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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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This professional-level position is responsible for implementing assigned work plans for the California Program of Defenders of Wildlife. The primary responsibilities include implementation of programs, strategies, campaigns, and projects focusing on strategic plan priorities in California.
The communications coordinator will be expected to develop a strong knowledge of current issues of importance to the organization and first and foremost provide administrative support to communications staff on various matters relating to those issues.
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 Digital Campaigns Manager is a manager and writer for Defenders’ email campaigns. With more than one million email subscribers, Defenders is an industry leader online and is focused on further expanding our digital fundraising, advocacy, ecommerce, engagement and education activities through testing and innovation.
Reporting directly to the Vice President for Development, the Director is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of the following functions: major donor prospect analysis and tracking, moves management, donor research, development events, gift reporting and acknowledgment, and oversees the Board, National Council and major donor cultivation and solicitation efforts. The Director manages the Events Manager, Manager of Major Gifts and Operations, Major Gifts Associate and Operations Associate, and works closely with the Directors of Major Gifts, Gift Planning and Foundation Relations.
Defenders of Wildlife, founded in 1947, is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. We seek a volunteer intern with a background in computer science and an interest in conservation to help us develop a web application that enables users to identify possible non-compliance with the Endangered Species Act and monitor the conditions of endangered species habitat.
The Accountant will serve as support for all Finance areas, with a focus on grants accounting, revenue recording, financial compliance, and general ledger reconciliations.
Defenders’ publications division is offering a summer volunteer internship to a graphic design student with a commitment to Defenders’ organizational priorities.
The Marketing Intern will assist in the creation and promotion of content across various marketing channels, including website, social media, blog and more.

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