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.

Engineer II

Director of Development
Southern Region, Memphis, TN

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

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

Engineering Technician/Drafter 

Engineer II


Location:  Pending approval from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the position would be located in the MDC St. Louis Regional Office located at 2360 Highway D, St. Charles, MO or in a nearby vicinity.

Description:  The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team delivering wetland, riparian and associated habitat restoration projects in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana and Iowa.  Assignments in other states may occur.  The successful applicant will:  (1) assist surveyors in topographic survey and construction staking, with the ability to perform topographic survey without supervision within 6 months; (2) generate topographic maps and draft construction plans using AutoCAD Civil 3D software; (3) assist regional engineers with and eventually be responsible for the design of various wetland projects; (4) provide oversight and serve as DU's representative on construction projects; (5) coordinate restoration activities with federal, state, and private partners; and (6) represent DU with local, state, and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners.  Multi-state travel is required.

  • Minimum B.S. in Civil Engineering, or equivalent from an ABET accredited college.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer or Engineer-in-Training.
  • Knowledge of topographic and construction surveying techniques, including GPS.
  • 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.
  • 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, ability to work in inclement weather, and ability to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments.

To apply:  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Jocelyn Bautista at  Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume. Resume review will begin on March 13, 2017 and continue until position is filled.

Jocelyn Bautista
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.            
1220 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Office:  734-623-2000

Director of Development

Southern Region
Arkansas & Tennessee

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 has the ability to 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.  

This position reports to Managing Director of Development, Chad Manlove, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at

To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and a resume highlighting your qualifications to Hayley Heard at  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 February 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

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 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

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.


  • 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 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
Office: 601-956-1936

Engineering Technician/Drafter

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world's leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced engineering technician to be located in the Pacific Northwest Field Office in Vancouver, WA. 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 of 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, construction inspection and management, and civil engineering design support. 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. Completion of safety training for all terrain vehicle operation will be required. 


The engineering technician position will perform a full range of engineering support functions associated with the delivery of wetland and associated habitat restoration projects. Project delivery responsibilities will be focused on the preparation of topographic survey maps, conceptual design plans, and construction plans. Additional responsibilities may include topographic surveying and construction grade checking, engineering design support and construction observation. The position may include travel throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah.

Specific duties include:

  • Utilize Civil3D to:
    • create topographic maps from ground-based surveys as well as from LiDAR data/maps. 
    • 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.  
  • Perform topographic surveying utilizing Trimble RTK GPS equipment and data management with Trimble software. 
  • Conduct field observations and perform construction management oversight.
  • Maintain Civil3D software/licenses.
  • Field work will include strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions. 

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.


Applicants should contact Linda McMahon, Administrative Assistant, for application requirements.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
17700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 885-2011



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