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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.

Our employees and Board of Directors are our greatest assets and we care about their welfare and professional growth. We value the unique perspectives and backgrounds of our employees, and work to expand the diversity of our workforce and to be inclusive in our approach. We recognize that ‘diversity’ is often used to refer to our differences in race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, and family/parental status. We believe that we are also diverse in our characteristics and experiences. Defenders welcomes and celebrates all differences including differences of thought and opinion. We recognize that conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. In our efforts to be inclusive and to expand diversity, we strive to provide additional support to people that might experience additional and unfair barriers as the result of difference.

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 is responsible for providing support to the Fundraising Database Director and the VP, Information Services and CIO. The database processing assistant is responsible for producing and maintaining standing reports, a calendar of recurring tasks, keeping up to date documentation on all jobs
The Digital Copywriter is responsible for drafting and editing online fundraising copy, primarily promoted via email, as well as engagement content on www.defenders.org, our blog and Defenders’ social media channels.
This position has lead responsibility for the strategic growth and expansion of Defenders’ relationships with a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals interested in wildlife conservation, outdoor recreation, and protection of environmental quality in North America.
The internship is an opportunity for a college or post-graduate student to work one-on-one with our Conservation GIS Analyst in Washington, DC along with other Defenders staff.
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 professional-level position is responsible for conducting complex policy research and analysis and developing information to further Defender of Wildlife’s strategic habitat and species conservation goals on the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The internship is designed to provide a wide range of administrative and programmatic experience on international conservation issues of national significance. The intern will be expected to provide research, writing, and general support for our primary international projects.
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 and sustainable public lands management.
This position requires working knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources law and significant litigation experience.