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Volunteer Jobs Available

Thank you for considering volunteering your time to Humane Society Silicon Valley

Below is a list of volunteer jobs in our facility.

Adoption Assistant Fund Development Assistant
Animal Transport  Medical Assistant
Cat Volunteer  Medial Reception Assistant
Community Events Pet Store Clerk
 Community Cat S/N Clinic Reception Assistant Pet Detective
Community Cat S/N Clinic Surgery Data Entry Assistant Photographer
Community Cat S/N Clinic Surgery Assistant Rabbit Volunteer
Dog Volunteer  Receiving Reception
Education Ambassador  Surgery Assistant
Foster Care Surgical Data Entry Assistant
 

HSSV also has volunteer opportunities at both our Neighborhood Adoption Centers located in both PETCO Saratoga and PETCO Sunnyvale.

NAC Cat Volunteer NAC Dog Volunteer
NAC Pocket Pet Volunteer NAC Rabbit Volunteer

 

ADOPTION ASSISTANT
Value of this position:  Are you a lover of animals, and people too? Then you might just be interested in our volunteer position of Adoption Assistant! Adoption Assistants are key at the HSSV, truly bringing pets and people together. You are the first point of contact for members of the public walking through our doors and are vital to welcoming guests by providing information on our animals, programs, and services.

The ideal Assistant has a customer service, reception, or retail background and must be comfortable interacting with different types of people in person, over the phone, and sometimes by email. You should be professional in demeanor, and flexible to roll with the unexpected.  With additional training, this role can lead to volunteer positions showing animals to the public and completing adoptions on your own.

Time commitment: At least 6 month commitment 
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours per month
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Completion of Adoptions 101
3. One-on-one training with HSSV adoptions staff 
4. Beyond basic computer skills

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ANIMAL TRANSPORT
Value of this position: Have you ever wished your backseat driver could only say “Meow” or “Woof”? Animal transporters help our shelter guests get to the groomer, to veterinary appointments, to a foster home, and to many other important destinations! Signing up for this position means you agree to be on the on-call list. When a request comes up, you can say yes or no depending on whether or not you can accommodate the request on any given day. Become an Animal Transporter to chauffeur the coolest cats (and dogs…and bunnies) in town!

Time commitment:
Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: On call
Expected time on day of activity: Variable
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Valid driver’s license
3. Willingness to transport shelter animals in your personal vehicle

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CAT VOLUNTEER
Value of this position: Here kitty kitty! HSSV Cat Volunteers provide essential playtime, brushing, TLC, apartment maintenance, social interaction, and even training for our shelter cats to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. Cat volunteers start out as “cat cuddlers” able to socialize with our emerald, easy to handle, low maintenance kitties. Cat volunteers may also train to work with our more challenging diamond cats which require more experienced handling skills. Become a Cat Volunteer and you’ll be the Cat’s Meow!

Feline Foster Care Volunteer  

Time commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours per month
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Completion of Cat Volunteering Online Training 101 and CV 101 Quiz
3. Completion of Cat Volunteering 201
4. Session with a Cat Volunteer Mentor and completion of skills checklist!
5. Excited to be working directly with our cats and giving them plenty of love while awaiting their forever families!

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COMMUNITY EVENTS VOLUNTEER
Value of this position: Are you looking for a way to spread the word about the wonderful animals available for adoption at HSSV? Community Events Volunteers set up informational tables at offsite events in a variety of settings. When a request comes up we will email you to check your availability to attend, you can say yes or no depending on whether or not you can accommodate the request on any given day. From Santana Row to a local retirement community to Bark in the Park, HSSV is there to educate the public about our services!

Time commitment:
Minimum 12 month commitment
Frequency of commitment: On call
Expected time on day of activity: Variable, depending on event
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Attend one event with an experienced Community Events Volunteer before working independently
3. Professional in demeanor with excellent customer service skills
4. Excited about working with the public and answering their questions
5. Patient and prepared to positively interact with diverse populations
6. Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel back and forth to events in your personal vehicle

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COMMUNITY CAT SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC RECEPTION ASSISTANT

Value of this position

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic facilitates and/or preforms over 8,600 surgeries each year on both public and shelter animals. By preforming TNR (trap-neuter/spay-release) we can help lower the community cat (feral cat) population by preventing unwanted litters and increase their health by providing vaccination.

The Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic Reception Assistant position is at the front line helping both our feral cats and trapper. You will be working alongside the surgery staff and Clinic Manager by checking in cats for surgery and helping answer questions.

2014 Clinic Dates: March 23, 2014, April 13, 2014, April 27, 2014, May 18, 2014, June 8, 2014, June 22, 2014, July 13, 2014, July 27, 2014, August 10, 2014, August 24, 2014, September 14, 2014, October 5, 2014, November 16, 2014, December 7, 2014

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment
: At least 1 shift per month
Expected time on day of activity
: Shifts are 3 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills

1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Interview with CCSNC Administrative Manager
5)    Must be ok working around ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats as well as directly with Feral Cats
6)    Maintain a professional demeanor with friendly communication skills
7)    Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
8)    Comfortable learning new computer systems and speaking on the phone
9)    Ensure high level of customer service
10) Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
11) Must have basic animal handling skills
12) Can lift up to 25 pounds
13) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
14) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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COMMUNITY CAT SPAY/NEUTER SURGERY DATA ENTRY ASSISTANT

Value of this position

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic facilitates and/or preforms over 8,600 surgeries each year on both public and shelter animals. By preforming TNR (trap-neuter/spay-release) we can help lower the community cat (feral cat) population by preventing unwanted litters and increase their health by providing vaccination.

The Community Cat Spay/Neuter Surgery Data Entry Assistants improve our patient care by maintaining surgical records and updating our computer medical record database. Cat spay/neuter surgery data entry assistant work within Cat spay/neuter alongside our veterinary technicians and veterinary surgeons.

2014 Clinic Dates: March 23, 2014, April 13, 2014, April 27, 2014, May 18, 2014, June 8, 2014, June 22, 2014, July 13, 2014, July 27, 2014, August 10, 2014, August 24, 2014, September 14, 2014, October 5, 2014, November 16, 2014, December 7, 2014

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: At least 1 shift per week
Expected time on day of activity: Shifts are 3 to 4 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills
1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Commit to working a 3 to 4 hour shift, 1 to 2 days a week
5)   
Comfortable learning new computer systems
6)   
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
7)    Interview with Medical Center Reception Supervisor or Medical Center Manager
8)    Must be ok working around ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats
9)    Ability to maintain friendly and professional communications with staff, volunteers, and the public.
10) Prior computer experience
11) Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
12) Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
13) Must have basic animal handling skills
14) Can lift up to 25 pounds
15) Can bend, squat and/or sit on the floor for extending periods of time
16) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
17) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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COMMUNITY CAT SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC SURGERY ASSISTANT

Value of this position
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic facilitates and/or preforms over 8,600 surgeries each year on both public and shelter animals. By preforming TNR (trap-neuter/spay-release) we can help lower the community cat (feral cat) population by preventing unwanted litters and increase their health by providing vaccination.

 The Community Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic Surgery Assistant position is an opportunity to gain experience in working in a high volume spay/neuter clinic.  The Humane Society Silicon Valley Community Cat Clinic holds clinics 1 -2 times a month on Sundays to spay and neuter feral cats.  We see an average of 30 cats per clinic making this a great opportunity to gain lots of experience.

At the clinics, the medical team volunteers work with the Induction RVT, the Veterinary Surgeon, and the Medical Supervisor to draw up meds and vaccines, monitor the anesthetized cats, give injections, fill out the medical records, help with surgical preparation, clean the traps, clean and wrap the surgical instruments, put away supplies and clean up after the clinic.

All volunteers will be directly supervised until they have mastered the skills, including paperwork and teamwork, required to safely and correctly perform their assigned tasks, including monitoring the anesthetized patient.

2014 Clinic Dates: March 23, 2014, April 13, 2014, April 27, 2014, May 18, 2014, June 8, 2014, June 22, 2014, July 13, 2014, July 27, 2014, August 10, 2014, August 24, 2014, September 14, 2014, October 5, 2014, November 16, 2014, December 7, 2014

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: At least 1 shift per month
Expected time on day of activity: Shifts are 8 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills
1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Interview with CCSNC Medical Manager or Surgeon
5)    Strong communication skills
6)    Must be ok working around ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats as well as directly with Feral Cats.
7)    Maintain a professional demeanor with friendly communication skills
8)    Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
9)    Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
10) Must have basic animal handling skills
11) Can lift up to 25 pounds
12) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
13) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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MEDICAL ASSISTANT

Value of this position
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006.

Many animals require rehabilitation or extended medical treatment prior to adoption, and through our commitment to the companion animals in our care, we’ve saved nearly 86% of all animals coming through our doors.

The Medical Assistant position is an integral position at HSSV. Our Medical Assistants assist our veterinary technicians in providing excellent medical care to our shelter animals. In this position you will work alongside our veterinary staff, on site at HSSV, helping care for ALL sheltered animals.

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: At least 1 shift per week
Expected time on day of activity: Shifts are 3 to 4 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills

1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Commit to working a 3 to 4 hour shift, 1 to 2 days a week
5)    Interview with Medical Center Technician Supervisor or Medical Center Manager
6)    Must be ok working with ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats
7)    Maintain a professional demeanor with friendly communication skills
8)    Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
9)    Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
10) Must have basic animal handling skills
11) Cat lift up to 25 pounds
12) Can bend, squat and/or sit on the floor for extending periods of time
13) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
14) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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FUND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT
Value of this position: Extra, extra, read all about it! Do you like working behind the scenes? Development Assistants give to the animals by printing copies, filing, stuffing envelopes and helping staff prepare the other communications that share our amazing adoption stories with HSSV supporters!

Time commitment:
Flexible.
Frequency of commitment: Flexible; weekdays only 9-5
Expected time on day of activity: Variable, depending on activity
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Computer skills listed below are a must:

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MEDICAL RECEPTION ASSISTANT

Value of this position
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic facilitates and/or preforms over 8,600 surgeries each year on both public and shelter animals.

The Reception Assistant position is an integral position at HSSV. Our Reception Assistants assist our staff receptionists in providing excellent customer service and client education to both our surgical and vaccine clinic clients.  In this position you will work alongside our veterinary staff, on site at HSSV, helping care for pet owner provide excellent care for their pets

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: At least 1 shift per week
Expected time on day of activity: Shifts are 3 to 4 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills
1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Commit to working a 3 to 4 hour shift, 1 to 2 days a week
5)    Comfortable learning new computer systems and speaking on the phone
6)    Ensure high level of customer service
7)    Interview with Medical Center Reception Supervisor or Medical Center Manager
8)    Must be ok working around ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats
9)    Ability to maintain friendly and professional communications with staff, volunteers, and the public.
10) Prior computer experience
11) Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
12) Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
13) Must have basic animal handling skills
14) Can lift up to 25 pounds
15) Can bend, squat and/or sit on the floor for extending periods of time
16) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
17) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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DOG VOLUNTEER
Value of this position: HSSV Dog Volunteers provide essential playtime, potty breaks, training, suite maintenance and social interaction for our dogs to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. There are different levels of Dog Volunteers to suit just about every dog lovers interests, including: the Potty Squad, Rovers, Diamond Dogs, Matchmakers, Playgroup Leaders and Behavior Evaluation Assistants! Become a Dog Socializer to wag more and bark less!!

Canine Foster Care Volunteer

Time commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours per month
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation.
2. Completion of Dog Volunteering 101 and DV 101 Quiz.
3. Completion of Dog Volunteering 201.
4. Session with a Dog Volunteer Mentor to become an official Dog Volunteer!
5. Excited to be working directly with our dogs and giving them plenty of love while awaiting their forever families!

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EDUCATION AMBASSADOR
Value of this position:You will work with the Education Department to deliver interactive presentations to youth and adults interested in learning more about our shelter, animal safety, or the compassionate care of companion animals.
The mission of the education department is to explore the history and meaning of our animal kinship and foster a life-long commitment to animals.
Our education department offers a variety of programs for children, teens and adults. Our programs are highly interactive, student-centered and age-appropriate.

Time commitment: Minimum 12 month commitment, and be willing to lead a minimum of five (5) workshops or presentations per year
Frequency of commitment: This position is as needed
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Complete of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Be professional in demeanor with friendly communication skills (especially with children)
3. Be excited about working with children and answering their questions
4. You will be required to pay for the cost of a live scan fingerprint and background check which is approximately $20.00.

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FOSTER CARE
Value of this position:
The Rescue and Foster Care Programs manages our Foster Care Program. Our goal is to place the many animals that need the extra TLC while waiting to be adopted. Many are young and just need to reach the prerequisites for adoption while others have social issues that only need a loving hand and a little time.
Last year approximately 800 animals were fostered, and we partnered with rescue organizations to find homes for more than 2,600. Many of these animals would have never had the chance to find a home if they were not allowed the small amount of extra time to overcome their immediate need for help.

Time commitment:
Your foster animal will be in your care until he/she is ready to be placed for adoption. The shelter will provide food for your foster animal while you will provide care, love and socialization opportunities for your foster animal. Transport your foster animal to and from the shelter for medical appointments (between 11am – 2pm), as well as any emergencies that might occur.

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Foster Parent Orientation
2. Foster care application is reviewed by the Rescue and Foster Care Programs
3. Once your home has been determined as a possible foster home you will then be invited to attend a 2 hour training by the Rescue and Foster Care Programs.) This may require a home visit.

Things to think about before applying to become a foster parent:

-You must have an indoor area to keep your foster animal(s) isolated from your own companion animals when necessary.
-Many of these animals cannot be left alone for more than 4 hours at a time.
-There may be the need for a home visit by HSSV staff prior to placement.

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PET STORE CLERK
What is more fun than shopping for a new addition to your family! You will assist customers with food choices, toys, grooming supplies and more!
Value of this position:
Making that new pet owner feel comfortable with their new addition to their family by addressing any questions and concerns regarding the well being of their new animal or faithful friend at home is our goal. You will be stocking shelves, working with cash register and keeping our store neat and tidy.
We want the public to know we are there to help their animals stay healthy. We are not only the Best Place to Adopt a Pet but the best place to serve any of their pets needs.

Time commitment:
Minimum of 12 months
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1.Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Basic computer knowledge
4. Friendly smile
5. Willingness to commit to a firm schedule 4 times per month

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RABBIT VOLUNTEER

Value of this position:
Do the bunny hop!! HSSV Rabbit Socializers work with our rabbits to provide a time for them to stretch their legs and cuddle with a new friend! Socializers provide essential playtime, brushing, kennel maintenance and social interaction for shelter rabbits to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. During your session, you’ll assess and document all aspects of your interaction with the rabbits to help potential adopters better understand each rabbits’s personality. Socializers also assist customers with questions about the shelter and adoptable animals.

Time commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours per month
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills:
1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Rabbit Socializer training

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NAC CAT VOLUNTEER

Did you know HSSV has three Neighborhood Adoption Centers? Neighborhood Adoption Center (NAC) Cat Volunteers provide daily care, essential playtime, and even training for our adoptable cats to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. Find forever homes by showing cats and kittens to potential adopters, and making matches. 

Time commitment: Minimum 12 month commitment.
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours/month - one shift every other week (preferably every week). Shifts are available every day of the week during flexible morning or afternoon/evening hours.
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit.
Shifts are available every day of the week during flexible morning or afternoon/evening hours. 
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Volunteer Orientation
2. Cat Volunteering 101 (online) and 201 (at the ACC) and 301 (online)
3. Lastly, before working a shift independently, you are required to “buddy up” for at least one shift with an experienced cat volunteer or staff member at one of our Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Please e-mail adoptions@hssv.org to set up your learn session.

 

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NAC DOG VOLUNTEER

Did you know HSSV has three Neighborhood Adoption Centers? Neighborhood Adoption Center (NAC) Dog Volunteers are needed to handle dogs, and acquaint them with potential adopters at the NAC locations. We are also looking for volunteers who can transport dogs to and from HSSV to participate in events. Hopefully, they find new homes and don't need a chauffeur back to the Animal Community Center! For our next dog adoption fair day, check the Event Calendar.

Time commitment:
Minimum 12 month commitment.
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours/month. 

West San Jose NAC Petco – Has dogs available on a regular basis but since the location is much smaller than the ACC, check our website to see if anyone is available before heading over to volunteer. We need the most support in the mornings and evenings (10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm).

Sunnyvale NAC Petco - Has dogs available on a regular basis but since the location is much smaller than the ACC, check our website to see if anyone is available before heading over to volunteer. We need the most support in the mornings and evenings (10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm).

Mountain View NAC PetSmart - Has dogs available every other Saturday for our Dog Adoption Fair. The fair is from 12-4. This event is open to dog volunteers 201 and higher. Check the Event Calendar for next fair! 

Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2.5 hours per visit. Minimum of 4 hours at Mountain View.
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Volunteer Orientation
2. Dog Volunteering 101, 201, and 301 (at ACC)
3. To transport we ask you have a valid driver’s license, and can transport shelter animals in your personal vehicle. Transporters add an hour to their commitment for travel time.

4. Lastly, before working a shift independently, you are required to “buddy up” for at least one shift with an experienced dog volunteer or staff member at one of our Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Please e-mail adoptions@hssv.org to set up your learn session.

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NAC POCKET PET VOLUNTEER

Did you know HSSV has two Neighborhood Adoption Centers with pocket pets? Neighborhood Adoption Center (NAC) Pocket Pet Volunteers provide daily care, essential playtime, and even training for our adoptable guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and mice to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. Find forever homes by showing pocket pets to potential adopters, and making matches.

Time commitment:
Minimum 12 month commitment.
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours/month every other week (preferably every week). Shifts are available every day during flexible hours.
Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 1 hours per visit.
Shifts are available every day of the week during flexible morning or afternoon/evening hours. Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit.
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Volunteer Orientation
2. Pocket Pet Volunteering 101; Rabbit Volunteering 101 and 301 is recommended but not required.

3. Lastly, before working a shift independently, you are required to “buddy up” for at least one shift with an experienced pocket pet volunteer or staff member at one of our Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Please e-mail adoptions@hssv.org to set up your learn session.

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NAC RABBIT VOLUNTEER
Did you know HSSV has three Neighborhood Adoption Centers? Neighborhood Adoption Center (NAC) Rabbit Volunteers provide daily care, essential playtime, and even training for our adoptable rabbits to keep them happy and healthy during their stay. Find forever homes by showing bunnies to potential adopters, and making matches.

Time commitment:
Minimum 12 month commitment.
Frequency of commitment: Minimum 8 hours/month - one shift every other week (preferably every week). Shifts are available every day during flexible hours.
Expected time on day of activity:Minimum 2 hours per visit.
Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:
1. Volunteer Orientation
2. Rabbit Volunteering 101 & 201 (at the ACC), and Rabbit Volunteering 301 
3. Lastly, before working a shift independently, you are required to “buddy up” for at least one shift with an experienced rabbit volunteer or staff member at one of our Neighborhood Adoption Centers. Please e-mail adoptions@hssv.org to set up your learn session.

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PHOTOGRAPHER

Photos of our available animals are so important! They are the only glimpse that people have of an animal before they come to our shelter and see them in person. We want that glimpse to be the best possible portrayal of the animal. That starts with a great photo. These photos will be for our website and quite possibly some print material, but also our social media outlets - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Time commitment: Minimum of 6 months

Expected time on day of activity: Minimum 2 hours per visit

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation

2. Completion of dog, cat or rabbit socialization class a plus (up to 201)

3. Must own a camera and know how to use it (for social media, a camera phone is acceptable)

4. Computer skills a plus

5. Photo editing skills required

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PET DETECTIVE

Value of this position: You will be an invaluable part of reuniting pets with their owners, by making matches through cross checking databases and using online marketing resources.

Time Commitment:

Flexible (at least once a week for 1-2 hours)

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
2. Computer skills a must (familiar with Shelter Buddy a plus)
3. Detail orientated
4. Strong customer service skills

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RECEIVING RECEPTION

Value of this position: Provide exemplary customer service to clients calling in requesting information about our services. You will be the point of contact for the public and directing them to the correct department according to their needs. You will provide accurate information regarding the services we offer with the knowledge and ability to refer to other resources if we are not able to provide the desired services. An important part of the role is to educate the public about our services and our mission.

Time Commitment:

Minimum of a 6 month commitment, with the ability to work 1-4 times a week for a 2 hour min. (typically between 1-4pm)

Prerequisites/Necessary Skills:

  1. Completion of general Volunteer Orientation
  2. Computer skills helpful
  3. Detail orientated
  4. Strong customer service skills
  5. Ability to stay composed and positive when difficult situations arise
  6. Requires intensive training in HSSV’s policies and procedures regarding incoming animals

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SURGERY ASSISTANT

Value of this position
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic facilitates and/or preforms over 8,600 surgeries each year on both public and shelter animals.

The Surgery Assistant position is an integral position at HSSV. Our Surgery Assistants assist our veterinary technicians in providing excellent surgical and post-surgical care to our spay/neuter patients. In this position you will work alongside our veterinary staff, on site at HSSV, helping care for spay/neuter patients.

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: At least 1 shift per week
Expected time on day of activity: Shifts are 3 to 4 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills
1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Commit to working a 3 to 4 hour shift, 1 to 2 days a week
5)    Interview with Medical Center Technician Supervisor or Medical Center Manager
6)    Must be ok working with ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats
7)    Maintain a professional demeanor with friendly communication skills
8)    Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
9)    Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
10) Must have basic animal handling skills
11) Can lift up to 25 pounds
12) Can bend, squat and/or sit on the floor for extending periods of time
13) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
14) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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SURGICAL DATA ENTRY ASSISTANT

Value of this position
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, non-profit organization with a long-standing track record of serving animals and people for over 80 years. Our mission, to Save and Enhance Lives, has positively impacted our community by saving 100% of all healthy animals since 2006. Our Spay/Neuter Clinic facilitates and/or preforms over 8,600 surgeries each year on both public and shelter animals.

The Surgical Data Entry Assistants improve our patient care by maintaining surgical records and updating our computer medical record database. Surgical Data Entry Assistant work within spay/neuter alongside our veterinary technicians and veterinary surgeons.

Time Commitment: Minimum 1 year commitment
Frequency of commitment: At least 1 shift per week
Expected time on day of activity: Shifts are 3 to 4 hours long
Prerequisites/ Necessary Skills
1)    Sign up with Kris Gunderson as HSSV Volunteer
2)    Complete necessary courses/ videos

  1. Dog and Cat 101
  2. Safe Animal Handling

3)    Able to make a 12 month commitment
4)    Commit to working a 3 to 4 hour shift, 1 to 2 days a week
5)   
Comfortable learning new computer systems
6)   
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
7)    Interview with Medical Center Reception Supervisor or Medical Center Manager
8)    Must be ok working around ALL species seen at HSSV which may include, but is not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats
9)    Ability to maintain friendly and professional communications with staff, volunteers, and the public.
10) Prior computer experience
11) Have the ability to stay calm in difficult situations
12) Must understand the possibility of dealing with euthanasia
13) Must have basic animal handling skills
14) Can lift up to 25 pounds
15) Can bend, squat and/or sit on the floor for extending periods of time
16) Must be able to follow directions and comply with HSSV protocols
17) Must be able to deal with blood and other animal bodily excretions

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