November 11, 2009

Hot Jobs 61: Jobs Working with Animals

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for our weekly Hot Jobs post. This the day that I feature three of the best job leads from JobMonkey’s free Job Center — the web’s #1 free resource for job seekers in search of an adventure — and a paycheck.

If you are an animal lover, then you will want to stick around.


I have three great animal jobs — and they are just the tip of the iceberg over at the Job Center this week. There are pages of great animal job leads for you to check out. From veterinarians to zoo keepers to fundraisers for animal rescue groups and more, we’ve got it all! (You can learn more about working with animals at JobMoney!)

1. Speechwriter/Senior Writer, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA

This job is proof that there is more to working with animals than being a veterinarian (although there’s nothing wrong with vet jobs — see #2 if that’s your thing.) Instead, think about how you can apply your unique skills and talents to an animal-related organization. For example, if you’re a great writer and an animal lover, being the Senior Writer for the Nature Conservancy is a perfect way to blend your two passions! The speechwriter will work with the Nature Conservancy’s President to conceive, draft and edit communications materials on the President’s behalf. In addition to speeches and talking points, the writer will also be responsible for op-ed pieces, online content, books or book chapters, and other collateral material. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least six years of related experience, including writing and/or editing books, writing for the web, and speech writing. The job may require some travel and a willingness to work overtime during peak workload periods.

2. Associate Veterinarian, American Veterinary Medical Association – AVMA, Wichita, KS

If you are trained as a veterinarian, there is an opening for a full-time associate in a thriving multi-doctor, small animal practice in Wichita, Kansas. The suburb of Andover is an affluent, family friendly community with excellent public schools and low cost of living — so relocation might be worth a look. The practice has opened a new 10,000 square foot facility and boasts a great technician/doctor to patient ratio. The average work week is 35 hours and there are no late night calls! The starting salary is $70,000, plus general benefits such as medical and professional liability insurance, professional dues, license fees, and more. The group is looking for a great vet with a good sense of humor and a team-playing ethic.

3. Part Time Preschool Instructor, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, WA

Like I said above in #1, you don’t have to be a veterinarian to work with animals. Here’s a great opportunity for an early childhood educator to teach young children about animals at Tacoma Washington’s Point Defiance Zoo. The preschool has a nature and animal focus, although the primary duties of the teacher are to lead activities that meet the children’s physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs.  The ideal candidate will have at least two years of relevant college coursework, plus two years of experience in early childhood education. A background in natural history is also required. As with any preschool teachers, patience, creativity and a love for children is a must! Applicants must also have a valid First Aid and CPR card, and be able to pass a background check.

If you didn’t find the job of your dreams on our hot jobs list today, be sure to check out the JobMonkey Job Center for hundreds of other listings in every imaginable field.

Good luck with your job search this week!

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