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Organization Description: Founded in 1989, Animal Place is one of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the United States. As an animal rights organization, we promote the complete protection of farmed animals and a vegan lifestyle. There are two facilities: a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, CA that serves as a permanent safe haven for farmed animals as well as an education center, a 12-acre Rescue & Adoption Center in Petaluma, CA.  

Animal Place’s mission: to provide refuge for unwanted farmed animals, to further their welfare through education of the public and to foster ethics of compassion and responsibility towards nonhuman animals by advocating a vegan lifestyle. If you are unfamiliar with Animal Place, visit our website before considering applying: www.animalplace.org 

Job Title: Volunteer Coordinator 

Job Status: Full-Time Employee, 40 hours per week (Tuesday through Saturday OR Sunday through Thursday)
Job Location: Grass Valley, California 

Reports to: Program Manager 

Position Description: The Volunteer Coordinator serves as a lead for volunteers working in a variety of roles across all facilities.  The incumbent is responsible for providing information to the public regarding volunteering; recruits, screens, hires, trains, day-to-day schedules and directs the work of volunteer staff; assists with community education outreach programs, including sanctuary tours; and helps with social media outreach. They will provide mentoring and education to volunteers, maintain personnel records, facilitate evaluations and appreciation activities. The Volunteer Coordinator will supervise all volunteer shifts, working alongside the volunteer team. 

 

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES 

 

Volunteer Coordination: 

  • Develop and implement effective strategies to recruit and retain volunteers 
  • Process and retain forms and records for volunteer personnel and document volunteer activities 
  • Orient and facilitate training of volunteers to increase their understanding of Animal Place, its mission, and the roles and responsibilities of volunteers 
  • Ensure volunteer protocols are followed and volunteers receive appropriate level of supervision 
  • Contact and schedule volunteers for all volunteer needs across Animal Place’s programs and facilities 
  • Coordinate volunteers for events 
  • Use scheduling software and e-marketing tools for communications 
  • Write and distribute quarterly volunteer newsletter and ongoing communications with volunteer personnel 
  • Plan and implement volunteer recognition activities 
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of the volunteer program and implement improvements as needed 
  • Conduct annual volunteer program evaluation survey 
  • Prepare quarterly and annual program reports 
  • Work closely with the animal care department to ensure volunteers are up to date on the latest protocols 
  • Work alongside the volunteers during their shifts in animal care, when needed 

Additional Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the program department with other duties as needed, particularly community education outreach and events 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Strong interest in and commitment to animal rights and veganism 
  • Knowledge of farmed animal issues 
  • Extremely well organized: set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, and activities 
  • Relationship builder: establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization 
  • Problem solver: assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem 
  • Creativity/innovation: develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities 
  • Self-starter: can work independently and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Enjoys connecting with people and building relationships 
  • Ability to professionally advocate Animal Place’s positions on issues 
  • Valid Driver’s License and good driving record 
  • Experience supervising/managing employees or volunteers strongly preferred 
  • Previous volunteer or paid work in animal protection strongly preferred 
  • Experience in navigating different social media platforms preferred 
  • Experience with Google Drive preferred 
  • Good animal behavior and observation skills 
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including cold/wet weather (average low is 35F) and hot summers (average high is 95-100F) 
  • Able to lift 50 pounds and perform strenuous/manual labor. A large portion of this position is cleaning barns alongside the volunteers. 

Salary: $17-19 per hour (depending on experience) + benefits  

Benefits: Health care after 3-month probation; 6 paid holidays; 10 days’ vacation, 403(b) 

How to apply: Send resume and cover letter to humanresources@animalplace.org with Volunteer Coordinator in the subject. 

 

Animal Place is fully committed to equal employment opportunity, and company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, gender, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, medical condition, ancestry, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.