This position requires a 6+ month commitment. Filming must take place on Fridays. Each week, volunteers generally spend 1-2 hours filming onsite, and 1-2 hours editing offsite.

TO APPLY

Please contact Sherry Liu, Marketing Manager with your interest.


CANINE & FELINE VOLUNTEER

Berkeley Humane is recruiting Canine and Feline Volunteers to help care for and engage with the dogs and cats in our care!

REQUIREMENTS

Volunteer must attend an orientation. 

COMMITMENT

2 hour shifts available seven days a week, 8am – 7pm.

TO APPLY

Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form here


MARKETING VOLUNTEER

We are seeking a Marketing Volunteer to help with various projects including research, data gathering, organizing marketing collateral, and more.

REQUIREMENTS

Organized and comfortable around computers and standard software including the Microsoft suite.

COMMITMENT

You must be available to work onsite during regular business hours for a minimum of 2 hours a week.   
This position requires a 6 month commitment. 

TO APPLY

Please email Marketing Manager Sherry Liu at sliu@berkeleyhumane.org with your resume and a cover letter explaining why you're interested in this position.


STORYTELLER

Volunteer Storytellers help promote our animals and organization by writing about them. Whether it's the animals, the people who care for them and improve their lives, or the various efforts we put in place to reach our lifesaving mission, our organization is full of beautiful stories waiting to be shared.

REQUIREMENTS

Must love animals and have writing experience. Volunteer will be expected to write on behalf of Berkeley Humane, within approved guidelines. 

COMMITMENT

This position requires a 6 month commitment. Volunteers must be able to dedicate 2 hours a week to interviewing subjects and/or writing articles in various lengths. 

TO APPLY

Please contact Maddie Greene, Lead Storyteller, with your interest, availability, and writing samples.


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