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


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 Digital Fundraising Associate works closely with the Senior Director of Retention to execute strategy, segmentation, messaging and testing plans, and works with our implementation staff to get the materials to market.
The Director of Philanthropy is responsible for creating and overseeing the growth of a structured mid-level donor program with the goal of increasing donor retention rates, giving and qualifications for major gift prospects.
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. Issue priorities are drawn from Defenders’ current priorities, including endangered species; wildlife; climate change; public lands; and related appropriations issues.
The Human Resources Manager manages Defenders of Wildlife’s Human Resources (HR) programs. This includes implementing short- and long-term HR recruitment and retention plans; participating in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) efforts; coordinating, managing and implementing benefits administration; employee relations, compensation, performance management, and discipline/termination processes.
The Monthly Donor Program Manager will be responsible for cultivating and growing Defenders’ monthly giving program, promoting it to donors and attracting and retaining new monthly donors.
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.
The senior conservation policy analyst is an integral part of the Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) in the Washington, D.C. headquarters, helping develop and implement cutting-edge conservation initiatives.

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