Current Volunteer Team Members – please click here to sign in to your account.
Without our volunteers, Greenhill could not provide its current high level of service to the animals and people of our community!
All of our volunteer team members share three things:
1) Compassion and responsibility for all animals
2) Consistency and reliability to help us care for our animals
3) Commitment to reducing animal overpopulation
The following requirements are mandatory for all Greenhill volunteers:
*Be 16 years of age or over. (Volunteers between the ages of 12-15 can volunteer only if accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.)
*Commit to volunteering for one 2-hour shift per week or at least 8 hours a month for a minimum of 6 months.
*Possess strong customer service skills. Be able to read, write and communicate clearly with staff, other volunteers and the public and follow direction, shelter rules and protocol info.
*Be able to sit, bend, squat, twist and stand for long periods. (If applying for a direct animal care position: dog enrichment, cattery, small animal room).
*Have access to the Internet and an email account.
*Have reliable transportation to be able to get to our shelter, located at 88530 Green Hill Road in Eugene, Oregon.
*For those 18 and over, pass a standard criminal background check. Note, we are not able to accept volunteers who have committed crimes against minors or other vulnerable populations, charges of theft or assault within the last 7 years, or have felonies or instances of animal abuse / cruelty from any time period.
*Pay volunteer registration fee ($25 for those age 18 and over, $15 for those ages 16-17, $30 for parent/youth teams)
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to volunteer on site but can find lots of fun ways to help our animals by visiting our Cub’s Corner page!
To learn more about our volunteer team positions, please click here.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please first watch this short video all about Greenhill, the volunteer program and more details on the process to get started.
After watching the video if you would like to join us as a Greenhill volunteer, please pay for your volunteer registration fee using the link below. Be sure to select the package that fits the type of volunteering you will be doing!
Please note that we are in the process of assessing our needs after several months of shifts being temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. Not all areas are currently accepting new volunteers and volunteer orientation dates are TBD at this time. Please refer to the list of Volunteer Team Opportunities (https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/OD?FROM=8527) for our current needs (areas not available are listed as full at the top of the description). We would love to have you register and join the team if any of the open positions would be a good fit for you. Follow the below link to register, complete your background check and we will reach out to you when new orientation dates are scheduled so we can get you started!
After payment is processed you will receive an email to initiate your background check or with next steps (for those under 18).
Community service volunteers and students or those needing hours signed off on for school or a program, should also pay for their registration fee to get started. **If you have to meet specific volunteer hour requirements (i.e. a certain # number of hours per day or per week), please contact the Volunteer Dept. prior to submitting your volunteer registration so we can make sure we can accommodate that.
For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail us at 541.844.8824 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to have you on our team!
Find ways to help Greenhill:
Meet Betty, our Volunteer of the Month for August! Betty started volunteering in June 2019 and has already contributed over 160 hours of service to Greenhill. She volunteers as a Cattery Adoption Floor Cleaner and a Cattery Ringworm Assistant. Betty also volunteers with Food for Lane County, packaging food for community families in need.
Betty states, “Coming to Greenhill and getting to volunteer with people who love animals as much as I do is definitely one of my favorite aspects of volunteering. When you spend some time in the cattery you will realize how much everyone there, both the staff and volunteers, care about the animals. Of course, I’d be lying if I said being around the kittens and having them try to jump all over me while I clean their cages isn’t one of the best things about volunteering at Greenhill, because it definitely is, but I think more special are the older cats who are often overlooked. Usually I see these cats week after week, and wonder why nobody has taken them home, they are always so full of love and have the sweetest personalities. It’s a great day when I come in and see that a cat that I was hoping would be adopted finally went home, and the longer their stay at Greenhill the more special that moment is.”
From volunteering at Greenhill Betty has learned, “about cat behavior and health, as well as how to work collaboratively and efficiently with staff and other volunteers with and around the cats. In addition, it has given me insight into what a career working with animals would look like, which is something that I have always seen myself doing in the future, but haven’t found myself in situations where I would be able to experience what that would be like. Volunteering with and being around people whose jobs involve animals has definitely reinforced this aspiration of mine.”
Betty will be a senior at South Eugene High School this fall and has lived in Eugene all her life. She has one cat, Chester, who her family adopted from Greenhill in 2014. Betty enjoys doing anything outdoors such as hiking, going to the river, camping, and gardening, as well as learning new things. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and doing other creative activities.