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Current Employment Opportunities with Panthera

Panthera's Background
Unlike any other conservation organization in the world, Panthera’s sole mission is the range-wide conservation of the world’s 38 species of wild cats. We are the largest wild cat conservation organization in the world in terms of global outreach, funding to the field, and staff expertise. Panthera is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2006.

Panthera’s core strategies are grounded in rigorous scientific research, political engagement with heads of state and national land-use agencies, and education and outreach activities for local communities living in areas with big cats. Our large-scale initiatives with tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards currently involve more than 50 countries and span three continents. We not only fund cat conservation initiatives, but act as a conservation think-tank that supports innovative people, programs, and ideas across the conservation spectrum. Much of Panthera's work is based in a spatial context and the Landscape Analysis Lab is central to Panthera's overall goals and day-to-day operations.

Current Openings:


Position: Donor Communications Lead
Organization: Panthera
Reports to: Deputy Director of Philanthropy
Salary: Commensurate with experience

The Organization

Panthera's mission is to ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action. Identifying the key challenges facing wild cat conservation globally, we work with strategic partners to quickly and efficiently channel the financial and intellectual capital to effectively address those threats.

Panthera's Donor Communications Lead

Panthera is seeking an experienced communications professional to support the organization’s growing fundraising efforts.


The Donor Communications Lead will be a key member of the team developing an organization-wide framework to articulate Panthera’s mission and programs to donors and prospects, with components that include a vision narrative for the organization and a long-term strategic plan to be developed over the next 18-24 months. S/he will be responsible for creating and updating all related donor communications materials, including (but not limited to) grant proposals and reports. As part of this role, the Donor Communications Lead will:

  • Develop and create a variety of donor communication products to engage, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective and existing principal and major gift donors, including drafting template proposals and reports for programs across the organization and establishing a process to update those documents over time;
  • Proactively solicit and integrate information from fundraising, conservation and finance colleagues to ensure accuracy in reporting to donors and to inform the fundability of specific programmatic areas as well as the appropriateness of developing additional program-specific content;
  • Be involved in the development of partnership proposals and the structuring of other complex agreements to ensure proper reporting and stewardship;
  • Be responsible for producing project timelines, product outlines, and final products for donors and fundraisers, transforming raw content into compelling and inspirational donor communications;
  • Be a resource to and work with colleagues across the organization to ensure consistency in donor communications and broader platforms that affect donors (e.g. Panthera’s website); and
  • Develop a robust network of conservation, finance, communications, and philanthropy colleagues to achieve all required outcomes.

The position reports to the Deputy Director of Development and is based out of Panthera’s New York City office.


The successful candidate is a strong writer and storyteller with proven ability to craft donor-centered content; is a self-starter with excellent interpersonal and communication skills; is organized and detail-oriented; and is capable of juggling multiple projects while still meeting deadlines. S/he has the ability to work both independently and as part of a flexible team. S/he must be able to handle sensitive information with discretion and integrity. The ideal candidate has an interest in the mission and work of Panthera, and is interested in being an integral member of the development team at a dynamic, growing organization.

Qualified candidates have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of relevant experience. Fundraising experience or relevant coursework is a bonus, but not required.

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest along with a resume and writing sample to Evelyn Chen at Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, with the position to be filled immediately.

No phone calls please.

Panthera is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V


Position: Media & Communications Intern
Organization: Panthera
Reports to: Web & Media Coordinator
Salary: College Credit Required* w/ Travel Stipend
Time Period: Summer/Fall 2014

The Organization

Panthera, founded in 2006, is the world’s leading organization devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, cheetahs and snow leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the world.

Panthera’s Media & Communications Internship

Panthera seeks a Media & Communications Intern in our New York City based headquarter office. This is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience within an international conservation non-profit organization. Panthera’s Media and Communications intern will assist with tasks ranging from media management to public relations. The position will also support administrative tasks, and allow participants to get an inside look at coordination within Panthera’s international conservation programs. The intern will report to the Web & Media Coordinator and help meet the communications needs of Panthera’s global staff.

Essential duties include:

  • Assist with the organization of Panthera’s Internal Image Database.
  • Assist with updating Panthera’s website with current popular articles, press releases, and events
  • Assist with management of Panthera’s press contacts worldwide
  • Assist with maintaining Panthera’s social media platforms
  • Provide day to day administrative support, including creating Press Kits, researching inquiries, & maintaining office inventories


  • Must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a 4 year accredited university. Applicants must be able to provide an Internship for Credit Eligibility Letter to be considered
  • All majors welcome to apply, although preference given to Communications, Media Studies, Environmental Science and related majors
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, verbal skills, written skills, and judgment
  • Must be computer savvy and comfortable using both Mac & PC
  • Interest in wildlife conservation
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (or other image editing software)
  • Knowledge of Apple’s Aperture highly preferred
  • Knowledge of Drupal preferred
  • Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, is desirable


*This is an unpaid internship, course credit is required. Panthera offers subsidized travel.

How to Apply

Please submit CV and cover letter by email to Marla Kabashima, Office Manager ( with subject heading: LAST NAME, Media & Comms Intern position

No phone calls please.

Panthera is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V