Intern, Wildlife Protection- Spring

Virtual Req #843
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
 Spring session (February 6, 2023 – April 28, 2023)
 $17.50 per hour working 20 hours per week.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking three (3) remote Interns for the Wildlife Protection department. As a Wildlife Protection Intern you will be introduced to state and federal wildlife protection policy (i.e. laws and regulations addressing wildlife), and to the animal protection and environmental protection fields. You will also learn about and develop the skills and tools necessary to effectively advocate for wild animals through outreach, education, and policy.

You will be responsible for:

Reading and drafting wildlife-related media and educational materials;
Researching, compiling, and drafting campaign materials such as reports, memos, factsheets, letters to governmental bodies, letters-to-the-editor, social media materials, or databases on laws or scientific data;
Analyzing and drafting informational documents relating to data, public records, and policies;
Supporting legislation, regulation, and/or ballot initiative campaigns through phone-banking, canvassing (optional), or other activities as needed;
Attending and participating in staff meetings;
Providing weekly updates on work progress;
Completing a non-credit online Campaigns course on building an effective campaign. 

 Learning Opportunities:

Develop and strengthen research, writing, community outreach, and lobbying skills;
Learn about wildlife policy and policymaking in the US;
Learn about threats to wildlife and efforts to protect wildlife;
Become an effective animal advocate and gain campaigning skills;
Network with fellow animal and wildlife protection professionals;
Learn about the Wildlife Protection department and the HSUS’s major positions, programs, and missions.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Must have completed some university-level coursework;
Passion for protecting wildlife in the United States;
Superior written and oral communication skills, as well as strong critical thinking skills;
Strong research, writing, problem-solving, and time management skills;
Able to adapt quickly to changing priorities;
Able to use discretion and good judgment, keeping in mind the confidential nature of some aspects of the work;
Able to work independently and on a team;
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word;
Must be courteous, diplomatic, and maintain a high level of professionalism;
Able to follow guidelines and policies of the HSUS as well as directions given by staff;
Able to tolerate learning about the wildlife abuse issues and potentially viewing footage of abuse;
Some knowledge of wildlife, conservation and animal protection issues preferred;

This is a remote position.
When applying, please upload a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (in the Additional Documents section of the application).  The writing sample can be on any topic ( can be something you’ve previously written for a school or work assignment) and should reflect your writing style.

**The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOE