What’s your dream job? Does it involve helping animals? Well, you can really use any career to help animals, and PETA hires people with all sorts of backgrounds and skills—like writing, social media, communications, law, media relations, biology, teaching, veterinary medicine, and so much more. You can see a list of our current open positions here.
Often, PETA staffers are asked how someone can become a covert investigator (or what we call a “field investigator”)—and we’re so excited that there’s interest in this position, because investigators play a vital role in ending speciesism and fighting for animal rights. Allowing others to see what really happens to animals used for experiments, food, clothing, entertainment, and other purposes is one way we can change the world. Businesses often have seemingly unlimited resources to keep what they’re doing to animals hidden from the public so they can protect their profits. Industries that exploit animals don’t want people to know the truth, because when we know better, we can do better by making animal-friendly choices—and field investigators expose the truth to help bring these industries down.
If you’re considering covert work in the future, start planning now. Protect your identity online—because employers (almost all of them, regardless of where you apply) search for applicants on social media, discussion boards, and elsewhere on the web before hiring them to get a sense of who they are. For example, a covert investigator who is assigned to work in a slaughterhouse might have a hard time getting a job in one because it wouldn’t be wise for the company to hire someone who is clearly associated with animal rights or who has a lot of friends who are animal rights activists. Even if you were to delete your current accounts, the information that you’ve posted is never really gone. It’s true—some things really do last forever. So if you already have an account on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, or other social media platforms, here are some ways to protect your identity:
- Use pseudonyms online.
- Make your profiles private and your content visible to friends only.
- Limit your old posts to prevent people who aren’t your friends from seeing them.
- Turn off discoverability, which will prevent anyone with your e-mail address or phone number from finding your accounts.
- Turn off tagging in photos so that others can’t find your accounts.
Even if you don’t end up working for PETA, you can always fight for animal rights in other ways. For instance, people who work with children can teach them to be kind to animals or help stop animal dissection in their schools, lawyers can offer their services pro bono to represent activists and take on animal rights cases, and much more. Anyone—no matter their career field—can do plenty for animals in their spare time. Consider PETA’s internship or Concert Rep programs to get involved.