Calgary Volunteer Coordinator | APPLICATIONS CLOSED


We’re an organization driven by passionate people – that happens to include puppies – that grow up to change lives every single day. We expect excellence of ourselves and our team, but we have fun too. Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) breeds, raises and trains fully certified assistance dogs. Our service (mobility & PTSD) and hearing dogs provide life-changing independence to those with disabilities other than blindness. Our accredited facility dogs work with community professionals, such as teachers, RCMP and psychologists to help support wellness in our community.

We’re proud of the fact that we were the first fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International in Canada. 


We are seeking someone to fill the role of Calgary Volunteer Coordinator (37.5 hr/week). Reporting to the Puppy Program Manager & Content Specialist, the Calgary Volunteer Coordinator supports the team with administrative work such as volunteer management, adoptions and events. The Calgary Volunteer Coordinator is part of an experienced, progressive team committed to helping and supporting one another and to achieving positive outcomes for our PADS dogs and volunteers. 


  • High school graduation is required. 
  • Efficient use of PCs; the Internet, Zoom; and MS Word, Excel, and Outlook. Experience with Salesforce is an asset. 
  • Valid AB drivers license, at a minimum level of Class 5, use of vehicle may be required on occasion 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule when and if required. 
  • Proven success in a role where you had to be coached and develop new skills specific to the role 
  • Previous experience working with diverse population with varying abilities and needs is preferred 
  • Demonstrated calm under pressure and ability to have compassion and support volunteers during a stressful time. 
  • Organized, professional, a good communicator (verbal and written), a lifelong learner, and resilient in the face of stress and change. 
  • Effective time management and able to balance competing priorities. 
  • Solid record of having engaged in positive, productive working relationships. 
  • High level of earned trust, maintain high degree of confidentiality when dealing with client information and requires sound judgment in conduct and interactions. 
  • Ability to learn the use of trauma informed practices with clients, volunteers and staff 


The Calgary Volunteer Coordinator handles these responsibilities for the Society: 

  • Assist in the volunteer on-boarding process for new Calgary puppy-raisers, puppy-sitters, and advanced sitters by: 
  • Participating in volunteer “meet-and-greet” interviews for puppy-raising, puppy-sitting and breeder-caretaker volunteers. 
  • Entering volunteer information into confidential portions of databases that volunteers on the on-boarding team do not have access to. 
  • Manage sitters for the Calgary program, 
  • Manage adoptions for the Calgary program 
  • Attend and participate in weekly meetings with other team members to keep up to date on progress of the dogs, industry trends and provide insight and ask questions. 
  • Updating records in the database 
  • Assisting with events in the region 
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders and educating the public about Assistance Dogs and the legal rights of people with disabilities who are partnered with them. 
  • Assist with PADS outreach events, as required. 


This is a hybrid position working out of our Calgary, Alberta Campus. The PADS Calgary Volunteer Coordinator shares work space and equipment with other employees at PADS’ facilities. Most of the time, work is scheduled from Monday to Friday, 7.5 hours per day, from 9 am to 5 pm with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break.  There may occasionally be need to work evenings or weekends. 

There is daily interaction, and physical contact, with dogs that are in advanced training and puppies visiting in the PADS campus, as well as exposure to chemicals and other cleaning solutions needed to maintain the PADS kennel. 


The position is compensated at $21.88/hr with a benefits package after the 3 month probation period. 




We serve communities that are greater and stronger because of their diversity. What makes YOU different is worth both celebrating and cultivating. 

PADS is committed to equality across race, gender, age, religion, identity, ability, and experience. We invite you to bring your whole self to our team, helping us to change lives, one dog —and person—at a time. 




Submit your CV and cover letter below before May 17th, 2024. 

Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants are invited to make required accommodations known in advance. 

We thank all applicants for their interest and will contact only those applicants selected for further consideration. Please note that submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and therefore early submission is encouraged. The position is available immediately. 


Applications Closed