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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.

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The Communications Intern will assist with the creation of copy for the blog, video production, graphic design and photo management.
Defenders of Wildlife seeks a data specialist to improve the effectiveness of U.S. endangered species conservation by analyzing large and complex datasets relating to endangered species, and communicating the results through reports, interactive online maps and charts, infographics, and other novel and creative media.
The Conservation GIS Analyst is a key member of Defenders of Wildlife’s Landscape Conservation Department and provides mapping and spatial analysis services throughout the organization.
This position is responsible for providing support to the VP, Information Services and CIO, and the Director of Database Administration.
The Director will be responsible for ensuring effective on the ground implementation of imperiled wildlife and habitat conservation programs, involving a wide range of scientific, policy, legal, and advocacy strategies to conserve wildlife and habitat throughout the Southeast region.
Defenders is seeking a volunteer intern with strong interest in conservation to help analyze and visualize data on endangered species conservation in North America.
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.
Defenders’ publications division is offering a summer volunteer internship to a graphic design student with a commitment to Defenders’ organizational priorities.
This professional-level position is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing strategic plan objectives and strategies for the Rockies and Plains Program, with a focus in the Southern Rockies on riparian and stream habitat; species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); priority species, including native fish and amphibians; and sustainable public lands management.
This senior professional-level position is responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing assigned Defenders’ strategic plan conservation objectives and strategies in the Northwest, with a focus on imperiled and other key species, wildlife –friendly renewable energy and sustainable Federal lands management.