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Wild Animal Initiative

Wild Animal Initiative 1 year ago

Strategic Planning Intern

Anywhere · Part Time

Staff Pick


  • ? Staff Pick
  • ? $15-$25 per hour
  • ? Continuous Learning 
  • ? 8-10 Weeks Internship
  • ? Anywhere in the World
  • ? Applications close on Jun 7th

Now Hiring: Remote Strategic Planning Intern
Wild Animal Initiative is hiring remotely!


Wild Animal Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to understand and improve the lives of wild animals. To do this, we conduct scientific research, collaborate with experts, and help academics secure funding for high-impact projects.

In order to optimize our impact, we are documenting our strategy, reviewing our compliance with best practices, and improving our systems for measuring our impact. The Strategic Planning Intern will provide essential support for all elements of this effort.


  • Time: 10-30 hours per week for 8-10 weeks over June, July, and early August. Preference for candidates who can start earlier, are available to work more hours, and are available to frontload work (i.e., more in June, less in August).
  • Compensation: $15-$25 per hour, depending on experience.
  • Location: Remote. This position is open to residents of countries outside the U.S.
  • Manager: Deputy Director Cameron Meyer Shorb (cameronms@wildanimalinitiative.org)
  • Desired start date: June 22 (flexible)


Listed in descending order of the estimated portion of time spent on each task.

  • Collect baseline data on key metrics (e.g., number of relevant papers published per year).
  • Help research, draft, edit, and format documents that explain our programmatic strategies, internal operations, track record, and plans for growth.
  • Participate in the development of objective, practical, and effective metrics to help us estimate our impact and evaluate our progress along our theory of change.
  • Research best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion; impact measurement; and workplace culture.
  • Contribute to assorted research, operations, and communications tasks as necessary.


Listed in descending order of importance to candidate evaluation.

  • Writing: Exceptionally clear, compelling, concise, and technically proficient writing. Emphasis on precisely communicating technical concepts (e.g., ecology, forecasting) in ways that are easily readable by non-technical audiences.
  • Editing: Exceptional attention to detail. Knowledge of English grammar and style norms.
  • Independence: Ability to work independently, take ownership of tasks, and propose novel approaches.
  • Research: Comfort finding and evaluating quantitative and qualitative evidence in areas where the candidate has no previous knowledge, particularly in natural sciences and human resources.
  • (Preferred) Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Knowledge of best practices in making workplaces diverse, equitable, and inclusive across a variety of identities, and/or personal experience working on a team where one of your identities was underrepresented.
  • (Preferred) Graphic design: Understanding of how to make information-dense documents look professional and visually appealing. Ability to execute that vision with software you have access to (e.g. in Google Drive, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.).


  • $15-$25 per hour, depending on experience.
  • Experience working closely with nonprofit leadership to develop, evaluate, and communicate strategic plans and policies.
  • Opportunity to learn about the emerging fields of wild animal welfare advocacy and welfare biology research.

How to apply

  1. Open the application form by clicking “Apply now”  (please do not email your application directly). Using the form, please provide a resume describing your educational, professional, and any other relevant experience (PDF, no more than one page) and a cover letter making the case for your ability to excel in this role (PDF, no more than one page).
  2. We will get back to you by June 11th to update you on the status of your application.
  3. Successful first-round applicants will be invited to complete a work task for the second round.
  4. Successful second-round applicants will be invited to a video interview for the third and final round.
  5. Feel free to email cameronms@wildanimalinitiative.org at any time with any questions about the position or the application process.

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