Endangered Species Policy Intern - Spring 2021

  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Remote (Washington, D.C., USA)
  • Oct 28, 2020
Internship- Unpaid Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Advocacy and Policy Environmental Protection GIS - Remote Sensing Research Wildlife - Endangered Species - Biodiversity

Job Description


Interns must be self-starters driven by the opportunity to help transform wildlife conservation using science and technology while learning new skills. Interns should have a passion for wildlife conservation, strong research and analytical skills, a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Graduate students are preferred, but we will also consider exceptional undergraduates. 

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience collecting, managing, and analyzing research data;
  • Basic familiarity with the ESA process and associated regulatory documents;
  • Basic familiarity with geographical information systems software (ArcGIS or QGIS);
  • General understanding of animal and plant biology, particularly for North American species; and
  • Basic knowledge of R and/or another statistical analysis program for data management, statistical analysis, and visualization;
  • Background in environmental science, wildlife management, natural resources, or a related field. 


We welcome candidates who would work either remotely (during the business hours of a USA time zone) or be based at Defenders’ Headquarters in Washington, D.C. 


Unpaid. If the candidate is based at our Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and commuting to the office, local transportation costs up to $10 per day will be reimbursed. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources


Please submit as a single PDF a cover letter (letter of interest), resume, and a list of contact information (email, phone) for up to 3 professional references. In the cover letter, be sure to address:

-          your interest in working with Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Conservation Innovation specifically;

-          how your skills fit the goals and responsibilities of the internship position;

-          how the internship will assist with your career goals;

-          the date of your deadline if you require a decision by a deadline for school credit or funding

-          whether you are available part-time or full-time (either may be possible depending on the specific internship project); and

-          whether you would work remotely or are available to work in our Washington, D.C. office.

If you apply to more than one intern position at Defenders of Wildlife, please be sure to tailor your applications to each position. Inquiries about the Endangered Species Policy Intern position may be emailed to the hiring manager, Dr. Andrew Carter, at acarter [at] defenders [dot] org. Applications should be submitted through Defenders’ online portal.


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.

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Job Level



Nonprofit- NGO