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.

Executive Assistant
Memphis, TN. 

GIS Intern
Bismark, ND

Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN

Systems Architect
Memphis, TN

Stewardship Coordinator
Memphis, TN

Chief Marketing Officer
Memphis, TN

Ecosystem Services Scientist
Memphis, TN

Director of Gift Planning
Western Region

Director of Finance & Compliance
Memphis, TN

Managing Director of Development
Great Plains Region

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley, CA

Project Engineer
Rancho Cordova, CA


Executive Assistant
 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has an opening for an Executive Assistant located in Memphis, TN.  This position is part of a team of fundraisers responsible for securing funding to support the wetland and waterfowl conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited.  
Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative and clerical support to three National Directors (Development, Event Fundraising and Fundraising Operations) by maintaining calendars, scheduling appointments, arranging travel, drafting and preparing correspondence, answering and directing incoming calls, coordinating bill payments, expense reports and credit card statements as well as assisting with day-to-day operations of the departments.
  • Manage meeting and event activity to include drafting agendas, venue logistics, participant travel as well as material and PowerPoint preparation.
  • Assist with department mailings and provide back-up coverage for other support staff.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 
Applicants must have at least three years of relevant experience as an Administrative Assistant or similar position and have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.  The candidate should be detail-oriented, self-motivated, have exceptional organizational skills, and able to work independently as well as in a team environment.  Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite are required.

To Apply: Please follow the link to fill out the application materials at:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US.  For more information on this position or to request application materials please contact: Jenna Sanchez at jsanchez@ducks.org.  Alternatively, materials can be mailed to 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120.  Resume review will begin on July 28, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern

Ducks Unlimited seeks a motivated candidate to provide GIS and mapping support for its conservation efforts in the Great Plains Region. This 1-year position will be stationed in the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, North Dakota. The GIS Intern will provide support for a collaborative research project developing conservation assessments for a strategic implementation plan within the Prairie Pothole Region. 

Duties for this position will focus on:

  • Manual classification of water in wetlands using aerial photography collected during spring and summer.
  • Manual classification of grassland parcels using aerial photography and legal descriptions.
  • Preparation of formal maps for presentations and display.
  • Development of summary statistics and analyses.

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

Notes:
Salary for Ducks Unlimited interns is $1,950 per month.  This position reports to the Manager of Conservation Planning, and is stationed in the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND.

To Apply:
Please click the link and fill out the application materials at:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US.  For more information on this position or to request application materials please contact: Kaylan Carrlson at kcarrlson@ducks.org, or 2525 River Road, Bismarck, ND 58503, 701-355-3525. Position will remain open until filled.


Chief Conservation Officer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is recruiting an innovative, forward-looking individual to serve as Chief Conservation Officer (CCO).

Ducks Unlimited’s conservation programs have always had a strong biological foundation. That science and research tradition continues today with hundreds of studies to address the habitat needs of waterfowl. Although a great deal of work has been done and many important questions answered, there is still much to learn about how the birds respond to landscape, habitat and environmental changes. DU has embraced an approach of constant monitoring and evaluation which allows for continual refinement of its habitat programs. In the end, such an approach ensures that each and every dollar invested in conservation programs is used as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Reporting to the CEO, the CCO will serve as a strategic leader and member of DU’s executive leadership team. As one of the leaders of this mission-driven organization, the CCO will possess an authentic conservation ethic. This person will embrace DU’s belief in the hunter-conservationist model and an overriding commitment that habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife helps to mitigate flooding and improve the quantity and quality of water for wildlife and people alike.

DU’s core values have stood the test of time. The CCO will need to embrace DU’s core values, which serve to unite and inspire volunteers, staff and supporters around DU’s mission. In light of these core values, the CCO must:

  • Serve as an effective leader in conserving wetlands and other habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.
  • Advise the CEO and Executive Team on how to position the DU conservation program, through innovation and forward thinking, for changes that are likely coming over the next ten years.
  • Collaborate with partners who share a common bond with DU’s goals and values.
  • Stand committed to science-based research and analysis in program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Hold the organization to a high ethical standard.
  • Respect the power of the dedicated volunteer and appreciate the advantages of a dynamic volunteer-staff partnership in the execution of DU’s mission.
  • Support a personal connection between people and wildlife that helps to strengthen the conservation foundation of our nation. 

The CCO serves in a leadership role which speaks to the heart of DU and its dedicated members. This individual represents a powerful commitment to the vision of “wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.”  

The CCO oversees a national/regional department that has approximately 215 employees of which 10 are currently direct reports. The annual Conservation Program operating budget is approximately $110 million. 

As CCO, the individual will have oversight for strategic planning, plan implementation, conservation facilities, significant capital items, and programs that seek to protect, restore, and manage lands. The CCO is the primary liaison with the volunteer Conservation Programs Committee and oversees operations on land acquisition and disposition, including the Land Review Committee. This position works directly with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico on conservation and fund-raising matters. The CCO reviews a wide range of other aspects of DU strategic and operational planning and execution at the request of the CEO. The CCO serves as the primary conservation spokesperson for DU and is expected to serve on numerous national boards, councils, and other groups that affect DU’s mission. The position relates directly to numerous state and federal agencies and NGO’s associated with conservation.  

The CCO will engage in substantial fundraising from both public and private sources, including funds for U.S., Mexican, Canadian, and Latin American operations. Budget responsibilities are for a multi-million-dollar program of operations and include revenue generation through major gifts and other public and private sources.

Based on the current DU Strategic Plan, the broad strategic goals and objectives for the CCO are the following:

  • Lead efforts to protect or restore at least 2 million acres by 2024 through direct conservation delivery in the highest priority landscapes in the United States.
  • Working with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, continue to increase collaborative efforts to generate critical support and deliver waterfowl habitat conservation in key landscapes across North America.
  • Help develop and implement a comprehensive organizational strategy and value proposition for elevating DU’s focus on water-based habitat conservation.
  • Lead efforts to focus DU’s resources to use wetland conservation as a component of water resource solutions while conserving critical waterfowl habitat.
  • Continue to strengthen private and public partnerships that protect, restore and manage waterfowl habitats in DU’s landscape priority areas.
  • Work with key partners to provide a foundation for market-based conservation, including ecosystem services such as increased water quality, water management, and habitat mitigation.
  • Work closely with DU’s fundraising and membership management program to augment DU’s revenue producing activities and volunteer engagement.
  • Identify and implement necessary efforts to strengthen DU’s science capacity to ensure that the organization remains a leader in wetland, waterfowl and water-based conservation.  

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes
The ideal professional qualifications and personal attributes the CCO should possess are the following:

Professional Experience:

  • Substantial experience (15+ years) and advanced training (M.S. / equivalent or greater) in a particular area of conservation. 
  • Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills of teamwork, partnership and collaboration.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to empower, inspire and motivate staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated collaborative, decision-making capabilities, and the ability to work with a broad diversity of partners.
  • Knowledge of wetlands and waterfowl conservation.  

Personal Attributes:

  • A commitment to DU’s mission and a demonstrated conservation ethic.
  • Highly adaptive and able to work well in high stress situations.
  • Stature and confidence to gain the credibility, respect and buy-in for a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel extensively, often for weekend and evening meetings.

Compensation
Compensation for the Chief Conservation Officer includes a competitive salary, relocation and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

How to apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com. Refer to DU/CCO in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
All correspondence will remain confidential.


Systems Architect

The Systems Architect position within Information Technology provides functional and technical guidance and implementation support on all aspects of the DU IT Modernization effort.  The position will require at least 3 years of working knowledge on the Microsoft Dynamics (2012 R3 or Dynamics365) application platform, familiarity with the Azure Cloud platform, and knowledge of network technologies including Active Directory.   Additionally, the position is responsible for working closely with business users to solicit business requirements, facilitate application training, assist in legacy system integrations and troubleshoot the new platforms offered by DU.  Some travel required. This position reports to the Senior Director IT.
MANAGES:

  • Implementation of Business Requirements
  • Change Management Requests
  • Technical Support

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support the definition, configuration, and setup of the DU Modernization platform, including Dynamics AX and future CRM platforms.  
  • Identifies and evaluates business opportunities for Information Technology and drafts recommendations on courses of action. 
  • Work with business users across the organization to understand and translate business requirements into system designs.
  • Identify and recommend courses of action on the cross-functional links between all Information Technology departments, business units and vendor partners.
  • Implement measurements for application architecture success to ensure effectiveness, usage and awareness.
  • Facilitate effective partnerships with any Information Technology external partner, internal constituent and other departments.
  • Oversees proper controls to ensure that all computer functions operate effectively.
  • Ensures architecture standards & methodology work globally within many cultures and markets.

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES:

  • A minimum of 7 years experience implementing medium to large IT projects targeting multiple user areas.
  • Broad technology experience and application of off-the-shelf products to solve business problems required.
  • Technical Architecture experience desired including use of standard tools
  • Bachelor Degree is preferred

TO APPLY:  Please click the link and fill out the application materials at:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US.  Or send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Deanna McAdory at dmcadory@ducks.org, or to, Human Resources, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120, Fax: 901-758-3988


Stewardship Coordinator

Ducks Unlimited, North America's leader in wetlands conservation, has an opportunity for an experienced candidate for a full-time Stewardship Coordinator based out of our National Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.  DU is an accredited land trust with a portfolio of over 500 conservation easements conserving nearly 420,000 acres and a fee-title portfolio of 25,000 acres.  DU's land protection efforts conserve habitat across a diverse array of landscapes from native prairie ecosystems in the Dakotas to bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi Delta to wetland systems along the coasts.  The Stewardship Coordinator plays a key role in ensuring the permanence of the conservation values of this extensive, nationwide land protection portfolio, and represents DU’s interests with the Land Trust Alliance and other land trust affiliations.  Specifically, this position is responsible for the following:

Stewardship and Defense

  • Coordinate with field staff to ensure completion of annual monitoring and stewardship of easements and fee-title properties;
  • Work with landowners and field staff to document and recommend for approval the exercise of rights that are reserved in conservation easements;
  • Interpret conservation easement language when potential violations arise, and with Director of Land Protection, recommend and manage the organization's reaction to easement violations;
  • Organize responses that seek to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to DU’s portfolio from outside threats posed by utility/transmission expansions, condemnation proceedings, road development, etc.; 
  • Coordinate with GIS Specialist to maintain spatial database of fee-title holdings and easements and produce an annual summary for the Board of DU’s land protection accomplishments.

Standards & Practices and Transactional Review

  • Assist Director of Land Protection in evaluating new easement and fee-title acquisition projects to determine fit within existing portfolio and to identify future monitoring and stewardship concerns;
  • During easement closing process, review Baseline Documentation Reports and work with preparers to verify compliance with DU standards and guidelines;  
  • Ensure DU's land protection efforts comply with federal and state statutes, and ensure compliance with all internal guidelines and policies, as well as accreditation standards.

Key Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years’ experience negotiating and/or stewarding fee title conservation lands and conservation easements.
  • Degree in law preferred, but not required with adequate land trust experience.  
  • Successful candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills, negotiation skills, and diplomacy and can work effectively within teams.

To apply: Please click the link and fill out the application materials at:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US.  Or send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Jennifer Roy, Administrative Assistant, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 Phone: (901) 758-3707 or email jroy@ducks.org.


Chief Marketing Officer

Ducks Unlimited seeks to recruit an innovative, conservation-oriented, entrepreneurial individual to serve as Chief Marketing Officer.

Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. Hindsight explains history, but foresight builds a legacy. DU’s history evolved from the foresight of a small group of sportsmen who launched an unprecedented, international effort to save waterfowl by conserving habitat. DU’s founders and early members stepped forward to make a difference for North America’s waterfowl at a time when our country was in the grip of economic depression and severe drought. That spirit of volunteerism and of rising to meet profound challenges remains a fundamental part of the organization’s culture today. 
Over 80 years, DU’s mission of waterfowl habitat conservation has resulted in its working across the continent to serve the habitats that make possible the abundance of wildlife. Waterfowl, upland birds and other species of wildlife are not the only beneficiaries of DU’s habitat work. Wetlands also provide vital ecological benefits for people. Wetlands improve the overall health of our environment by recharging and purifying groundwater, moderating floods and reducing soil erosion. Wetlands are North America’s most productive ecosystems, providing critical habitat to more than 900 wildlife species, clean water for our communities, and invaluable recreational opportunities for all people to enjoy, but just in the last 50 years, our nation has lost more than 17 million acres of wetlands.
Last year, in the United States alone, DU conserved more than 226,000 acres of critical breeding, migration and wintering habitat. Each year, the organization’s conservation success stems from the passion, commitment and dedication of Ducks Unlimited supporters, volunteers, partners and professional staff. DU has approximately 500 employees across the country and an annual operating budget of more than $220 million. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Ducks Unlimited has offices in Mississippi, California, North Dakota, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., with sister organizations in Canada and Mexico. 
Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico work together to generate critical support and deliver habitat conservation in the most important waterfowl landscapes across North America. DU’s highest priority landscapes include the Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Plains, the Gulf Coast, the lower Mississippi River and its tributaries, California’s Central Valley, and the Boreal Forest. 
Ducks Unlimited is anchored by its volunteer-led grassroots fundraising system. DU’s fundraising events are an integral part of its culture and play a large role in positioning DU as a lifestyle brand. Each year, more than 55,000 volunteers host nearly 4,000 fundraising events for DU.  These events raise vital dollars for conservation and are a key tool for engaging a majority of DU’s members, volunteers and major donors. In addition, members engage with and donate to DU through direct response mail, social media, TV, and the website. 
Ducks Unlimited is able to leverage these fundraising activities into increased opportunities for conservation delivery. Private dollars are leveraged against public dollars. Corporate partners engage to support conservation, reach common audiences and deliver relevant messages. Examples of partners who engage with DU through a variety of channels include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies, and many corporations such as First National Bank of Omaha, ConocoPhillips, Inc., Axalta Coating Systems, and Mossy Oak. These partnerships have enabled DU to leave a much larger conservation footprint across North America.
Because the scope of DU’s conservation work has the potential to connect broadly with the American public, DU seeks to maintain and even strengthen its core segment of waterfowl supporters, while increasing donor diversity by engaging water-centric constituencies, near endemic supporters, the agricultural/rural community, and institutions, organizations and a growing number of corporations in ways that are appealing to these diverse demographics. At the same time, we must maintain clear brand definition and integrity in accordance with our stated mission, history and culture. 
Engaging more diverse market segments will require DU to communicate about the water quantity and quality issues addressed by work in DU’s conservation priority areas. This effort will provide the basis for expanding partnerships and policy efforts focused on the value proposition that DU’s wetland conservation provides to constituencies with broader water-based interests. DU’s water-based component of the overall marketing strategy will promote wetland conservation as an important element of improving water quality for all stakeholders and advancing our mission. The larger objective of the overall marketing strategy is to identify current and potential market segments and to develop and implement marketing plans that will maximize engagement and support from key segments.
One of the most important of these key segments is DU’s current core market, which is largely composed of supporters who enjoy waterfowl hunting and wish to pass on the waterfowling and conservation lifestyle to future generations. As DU pursues new supporter segments through targeted marketing campaigns, it will be important not to weaken its relationship with its waterfowling core but instead to reinforce and grow this vital relationship. Throughout DU’s history, a large majority of its supporters have been waterfowl hunters, and these sportsmen and sportswomen will continue to be the backbone of DU’s support. The goal of a more strategic marketing approach, therefore, will not be to replace supporters who have already taken a seat at DU’s conservation table but rather to build a larger table and have others join the hunter-conservationists who have sustained the organization for eight decades. 

For more information on Ducks Unlimited, please visit their website: www.ducks.org.

Chief Marketing Officer

Reporting to the CEO, the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) is a newly created position.  The CMO will serve as a strategic member of DU’s executive leadership team. The CMO, working with the CEO and DU senior executive team members, will provide critical leadership in identifying and executing a marketing strategy to capture investment in DU’s habitat conservation related work.
As a strategic partner to the CEO, DU’s Board leadership and DU senior professional staff, the new CMO will drive DU’s work to capture productive and revenue enhancing opportunities for the organization. The CMO serves as a strategist, facilitator in support of DU’s core membership and in reaching out to new constituents and investors to broaden the reach and impact of DU.  Much of the authority of the position will emerge as a result of the CMO possessing a skill set that is tailored to DU’s corporate culture– problem-solving competence, humility and alignment to DU’s mission and values. 
Ducks Unlimited has a comprehensive strategic communication, digital communications and publishing program. DU’s website was started about 20 years ago. In fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016) the website generated 71 million page views, a 7 percent increase over the previous year. DU developed five mobile apps between 2010 and 2014, and in 2015 these were consolidated into one new mobile app, with more than 300,000 users so far. In FY16, mobile app usage was up 48 percent over the previous year. 
In less than a decade, social media has developed into a powerful communications platform for Ducks Unlimited with more than 1.5 million fans across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Social media channels have allowed DU to increase brand awareness and brand affinity, especially among younger supporters. Sixty percent of DU’s Facebook fans are under age 25, and 25 percent are female. DU has a larger Facebook fan base than the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and many other large non-profits. 
Ducks Unlimited’s TV public service announcement program has helped increase awareness of DU’s brand and mission. Since the current campaign’s launch in June 2016, DU PSAs have aired more than 37,000 times on 96 stations and networks, generating 500 million audience impressions and more than $16 million in donated media value. These PSAs are produced by DU’s video department and distribution nationally to 800 stations and networks by Connect360 Multimedia.
DU TV celebrated its 20th season in 2016. It’s America’s longest running waterfowl show. DU TV’s viewership on the Pursuit Channel was 2.4 million households for the 2015 season with 1.5 million views on our website and social media channels. DU TV enjoys sponsorship support from Drake, Ram, Purina Pro Plan, Mossy Oak, First National Bank and others. The show is produced by MOOSE Media in conjunction with Ducks Unlimited. DU Films is an online short film series that explores the lives and stories of waterfowl hunters and conservationists across the country. Produced in partnership with Rock Road Creative and airing exclusively on the Ducks Unlimited website, DU Films is available in high-quality video format to anyone with internet access. The 2016 series of six short films has been viewed by more than 1 million people. DU’s Communications and Development departments collaborate on this project, and the films are frequently used by the Development team to help tell the DU story to donors. Ducks Unlimited magazine has been DU’s flagship publication since 1963. The magazine is a valued member benefit that is widely respected as an authoritative source of information on waterfowl, wetlands conservation and waterfowl hunting. The magazine’s circulation is approximately 600,000, and its total adult readership, as measured by Mediamark Research in spring 2016, is 3 million. Puddler, DU’s youth magazine, has a circulation of approximately 20,000 DU members under age 12. 
DU’s Communications team sends out about 300 press releases every year, and that effort, plus media outreach work (media camps, in particular), paid good dividends in 2016, generating more than 7,000 articles and mentions in print media across the country.
DU’s Waterfowling Heritage Center in the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid in Memphis is a 4,600 square foot interactive museum and educational center focusing on the history of conservation and waterfowl hunting as well as the central role that America’s sportsmen and women have played in conserving wildlife and habitat. More than 600,000 people have visited the center since its opening in 2015.  
Supporting the work of CMO is a team of professional staff.  The position is based in Memphis, Tennessee.
The broad strategic goals for the CMO are the following:

  • In partnership with the CEO and senior leadership, align business related activities to ensure an integrated approach to DU’s corporate relation efforts that reinforces DU’s brand value and reflects its business and policy goals.
  • Develop and utilize market segmentation tools and information resources, expanding DU’s opportunity to capture private sector investment and partnerships, while also coordinating effectively with DU’s senior leadership to support DU’s traditional waterfowling and membership.
  • Advise and assist the CEO in preparing and making presentations to targeted private sector companies – both domestic and international opportunities. 
  • Conduct benchmark research to establish a baseline of DU’s brand penetration so that the effectiveness of the branding tactics can be measured over time and results conveyed to Board, members and staff.
  • Support investments in data acquisition to convert earlier acquisition and enhanced messaging efforts to fully support a sustainable marketing program.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:
The ideal professional qualifications and personal attributes the CMO ought to possess are the following:
Professional Experience:

  • Demonstrated record of success of adeptly growing a business.
  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing business opportunities for revenue generation and the analytical background to prioritize investment based on the data and other information-related tools. 
  • Thorough knowledge of marketing principles, brand, product and service management.
  • Deep understanding of changing market dynamics.
  • Superb analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including effective presentation and negotiation skills.
  • A Bachelor's degree with an advanced degree in marketing or business (MBA) highly preferred.

Personal Attributes:

  • A commitment to DU’s mission and a demonstrated conservation ethic.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Stature and confidence to gain the credibility, respect and buy-in for a wide range of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel extensively, often for weekend and evening meetings.

Compensation for the Chief Marketing Officer includes a competitive salary, and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com. Refer to DU/CMO in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.  All correspondence will remain confidential.


Ecosystem Services Scientist - Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited is seeking a wetlands ecologist, hydrologist or natural resource economist to synthesize existing science to quantify and communicate ecosystem services outcomes of its conservation programs.  The successful applicant will focus initially on three higher order objectives: (1) development and/or synthesis of science-based information to assess effects of DU’s conservation work on water quantity and quality; (2) synthesis of the science-based information into a form that can be easily communicated and conveyed to DU staff engaged in development of partnerships with industry and foundations, and to policy staff and others engaged in advocacy to secure favorable wetlands public policy outcomes; (3) active participation in the scientific community by publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts and participating in professional meetings and discussions, and engaging and cooperating with DU’s science staff across Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.

Education, Experience, and Reporting:
The successful candidate will have a M.S. or Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Economics, or a related field, a minimum of 5 years of related experience, and the ability to develop and/or synthesize science, and communicate science-based information to fundraising, marketing and public policy staff.  Additionally, the successful candidate will develop relationships with scientists in academia, industry and government to foster development of innovative conservation solutions that lead to significant advances in landscape scale wetland conservation. A detailed understanding of wetland and wildlife conservation programs, conservation related policy and legislation, and the ability to locate, review and synthesize technical information related to ecosystem services with emphasis on wetlands and associated uplands is essential.  We seek a highly motivated, self-starter with a willingness to work with a team of dedicated conservation professionals to develop innovative conservation approaches to challenging landscape-scale conservation issues.  This position will report to the Chief Scientist at DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, TN., and will cooperate with DU scientists located across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

TO APPLY:  Please click the link and fill out the application materials at:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US by July 14, 2017. Alternatively, materials can be mailed to  Jennifer Roy at jroy@ducks.org, 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120.  Prospective applicants with questions about this position may contact Dr. Tom Moorman, DU Chief Scientist at tmoorman@ducks.org .


Director of Gift Planning - Western Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Gift Planning for the Western Region (based in Sacramento, CA) with the following primary responsibilities:
• Coordinate with the Managing Director of Gift Planning and the Managing Director of Development to enhance and expand the gift planning program in the Western Region.
• Present the Ducks Unlimited story and mission to motivate supporters to include DU in their gift and estate planning.
• Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit planned gifts from individuals that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to support the endowment and 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 the endowment, operations, conservation in key landscapes and educational programs.
• Steward existing gift planning donors to foster their ongoing relationship with DU.
• Partner with event and conservation staff to raise awareness of DU’s planned giving program to increase estate gift commitments within the region.
• Collaborate with other fundraising staff to assist in achieving all annual fundraising team goals.
• Develop a regional network of planning professionals willing to assist with the gift planning program.
• Secure appropriate documentation on planned gifts.
• Work closely with the staff liaison and the State Campaign Committee in assigned states.
• Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide all volunteers to assist with the gift planning program.
• Assist with the planning and implementation of the gift planning marketing program.
• Achieve goals established in Annual Work Plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on gift planning or equivalent financial/estate planning experience and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:
• Four-year degree from an accredited university
• 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 has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity or experience with major gift fundraising, a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  This position reports to the Managing Director of Gift Planning, Chris Cole, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at ccole@ducks.org.

Candidates must be willing to work hours that extend outside of the typical workday and workweek throughout the year; significant overnight travel is required.

The successful candidate will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the region, with a preference for residing near and working from the Ducks Unlimited Western Regional office located in Sacramento, CA.

To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and a resume highlighting your qualifications to Jenna Sanchez at jsanchez@ducks.org.  Alternatively, materials can be mailed to 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120.  Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume. Resume review will begin on July 5, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Director of Finance & Compliance

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an opening in our Accounting/Finance Department for a Director of Finance and Compliance at our National Headquarters in Memphis, TN. DU has approximately 500 employees across the country and an annual operating budget of more than $200 million. This position will report to the Controller.

Primary Responsibilities:  

  • Provide financial leadership to organization, supervision and development for Manager of Finance & Compliance, and support for Accounting Department staff activities
  • Supervise annual financial statement reporting and audit, and assist with supporting schedules required for the A-133 single audit
  • Lead and support the external audits to ensure audit process efficiency and effectiveness
  • Review IRS Forms 990 and 990T tax returns for the three reportable entities and support tax reporting processes and communications
  • Support and drive improvements in company’s financial analyses and forecasting of cash flows and financial performance
  • Work with and support banking relationships to ensure maximization of cost/benefit
  • Perform cost analysis of all third party relationships periodically and seek competitive bids when applicable
  • Actively participate in the annual budget process and assist to ensure appropriate analysis of organizational and financial operations
  • Provide supervision and support for state and local compliance reporting such as business licensing, charitable organization and sales and use taxes
  • Lead effort and support external consultant to prepare and negotiate the indirect cost rate with the US Department of Interior for grants management, supervise and review hourly rates for Conservation staff utilized in federal and state grants
  • Provide support to Conservation and Fundraising Departments to ensure proper and accurate project and fundraising reporting and analytics
  • Participate in organization’s Compliance Committee activities, including peer reviews and policymaking as it relates to grants management and the OMB Super Circulars
  • Participate in and support company’s information technology systems renovation initiative
  • Assist Controller and CFO in the preparation of accounting and financial presentations and communications to the Board and volunteer committees
  • Serve as active participant in various work groups and special projects as well as other duties as assigned by the Controller and CFO

Requirements:

  • A degree in Accounting or Finance required. CPA required
  • Minimum of 5-10 years accounting/finance experience and supervisory experience required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills

To Apply:  Please click the link and fill out the application materials: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=170978&lang=en_US&source=CC3.  Or send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Wayne Dierks at wdierks@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  
Human Resources
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
Fax: 901-758-3988


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 position location is negotiable. 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 and wild land restoration projects in the San Joaquin Valley, Tulare Basin, and southern California.

Qualifications
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.  

Responsibilities
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: 

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

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Western Regional Office, 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Email: mcamacho@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  


Project Engineer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a civil engineer to be located in the Western Regional Office, Rancho Cordova, CA. 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 and wild land restoration projects in California and Nevada.

Qualifications
Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in an engineering curriculum and have passed the EIT/FE exam. Experience in GPS surveying, Civil3D, construction inspection and management, and/or engineering design is desirable. 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.  

Responsibilities
Engineers perform a full range of survey, design, and construction inspection functions under the supervision of licensed Regional Engineers. Project delivery responsibilities include assistance with topographic surveying, production of plans and specifications, earthwork calculations, 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 and Nevada.

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Western Regional Office, 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Email: mcamacho@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  


 

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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.


 

PAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information