Animal Writes
21 February 1999 Issue

Job Opportunities

Wildlife Damage Review is announcing an opening for a full time position for an
Administrative Assistant in Tucson, Arizona.

Wildlife Damage Review formed specifically to bring much-needed public scrutiny
to the federal Animal Damage Control program (ADC) [aka Wildlife Services]
administered under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This taxpayer supported
program was made official by Congress in 1931 in order to eradicate, suppress
and control wildlife species for the sake of agricultural interests. The program is
still driven by predator prejudice which does not acknowledge the full function of
predator-prey relationships. ADC is out of step with the times and ecosystem
science, and is unaccountable in its processes and responsibilities. Due to
ADCs absolute reluctance to change direction toward a program which provides
solid information and nonlethal services to correct bad agricultural practices,
Wildlife Damage Review's goal is to abolish this secretive program and the
mentality behind it which fuels the use of traps, snares, aerial gunning and
poisons on America's wildlife.

General Job Description:
WDR is looking for a dedicated person who wants to assist the Executive
Director in some administrative duties, keeping up with correspondence, and
expanding our activist program. Although most of the duties will consist of
working on WDR s program and grassroots activism, the assistant will be doing
a variety of jobs. Ideally, WDR is looking for someone who has had some
experience doing activism, especially in the wildlife field, and who is particularly
attached to our campaign. We are asking for a commitment of at least a year in
the job.

Duties Include:
~ Answering phones, information requests, and other correspondence.
~ Writing action alerts, special reports, articles for our and other organizations
newsletters, magazines, and campaigns.
~ Writing Freedom of Information Act requests.
~ Researching special projects and writing summary reports.
~ Filing.
~ Media work and communication with other organizations.
~ Developing strategy
~ Use of Macintosh Computers and software, specifically word processing and
data base entry and upkeep (Filemaker Pro). Knowledge of Quark
(layout program) is helpful, but not necessary.

WDR is looking for a person who is excited by this campaign, who wants to
commit to working toward our goals on a long-term basis, has some experience
with government agencies and how they work, is not easily intimidated yet
easy-going, and who has a sense of how to make a serious campaign fun in
order to attract others to help.

Starting pay will vary, depending on experience, with a base salary of at least
$16,600 per year. Full time employees are eligible to receive $100/month toward
their health insurance plan, as WDR currently carries no health policy.

Job will commence on March 15, 1999. WDR will not be able to pay for the
expense of out-of-town interviews or cover moving costs to Tucson. Resumes
will be accepted until February 26. Please send to:

Wildlife Damage Review
PO Box 85218
Tucson, AZ 85754 

Questions? Give Nancy Zierenberg a call at (520) 884-0883
or e mail her at [email protected]

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