Humane Education Volunteer Team

(Humane Society of Durham Region)

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Position ID: V-OSH0012
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2023
Last Full Update: 13 Apr 2023

Opportunity Details: Humane Education Volunteer Team

Contact Kim Dooley, Provincial Manager, Volunteer Development, Ontario SPCA & Humane Society; Email:

Our Humane Education Volunteer Team plays a vital role in representing the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society in schools and the local communities we support across the province. 

This is a flexible role that gives you the chance to get involved in lots of different activities.  

Each activity helps to raise awareness and fosters empathy, promotes a sense of responsibility, and inspires connection with animals and the environment. 


Volunteer Role 

As this is a varied role, you might get involved in any, or all, of the following: 

Delivering presentations (30-75 minutes in length) primarily to local schools, however, this could be extended to community groups. 

The content for presentations will cover the Ontario SPCA mission and reflect humane education`s goal to inspire compassion, empathy, and respect for all animals. 

Attend community events hosted by the organization or other community partners, as a representative of the Ontario SPCA, for example hosting an information booth at a local event or activity.  

Raising awareness of our work by utilizing your personal and professional contacts. 


Skills Requirement 

  • Positive role model  
  • Have a good working knowledge of PowerPoint, Google Classroom, and other presentation software 
  • Ability to clearly communicate instructions to participants  
  • Enjoy working with youth 
  • Ability to stand for periods of time and comfortable conversing with the public  
  • Desire to learn more about animal well-being and our Humane Education programs  
  • Ability to provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Clearance -VSC  Comfortable interacting and engaging with children  
  • A vehicle in good working order will be required for this role  
  • Previous teaching, presenting or experience working in a school setting would be helpful  



Time Commitment 

We recognize the time contribution of being a volunteer. Therefore, we support a customized approach to your schedule to best suit your availability. 

During our onboarding process, we will capture your time preferences and availability. We are always looking for individuals who are dependable and responsible. 

This role is flexible, each volunteer will be travelling within their local community, with a focus of presenting to schools. 

Anywhere from eight to twenty hours a month is expected for this role.  
*Mileage reimbursement is NOT available for this role; therefore, we do our very best to schedule presentations within a 25km radius of your community.  


Supervision and Support 

As a Humane Education Volunteer, you will be supported by Ontario SPCA Humane Education staff.  

This staff partner will provide you with training for your specific role, your schedule, and any required administration, feedback or updates.  

The Volunteer Development Team will always be available to offer support and guidance. 

You will also have direct access to our online communities, where you can find organizational updates, and contact information for your staff partners.

Benefits Personal Benefits  
Directly impact your local and global community by empowering participants to discover their empathy for animals and their environment, while inspiring a deep connection to animals  
Make like-minded friends  
Behind the scenes access to our animal centres  
Access to our knowledgeable staff and wellness resources  
Ability to customize your schedule, choose your assignments and update your profile, through our online community  
Clients Students and community groups
Ages 7 year(s) - 15 year(s)
Suitable For Adults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18)
Areas of Interest Animal Services ; Community Outreach ; Education Support (Early Years) ; Education Support (Post-Secondary) ; Education Support (Training Programs) ; Education Support (Tutoring / Instruction)
Skills/Experience Communication & Interpersonal Skills ; Customer Service ; Mentoring & Training ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Public Speaking ; Have a good working knowledge of PowerPoint, Google Classroom, and other presentation software.
Commitment Length Long Term (Minimum of 6 months) ; Medium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term
Interaction Level Small Group ; Large Group
Minimum Hours 4 / Week
Dates and Times Monday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Saturday: Morning, Afternoon 
Sunday: Morning, Afternoon
Seasons Year Round
Location Various settings including schools.
Number of Positions Ajax ; Durham Region ; Oshawa ; Pickering ; Whitby 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
Training Orientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Orientation and Training  
Before you start your journey with us, our organization will provide you with the following training:  
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society orientation- in-person and online training  
Animal Advocacy training with a Humane Educator   
How to access our online communities  
You will be fully briefed before any event you are asked to attend.
Transportation Car required
Police Check Required
Additional Requirements References and vulnerable sector check required.

Agency Details: Humane Society of Durham Region

Office Phone 905-665-7430
Fax 905-665-9644
Address & Map
1505 Wentworth St
Whitby, ON
Canada L1N 0H9
Mailing Address 1505 Wentworth St 
Whitby, ON 
Canada L1N 0H9

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