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 Development
North Carolina & South Carolina

Regional Director
Southern Indiana

Conservation Intern
Dexter, MI

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Regional Biologist
Hanahan, South Carolina

Visitor Services Representative
Memphis, TN

GIS Specialist
Bismarck, North Dakota

Engineer In Training
Richmond, TX

Regional Engineer

Project Coordinator/Accountant
Rancho Cordova, CA

Engineering AutoCAD Drafter
California or Washington

Director of Development
Southern Region
North Carolina and South Carolina

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Development with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit major and planned gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited and ensure the success of the $2.0 billion Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.
  • Coordinate with conservation and development colleagues to develop proposals and secure funding for Ducks Unlimited’s priorities as defined in the Strategic Plan, to include support for operations, conservation in key landscapes and educational programs. 
  • Partner with the event staff to raise awareness of DU’s major gift program to increase major gift revenue in the region.
  • Collaborate with other fundraising staff to assist in achieving all annual fundraising team goals.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide all volunteers to assist with major gift fundraising.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the State Campaign Committee in assigned states.
  • Achieve goals established in Annual Work Plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on personal major gift solicitation and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and experience with prospect moves management
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management programs

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity with planned giving, experience with comprehensive campaigns, relationships in and a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  The selected candidate should have the desire and ability to travel extensively within the region and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the region.  

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:, and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Managing Director of Development, Chad Manlove, at

Resume review will begin on August 31, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Regional Director of Event Fundraising
Southern Indiana

POSITION:  Ducks Unlimited Regional Director of Event Fundraising for Southern Indiana. The chosen candidate will start as soon as mutually agreed.  

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Regional Directors duties and responsibilities encompass the management of all facets of event fundraising within the region including: 

  • Recruitment and training of volunteers 
  • Managing the volunteer efforts in support of Ducks Unlimited fundraising events
  • Fostering growth within the region with emphasis on new chapter development; internal growth within existing committees; identification and development of non-traditional fundraising opportunities and major donor identification and management
  • Coordination and collaboration with the Indiana fundraising team and volunteers

QUALIFICATIONS:  At minimum a BA or BS from an accredited institution is required. Volunteer experience with non-profit organizations will benefit candidates and volunteer experience with Ducks Unlimited is desired. Applicants must be self-motivated and eager to accept challenging goals. This position requires an aptitude for building and managing relationships with a diverse group of volunteers with an emphasis on effective verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must be able to work with proficiency on a personal computer with basic skills in MS Office applications and have a working familiarity with the Internet. The successful candidate will be required to develop computer skills specific to Ducks Unlimited, Inc.’s standardized information systems. Candidates must be willing to work hours that extend well outside of the typical workday and workweek throughout the year, including extensive auto travel throughout the region. 

APPLICATION:  To apply please fill out the application materials on this link:, and attach a cover letter, resume and references by the close of business Monday, August 27, 2018.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Todd Carlton
Director of Fundraising and Volunteer Relations - Region 5
601 Shawn Drive
Jefferson City MO 65109

Conservation Intern
Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office (GLARO)
Dexter, MI

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetlands conservation.  The goal of the Conservation Intern position is to foster the growth of future waterfowl professionals by developing the skills necessary to help them successfully transition from their academic education to professional resource management.  This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring resource professionals to gain experience with Ducks Unlimited’s waterfowl and wetland conservation programs and become knowledgeable about the administrative side of habitat conservation.  This position will work closely with a diverse group of staff responsible for the many aspects of habitat conservation across the 21-state region.  The successful candidate will develop skills in proposal writing, grant administration, project management, communications, landowner assistance, and others which will prove valuable throughout their career.  The Conservation Intern position will be based in Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office located in Dexter, MI. 


  • Support biologists and other staff in the delivery of habitat conservation programs.  
  • Assist in grant proposal development, writing, reporting, and administration.
  • Collaborate with state and federal agencies and partner organizations to accomplish various project related tasks.
  • Serve as a liaison with private landowners seeking technical assistance. 
  • Develop public presentations and assist with outreach efforts and supporter events.
  • Aid in public policy and communications efforts.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:  Applicants must have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in a wildlife or wetland related field.  Relevant experience in waterfowl or wetland ecology or habitat conservation is helpful and desirable.   The successful applicant will be highly motivated, have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills, have the ability to work both independently and as a team member, have excellent computer skills, and have knowledge of waterfowl, wetlands, and wildlife habitat conservation issues.  The successful candidate may be asked to travel, sometimes for extended periods, and work in physically-demanding settings and in all weather conditions.
Salary:  This is a 12-month position compensated at $11.25/hour for a 40-hour week, equivalent to $23,400/year.  Housing is not included with this position.

To Apply:  Please fill out the application materials on this link:, and attach your cover letter, resume, and information for three professional references.
Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted through August 20, 2018 or until a qualified applicant is identified.
Questions regarding this position can be addressed to Dane Cramer, Regional Biologist, at (734) 623-2000 or

Biologist - Devils Lake, North Dakota

Major Responsibilities:
Work as a member of Ducks Unlimited’s conservation team in North Dakota to deliver wetland conservation projects in the eastern portion of the state with a targeted focus on the prairie pothole and drift prairie regions. The successful applicant will primarily work with landowners and conservation partners to identify and develop conservation projects that provide critical benefits to breeding waterfowl through federal, state and other public funding opportunities.  

Specific Duties:

  • Work with public partners and private landowners to identify and implement wetland and grassland conservation projects.
  • Advise landowners of opportunities to consider and enroll in voluntary conservation programs available from federal, state and other organizations.
  • Assist fundraising staff with cultivating private contributions to the prairie pothole region.
  • Coordinate restoration and land protection activities with other organizations and partners.   
  • Assist the North Dakota conservation team in public grant writing efforts to help secure the funding necessary to achieve the goals of DU’s prairie pothole initiative.
  • Work with local DU committees to provide information on DU conservation efforts and assist with fundraising efforts as appropriate.
  • Assist in developing press releases, articles and presentations that increase public awareness of the issues surrounding waterfowl habitat in the prairie pothole region, the various efforts undertaken and/or supported by DU and the successes achieved by DU and partners. 


  • Demonstrated passion for conserving wetland ecosystems and waterfowl resources.
  • Extensive knowledge of wetland ecology, wetland and grassland management and waterfowl biology.
  • Ability to work with farmers, ranchers, agency biologists, DU volunteers and DU major donors.
  • Prefer experience with wetland restoration and enhancement practices, including hydrology restoration, watershed improvements and grassland enhancement.
  • Knowledge of agricultural practices in the U.S. Great Plains.
  • Prefer experience with USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and federal conservation easement options.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with conservation partners towards a strategic goal.
  • Knowledge of state and federal agencies and conservation programs working to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands in an agriculturally dominated landscape.
  • Demonstrated skills in written communications, public speaking and establishing good working relationships with landowners and partners.
  • Prefer experience with non-profit fundraising efforts.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology or a related field.

Salary/Reporting Relationship:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The successful candidate will report to the Manager of Conservation Programs for North Dakota.

Work Location:
The work associated with this position will primarily be eastern North Dakota. The position will be in Devils Lake, North Dakota but will require travel.   

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link; and attach a cover letter, resume and information for 3 professional references.  For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or For specific questions about the job duties, please contact Jonas Davis at 701.355.3593 or 

Deadline for applications is August 24, 2018.

Regional Biologist - South Atlantic

The Southern Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced biologist to join our South Atlantic Conservation Team.  We seek a highly-motivated, self-starting, collaborative individual to work as a key member of a team of biologists, engineers and land protection professionals that are based out of Hanahan, South Carolina.  The successful applicant will assist with implementing conservation projects on private and public lands throughout the five-state region (FL, GA, SC, NC, VA). The responsibility of the position will primarily be the enhancement and restoration of wetlands and associated habitats important to waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife species.    

Qualifications:  Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field; an advanced degree is desired.  Applicants must also have at least five years of relevant experience and have a strong knowledge of biological principles and practices.  Field experience with waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds, as well as wetland ecology and management (moist-soil, coastal marsh, forested wetlands) is a primary consideration for this position. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.  Proven proposal/grant writing skills and project management capabilities are necessary.  Familiarity with the region’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial.  Applicants should be knowledgeable about state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws/regulations.  Examples include (but are not limited to) the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, National Coastal Wetlands Grants, Restore Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act. 

Duties and Responsibilities:  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter adept at identifying opportunities focused on enhancement, restoration, acquisition and protection of wetlands and associated habitats to fulfill DU’s conservation objectives within the South Atlantic.  The incumbent biologist will be responsible for project development and management. Project development duties include identifying potential projects, developing/maintaining relationships with public and private partners, and obtaining funding from a wide variety of sources for project work.  This also includes writing and submitting proposals to various agencies, foundations and other funding sources to secure project funds.  Project management responsibilities include development of agreements, project accounting, planning, permitting, implementation and reporting in collaboration and coordination with agency partners and other stakeholder groups, DU biological and engineering staff, consultants and regulatory agencies to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects.  He/she must also assist with fundraising and outreach events, represent DU at wetland conservation venues, and help with other conservation activities.  He/she would be required to establish and maintain relationships with key DU volunteers and fundraising staff and provide DU management with timely communication on project work/issues.  Finally, he/she would assist communication staff with developing information to educate and promote DU’s wetland conservation efforts.   Working hours for this position is a balance of office and field work and the approximate allocation of time is dependent on scheduling, seasonal priorities and other factors. 

This position will report to the Director of Conservation Programs in the DU South Atlantic Field Office in Hanahan, South Carolina.  

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  and attach a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references.   Questions regarding this position can be directed to James Rader.  Deadline for receipt of application is August 17, 2018.

James A. Rader
Director of Conservation Programs
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Southern Regional Office; South Atlantic
1010 Bankton Circle; Suite 200
Hanahan, SC 29410
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Office:  843.261.5751

Visitor Services Representative

The Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center (WHC) is seeking a part-time candidate for the position of Visitor Service Representative.  This position is located in the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and is part of a team that works together to provide the best possible experience to museum visitors.  Applicants should be reliable, flexible, and personable; possess strong communication skills; have the ability to think on their feet; exhibit a professional manner and attire at all times; and positively portray the mission of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

Primary Duties

  • Provide an exceptional experience to all who visit the WHC
  • Greet all groups visiting WHC
  • Assist in opening and closing the museum
  • Represent DU and the museum positively 
  • Ensure the galleries are clean and presentable 
  • Provide guided tours of the WHC
  • Assist with educational programs and events

Desired Qualities

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to work well in an unpredictable environment
  • Experience working with visitors of all ages desired
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of people
  • An interest in and knowledge of waterfowl, waterfowl hunting and conservation a plus

*Candidates must be willing to work weekends and holidays.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:, and attach a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references.  For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials please contact: Katie Burke ~ Manager, Waterfowling Heritage Center, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN. 38120, Phone: 901-758-3765,  


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist
Bismarck, North Dakota

Ducks Unlimited seeks a motivated candidate to provide GIS and mapping support for its conservation efforts in the Great Plains Region starting November 12, 2018. This 1-year term position will be stationed in the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, North Dakota. 

Duties for this position will focus on but not be limited to:

  • Development of an organized and cohesive geospatial database for use within the region.
  • Development of automated conservation planning tools within both an ArcGIS and Google Earth environment.
  • Assisting with a remote sensing project regarding regional hydrodynamics.
  • Preparation of formal maps for presentations and display.
  • Development of summary statistics and analyses.
  • Trouble-shooting ArcGIS for conservation team members.    

Minimum Qualifications: Applicant must be comfortable working alone within the ArcGIS environment and be capable of creating, maintaining, and editing shapefiles, features, and databases with minimal to no oversight. A good attitude and ability to collaborate are a must. Hire will be contingent on a clean background check and driving record and passing a drug test. 

  • B.S. degree in GIS or a related field
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS, ArcMap, and Spatial Analyst
  • Proficiency with Python
  • Proficiency with Program R
  • Experience with heads-up digitizing and remote sensing
  • Experience with cartography 

Notes:  Salary will be commensurate with experience. This position reports to the Manager of Conservation Planning, also stationed in the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck. 

To apply:  Please complete the application materials on this link:, and attach a letter of interest, resume and three professional references (with email & daytime phone numbers) and submit. Position will remain open until filled.

For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:  Kaylan Carrlson at 701.355.3525 or

Engineer In Training – Southwest Region
Richmond, Texas

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team dedicated toward accomplishing Ducks Unlimited’s (DU’s) mission.  Applicant will assist a regional team in delivering wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects within the Southwest Region, primarily in Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico and potentially in south Louisiana, on an as needed basis. This position will be stationed in DU’s Richmond Field Office.

The successful applicant will: (1) be responsible for the operation of GPS and traditional surveying equipment for topographic and construction surveys; (2) serve as DU’s representative on construction projects, while performing a variety of inspections to verify contractor’s compliance with plans, specifications and standards; (3) prepare inspection reports and maintain project records; (4) assist Regional Engineer with designs and a variety of administrative duties; and (5) represent DU with local, state, and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners.  

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited college. Certification as an Engineering Intern is required. 
Working knowledge of topographic and construction surveying techniques, including GPS and traditional surveying equipment.
Knowledge of heavy construction work methods, practices, materials and equipment.
Knowledge of methods and techniques of project administration, construction inspection and materials testing.
Demonstrated ability to work with public and private conservation partners.
Demonstrated oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to operate ATV and outboard boats.
Working knowledge of AUTOCAD Civil 3D and engineering related software.
Self-motivated and goal oriented.
Willingness to work outside of normal business hours, willingness to work independently, willingness to travel overnight and some extended travel, ability to work in inclement weather, and ability to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments.

To apply please fill out the application materials on this link: and attach a cover letter, resume and references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Karen Parker
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Richmond Field Office
915 Front Street
Richmond, TX 77469
Office 832-595-0063

Regional Engineer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA. The successful applicants will join a highly-motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland restoration and water delivery infrastructure projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. The position will be based out of an office in Vallejo, CA.

Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in an engineering curriculum and be a registered civil engineer in the state of California. Desirable qualifications include GPS surveying, Civil3D, construction inspection and management, erosion control, soil science, hydraulics, agricultural engineering, and levee, canal, and/or pump station design. Demonstrated oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, goal oriented, and able to work with and solve problems in close team based relationships. Candidates must be able to perform field work that includes strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions. Completion of safety training for small boat and all terrain vehicle operation will be required. 

Regional Engineers perform a full range of project planning, design, contracting, and construction management functions on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects. Project delivery responsibilities include scoping and proposal development, topographic surveying, engineering design, project bidding, field inspection, and construction management. A close working relationship with local, state and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners will be an important aspect of the job. The position will include travel throughout California.

Specific duties include:
1. Prepare proposal scope of work and budgets.
2. Develop topographic surveys and collect field data for design.
3. Prepare project plans, technical specifications and cost estimates.
4. Conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight.
5. Ensure that consultants and contractors adhere to project plans, specifications and schedules.
6. Act as contracting officer, ensure contract compliance and manage project budgets. 

To apply please complete the materials by going to the link: and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited
3074 Gold Canal Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670

Western Regional Office

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an exciting opportunity for an entry-level Project Coordinator based in our Western Regional Office located in Rancho Cordova, California. 


  • Work with teams of biologists and engineers to deliver wetlands projects 
  • Review of government contracts and grants, specifically for accounting, financial reporting requirements, and compliance provisions
  • Track funding source budgets/balances, invoice funding sources on a cost reimbursement basis, keep the teams informed of project cost and income status
  • Perform business analyses
  • Assist engineers with bidding out projects, writing contracts to subcontractors, tracking subcontracts, change orders, and insurance/bonding requirements, completing lien releases
  • Process payables from vendors and contractors, as well as staff expense reports, tracking these costs against the project budgets
  • Document scanning and control, maintaining project documentation in a standardized and organized manner
  • Procurement and project close out
  • Perform various administrative tasks as needed, and serve as back-up to the Executive Assistant

Key Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting or a related field preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Excel, MS Word and accounting systems
  • Basic knowledge of project management concepts
  • Basic knowledge of construction documentation and public works requirements
  • Well-organized and detail oriented
  • Self-motivated, lots of initiative, eager to learn, able to work with minimal supervision, but willing to ask questions and seek direction if needed
  • Able to maintain professional demeanor while working within tight deadlines, with a variety of people and personalities.

To apply: Please fill out the application materials on this link:, attach a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references.

For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:  Beate Sterrenberg, Director of Conservation Services, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670; Phone: 916-852-2000 or email

Engineering AutoCAD Drafter

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced AutoCAD drafter to be located in either the Sacramento, CA or Vancouver, WA office.  The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design and construction of wetland restoration projects. 

Candidates must have a minimum of three years experience utilizing Civil3D for the preparation of improvement plans and topographic survey maps, and demonstrated knowledge of working with LiDAR data and maps. Desirable qualifications include GPS surveying and experience with earthwork and utility-related construction. Demonstrated oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, goal oriented and able to work with and solve problems in close team based relationships. 

Project delivery responsibilities will be focused on the preparation of topographic survey maps, conceptual design plans, and construction plans. Project delivery in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah will be the primary focus. The position may include travel to those states.

Specific duties include:

  1. Utilize Civil3D to:
  • Create topographic maps from ground-based surveys as well as from LiDAR data/maps.
  • Manipulate LiDAR data with GIS applications.
  • Create construction/engineering drawings for our restoration projects.
  • Create permit drawings for submittal to regulatory agencies.
  • Generate earthwork (cut/fill) quantities associated with the projects. 

DU’s mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.  These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:, and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For further information regarding this position please contact:
Linda McMahon, Administrative Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
17700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683


It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions),  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression,  age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


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