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.
The communications coordinator will be expected to develop a strong knowledge of current issues of importance to the organization and first and foremost provide administrative support to communications staff on various matters relating to those issues.
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 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 internship is designed to provide a wide range of administrative and programmatic experience on international conservation issues of national significance.
This position involves a wide variety of responsibilities for Defenders of Wildlife’s Rockies and Plains Program. Principle responsibilities include providing program, technical, financial, research, and administrative assistance to the Director of the Rockies and Plains Program and other staff in the region (including field program staff as well as legal, outreach, and federal lands staff); and serving as a direct liaison to Defenders’ D.C.–based staff, Defenders’ members, and the general public.
This professional-level position is responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing assigned Defenders’ strategic plan conservation objectives and strategies in the Northwest, with a focus on conserving threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), ensuring the sustainable management and conservation of our public lands, 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).