Humane Education Volunteer

SUPERVISOR: Humane Educator

GOAL OF POSITION: PHS/SPCA believes that attitudes can be positively influenced through education. As an Education volunteer, your job will be to inform audiences (primarily children) about PHS/SPCA services and heighten awareness of ways people can help animals. Our Education programs emphasize responsible pet care, respect for local wildlife, and compassion for all species.

TIME COMMITMENT: Hours vary based on desired position and involvement depends in part on the volume of program requests the Humane Education department receives. Minimum of one year commitment expected.

DUTIES: Education volunteers usually specialize in one of the following areas:

  • Giving classroom presentations to school children (pre-kindergarten through 6th grade) about companion animals or local wildlife
  • Leading educational tours of our center for groups of visitors
  • Assisting with activities and supervising children during day camps, after school programs or birthday parties

TRAINING: Completion of Volunteer Orientation. After an interview with the Volunteer Services Manager, you may meet with the Humane Educator to discuss position details and appropriate placement. New Education volunteers observe seasoned volunteers in action and receive individual support before volunteering independently. In addition, all Education volunteers are subject to a background check.

QUALIFICATIONS: Educators must have the ability to communicate clearly and enthusiastically with both children and adults; be self-starters and extremely reliable. Must have a deep concern for the humane treatment of all animals; become familiar with PHS/SPCA services and represent the organization in a professional manner; exercise good judgment with program participants, possess a sense of humor, and be mindful of safety at all times. Volunteers interested in bringing their own dogs for classroom presentations or camp trainings must get approval from the Behavior Department first. All volunteers provide their own transportation to and from scheduled programs.