Job Opportunities

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 position works closely with Alaska staff and has lead responsibility for the design and implementation of a robust public outreach program in support of Defenders of Wildlife’s conservation priorities in Alaska.
This professional-level position is responsible for implementing assigned work plans for the California Program of Defenders of Wildlife.
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.
This position provides program and administrative support to two Defenders of Wildlife conservation departments: Landscape Conservation and Endangered Species Conservation.
The legal fellowship is a 1-2 year position based in Defenders’ Washington, D.C. National Headquarters office, or its Denver, CO office
This position has lead responsibility for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s national legislative priorities in New York state.
This professional-level position will contribute to Defenders of Wildlife’s renewable energy development and wildlife conservation efforts, with a focus on animals and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act, key species and focal landscapes
This professional-level position is responsible for conducting complex policy research and analysis and developing information, partnerships and programs to further Defenders of Wildlife’s strategic habitat and species conservation goals on private lands nationwide.