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 Gretchen, our Volunteer of the Month for February! Gretchen started volunteering in May 2018 and has already contributed over 188 hours of service to Greenhill. She volunteers as a Kennel Aide, on the Dog Enrichment Team, and bathes and grooms dogs. From volunteering at Greenhill Gretchen has learned, “We can make a big difference in the lives of others even by doing a small thing like washing dishes or dogs.”
Her favorite aspect of volunteering is grooming and bathing dogs. Gretchen states, “It gives me a chance to work very closely with a dog and help their skin feel better with a bath, massages and hugs. I love watching them not scratch for a while. My favorite part of grooming is watching a dog fall asleep while I’m brushing them and then wake up and turn around so I can brush the side they were sleeping on and then fall back asleep.”
In order to attend graduate school, Gretchen moved to the Willamette Valley about 20 years ago. She has a Master’s degree in Chemistry and has worked as a chemist at several labs, as a chemistry instructor at Lane Community College and Linn-Benton Community College, and as a science and math tutor. Currently, Gretchen educates people on cannabis chemistry by presenting lectures and dropping into dispensaries to chat.
Gretchen enjoys belly dancing with the student troupe, River Road Caravan. She sews belly dance costumes, clothing, baby blankets and quilts. Gretchen also enjoys knitting.