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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


This professional-level position is responsible for implementing assigned work plans for the California Program of Defenders of Wildlife.
Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities, seeks an Endangered Species Conservation intern to work in its new Center for Conservation Innovation.
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 position is responsible for advancing Defenders of Wildlife’s legislative and administrative interests before Congress, the Administration and the media.
This senior representative position is responsible for developing, overseeing and implementing assigned Defenders’ strategic conservation objectives and strategies in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains regions, with a focus on three key species that occur primarily within these regions – bison, black-footed ferrets and sage grouse – and the habitats they require, as well as regional ESA-listed species and their habitats.
This position requires working knowledge of federal environmental and natural resources law and significant litigation experience.