Part-time Volunteer Coordinator (VC) for the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch

February 17, 2022

Job Overview

The Volunteer Coordinator is a part-time position to recruit, evaluate, coordinate, train, track and motivate volunteers to assist in meeting our mission of saving more dogs and cats. Without the involvement and value of volunteers, we cannot achieve our goals. This position will interact with, lead, and assist volunteers, who work with the dogs/cats, in a respectful and helpful way. They report directly to the Shelter Manager. This is not a direct supervisory role. The ability to effectively interface with and inspire volunteers is necessary for this job, along with strong organizational skills and having a love of animals.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • In charge of all Volunteer Management & Coordination:
  • Download and review all Volunteer Applications and signed Liability documents.
  • Contact new Volunteers and discuss interests, requirements/commitment and schedule the appropriate orientation and training sessions. The Volunteer Coordinator would provide Dog Shift Training and/or coordinate appropriate training with other teams (e.g., cat, front desk, etc.).
  • The VC would get the new volunteer set up and trained on the Volunteer Sign-up system and get them scheduled on shifts.
  • They would be responsible for ensuring appropriate coverage for each shift, with the right range of capabilities. Levels will be defined for Dog Shifts (e.g., able to walk big dogs, small dogs, difficult dogs, dishes, etc.)
  • If the Shift is not full, they would reach out to get it properly filled or fill the shift themselves.
  • The VC will also contact any volunteer who has not been coming or who has not signed up for a shift to understand the situation and provide guidance/motivation, where possible.
  • Volunteer motivation and retention are important aspects of this job.
  • The VC would also assume responsibility for defining, training and scheduling Shift Leads for each Dog Shift.
  • Recruitment efforts would include presentations at various events.
  • They would leverage or update the current Volunteer Presentation and Volunteer Handbook.
  • Additional Priorities:
  • Filling in to help with Dog or Cat shifts, when needed.
  • Assisting with scheduling Volunteer Resources for events.
  • Completing any other requirements defined by Shelter Manager.


  • Ensure a safe work environment by following all safety guidelines and modeling safe work practices.
  • Ensure a safe environment for the animals by following the procedures and processes.
  • Follow Dog Training guidelines to safely handle the dogs, particularly with behavioral challenges.
  • Follow the procedures in the handling and storage of chemicals and medications.
  • Be prepared to handle animals that may be stressed due to their being in an unfamiliar environment. Shelter workers should always use caution when administering medication, feeding, and exposure to animals, to minimize the chance of an injury.
  • Safely close the shelter and set alarms, at the end of each day.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform work in a kennel/shelter setting with cats/dogs of all sizes & weights.
  • Work includes frequent bending, reaching, kneeling, climbing stairs, walking & standing on feet several hours per day, while performing the job functions.
  • Ability to handle exposure to disinfectant solutions when cleaning.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs. with reasonable accommodations.


  • High School diploma or greater required
  • 2+ years of experience working in a Shelter and/or managing Volunteers
  • Experience working with dogs in a professional setting
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written), organization skills and competent computer skills. Comfortable to give presentations and training.
  • Able to effectively interface with and motivate a variety of people with different skills, ages and backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of basic animal behavior
  • Clean Driver’s License and must be able to pass pre-employment drug testing and background checks
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and overtime, as needed
  • Commitment to the mission, values, goals, and success of the HSLWR, with a true passion for saving dogs and cats.
  • Highly motivated, positive, out-going, polite and professional demeanor
  • Team player – Able to work well with other people.

Reports to: Shelter Manager

Job Type: Part-Time – 20 hours per week (Initially)

Salary: $12.00 per Hour

To Apply: email resume to Dani Ziegler at