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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

The position is responsible for advancing Defenders’ work to conserve key wildlife and their habitats on Alaska federal lands, with particular focus on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Tongass and Chugach National Forests as part of Defenders’ inter-departmental Forests for Wildlife team.
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.
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 responsible for managing the development and execution of Defenders’ email and mobile 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.
The Director of Media Relations is responsible for developing both proactive and reactive communications campaigns and strategies to inform targeted audiences and the general public about Defenders of Wildlife to build support for those causes with the public, decision makers and elected officials, both nationally and locally. The position has management responsibility for three additional media staff.
The Director of the Southwest Program is responsible for overseeing Defenders of Wildlife’s expanded presence in the Southwestern United States. The Director will be responsible for ensuring effective on the ground implementation of imperiled wildlife and habitat conservation programs as described in Defenders’ strategic plan.
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.
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.
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.