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Oct 17 / BARD CEP

Conservation Law & Climate Change Coordinator- Washington DC

Organization: Defenders of Wildlife

Position Title: Conservation Law & Climate Change Coordinator

Location: Washington DC

Hours and Compensation: not given

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled; ideally to start in mid-late October.



The Conservation Law and Climate Change Coordinator is an integral part of Defenders of Wildlife’s legal, international, federal lands and climate change teams and is expected to develop strong knowledge of current legal, federal lands and climate program projects and provide assistance to staff members in these departments. The Conservation Law and Climate Change Coordinator is responsible for managing and updating Defenders’ litigation docket; administering department budgets and other accounting needs; developing and managing web content; handling information requests on all legal and climate program issues; representing the departments in internal and external meetings on select issues; coordinating office procedures to facilitate accomplishment of workplans; serving as liaison between the legal, climate and federal lands programs and Development, Finance, Marketing and other departments; and organizing division events including meetings, receptions, and conferences.


  • Manage the budget and the administration for the climate change, federal lands, international, and legal departments, including processing invoices, expense reports, in addition to scheduling and planning meetings, and assisting with travel arrangements for staff attending outside meetings or conferences
  • Maintain information for the climate change, federal lands, international and legal departments, including compilation of weekly and biweekly updates, quarterly board reports and the management of the legal docket
  • Edit briefs and assist with litigation filings, Freedom of information Act Requests, etc.
  • Assist in the writing and research of comment letters
  • Participate in meetings on behalf of legal, federal lands, and climate staff
  • Assist in development and planning of strategic plans for climate, international, federal lands and legal departments
  • Conduct factual and legal research for the climate change and legal departments
  • Assist with the writing, editing and formatting of reports and papers produced by climate staff
  • Manage hiring process and the intern program for legal and climate departments
  • Revise and update the Conservation Law, International, Federal Lands and Climate Change departments’ web pages, write blogs and prepare other communications materials as needed
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned, including faxing, filing, supply and library orders, and mailing.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in related discipline
  • Experience: 1+ years of environmental and/or legal experience. Office administrative experience and/or training; familiarity with office administrative and financial processes; strong computer skills and an ability to pick up new procedures quickly are essential
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Must be able to manage several different tasks at once, use sound judgment, prioritize and follow up on assignments, and maintain highly organized files
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Must have a positive and pro-active attitude, a demonstrated ability to work in teams and a commitment to the mission of the organization.

How to Apply

Interested applicants please reference Conservation Law and Climate Change Coordinator in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume and salary history (must be included to be considered) to us via e-mail at:

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.

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