Volunteer State Directors

State Directors help animals by extending the reach of the organization’s branding, programs, and priorities into key states. State directors are generalists who works to advance our organizational goals through a wide range of strategies, across a wide range of animal issues, and with a wide range of people who have diverse political views, backgrounds, and beliefs.


Empower Local Animal Advocates and Supporters

  • Build local and state coalitions to enhance the prospect of legislative progress.
  • Establish relationships with other animal protection groups, including shelters, rescues, sanctuaries, wildlife rehabilitation centers. Activate them to the extent practicable on our legislative and other programmatic campaigns.
  • Recommend candidates to open positions on various state agency boards and commissions. 

Be a Cultural Change Agent and Leader

  • Submit letters to the editor and opinion editorials, in collaboration with Animal Wellness Action/Center for a Humane Economy staff, to local and statewide news publications.
  • Participate in or plan an annual day of awareness around roadkill, animal adoption, plant-based eating.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to present yourself in a friendly, professional and non-partisan manner
  • Attend check-in meetings with supervisor.
  • Respond to Animal Wellness Action/Center for a Humane Economy leadership emails and calls within 48 hours.
  • Be prepared and on-time for meetings and events.
  • Share and support the organizations’ mission and core values and adhere to their policies.
  • Other duties as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills – both written and spoken.
  • Ability to do independent research.
  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Ability to conduct a ZOOM video conference.
  • Ability to energize and motivate volunteers.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to present yourself in a friendly, professional, and nonpartisan manner.
  • Ability to work independently, follow instructions, and meet deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Google Drive and Trello, or a willingness to learn.

Training Requirements

Training on the organizations’ core values, mission, and policies, including orientation on campaign missions and status.

Time Commitment Required

Approximately 2-4 hours per week.

Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Know that you are key to making a difference in the betterment of animals.
  • Take your passion for animal protection and put it into action.
  • Be a valued Animal Wellness Action/Center for a Humane Economy team member
  • Build your volunteer resume and develop excellent communication skills.
  • Some positions may evolve into paid positions.


Natalie Ahwesh, Director of State Affairs

What Volunteers Can Expect from Us

  • Support of Animal Wellness Action/Center for a Humane Economy leadership and members.
  • Respect and appreciation for your contribution and input. 

How to Apply

Interested parties should send an email with resume to email here, attn. Natalie Ahwesh.

About Us

Animal Wellness Action is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) whose mission is to help animals by promoting laws and regulations at federal, state and local levels that forbid cruelty to all animals. The group also works to enforce existing anti-cruelty and wildlife protection laws. Animal Wellness Action believes helping animals helps us all. X: @AWAction_News

The Center for a Humane Economy is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to help animals by helping forge a more humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both. The Center believes helping animals helps us all. X: @TheHumaneCenter

We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability or protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.