Job Opportunities

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


In this position, the intern will assist in the areas of Accounts Payable processing and General Ledger account reconciliations and analyses, helping ensure proper stewardship of funds used to meet the Defenders’ conservation mission
The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff.
This position will help conduct policy research and analysis to further our strategic habitat and species conservation goals on the National Wildlife Refuge System.
The Director of the Center for Conservation Innovation works in the Washington, D.C. headquarters to oversee the Center, a multidisciplinary policy department within Defenders focused on improving conservation for imperiled species, and its core 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.
The graphic design internship is designed to provide a range of experiences within a nonprofit environment, including graphic design, photography, typography and technology.
The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate or post-graduate student to collaborates with both integrated marketing and development to support Defenders’ fundraising objectives while gaining valuable fundraising experience across a variety of channels and programs utilized by a large non-profit organization.
This professional-level position is responsible for implementing assigned Defenders’ strategic plan conservation objectives and strategies in Oregon, with a focus on conserving both state and federally listed threatened and endangered species, and ensuring the sustainable management and conservation of our public lands, while working collaboratively with other Defenders staff, programs, and departments.
This professional-level position is responsible for overseeing and implementing strategic plan objectives and strategies for the Rockies and Plains Program, with a focus on efforts to promote restoration of wolves to the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado.
This senior-level position is responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing assigned Defenders’ strategic plan conservation objectives and strategies in Oregon, with a focus on conserving state and federally listed threatened and endangered species, ensuring the sustainable management and conservation of our public lands – including promoting habitat connectivity and advancing responsible renewable energy development in the state – while working collaboratively with other Defenders staff in the region and with other Defenders programs or departments (Renewable Energy, Endangered Species Conservation, Landscape Conservation and Climate Adaptation, Conservation Law, Communications, Government Relations and Marketing).

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