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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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Legal Internships


This professional-level position is responsible for implementing assigned work plans for the California Program of Defenders of Wildlife.
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 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 graphic design internship is designed to provide a range of experiences within a nonprofit environment, including graphic design, photography, typography and technology.
This position has lead responsibility for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s national legislative priorities in New York state. This professional-level position is responsible for cultivating grassroots and grasstops wildlife supporters and generating communications to members of the New York congressional delegation. Current issue priorities include maintaining a strong Endangered Species Act and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.