Vacancy: Communications Advisor / Press officer Germany

32 hours per week

AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection) is recruiting for one of Europe’s most successful teams in the field of exotic animal welfare.

AAP is a European animal welfare organization with two specialized rescue centers in the Netherlands and Spain. AAP takes in exotic mammals in distress, rehabilitates them and outplaces to high-level partner zoos. The animals AAP takes in come from various European countries, many have been living in bad conditions as pets in private homes, have been used in circuses or other forms of entertainment or have been illegally traded. Since its founding in 1972, AAP has also taken in exotic animals from Germany. Germany is one of the biggest markets for exotic animals in Europe and due to lacking regulation in the country, AAP sees a lot of animal welfare problems, as well as risks for public health/safety, biodiversity and nature protection. We want to change that!

We are looking for
AAP is looking for a dedicated senior communications advisor/press officer with a big heart for animals and our planet and being a good team player. This person will be our eyes and ears in Germany and will make sure we are on top on all relevant developments in animal welfare-land. Our new colleague will create visibility (free publicity) by creating and operating a media- and content strategy. And by doing so helping us building up our brand and image in Germany.

What are you going to do?

  • Be responsible for the (development and execution) of the communications year plan of AAP in Germany.
  • Monitor and build up the AAP brand and image in Germany.
  • Build a network of German journalists/media that will think of AAP first when anything related to exotic animal welfare issues come up.
  • Create relations with relevant stakeholders in policy-making by creating and executing stakeholder journey’s.
  • Give communications advice to your client (public policy, corporate).
  • Create and execute corporate communications.
  • Build an online presence to gain visibility in the country (our) website and social media.
  • Write, adjust and post stories and press releases for the German market.
  • Raise awareness about our topics amongst the general public in Germany.

What is your profile?

  • A communication professional with at least 5 years of experience in a similar role.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English and German.
  • Knowledge of the German media- and communications landscape.
  • You are willing to invest in our communications team, as our vision is that together we can achieve more.
  • Proactive and positive attitude.


  • You will work together in an international communications team and will report to your client from the public policy department and the team manager communications.
  • We offer a contract for 32 hours a week (24-28 hours can be discussed).
  • You can work remotely, in NL or Germany, but with the willingness and ability to travel at least once per month to The Netherlands for teamwork, connecting, etc..

What do we offer?

  • An inspiring, dynamic workcontext and with the possibility to work remotely for a great part of the week
  • A position with social relevance in an international working environment.
  • A professional work place that stimulates and supports dedication, accessibility and vigorousness.
  • A permanent contract (after 2 twelve month contracts) in the case of mutual satisfaction.
  • Your salary will be between € 2261 and € 3048 gross per month (excluding holiday allowance and end-of-year payment) based on a 40 hour working week, dependent on relevant work experience, with room for growth within the function. AAP has conservative salaries, but is dedicated to professional development and allows flexibility in working from home for maximum 50% of the working hours (this is applicable to Dutch residents, for employees from Germany a higher percentage of remote work can be discussed).
  • In addition to the 8% holiday allowance, a variable year-end bonus of maximum 8.33% of your annual gross salary applies.
  • 24 vacation days per year on a full time basis.
  • A good and sustainable pension arrangement.

Do you want more information or apply directly?
Enthusiastic, but you have still some questions? Please contact Sandra Hulsman-Van Andel, team manager communication, tel. +31(6) 47156364 (from August 8 onwards) or before 8 August Julia Schneider by email; Click on the following link to apply and upload your CV and motivation letter before 1 September 2022.

Additional notes 

  • A practical assignment may be part of the application process.
  • Only people with the right to work within Europe will be considered for this application.

More about AAP?
At AAP (Animal Advocacy and Protection) we give shape to an ideal in a professional manner: to improve the welfare of abused or neglected exotic mammals from all over Europe. We rescue animals in need and advocate for better laws all over Europe. AAP is an internationally renowned expert and our commitment demonstrably makes the difference.

Divided over two locations AAP employs about 115 paid staff and more than 230 volunteers. There are only few places where you can see the result of your efforts as directly as at AAP: both our offices are located at our rescue centers.

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