• To use professional expertise and experience, particularly with wildlife, to investigate, advise on, and intervene in a wide range of abuse and neglect cases, including drafting complaints and comments to regulatory and law-enforcement agencies.
• To help develop PETA's campaigns, including those for wild and exotic animals kept in zoos, circuses, and similar captive exhibits.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties:
• In consultation with PETA and in verified compliance with the objectives, standards, and requirements communicated by it:
o Review and advise on specific cases of animal abuse and neglect, including at roadside zoos, circuses, and similar captive facilities.
o Travel as needed to assess potential cruelty cases and evaluate the conditions of at-risk animals in a variety of captive environments
o Assist in determining best courses of action in accordance with veterinary standards and recommend improvements in care for captive animals
o When possible, assist with relocation missions, such as the transport of bears and elephants to sanctuaries
o Conduct research and write materials to advance PETA's animal protection campaigns
o Develop and maintain relationships with other veterinary and animal welfare experts, keepers, whistleblowers, sanctuaries, and government agencies and coordinate their engagement in specific cases and legislation
o Develop and execute plans to effectively mobilize PETA members and activists to contact elected officials, businesses, and sponsors regarding issues affecting captive animals
o Monitor and support legislative efforts and the development of industry guidelines to ban, restrict, or improve conditions for captive animals
o As needed, develop written public comments on captive-animal legislative issues and deliver testimony at legislative hearings
o Present PETA's positions to the media
o Maintain confidentiality at all times
• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor
• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree or equivalent
• Sophisticated working knowledge of medical and welfare issues affecting captive animals
• Ability to handle cruelty complaint calls in a professional and confidential manner
• Proven exceptional writing and research skills
• Demonstrated excellent proofreading and organizational skills
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, tact, and diplomacy as well as the ability to communicate effectively
• Proven ability to maintain professional working relationships
• Proven ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize work
• Professional appearance and demonstrated exceptional public-speaking skills
• Ability and willingness to travel on occasion
• Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record
• Support for PETA's philosophy and the ability to advocate PETA's positions on issues professionally
• Commitment to the objectives of the organization
Telecommuting is allowed.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2 million members and supporters, is the largest animal rights organization in the world.
PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds and other "pests," and the abuse of backyard dogs.
PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.