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Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

At Defenders of Wildlife, we focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction.

We work to protect and restore America’s native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public. We stand out in our commitment to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them.

Defenders seeks talented individuals dedicated to the conservation of our nation's wildlife and natural resources, and we offer our staff competitive salary and exceptional benefits. Defenders of Wildlife is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Benefits Plan


In this position, the intern will assist in the areas of Accounts Payable processing and General Ledger account reconciliations and analyses, helping ensure proper stewardship of funds used to meet the Defenders’ conservation mission
The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff.
The Communications Intern will assist with the creation of media materials including press releases, talking points and editorials and perform media research. The intern will also help produce our newsletter and build our twitter following.
This position will help conduct policy research and analysis to further our strategic habitat and species conservation goals on the National Wildlife Refuge System.
This position collaborates with all departments to develop online copy that will engage our members with the primary purpose of generating unrestricted revenue. This hands-on position will require thorough knowledge of digital copywriting best practices and an understanding of digital fundraising.
The Director of the Center for Conservation Innovation works in the Washington, D.C. headquarters to oversee the Center, a multidisciplinary policy department within Defenders focused on improving conservation for imperiled species, and its core staff.
This position is designed to provide a wide range of legal experience relating to conservation issues of national significance, encompassing both litigation and policy advocacy on issues ranging from terrestrial and marine species conservation to federal lands management.
The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate or post-graduate student to collaborates with both integrated marketing and development to support Defenders’ fundraising objectives while gaining valuable fundraising experience across a variety of channels and programs utilized by a large non-profit organization.
The Senior Director of Philanthropy oversees Defenders of Wildlife’s major gifts program, managing a team of three and maintaining a portfolio of up to 125 individuals.
This professional-level, senior position is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing assigned Defenders’ strategic plan conservation objectives and strategies for Texas, which focus on Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species and key species, identified in Defenders’ 10-year strategic plan, that occur primarily within this region which may include species such as ocelot, golden-cheeked warbler, sea turtles, shorebirds and select amphibians and freshwater fishes.

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