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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 Accountant will serve as support for all Finance areas, with a focus on revenue recording, general ledger reconciliations, and financial compliance.
The Accounts Payable Specialist handles the Accounts Payable process.
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.
Responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership for Defenders of Wildlife’s foundation fundraising program. Working closely with the President, Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs and senior development and program staff, the Director is responsible for strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations. The Director oversees the tracking and management of all grant-seeking activities, including proposal development.
The endangered species science and policy analyst will work in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, helping the Endangered Species Policy Program implement its policy and field-based conservation initiatives.
The Renewable Energy Team’ Landscape Conservation and Wildlife Scientist will analyze the impacts of specific wind, solar and transmission projects on wildlife and its habitat; develop strategies, guidance and tools to support landscape and regional mitigation efforts; and, help communicate these strategies to policymakers, media, government agencies, the scientific community, Defenders’ members and the public.
This position has lead responsibility for the regional implementation of Defenders of Wildlife’s national legislative priorities and local issues as appropriate and approved. Through constituency building and public education the program will strengthen the group’s advocacy of national issue priorities and increase long-term regional support for wildlife conservation and recovery.
This 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.
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 Systems Support Engineer assists the Director, Information Technology in aligning the Defenders of Wildlife’s IT infrastructure

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