WWF Benefits

At WWF, we work every day to make sure our world is and will continue to be a healthy and positive place to live in.

We see the WWF workplace as one small part of that greater world, and so it’s important to us that our work environment is equally healthy and positive. We strive to give our employees the kinds of benefits they need to support them in their work and home lives.

WWF Core Benefits

The following benefits are provided at no cost to the employee and with no enrollment necessary.

Paid Time Off: Annual Leave

  • First two years: 15 days per year
  • Third year and beyond: 20 days per year
  • Up to 1.5 times of the employee’s annual leave allowance can be carried over to the following year

Paid Time Off: Sick Leave

  • 10 days each year

Paid Parental Leave

  • 280 hours (eight weeks) of paid parental leave


  • 12 days each year, including one “floating holiday” chosen by the employee

Panda Fridays

  • Every other Friday off, 35-hour work week

Civic Engagement Leave

  • Eligible staff receive up to seven hours of paid leave per year that can be used for community service or volunteer activities. Staff are also eligible for up to two hours of paid leave to vote in elections.

Life Insurance

  • Coverage equal to two times an employee’s base salary up to $300,000

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

  • Coverage equal to three times an employee’s base salary up to $400,000

Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance

Both available after six months of service

  • Short-term: Income replacement of 70%–80% of base salary is paid, depending on disability period
  • Long-term: Income replacement of 60% of base salary is paid, effective the 181st day of disability

Emergency Evacuation and Travel Assistance

  • Provided to all employees traveling on WWF business
  • Includes assistance with medical consultation, medical evacuation, referrals and prescription assistance, as well as emergency travel arrangements and translation and interpretation services

Employee Assistance Program

  • Provides confidential short-term counseling services for employees and their families in a variety of areas including stress management; legal or financial issues; alcohol and drug abuse; and information on elder care, family and education resources

Optional Pre-tax Benefits

WWF employees can choose to enroll in any of these optional benefits. Each has an associated cost, which is deducted from the employee’s paycheck on a pre-tax basis. WWF covers approximately up to 94% of health and dental insurance premiums, depending on the plan selected.

Health Insurance

  • HMO, POS, and PPO options are available through CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • All plans include vision and prescription drug coverage

Dental Insurance

  • Available through Cigna Dental PPO
  • Four levels of coverage offered: preventive and diagnostic; basic; major; and orthodontia for children

Stand-alone Vision Plan

  • Available through UnitedHealthcare Vision
  • An additional option for employees not on the CareFirst health plan or who want extra, more comprehensive vision coverage. Includes full coverage for eye exams and generous coverage or discounts for eyeglass frames and lenses, laser vision correction, and contact lenses.

Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependent Coverage

  • Employee may elect to cover a spouse, domestic partner (same or opposite sex), or dependent(s) under health, dental, vision and supplemental life insurance plans

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

  • Both health care and dependent care FSAs are available
  • FSA debit card is provided for easy point-of-service payment

Transportation Options

  • SmartBenefits: Employees can select a pre-tax payroll deduction to have money applied directly to their SmartTrip card for commuting to and from work on DC metro area public transportation
  • Parking garage: WWF employees can access our secure underground parking garage for a reduced daily rate of $10/day
  • Bike benefits: WWF offers a secure bike cage in our parking garage that can be used by staff who commute by bicycle. We also offer a bicycle commuting expense reimbursement of up to $240/year that can be used for bike repairs or improvements. Lastly, WWF will subsidize 50% of the $50 corporate annual Capital Bikeshare membership (regularly $95) for new memberships and memberships up for renewal.

WWF Retirement Benefits (403b Plan)

  • First year: Employee can make pre-tax and/or Roth (post-tax) contributions
  • Second year: WWF matches employee’s contributions up to 3% of their salary
  • Third year: WWF continues making contribution above and begins contributing an additional 6%, regardless of employee’s contribution
  • Policy means that after two years, an employee may receive a total of up to 9% in employer contributions to their retirement benefits plan (dependent on the employee’s contribution level)
  • Employee may choose from a wide variety of investment funds through WWF’s designated retirement plan recordkeeper

Additional Paid Time Off

  • Employee may purchase up to five extra days of paid time off per year on a pre-tax basis

Pet Insurance

  • Nationwide pet insurance helps you cover veterinary expenses so you can provide your pets with the best care possible without worrying about the cost

Optional After-tax Benefits

WWF employees can also choose to enroll in any of the following benefits. Each has an associated cost that is deducted from the employee’s paycheck on an after-tax basis.

Supplemental Life Insurance

  • For employees: Employee may purchase additional life insurance in an amount ranging from one to five times the employee’s salary, up to a maximum of $500,000
  • For spouse/domestic partner: Coverage ranges from $5,000 to $500,000
  • For dependent(s): Coverage ranges from $1,000 up to $20,000

Legal Resources

  • Employees can purchase legal services coverage that provides advice, consultation and courtroom representation for commonly used legal services

Membership in WWF

  • For the convenience of WWF staff who wish to make membership donations to WWF, employees can request that their chosen donation amount be divided into incremental payroll deductions over the course of the year

Additional Benefits

Childcare Assistance & Backup Childcare

  • For employees working in headquarters or employees visiting headquarters and traveling with a young child, WWF has made arrangements with Capital Kids II, Inc. (CapKids) for backup childcare services. This service is intended as an option for backup childcare for employees when their regular childcare arrangement is unavailable. CapKids is conveniently located in the lobby level of the WWF building.

Domestic Partner Benefits

  • All regular and limited-term employees who work 21 or more hours per week are eligible to enroll for domestic partner coverage (same sex or opposite sex) under WWF’s medical plans, dental, vision, and life insurance policies

Rewards & Recognition Program

  • The Rewards & Recognition Program offers the opportunity to recognize peers, employees, or teams that exhibit outstanding teamwork, demonstrate WWF’s core values, or go above and beyond to engage in projects or duties that contribute to organizational success. We also offer service awards to recognize employees' tenure with WWF and celebrate their dedication and contributions to the organization.

Flexible Work Options

  • Flexible work arrangements are available (at the manager's discretion) to allow employees to balance their work and personal life. This includes flextime (working outside of WWF’s core hours), occasional work from home, teleworking, and reduced or part-time schedules.

Lunch and Learn Presentations

  • Speakers are frequently invited to the headquarters office to give presentations about conservation/environmental topics to our employees.


  • Our employees receive discounts at various local fitness clubs and retailers.

On-site Fitness Center

  • WWF's on-site fitness center is equipped with treadmills, stationary bikes (including a Peloton bike), stair climbers, various individual workout apparatuses, and a universal weight system. Staff also have access to showers, lockers, and changing areas.

Wellness Benefits

  • Access to the Calm App, Care@Work, Health Advocate, and Burnalong