Bear Riku at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

Head of Wild Animal Rescue & Advocacy (m/f/d)

Full-time | 40 hours per week | Vienna Headquarters, Austria 


FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Find out more about our sustainable campaigns and projects on

Would you like to contribute to something meaningful and work with us along our mission? This is your chance. We are looking for dedicated people to enrich our team.

Your contribution will be

  • Identifying and developing international programme strategies for ending cruel keeping of bears in and big cats in captivity in accordance with FOUR PAWS strategy
  • Planning, coordination and implementation of these strategies in collaboration with the Wild Animal and other departments
  • Preparing and monitoring of international budget for the rescue and advocacy programmes
  • Doing control and evaluation and report of content plans
  • Identification and selection of relevant projects for big cats and bears
  • Supporting for internal and external exchange of knowledge and experience
  • Being involved in negotiations with external stakeholders
  • Being representative and spokesperson for public
  • Representing Wild Animal department on international stakeholder level


Your profile ideally illustrates

  • Relevant professional experience in the field of wild animals, international animal transfers, understanding and experience of CITES and other relevant paperwork
  • Strategical and hands on approach with global mindset
  • Advocacy, lobby, representation and project management experience, preferably in wild animal and/or conservation projects
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to multi-task and a solution-oriented approach
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills including presentation skills
  • Full proficiency in English, additional UN official languages is a plus
  • Willingness to travel as well as drivers license
  • Ability to plan work and meet deadlines
  • Collaboration and cooperation abilities
  • Great affinity to animal welfare and FOUR PAWS vision and mission


 Our offer includes

  • The opportunity to truly contribute to global animal welfare
  • A dynamic and challenging work environment with a high level of inspiration and commitment
  • A multinational team with the spirit of being ONE FOUR PAWS
  • An animal-friendly workplace with a dynamic and pleasant job environment
  • Modern leadership culture and promotion of training measures
  • Flexible working times with the option of partial remote work
  • Wiener Linien annual ticket and pension fund after probationary period
  • A minimum gross salary of EUR 50,000 per year (full-time base, consisting of 14 payments), negotiable depending on higher than required qualifications, skills and professional experience relevant for the position


FOUR PAWS works towards a world filled with respect, empathy and understanding for animals and believes in the same values for people: we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to apply as we welcome everyone who wants to support our mission. Please contact if you require assistance applying to this position.

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