Landscape Conservation Coordinator

  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • Aug 29, 2018
Full time Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


This position provides administrative and program support to Defenders of Wildlife’s (Defenders) Landscape Conservation department. The Landscape Conservation Coordinator is responsible for generally understanding the department’s current conservation work to help communicate our efforts internally and provide administrative assistance to department staff. This position also serves as a “trouble-shooter” to help solve problems and timely complete unexpected tasks. Finally, the Coordinator will also have their own portfolio of work consisting of both short- and longer-term projects that will include regular deliverables to the department and the organization, and external audiences, as appropriate. Assignments will be results-oriented, requiring substantial discretion on the part of the Coordinator in determining how to meet identified goals (e.g., researching a factsheet, organizing a meeting). Some work will also involve substantive analysis of conservation data, policies, and other information. The Coordinator will have opportunities to learn about current conservation issues and acquire new skills, and be expected to apply that information and new skills to work for the department. 


  • Policy Support: Conduct research (both long- and short-term) and analysis and synthesize information to promote Defenders’ landscape conservation policy goals. Support the Vice President of Landscape Conservation and other departmental staff in developing, planning and communicating our work on wildlife conservation, responsible renewable development and climate adaptation.
  • General Support: Attend to a variety of duties as needed to implement program objectives, including writing and editing factsheets and reports; producing content for Defenders website; drafting letters; and attending and representing the department at conferences, meetings and conservation coalition events.

  • Budget Support: Work closely with the Vice President of Landscape Conservation to develop the annual budget, closely track expenditures throughout the year, maintain a clear understanding of funds available, and solve problems as they may arise.

  • General Administrative Support: Maintain understanding of all organizational administrative procedures in order to assist program staff to timely complete necessary administrative, accounting, and contract forms, etc. Research common procedures and tasks across program teams and identify efficiencies and best practices. Work with staff members to implement changes that will improve workflow within the context of institutional systems and culture.

  • Department Coordination: Facilitate communications among departmental staff, including staff in the field, and with headquarters staff in other divisions; assist with timely updates to departmental staff through internal channels and during regular departmental meetings.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent in relevant discipline.

Experience: 2+ years of relevant experience; program management and/or environmental policy experience or an advanced degree in policy, law or natural resources preferred.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


  • Strong organizational and verbal communications skills.

  • Must be extremely well-organized and capable of juggling many different projects and tasks at one time.

  • Excellent research and writing skills.

  • Must be comfortable working with a variety of people, including federal/state agencies, elected officials and their staff, Defenders' members and supporters, and the general public.  

  • Must have high level of computer literacy with advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Internet applications.

  • Budget tracking skills required.

  • Experience using GIS software, such as ArcGIS and QGIS, and/or other ESRI applications a plus. 


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so. 


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


  • 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.

  • Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate

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Up To $45,000