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 at the following link. Be sure to select the package that fits the type of volunteering you will be doing!
Meet Sequoya, our Volunteer of the Month for November! Sequoya started volunteering in January 2019 and has already contributed over 217 hours of service to Greenhill. As a member of the Dog Enrichment Team and as a Surgical Suite Assistant, her favorite aspects of volunteering are, “seeing the progression of the dogs while working with them. Some of the dogs have had little interaction with people and after training with them, walking them and giving them plenty of love, it’s so rewarding to watch their behavior improve and their personalities come out! It’s also very inspiring to see Gwen, Becky and Erica kick butt in the surgical suite every week. They do an awesome job!”
From volunteering at Greenhill, Sequoya has learned, “the importance of patience when working with dogs. Training and bonding with a dog you don’t see every day is definitely challenging and you need to be willing to slow down and let them learn at their own pace. Every dog is different! I have also learned how great it feels to give back. Giving a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves is a powerful feeling and helping dogs find their forever home is an incredible experience.”
Sequoya moved to Oregon 2 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Nutrition Science and says, “I moved to Eugene for the food!” Sequoya also ferments food such as kombucha, miso, tempeh, kimchi and sauerkraut.
Besides volunteering at Greenhill, Sequoya is also a dog sitter/walker on Rover. She loves hiking and can’t wait to explore more of Oregon. Sequoya is also a huge fan of hot yoga and practices regularly at Wild Light Yoga Center in Eugene. She hopes to one day be a yoga instructor.