We need a lot of help taking care of the 35+ rabbits housed at the Rabbit Center. Volunteers get to help with, and learn about, all aspects of rabbit care and shelter management through hands-on learning at the international headquarters for House Rabbit Society. Volunteers enjoy time with our 35+ rabbits learning about: rabbit behavior and communication, bonding rabbits, basic and intermediate identification of rabbit medical issues, techniques of using the web to match-make homes for rabbits, shelter operations, humane education, and rabbit rescue.
Here are a few of the volunteer positions that we currently have available:
Garden Crew Volunteers will help design, plant, and maintain our new vegetable gardens around the Rabbit Center. Harvested vegetables and herbs will be used to feed the 35+ rabbits at the Rabbit Center. If you are new to gardening, come learn the basics about gardening, find out what types of veggies are good for rabbits, and learn what role bunny poop can have in keeping a garden thriving! If you are an experienced gardener, we need your expertise to help plan and maintain the new bunny vegetable gardens; be a bunny garden manager!
Bunny Transport Team Volunteers help transport Rabbit Center rabbits to and from veterinary appointments, local shelters, and foster homes. This position requires a car and has a VERY flexible schedule!
Mobile Adoptions Specialists will take rabbits to various mobile adoption events around the Bay Area on the weekends. Be a public representative for the Rabbit Center and help introduce the rabbits to people who might not otherwise have found out about House Rabbit Society or the Rabbit Center! Help educate the public on rabbit care, interview and screen potential adopters, and have a lot of fun!
Bunny Buddies spend time with shy rabbits to help make them more comfortable around humans and help increase their chances of being adopted! Many of our bunny buddies are young adults, though anyone under 12 needs to be under the close supervision of an adult.
Bunny Whisperers are more experienced rabbit people who work with rabbits who are especially shy, have special behavioral needs, or who come from abusive homes and need thus need the expertise of someone who can understand how rabbits communicate and know how best to relate to them to help them feel comfortable around humans.
Animal Care Volunteers help clean cages, habitats, and other parts of the Rabbit Center.
Humane Education Assistants help HRS Educators facilitate humane education programs for youth and adults both at the Rabbit Center in Richmond and at other locations throughout the Bay Area. This volunteer position would be great for anyone who has experience teaching and who enjoys working with kids!
Hop Shop Clerks help customers in our shop. Help answer questions about rabbit care, ring up customers when they buy supplies in the Hop Shop, and help keep track of inventory and restock the Hop Shop as needed. You need to be comfortable using computer software; we will train you to use Quickbooks. We especially need help on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Supervisors oversee the Rabbit Center on the weekends. They answer questions on rabbit care and help potential adopters (and their rabbits) find the right bunny. Supervisors must know how to perform basic grooming tasks (such as nail trims and anal gland cleaning) and be able to administer medications. Supervisors work one five-hour weekend shift per month. Because of the time involved in training supervisors, a long term commitment is essential!
If you’re interested in any of these positions, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (510) 970-7575.
Please click here to download a PDF of our Volunteer Application.
Upcoming Orientation dates: January 27th, January 30th, February 8th, February 27th, March 8th, March 27th, and April 12th.