Legislation & Advocacy Internship [LAI]

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Big Cat Rescue
12802 Easy St.
Tampa, FL
Posted: June 17 2015
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Full-time, Unpaid

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Description

TO APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP YOU MUST VISIT http://bigcatrescue.org/legislative-intern/

The Legislation & Advocacy Intern [LAI] works under the direction of the Director of Outreach, the Founder, and the Operations Manager. As with all other intern paths, the LAI must complete approximately 600 hours of service during the 12-week internship. This is equivalent to working approximately 50 hours per week. Interns may be required to work more or less hours as needed by the sanctuary. LAIs must follow the same policies and procedures as Animal Care Interns.

The objective of the LAI is to support the Director of Outreach in promoting legislation, advocating for the welfare of big cats, and educating the public on the issues facing exotic cats, specifically private ownership and exploitation. Our goal is to end the trade by working with guests, supporters, voters, government agencies, and legislators to pass laws and implement stronger regulations and policies.

The LAI will gain invaluable experience in the inner workings of a unique animal welfare nonprofit that not only rescues exotic cats and operates one of the largest accredited sanctuaries of its kind in the world, but also educates and actively works to end to trade of big cats through legislation and policy.

The LAI must be comfortable speaking to guests and meeting new people. They must also work effectively with staff, volunteers, and fellow interns.

LAIs begin in Partner training to learn guest relations and how to guide tours, to better familiarize themselves with the mission of the sanctuary and become familiar with the daily operations of the sanctuary. Much of the initial training consists of the basic knowledge needed to be a valued intern. As a LAI advances through the program they will learn specific skills pertaining to BCR’s advocacy, education, legislative activities.

This internship position does not involve keeper duties (i.e. cat feeding, operant training, cleaning, meds administration). Although you will have the benefit of working at the sanctuary, your work will not directly involve any of our cats.

At this time, we will not consider applicants outside the U.S.

TO APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP YOU MUST VISIT http://bigcatrescue.org/legislative-intern/

Responsibilities

TO APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP YOU MUST VISIT http://bigcatrescue.org/legislative-intern/

a. Lead actions on-site, at events, and at presentations. BCR is very committed to changing the way society interacts and uses exotic cats. To that end, we are always actively pursuing public action – whether that is asking guests to call their legislators, sign petitions, submit comment, or sign their name to a pledge. There is a special area in our Gift Shop dedicated to these activities, called the “Action Space”. The LAI is responsible for leading the actions under the direction of the Director of Outreach. Similarly, the LAI may be asked to lead an action at events or presentations.

b. Guide group tours, education tours (children & adults), and tours privately scheduled by the Director of Outreach. Unlike our standard group tours, these tours are spoken tours and require knowledge of the cats (history, environment, behavior, adaptations, diet, species), our sanctuary’s evolution and operations, conservation in the wild, and the issues we are working to resolve (private ownership, animal handling, the illegal trade, abuse, poaching).

c. Represent BCR at community events, outreach venues, and educational presentations including meetings and conferences where BCR is an exhibitor, speaker, participant, sponsor, or beneficiary.

d. Successfully complete Legislation & Advocacy Intern training classes in addition to the BCR training classes required by level 1 interns.

e. Presenting to schools, student groups, community groups and organizations.

f. Promote BCR campaigns to guests and public such as the Pledge to Be Circus Free and Big-Cat Friendly Tourist campaign.

g. The LAI may be asked to support the Founder or Director of Outreach with online advocacy activities facilitated through CatLaws.com and our website. This may include emailing actions to supporters, identifying supporters in key congressional districts, or following-up with supporters after they have visited BCR.

h. Additional duties such as writing articles, research, data entry, general office duties, assisting the Founder and Director of Outreach, and providing back-up support to the Operations Manager and Gift Shop staff as needed.

i. Create media and other outreach tools in support of our actions and campaigns.

The preceding position description is designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by a Legislation & Advocacy Intern [LAI]. It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of Legislation & Advocacy Interns.

TO APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP YOU MUST VISIT http://bigcatrescue.org/legislative-intern/

Requirements

TO APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP YOU MUST VISIT http://bigcatrescue.org/legislative-intern/

QUALIFICATIONS
• Must be at least 18 years old.
• Must be a U.S. citizen.
• Possess a valid driver’s license or photo I.D.
• Must be fluent in English, both written and verbal. Above average writing skills.
• Internet savvy. Proficient in Microsoft Suite applications Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Familiar with Google applications.
• Must be comfortable advocating and soliciting support for animal welfare in subject areas that may be controversial or sensitive (e.g. circuses, zoos, ownership of exotic animals, hunting, animals in entertainment, fur, breeding).
• Must be professional and polite and retain this manner is potentially stressful or contentious situations.

SPECIAL DEMANDS
• Capable of lifting and carrying at least 50 lbs., possess vision and hearing at adequate levels, good health and endurance for working outdoors in all types of weather.
• Complete disclosure of any prescription drugs, allergies and physical limitations.
• Interns must obtain a tetanus vaccination, at their own expense, that will be good for the duration of the internship, prior to participating in the internship program and must submit proof of vaccination.
• Able to financially support themselves for the duration of the internship.
• Travel may be required to attend meetings, conferences, and events.
• Ability to work standing for long periods of time.

TO APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP YOU MUST VISIT http://bigcatrescue.org/legislative-intern/

Skills

Required - Microsoft Applications, Google Apps, Basic Computer Skills, American English, Driving License
Preferred - Advocacy, Educational Outreach, Article Writing

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