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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


The Accountant performs a variety of accounting duties, with a focus on Defenders of grant accounting and state solicitation registrations.
The application developer plays a key role in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, assisting with the development of software for translating data and knowledge into on-the-ground conservation improvements.
The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff.
The senior communications position is responsible for helping to plan and implement a wide variety of media activities to gain coverage for Defenders of Wildlife and the issues on which Defenders works.
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 Defenders of Wildlife’s Alaska Program leads Field Conservation staff and programs in Alaska.
The Facilities Manager leads the facility operations of the National Headquarters building in downtown Washington, D.C., and coordinates operations in the various field offices.
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 position provides assistance to the Finance department. This position includes a wide variety of responsibilities including time sheet collection and review, record retention, and contracts database administration.
The Foundation Relations Associate plays a key role in Defenders’ foundation fundraising program. The Associate is responsible for writing and editing grant proposals, reports, and other written communications to funders while spearheading general Foundation operations including: internal reporting and submission tracking, database management, cultivation mailings, restricted revenue tracking and basic prospect research.

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