Jobs at Ducks Unlimited

 

The following jobs are now available with Ducks Unlimited. Scroll down the page for details about each job. The ability to apply online for the position will be available soon.

Director of Public Policy
Southern Region

Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians
Spring and Summer 2017

Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians and Crew Leaders
Summer 2017

Seasonal Waterfowl Intern – Part Time
Louisiana Gulf Coast

Controller
Memphis, TN

Communications Intern
Great Plains Region, Bismarck, N.D.

Director of Conservation Programs
Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico

Accounting Clerk
Great Plains Regional Office

Conservation Specialist I


Director of Public Policy - Southern Region 

Ducks Unlimited's (DU) Government Affairs Office is seeking an accomplished and driven individual to lead public policy efforts across our 13-state Southern Region (SR). Gulf Coast restoration and agricultural policy as it pertains to rice and irrigated agriculture, and conservation titles of the Farm Bill are priorities in the SR. The director will serve as a member of the regional Conservation management team and provide strategic thinking and targeted implementation to help achieve national, regional and state policy objectives. The director will also advise the Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Team on all public policy priorities in the SR. The director will provide leadership to help guide the collective policy work of various stakeholders (e.g., DU volunteers, agencies, conservation organizations) across the Southern Region.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for and increase effectiveness of DU's public policy efforts across the SR with special emphasis on policy matters impacting waterfowl and their habitats.
  • Work directly with key legislative and executive branch leaders.
  • Collaborate with volunteers and staff to develop key policy objectives, seek organizational approval and develop strategies and tactics for success.
  • Advise DU's national public policy steering committee on federal policies that affect DU's continental mission and keep them abreast of regional and state policy issues.
  • Support DU's federal policy priorities, in coordination with DU's Government Affairs Office in D.C., coordinate fly-ins and federal policy testimony, and build relationships with the federal delegations in each of the Southern Region's 13 states. 
  • Coordinate policy development and implementation with other conservation organizations and agencies; and build creative and enduring partnerships to support DU's policy efforts.
  • Incorporate social, economic and biological information into policy strategy development. 
  • Raise the profile and visibility of Ducks Unlimited as a leader in conservation policy efforts throughout the Southern Region. 

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a BS in public policy or another appropriate field. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience in public policy development and execution.
  • Experience in strategic messaging and coalition building.
  • Experience in crafting legislation and leading bi-partisan advocacy efforts with broad stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively approach conservation policy development.
  • Understanding of policy campaign organization and execution.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit fundraising efforts desirable.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate complex public policy matters verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with both internal and external stakeholders to develop, plan and implement strategies related to Ducks Unlimited's public policy and government affairs interests and efforts.

This position reports to the National Director Governmental Affairs and will be based in DU's Southern Regional Office in Ridgeland, MS.

HOW TO APPLY:  Send resume, letter of interest and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references to Human Resources at hr@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume. Alternatively, materials can be mailed to 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120, or by fax at 901-758-3988. Deadline for submission of application is January 6, 2017.


Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians 

Spring and Summer 2017

Ducks Unlimited seeks three highly-motivated research technicians to assist with waterfowl surveys from February 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017. A successful applicant should expect to participate in two separate research studies: 1) a waterfowl spring migration study in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska (NE) and 2) a waterfowl productivity study assessing the impacts of energy development on duck pair and brood numbers in the Prairie Pothole Region of northwest North Dakota (ND) and northeast Montana. Field operations will be based out of Wood River, NE from February 14, 2017 – April 14, 2017 and then stationed out of Stanley, Donnybrook, or Crosby, ND until August 18, 2017. 

Major responsibilities will include properly identifying duck and goose pairs to species and social groups and duck broods to species and age class. Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each week (i.e., 60-80 hours per week). Some weekend work will be required. Field work is physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions. Therefore, only enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply. A strong interest in waterfowl and wetlands ecology, desire to spend long days and early mornings in the field, and determination to get the job done well is required. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants are preferred. Experience identifying waterfowl and navigating using hard-copy maps are also preferred skills. Successful applicants will be expected to work safely and effectively in a rural setting without direct supervision. A valid driver's license and clean driving record is required.

Research technicians for this position will conduct a spring migration survey from approximately 14 February ~ 14 April, breeding pair surveys from 15 April ~ June 20, and brood surveys from 20 June ~ 18 August. Research technicians will be paid a competitive wage. Housing and work vehicles will be provided for this position at all locations.

To apply for this position, send a letter of interest, current resume, and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for at least three professional references to Mason Sieges at msieges@ducks.org.  Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of these documents.

Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled. 

Questions regarding these positions can be directed to:
Mason Sieges
Conservation Specialist
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND 58503
Office: (701) 355-3513
msieges@ducks.org 


Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians and Crew Leaders

Summer 2017

Ducks Unlimited's Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND, seeks several highly-motivated research technicians and crew leaders to assist with a breeding duck pair and brood survey throughout the Prairie Pothole Region of northwest North Dakota (ND) and northeast Montana (MT) during the spring and summer of 2017. Field operations will be based out of Bismarck, but research technicians will travel daily and will be stationed near Medicine Lake, MT or Stanley, Donnybrook, or Crosby, ND. 

Major responsibilities will include properly identifying duck pairs to species and social groups and duck broods to species and age class. Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each week (i.e., 60-80 hours per week). Field work is physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions. Therefore, only enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply. A strong interest in waterfowl and wetlands ecology, desire to spend long days in the field, and determination to get the job done well is required. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants are preferred. Experience identifying waterfowl and navigating using hard-copy maps are also preferred skills. Successful applicants will be expected to work safely and effectively in a rural setting without direct supervision. A valid driver's license and clean driving record is required.

Researchers hired to conduct breeding pair and brood surveys will work from approximately 19 April ~ 18 August. Researchers hired to conduct brood surveys only will work from approximately 21 June ~ 18 August. One crew leader position is available beginning on 13 March. He/she will perform various tasks in preparation for the surveys. Research technicians and crew leaders will be paid a competitive wage. Housing for all positions will be provided.

Available Positions
1 Pair and Brood Survey Crew Leader (13 March ~ 18 August)
3 Pair and Brood Survey Technicians (19 April ~ 18 August)
2 Brood Survey Crew Leaders (21 June ~ 18 August)
5 Brood Survey Technicians (21 June ~ 18 August)

To apply for a position, send cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to Mason Sieges at msieges@ducks.org. Within your letter of interest, please state which position you are interested in and your dates of availability. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of these documents.

Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled. 

Questions regarding these positions can be directed to:
Mason Sieges
Conservation Specialist
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND 58503
Office: (701) 355-3513
msieges@ducks.org 



Seasonal Waterfowl Intern – Part Time

Louisiana Gulf Coast

Ducks Unlimited Lafayette Field Office in Lafayette, LA seeks a highly-motivated waterfowl intern to assist the conservation staff with coastal restoration and waterfowl habitat work throughout the Gulf Coast and Chenier Plain of southern Louisiana (LA). This position will be based out of Lafayette, but travel may be required throughout Louisiana. 

Major Responsibilities: Work as a member of Ducks Unlimited’s conservation team in Louisiana to deliver private land wetland conservation projects along the Gulf Coast. Successful applicants will be expected to work approximately 25-35 hours per week. Field work may be physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions at times – so the successful applicant should have a positive attitude. A strong interest in waterfowl and wetlands ecology, desire to spend days in the field as well an office setting and determination to get the job done well is required. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, ability to follow explicit protocol and self-motivated applicants are preferred. Experience using GIS, Excel, database entry, and strong organizational skills are also preferred. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.

Specific Duties:

  • Transfer and organize old filing system into digital database (scanning old files, maps, invoices)
  • Enter information into excel database from old/new files, cross referencing these files with CONSERV, and spatial database to ensure everything matches
  • Transfer past projects and future projects into spatial database 
  • Create landowner contact files and migrate them to permanent files as projects progress
  • Assist with site surveys/visits and water control structure installs as needed
  • Assist other conservation staff with NAWCA efforts, file management, or other duties as time allows
  • Assist engineering staff with field tasks as needed
  • Work with local DU committees to provide information on DU conservation efforts and assist with fundraising efforts as appropriate.
  • Work with an ESRI based GIS system will be required.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated passion for conserving wetland ecosystems and waterfowl resources.
  • Knowledge of wetland ecology, marsh management, and waterfowl biology.
  • Ability to work in the field, in boats, in the South Louisiana environment.
  • Experience with wetland restoration and enhancement practices including moist-soil management, watershed improvements, and marsh enhancement is preferred but not required. 
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices along the Louisiana Gulf Coast desired.
  • Currently enrolled or recently completed a program of study related to wildlife biology, coastal sciences, or a related field is necessary. 

Reporting Relationship:
The successful candidate will report to the Manager of Conservation Programs for the Louisiana Gulf Coast and will work with several regional biologists on a day to day basis.

Work Location:
The work associated with this position will be primarily the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. The position will be located in Lafayette, Louisiana but may require travel throughout much of the Louisiana Coast. 

Application:
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Michelle Dunbar at Email: mdunbar@ducks.org, or Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 218 Rue Beauregard, STE K. Phone #337-408-3288.



CONTROLLER

Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation has an opening in our accounting and finance department for a Controller at our National Headquarters in Memphis, TN. This position will report to the Chief Finance Officer/Chief Administrative Officer.

Position Summary: This position reports directly to the CFO/CAO and will be responsible for managing and overseeing all facets of our accounting and finance operations, including financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, and financial policy development.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide management and oversight for all accounting operations including accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, non-profit and project accounting, and revenue recognition. Support general ledger operations and computer system management.
  • Ensure preparation and issuance of timely and accurate monthly financial statements in accordance with applicable accounting and industry guidance. Oversee and support effective and efficient month-end and year-end financial close processes.
  • Ensure quality control over financial transactions and financial reporting. Maintain, establish, and monitor appropriate financial internal controls and policies to ensure conformance and compliance with U.S. GAAP and non-profit industry guidance.
  • Provide and communicate status of financial condition by gathering, summarizing, evaluating, and reporting of financial data and results.
  • Coordinate and direct the preparation of the annual budget and financial forecasts and related reporting variance results. Participates and supports the organization’s strategic and business planning processes.
  • Provide oversight and ensure compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by remaining current on and evaluating existing, emerging and new legislation, ensuring adherence to requirements, filing financial related reports (including IRS Form 990), and advising executive management on needed actions.
  • Support organization strategic and growth initiatives with financial analysis and advice to ensure appropriate evaluation of financial and operational implications including financial statement impact, return on investment, and cash flow implications.
  • Develop and manage two direct reports and six indirect reports as well as interface with multiple corporate and operations business personnel.
  • Work with and lead interactions with internal and external auditors to ensure appropriate service levels and working relationships.
  • Support and work with the organization’s leaders related to board of director’s fiduciary responsibilities - Finance, Budget, Investments and Audit Committees.

Requirements:

  • A degree in Accounting or Finance related degree required, CPA required
  • Minimum of 5-10 years’ senior level accounting/finance experience required, including staff management/development.
  • Experience and knowledge of financial accounting systems is a plus.
  • Flexible, strategic team player with infallible integrity and ethical standards
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and the names/contact information for three references to Wayne Dierks


Communications Intern

Great Plains Region, Bismarck, N.D.

Ducks Unlimited's Great Plains Region's headquarters in Bismarck, N.D., is looking for a summer communications intern who is a strong writer with an understanding of communications techniques, including news releases, social media, photography, design and video. 

We are looking for a communications major who is at least a college junior or senior. A recent graduate or master's candidate is preferred. This is a paid position without benefits. 

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.8 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. The Great Plains Region covers the seven states of Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

To apply for this position, send a letter of interest, resume, at least one writing sample and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references to Becky Jones Mahlum at bjonesmahlum@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of these documents.  For more information regarding this position, or to request application materials, contact DU Regional Communications Manager Becky Jones Mahlum at 701.355.3507 or bjonesmahlum@ducks.org.

Deadline for applications is April 17, 2017.


Director of Conservation Programs

Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico

Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region is seeking an accomplished and driven individual to lead our exciting conservation programs.  These programs are some of our highest priorities in the Southern Region and are the centerpiece of two of our fundraising initiatives.  This position provides the opportunity for leadership to the specific areas of responsibility, and the waterfowl conservation enterprise as a whole.  The director will serve as a member of the regional management team to provide strategic thinking and lead targeted implementation to help achieve conservation objectives.  The director will also advise the conservation leadership team on national conservation issues and priority policy efforts.  The director will provide leadership to help guide the collective conservation and fundraising work of various stakeholders (e.g., DU volunteers, state and federal agencies, joint ventures and other conservation organizations) across the Southern Region.

Specific Duties:

  • Oversee the work of staff in field offices to deliver a broad suite of conservation programs, including conservation easements, wetland restoration and enhancements, extension programs for farmers and ranchers, and conservation business opportunities.
  • Work closely with fundraising staff in the region and across the country to support fundraising efforts.
  • Work closely with public policy staff both in the region and in Washington D.C. to support priority state and federal policy efforts.
  • Work closely with the Director of Conservation Planning to ensure science support and evaluation for conservation programs and the development of the next generation of planning tools.
  • Work closely with the Director of Conservation Services to enhance business planning and improve program efficiencies.  
  • Serve as a member of the Southern Region management team to help provide overall direction for the region, assist in key decisions, and help develop staff technical and leadership skills.
  • Collaborate with volunteers and staff in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico to help develop key policy objectives, major communications themes and support grassroots fundraising efforts.
  • Work with staff to develop landowner spokespersons and advocates for conservation programs. 
  • Secure public funding to support priority conservation programs.
  • Coordinate conservation program development and implementation with other conservation organizations, agency partners and interested stakeholders to maximize efficiency of the partners' collective efforts.
  • Incorporate biological, social, and economic information into conservation program development and implementation.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a BS in wildlife ecology, conservation biology or another natural resource field.  An advanced degree is desirable.
  • At least 10 years of experience in conservation program evaluation, development and/or implementation.
  • At least 5 years of experience in supervising a group of staff.
  • Strong personal commitment to conservation. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience in strategic program development.
  • Experience in developing partnerships and leading broad stakeholder groups to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to conservation program development and implementation.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit fundraising efforts.

This position reports to the Director of Operations for the Southern Region.  

TO APPLY:  Send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Maribeth Lane at mlane@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.   Deadline for receipt of application is February 10, 2017.

Maribeth Lane
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Southern Regional Office
193 Business Park Dr., Suite E
Ridgeland, MS 39157
mlane@ducks.org
Office: 601-956-1936


Accounting Clerk

Great Plains Regional Office

Ducks Unlimited has an opening for a part-time accounting clerk (approximately 20 hours per week) in our Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND. 
 
Duties and responsibilities:

Job duties include financial tracking; accounts payable entry; file research and management; vendor reimbursement preparation; expense report and invoice review.  The position will also assist the regional accounting staff with database management, agreement coordination and contract compliance; as well as other clerical duties as required.

Qualifications:

Applicant must be detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy; have strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task; ability to work independently and as a team member; strong computer skills including knowledge of data bases and Microsoft Office products; must be a self-starter.

How to apply:

Send a letter of interest (including salary requirements), resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references to Candace Miller at cmiller@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of these documents.  For more information regarding this position, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org.

Deadline:

Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 18, 2017.


Conservation Specialist I  

The Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking a part-time Conservation Specialist to coordinate special projects within the region.  This 36-hour per week position will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Services and become part of a dedicated team of professionals working to increase conservation delivery and awareness in this important landscape. The successful applicant will work with a team of biologists, engineers, policy professionals, fundraisers and communications professionals to help deliver conservation projects within the Great Plains Region. 

Qualifications:  

Entry level position that focuses on public policy analysis, communications, and administrative support for conservation work.  Minimum requirements are a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience with appropriate training and knowledge of legislative and administrative processes at state and/or federal level.  Under supervision, this position will provide administrative assistance to multiple specialties within the Great Plains Region as well as reviewing existing and proposed public policies.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Work with a variety of staff  including biologists, engineers, scientists, communication professionals, fundraisers, managers and directors on special projects in the Great Plains Region that advance conservation.
  • Assist policy specialists in tracking legislation of concern in the seven state region as well as at the federal level.
  • Assist conservation staff in grant proposals as well as writing and editing close-out reports.   
  • Work with science team to conduct research, field assistance and compilation of findings.
  • Represent DU at wetland conservation venues and assisting with a variety of fundraising activities, including working with Development staff, Grassroots staff, and Volunteers as needed.
  • Assist communications staff in compiling stories and reports about accomplishments of DU and general conservation topics, especially in the Great Plains Region.
  • Work with regional project coordinators on data entry and vendor file maintenance.
  • Provide administrative assistance to regional staff as needed.

How to Apply:  

Send a letter of interest, resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references to Candace Miller at cmiller@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of these documents.  For more information regarding this position, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org.

Deadline:  

Applications will be accepted through January 18, 2017.


 

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age, or genetic information except where age or gender is a bona fide occupational qualification as allowed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

To be considered for employment, applicants MUST apply for a specific position and have the minimum qualifications listed in the job posting.

 

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