Job Openings/Internships at AWI
Laboratory Animal Advisor
The Animal Welfare Institute is accepting applications for the full time position of laboratory animal advisor.
Requisites for the position include a genuine reverence for living creatures and a particular compassion for animals kept in research laboratories and educational institutions; a strong interest in reducing the pain and stress these animals experience; and a mindset that is not categorically opposed to or in favor of research with animals.
Additionally, candidates must have several years of experience with traditional and refined housing and handling practices of animals, including at least one nonhuman primate species commonly found in research laboratories.
Respondents must be familiar with professional and scientific literature pertaining to the housing and handling of animals assigned to research and teaching projects, and have published several professional or scientific articles (a copy of one article must accompany the application). He/she will be expected to publish articles on species-adequate housing and stress-mitigating handling of animal species commonly found in laboratories.
The laboratory animal advisor may be asked to visit animal research facilities and provide advice on species-adequate housing and stress-mitigating handling of animal species typically found in laboratories. The candidate must also be comfortable representing the Animal Welfare Institute at professional and scientific meetings.
The laboratory animal advisor is responsible for managing and updating—at three-month intervals—two annotated databases on Environmental Enrichment and Refinement for Animals in Research Institutions. The laboratory animal advisor is also responsible for writing comments on federal draft regulations and professional draft guidelines on housing and handling of animals kept in research laboratories.
It will be helpful for candidates to provide salary history or specify salary expectation. Ideally, the advisor will work out of the office headquarters in Washington, D.C., but telecommuting is possible. Please specify if telecommuting is required.
A cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (one of which should be a professional or scientific article) should be mailed to:
Cathy Liss, President
Animal Welfare Institute
900 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20003
(Accepting applications for Fall 2013.)
AWI seeks two legislative interns every fall, spring, and summer. This is a great opportunity for law students, political science students, or anyone with a passion for making a difference in the lives of animals. Interns will assist our government and legal affairs staff in maintaining updated Hill contact lists, delivering documents to and attend meetings with Congressional offices and assisting staff in research; as well as miscellaneous tasks of an administrative nature. No specific academic major is required; however, preferred candidates will have a strong work ethic and be willing to take on any project. Interns may work full-time or part-time and can arrange to receive course credit. Please submit a resume and cover letter, stating why you wish to become an advocate for animals to Chris Heyde at firstname.lastname@example.org. These positions are located in our Capitol Hill office and are unpaid.
FARM ANIMAL INTERNS
(Accepting Fall 2013 applications.)
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to reduce animal suffering and promote the welfare of all animals, including animals in agriculture. As a part of our mission, we promote humane farming systems and work to advance legislative and regulatory efforts to improve the conditions of farm animals. We also administer our own animal care certification program, Animal Welfare Approved, through which we work with scientists and farmers to set the highest farm animal care standards in the country.
Farm animal interns have the opportunity to learn more about advocacy efforts to protect farm animals. Potential responsibilities include research and writing, tracking legislation and regulations, and drafting public policy comments. Projects will cover a range of factory farming issues; the intern will support AWI in its efforts to eliminate harmful on-farm practices, improve conditions during long-distance transport, encourage humane handling at slaughter, and educate the public regarding the meaning of welfare-related claims on food products. The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in animal welfare and a background in law, public policy, or animal science.
The internship is located in our Capitol Hill office and is unpaid. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Dena Jones at email@example.com.
WILDLIFE LAW & POLICY INTERNS
AWI offers 2-4 on-site internships every fall, spring, and summer for persons enthusiastic about our work to protect wildlife, both terrestrial and aquatic. We also accept up to 5 off-site/remote interns on an ongoing basis. We are currently accepting applications for all Fall 2013 interns.
Applicants must be willing to assist with a myriad of wildlife and marine mammal law and policy issues, including but not limited to drafting legal analyses, public comments, Endangered Species Act listing petitions and legal memos. Projects are diverse; most are ideal for a law school student but students pursuing Masters programs in scientific and/or public policy fields are also encouraged to apply.
To better acquaint yourself with AWI’s work before applying, please visit our wildlife program section. Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Tara Zuardo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify the term you are seeking to intern for (i.e. Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) and whether you are interested in an on-site or remote internship when you apply.
Law students: preference will go to students that have taken or are currently enrolled in any of the following courses: Environmental Law/Litigation/Clinic, Administrative Law, Animal Law, International Environmental Law, Wildlife Law, Public Lands & Resources Law, and/or related coursework. Please indicate whether you are a 1, 2, or 3L when you apply.
SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM INTERNS
(Accepting applications on an on-going basis.)
Part time intern(s) needed to assist with updating information about “safe haven” programs, i.e., domestic violence (DV) shelters that will also take a victim's pets or help her place them safely. Individuals involved with this project call DV shelters to find out if they provide such services and if so, whether they are on site or referrals. The calling list and a script are provided and calls can be made from one’s home during weekday hours anytime between 9:00 to 5:00. Hours worked per week: negotiable. This project is an important part of an AWI effort to develop a training program and technical assistance network for prosecutors to help them better handle animal abuse/animal fighting prosecutions; this updated information will be made available to them. Interested applicants email Mary Lou Randour at email@example.com.
SHARK FIN CAMPAIGN INTERN
Part-time or full-time intern(s) needed to assist with updating our popular on-line database of restaurants across the U.S. that sell shark fin soup and other shark products (http://awionline.org/content/restaurants-currently-offering-shark-fin-soup). We are seeking an intern to ensure the list is accurate and up to date. The work will entail online research and telephone calls to restaurants, data entry, and possibly some website maintenance work. Training will be given for all aspects of the work. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills and be detail-oriented. Fluency in English is essential. An ability to speak Mandarin and/or Cantonese is preferred. Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Outlook and Excel is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and to apply with resume and cover letter.
Last Updated: June 2013