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  • Field Conservation Policy Fellow

    • Employer: Defenders of Wildlife
      Location: Washington, DC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/29/2020
      Open Until Filled: No



    JOB TITLE:    Field Conservation Policy Fellow


    POSITION TYPE: Temporary, Full Time (6 month assignment)

    HOURLY PAY: $24/ hour

    FLSA: N/A

    DIVISION/SITE:  Washington, D.C.

    DEPARTMENT:  Field Conservation

    REPORTS TO:  Senior Manager, Field Conservation Programs

    LAST REVISED:  December 2019

    Basic Summary:

    Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of native animals and plants in their natural communities, is recruiting for a Field Conservation Policy Fellow. The fellow will join our Field Conservation team in our D.C. office, and work with other field staff dispersed across six geographic regions (Alaska, Northwest, California, Rockies and Plains, Southwest, Southeast).

    The fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with deep experience in existing federal conservation and wildlife funding programs. Specifically, the fellow will be working closely with Defenders’ staff in D.C. and in the field to create advocacy and guidance documents for various internal and external audiences (Defenders’ staff, landowners, congressional offices) around federal payment programs that have been used or could be used to fund human-wildlife conflict avoidance (coexistence) projects. The fellow will interview Defenders’ staff and people outside of Defenders to document how federal conservation funding programs are currently used, how to apply for the programs, how the programs could be improved and Defenders’ history with the programs.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    ·         Develop a full project plan, including timeline, stakeholders, and deliverables.

    ·         Compile information about federal conservation and wildlife funding programs that have been used for coexistence projects, requirements and guidelines of such programs and how these programs can be improved through conducting:

    o   Online research

    o   Interviews with Defender’s staff

    o   Interviews with appropriate external contacts knowledgeable about specific federal funding programs

    ·         Draft resources (reports, factsheets, white papers, blog posts, infographics, contact lists, PowerPoints) about federal payment programs tailored for different audiences.

    ·         Arrange internal meetings to develop plans for using/sharing developed resources.



    Education: Bachelors’ degree in natural resources science, public policy, environmental economics, conservation biology, law, wildlife management or related discipline


    ·         Demonstrated experience in the preparation of reports, fact sheets and other informational materials.

    ·         Experience in developing and executing research projects with deliverables (fact sheets, reports, policy analysis).

    ·         Coursework/experience in natural resources policy, environmental studies, conservation biology and environmental economics/budgeting is preferred.

    ·         Experience with US Fish and Wildlife Service, congressional relations, USDA Farm Bill programs, or Bureau of Indian Affairs programs is highly desirable.


    ·         Excellent writing, research, analytical and verbal communication skills.

    ·         Expertise in scientific writing and analysis

    ·         Ability to analyze research, information, and produce quality work products in a consistent, efficient, and timely manner.

    ·         Strong project management skills and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.

    Work Expectations:

    Work Environment:

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

    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.

    All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter through our jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs

    About Defenders:

    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.


    It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

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