Available Positions

Public Relations Technician

Summer Student

Dates: July – August 2018 (9 weeks)

30 hrs/week, including some evenings and weekends

Must hold a valid Manitoba Driver’s License

The Pembina Valley Humane Society is looking for an outgoing and motivated student to help coordinate and represent the shelter throughout July and August at various events. The successful candidate will work closely with the Public Relations Chair, Shelter Manager and Fundraising Chairs to promote our adoptable animals and help raise funds.


  • Represent PVHS at various fairs/festivals & Morden Farmers Market (this includes bringing adoptable animals to event, selling merchandise and raffle tickets)
  • Co-manage Corn & Apple booth with Public Relations Chair August 24 – 26
  • Use social media platforms to advertise adoptable animals & events
  • Develop and implement marketing campaigns
  • Administer website updates
  • Obtain sponsorship for fundraising events
  • Secure venues for and oversee supply drives
  • Volunteer coordination for various events
  • Answer phones & greet customers


  • Comfortable handling dogs & cats
  • Above average written & oral communication skills
  • Confident and outgoing personality
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Accurate with math and currency
  • Detail oriented and creative
  • Polite and professional manner
  • Experience with social media
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Physically able to lift 30lbs and handle dogs
  • Graphic design experience an asset

This position is partially funded through the Federal Canada Summer Jobs Program and students must meet the following criteria:

To be eligible, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Footnote 2 for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations


Please forward resumes to publicrelations@pvhsociety.ca. Closing deadline is June 1.

PR Co-Chair - Board of Directors (Volunteer)

Term: 2 Years


  • Reviews the mandate of the committee as outlined by the board
  • Become familiar with and adhere to board policy
  • Recruits an appropriate number of committee members to carry out the mandate
  • Arrange educational events and supply drives with schools. Daycares, youth groups, etc.
  • Help organize and promote supply drives/open houses at the shelter
  • Help organize adoption fairs and supply drives at external venues
  • Arrange monthly PR visits to Pet Valu
  • Orients committee members to their mandate and guides committee work
  • Reports committee progress to the board in absence of Chair
  • Encourage member participation
  • Recognize member contributions
  • Orients the new Public Relations Chair/Co-Chair
  • Assist Chair with summer fairs and festivals
  • Assist Member at Large with Farmers Markets
  • Acts as a contact person & co-ordinates public relations events
  • Delegates appropriate tasks volunteers
  • Makes sure PVHS participates in various community events
  • Represents PVHS in media interviews
  • Works with media to promote PVHS events (interviews, VIP tickets, etc.)
  • Responds to media inquiries


  • Ability to organize events
  • Ability to delegate tasks
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Well-spoken and articulate
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to lead meetings and summarize discussions
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to use technology (create presentations and track data)
  • Ability to handle difficult situations diplomatically
  • Ability to build relationships and connections with local print and radio media
  • Ability to effectively coordinate volunteers/committee members
  • Familiarity with print and web design

The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of each month.

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Public Shift (Volunteer)

This position requires confidentiality at all times. As you will be working with the general public handling inquiries about our animals, but also potentially their pets to be surrendered and personal information on forms, it is very important to be professional, courteous and confidential at all times.

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Some of the basic tasks to be completed by the Public Shift Volunteer:

  • Answering the telephone during public hours and taking messages or assisting the public
  • Tracking attendance of the visitors
  • Greeting visitors and inquiring as to what services they require
  • Providing forms for visitors in regards to volunteering, adoption applications etc.
  • Conduct reference checks when needed
  • Conduct adoption follow ups when needed
  • Dust and tidy the main lobby area so it is presentable to the general public
  • Assisting in adoption pick-ups (fill in paper work as required)
  • Assisting in surrenders (fill in paper work as required)
  • Assist with payments for services PVHS offers, including gift shop items
  • Assisting with viewing animals for adoptions (showing visitors around the shelter)
  • Odd jobs as required

Skills Required

  • Very polite when dealing with the public
  • Excellent communication skills primarily verbally
  • Patient and understanding
  • Comprehension of confidentiality
  • Excellent “Public Relation” skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Punctual
  • Experience dealing with the public and answering the telephone

Building Maintenance/Supervisor - Board of Directors (Volunteer)

Term: 2 years


  • Stay current with building issues and concerns
  • Ability to address minor building and repair issues
  • Generate contacts within the community relevant to long term and short term building projects
  • Make suggestions to board regarding solutions to building maintenance issues
  • Maintain Shelter Van – bring for service appointments, be alert for repair issues with van
  • Attend Monthly board meetings
  • Attend annual AGM
  • prepare and present report at monthly board meetings and AGM
  • Understands and adheres to Board policy
  • Coordinate building projects and repairs in conjunction with the Shelter Manager
  • Make sure that regular building maintenance in performed (ie: Furnace, HVAC, appliances, etc)


  • Skills and understanding in the areas of general repair and building maintenance
  • Ability to assist in preparing for capital projects:
  • Preparing estimates, working with contractors on estimates when necessary
  • Preparing PVHS site for capital projects
  • Ability to work together with Shelter Manager and Board to trouble shoot solutions to Maintenance issues
  • Willingness to seek out and meet with outside contractors/experts to explore solutions to PVHS building capital issues
  • Ability to clearly communicate building problems to contractors

The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of each month.

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Member at Large - Board of Directors (Volunteer)

Term - 2 Years


  • Commit to the work of the organization
  • Have/gain knowledge of Board policy
  • Be willing to serve on a committee(s)
  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Attend meetings of specified committees
  • Attend Annual General Meeting
  • Support special events
  • Support and participate in Fundraising events
  • Review policy presented to/recommended by the board
  • Work with the board to review and set budget
  • Assist in developing and maintaining positive relations among the board, committees, staff and community


  • Have/gain knowledge and skills in one or more area of Board governance
  • Be able to work with fellow board members, staff and volunteers in a positive and respectful manner
  • Promote PVHS and its mission within the community
  • Willingness to take on/tackle specific roles or projects within PVHS
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Participate in board meetings, contributing to discussions in a constructive manner

The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of each month.

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