Create and maintain a structured, supportive volunteer environment for veterans who are passionate about animal welfare and aspire to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets by working one-on-one with behaviorally challenged shelter animals.

Reports to: TBD

Position Type: Part-time, Hourly, Non-exempt


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (to include, but not limited to)
  • Identify, cultivate and sustain positive, productive relationships with new sources of veterans groups and veteran-owned businesses in the community.

  • Create compelling program presentations that highlight the benefits of the veteran-companion animal bond, fostering animals in the home, and positive reinforcement training. Promote program at Anderson development/fundraising events.

  • Build and nurture constructive, supportive relationships with Anderson staff, volunteers, and adoptive families, fosters, visitors, constituents, community, and the public. 

  • Work collaboratively with Anderson’s Animal Behavior and Enrichment Manager to create effective behavior modification programs for animals in need.

  • Train new MVP volunteers in positive reinforcement behavior modification training, animal enrichment and fear free handling. 

  • Work proactively with Animal Foster Coordinators to identify homes for animals of military personnel who are to be deployed.

  • Progress toward accomplishing outlined goals while keeping within established program budget. Regularly review program success and effectiveness against program parameters and public and volunteer feedback. Implement improvements as agreed upon with direct manager.

  • Actively promote and model a humane, caring attitude toward all animals regardless of circumstance and respect for all life to the public, staff, and volunteers.

  • Manage a flexible schedule that may include weeknights, weekends, holidays. Ability to work during non-standard hours may be required to ensure the success of the program.

  • Attend weekly management meetings and monthly all staff meetings to share new program developments and solve problems creatively.

  • Quickly absorb and discern complex issues, be able to make thoughtful, principled decisions and act decisively under emotional and/or stressful conditions.

  • Other duties as delegated. 

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; professional military experience preferred.    

  • Support of Anderson’s mission and vision; strong desire to advance the organization.

  • Mature, confident, compassionate, attentive, self-motivated, reliable, and honest with an outgoing, participatory work style; able to successfully work independently when needed.

  • Maintains focus during frequent interruptions; able to adapt swiftly to change in environment, priorities, or protocol.  

  • Can diffuse issues and resolve conflict constructively, directly and in a timely manner.

  • Willingness to be trained in and thorough support of and low-stress, fear-free handling and positive reinforcement training in a shelter environment. Motivated to sharpen skills and thrive through on-the-job training.

  • Ability to input data, operate office equipment, read computer screens and printed material; can communicate clearly in person, via phone, via e-mail. 

  • Excels at creative problem solving and principled decisiveness in a fast-paced, sometimes stressful work environment.

  • Understanding of and ability to clearly communicate common illnesses of dogs and cats.

  • Willingness and ability to work with domestic animals of all temperaments and species.

  • Exposure to animals and high noise levels; potential exposure to zoonotic diseases, animal bites and scratches.


  • Able to stand, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day

  • Able to lift over fifty pounds with assistance from floor to table height and vice-versa.

  • Can engage in repetitive motions of legs, arms and hands and to hear and see at levels where the movement of animals and objects is not physically limited.

  • Must have the ability to drive a vehicle.   Able to stand, crouch, bend at the waist, kneel, squat, walk, and talk for up to ten hours a day.


Anderson Animal Shelter was incorporated in 1966 as the Humane Society of North Central Illinois. Over the years, the shelter has transitioned from a traditional community animal shelter to one of the most progressive humane societies of its kind. Anderson Animal Shelter collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. We advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs.



All volunteers and staff of Anderson Animal Shelter must understand and accept that, even though all reasonable accommodations are made to support the physical and emotional health of our shelter animals, there are situations in which animals must be euthanized.



Candidates with professional military experience are preferred. Please email resume with a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role to with the subject heading: MVP.


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180 N Randall Road

North Aurora, IL 60542

Next to Pet Supplies Plus

(847) 697-2880 ext 80

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1000 S La Fox Street

South Elgin, IL 60177

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412 W Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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