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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.

Benefits Plan
Legal Internships


The Accountant is responsible for the full payroll cycle, including: timesheet collection; payroll processing; payroll journal entry; transmission of pension contributions and other payroll withholdings; and monthly, quarterly, and annual payroll reconciliations.
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 internship will be structured to address three objectives.
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 Gift Planning Associate is responsible for maintaining and monitoring the Gift Planning budget and implementing all aspects of its marketing program, including: mail, telephone, website, social media and e-mail promotions; information request fulfillment and donor cultivation mailings; communicating with donors and prospects via telephone, mail, e-mail and occasional donor meetings when appropriate; and overseeing the Gift Planning interface with the donor database.
This professional-level position involves a broad range of administrative and advocacy responsibilities in support of the Government Relations and External Affairs Department. The coordinator has lead responsibility for assuring the efficient administrative functioning of a fast paced legislative advocacy department, including the filing of frequent lobby disclosure reports to Congress.
The Marketing Intern will assist in the creation and promotion of content across various marketing channels, including website, social media, blog and more.
This 12-month term position will assist the regional implementation of outreach on Defenders of Wildlife’s national priority red wolf conservation work in North Carolina and the Southeast. Through constituency building, public education, and strategic communications the Associate will strengthen Defender’s advocacy of, and increase long-term regional support for, red wolf conservation and recovery. The initial focus of this position will be on outreach in the state of North Carolina but may expand to other parts of the Southeast as needed. Working in close collaboration with Outreach Representative and other red wolf conservation partners the general responsibilities include: outreach to diverse constituencies and members of the general public; mobilizing and enlisting Defenders’ existing members and supporters; contributing to the development of an effective social and multi-media educational effort on behalf of wolf recovery; and development and implementation of a communications strategy to build social acceptance and support for red wolf recovery.
Defenders of Wildlife is a leading environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. The Social Media Community Manager is responsible for the management, growth and cultivation of Defenders’ online communities across Defenders’ blogs and social networks.