Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. 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. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health.  For more information, please visit www.defenders.org.  

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife
Feb 08, 2018
Internship- Unpaid
Location:  The internship is located at Defenders’ Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Remote work may be considered for exceptional candidates.                                                                                                          Compensation:  Unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources.     BASIC SUMMARY: Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities, seeks an intern to work in its new Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI).  CCI’s mission is to use data and technology to develop new, innovative and practical ways to improve endangered species conservation. The internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff.  In this position, the intern will help collect and analyze large spatial and non-spatial datasets, and create published reports, web applications, and maps related to the Endangered Species Act.  In all projects, the intern will gain both a deep understanding of how the ESA is implemented in practice and experience in programming and data science, statistical analyses, GIS and remote sensing, and creating interactive data visualizations. The start date and duration of the internship are flexible.  ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist Defenders’ Center for Conservation Innovation staff to develop and implement various projects evaluating conservation policy and practice: Designing research questions Collecting and organizing relevant data/databases Conducting spatial and non-spatial statistical analyses Creating online maps Manuscript writing QUALIFICATIONS The intern must be a self-starter driven by the opportunity to help transform wildlife conservation through technology while learning new skills.  Interns should have demonstrated GIS experience, strong research and analytical skills, a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Preferred qualifications: Basic knowledge of R and/or Python for data management, statistical analysis, and visualization;  Geospatial skills, including work in QGIS, arcpy and/or Google Earth Engine;  Familiarity with and strong interest in relevant web mapping platforms ( e.g. , ArcGIS Online, Google Earth Engine);  Experience with gathering and applying remotely-sensed data; and Background in Environmental Science, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, or a related field. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. Travel is required WORK ENVIRONMENT: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. HOW TO APPLY Interested applicants should send an email to   HR@defenders.org   and reference Center for Conservation Innovation Intern  in the subject line. Please include a resume and letter of interest. We strongly encourage early applications, as offers will be made on a rolling basis. It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions. Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Defenders of Wildlife Denver, Colorado, United States
Jan 30, 2018
Full time
BASIC SUMMARY: 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 position also has lead responsibility for monitoring wildlife-related state legislation in seven state legislatures and coordinating Defenders’ responses with staff; monitoring state wildlife proposals from seven state wildlife commissions and coordinating Defenders’ responses with staff; and creating and maintaining an online Facebook presence for outreach to members in five states.   The Coordinator must possess a general knowledge of all programs and projects within the Rockies and Plains Program to assist the Director with oversight, implementation of work plans, program budgets, grant reports and compliance with procedures and schedules. The Rockies and Plains program focuses on key and imperiled species and habitats in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Species of special interest include bison, black-footed ferret, grizzly bear, wolf, and wolverine, as well as imperiled fish species.   The Rockies and Plains Program Coordinator is expected to serve as a trouble-shooter to help workplans flow smoothly and contribute to reaching the goals of Defenders’ strategic plan, and accomplishing the objectives and activities in the plan. Assignments are results- or goal-oriented, requiring substantial discretion on the part of the coordinator in determining how to meet the assigned goal (e.g. arranging events, supervising volunteers). This position combines significant program responsibilities with technical and administrative support. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Program and Technical Support: Assisting field, legal, outreach, and federal lands staff with project research, coordination and contracts Monitoring multiple regional state legislatures during legislative sessions to identify bills requiring Defenders’ involvement, and notifying and working with relevant staff to respond Monitoring multiple regional state wildlife commission proposals requiring Defenders’ involvement, and notifying and working with relevant staff to respond Creating and maintaining Facebook groups in five regional states to help facilitate and grow Defenders’ grassroots mobilization Ensuring that the Rockies and Plains program sites on the Defenders website remain accurate and up to date, coordinating with program staff and IT staff to make revisions and additions, as necessary Coordinating the tracking of all organization-wide coexistence projects and expenditures, and directing the other field coordinators to regularly provide regional information Administrative Support: Compiling and editing documents Managing and distributing information to members, the public, and colleagues Timely administration of contracts, check requests, reimbursement requests, and other financial procedures Maintaining and ordering office supplies and organizing office materials Backing up computer files on server and monitoring backup system Developing and updating an office procedure manual covering administrative duties Developing systems to track grants, mailings, deadlines, etc. and utilizing these systems Acting as office liaison to outside services such as property managers, equipment vendors, and repair services Budgets and Accounting: Working with the Director of the Rockies and Plains Program and other staff to develop the office’s annual budgets Monitoring and reconciling accounting statements Entering office and field expenses into accounting software and monitoring budget compliance Information Requests: Responding to e-mails, letters, and telephone calls from members and other interested parties requiring technical responses, and distributing Defenders’ published reports Meetings: Coordinating scheduling and agendas for various meetings Taking meeting notes and preparing formal or informal minutes as appropriate Representing Defenders at outside meetings or hearings Reports and Publications: Producing factsheets, educational materials, and letters Coordinating printing, graphics, and production of large publications Computer and Equipment Assistance: Trouble-shooting problems with the computer and other office equipment, in conjunction with internal staff members and/or outside experts Other Duties and Responsibilities: Serving as a liaison with Headquarters and other field staff Facilitating ongoing communications with field staff and monitoring field staff’s compliance with all administrative policies and procedures Perform all other related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Education : Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in related discipline. Experience : 2+ years of programmatic and administrative experience; environmental experience is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Other : Strong organizational and verbal communications skills Excellent research, writing, and editing skills are required to assist with writing and editing of documents and publications Must be extremely well-organized, capable of juggling many different projects and tasks, maintain a high level of accuracy, and able to set priorities in consultation with other staff members Requires high level of computer literacy with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and willingness to learn new programs and features Ability to manage grants and other financial accounts Demonstrated awareness of and experience with the concerns and needs of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations Ability to learn and effectively communicate substance of legally, scientifically and politically complex wildlife and wildland focused issue campaigns to Defenders’ constituency and the general public Excellent writing skills and ability to convey effective messages to various constituencies PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. WORK ENVIRONMENT: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. HOW TO APPLY Interested applicants please reference  Rockies and Plains Program Coordinator   position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history to us via e-mail at:   HR@defenders.org It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
Defenders of Wildlife Portland, OR, United States
Jan 30, 2018
Full time
BASIC SUMMARY: 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).  Program strategies and objectives are achieved by collaborating with a variety of external partners including state and federal agencies and officials, tribal governments, private landowners, renewable energy developers, and other conservation organizations. The Senior Representative pursues conservation objectives through a variety of tools including policy advocacy; project review and comment; project development and implementation; coalition building; public outreach, and other means. This position requires knowledge and experience in a broad array of Oregon natural resource conservation issues, such as endangered species policy, federal land management policy, renewable energy, landscape level planning, and conservation biology. The Senior Representative may oversee contractors working for Defenders on some of these issues. This position will require knowledge of and familiarity with key stakeholders and organizations engaged in conserving Oregon’s natural resources, and the ability to quickly establish ties with state policy makers, renewable energy developers and the conservation community. This position requires working independently with minimal oversight. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Assist with the development and successful implementation of priority public lands and wildlife conservation work in the Northwest, focusing on Oregon. The focus will be on, but not limited to, the following issues: Conservation of key imperiled species such as the gray wolf, marbled murrelet, sage grouse, and other species listed under the ESA; Advancement of responsible and wildlife-friendly renewable energy development; Predator coexistence initiatives; Sustainable national forest and other public land management planning and actions; and Management of a volunteer citizen science project to monitor rare carnivores. Actively promote and expand Defenders’ work in Oregon through the application of best available science, review and implementation of field-based projects, the development and presentation of testimony and formal comments on select state and federal proposed wildlife and public lands management policies and media development. These tasks will be accomplished using a wide range of strategies including: Direct and grassroots lobbying of elected officials and government agencies. Recommending litigation where appropriate and providing technical support. Recommending and facilitating species restoration and reintroduction projects as appropriate. Seeking policy and programmatic changes by relevant state and federal agencies. Represent Defenders in selected working groups, committees, and processes. Engage with the state fish and wildlife commission and agencies to develop and implement sound wildlife management strategies. Establish and maintain effective collaborative relationships and partnerships with conservation partners, state and federal agencies and officials, Native American tribes and decision makers and other stakeholders. Work with private landowners and state and federal agencies to advance the conservation of state and federal ESA-listed species and candidate species and their habitats. Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ programmatic and outreach work in the Northwest. Serve as spokesperson for Defenders; represent Defenders and Defenders’ interests to the public, the media, and key decision-makers, and in working groups, committees, and processes. Inform the public and Defenders’ members on key issues through mailings, e-mail alerts, social media, blogs, dissemination of educational materials, community events and presentations, and Defenders’ magazine. Work with Defenders’ national headquarters staff to provide information to members, foundations, and other donors, and help identify and develop potential sources of funding to support work activities and Defenders’ priorities. Identify key information relating to policy, strategy, and decision-making, and communicate it as appropriate and in a timely manner to the immediate supervisor and other relevant field and headquarters staff members. Supervise contractors and volunteers as necessary. As needed, assist and advise the Director of the Northwest Program in problem-solving regarding regional and national programs. Perform all other related duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: An equivalent combination of demonstrated education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed below: Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, forest ecology, political science, natural resources management, environmental planning, environmental or public policy, or a related natural resources discipline. Advanced degree preferred but not required. Experience:   At least 4-5 years of experience with conservation advocacy, federal land use management and policy, conservation biology, endangered species policy, natural resources management or wildlife conservation policy.  Experience with state legislative procedures, wildlife and conservation programs, media relations, and coalition building.  Fundraising and grant writing a plus. Other:  Demonstrated awareness of and experience with the concerns and needs of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations. Strong oral advocacy and verbal communications skills. Superior writing and research skills with attention to detail. Excellent strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities. Demonstrated ability to work constructively as a remote member of the Northwest team and to independently to initiate project ideas and manage them through to completion with minimal supervision. Experience leading and participating in coalitions, and convening diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities. Excellent interpersonal skills to work productively with both colleagues and opponents. Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies and other organizations. Analytical skills to anticipate and make recommendations on policy issues impacting wildlife. Experience with community building to elevate public awareness of issues and build a constituency for solutions. Ability to exercise appropriate judgment in response to unexpected change and complex situations. Personal interest in and commitment to conservation. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.  WORK ENVIRONMENT: General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet; Occasional weekend and evening work required. Regular travel within Oregon and periodic travel to other Northwest states is required. HOW TO APPLY Interested applicants please reference   Senior   Representative, Northwest Program (OR)   position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume to us via e-mail at: HR@defenders.org   It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com