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.

Agronomy Summer Intern
South Dakota

Agronomist
South Dakota

Director of Finance & Compliance
Memphis, TN

Regional Engineeer
Syracuse, NY

Regional Biologist
South Louisiana

Managing Director of Development
Great Plains Region

Seasonal Engineering Technician
Rancho Cordova, CA

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley, CA

Engineering Technician / Drafter
Rancho Cordova, CA

Visitor Services Representative
Memphis, TN


Agronomy Summer Intern – South Dakota 


The Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is soliciting resumes for an agronomy summer intern for South Dakota.  The incumbent will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for South Dakota and become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and other professionals. The incumbent will focus primarily in the Prairie Pothole Region of eastern South Dakota and be involved in a variety of tasks related to DU’s new soil health initiative.  The position location will be Brookings, South Dakota. 

Qualifications:
Candidates must have at a minimum, one year of advanced education in the field of agronomy or a closely related field.  Experience and education related to cover crops, no-till practices, and other soil health practices is desirable.  Experience working on a farm is desirable.  Experience with research projects and a working knowledge of wetland ecology, and waterfowl biology is desirable.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use personal computers are required. Ability to work independently is necessary.  Ability to work with producers, research and land management professionals is desired.  Familiarity with the region’s biological resources and agricultural operations is beneficial.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and demonstrate ability to work independently with little direct supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
Incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will include: planting and monitoring cover crop test plots and other cover crops fields, assisting with waterfowl nest searching efforts, assist with cover crop outreach to landowners, coordinating with DU biological staff on research efforts focused at documenting benefits to nesting waterfowl and other ground nesting birds using cover crops, and monitoring benefits of a variety of soil health practices.  Monitoring activities may include a variety of soil health tests, including conducting infiltration tests and collecting soil samples for later laboratory analysis by others.  Incumbent may also be asked to represent DU at various venues, including venues designed to promote soil health practices to producers.  Incumbent may also be asked to help develop written materials, including grant proposals, seeking funds for a variety of soil health related activities.  Ability to work outside in unfavorable weather conditions is a requirement.  

To Apply for this Position:
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.  Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. 


Agronomist – South Dakota 


The Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is soliciting resumes for an agronomist for South Dakota.  The incumbent will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for South Dakota and become part of a team of biologists, engineers and other professionals. The incumbent will focus primarily in the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota and be responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of a new Soil Health Initiative program being developed by Ducks Unlimited.  The position location will be Brookings, South Dakota.
 
Qualifications:
Candidates should have 5-10 years of field experience with minimum of a B.S. in agronomy or a related field. Have knowledge of agricultural principles and practices and an understanding of associated biological principles.  Candidates should have experience with a variety of soil health practices, with a focus on cover crops, no-till practices, crop rotations, grazing and other farming techniques that promote soil health, improve water quality and provide benefits to wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Applicants should have a working knowledge of wetland ecology and waterfowl, shorebird and water bird biology, particularly waterfowl breeding ecology; and state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies and laws. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use personal computers are required. Proven ability to work with producers and research and land management professionals is desired.  Experience with field research is desired.  Familiarity with the region’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial. 
 
Duties and Responsibilities:
Incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will include leading DU’s new Soil Health Initiative in the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota.  The incumbent shall be responsible for a variety of activities in this position, including: outreach to landowners, developing cover crop and other types of soil health and conservation projects, project implementation, monitoring of established projects, coordinating with DU biological staff, University personnel and partners on research efforts focused at documenting benefits to waterfowl gained through implementation of soil health practices, and leading efforts to identify, develop and research new and innovative soil health techniques that may provide benefits to both producers and wildlife.  Incumbent shall also represent DU at wetland conservation venues and soil health promotion and outreach events.  Incumbent will also assist with a variety of fundraising activities, including working with major donors; and other conservation activities. Project implementation duties include identifying, designing, implementing and monitoring projects with private landowners.  The incumbent shall also be responsible for writing and submitting various grant proposals seeking funds for further research and monitoring efforts, and project implementation.  Ability to work outside in unfavorable weather conditions is a requirement.  Incumbent will also be asked at times to travel outside of South Dakota to attend various workshops and meetings to represent DU.  Incumbent may also be asked to help develop similar programs in other states in the northern Great Plains.
 
To Apply for this Position:
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.  Position will remain open until 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 I ~ Syracuse, New York

Description:  This position will be located in the Ducks Unlimited North Atlantic Field Office in Syracuse, New York.  The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team delivering wetland, riparian and associated habitat restoration projects in the eleven north and Mid-Atlantic States which is part of the 21-state Great Lakes Atlantic Region.  Assignments in other states may occur.  Engineering design, plan preparation and construction oversight on mitigation projects will be a responsibility as well.

Specific Duties:

  • Conduct site reconnaissance with biological and mitigation counterparts.
  • Assist surveyors with topographic survey and construction staking as needed.
  • Provide engineering design services, coordinate construction plan drafting, erosion control plans and cost estimates.
  • Inspection on conservation and mitigation construction projects.
  • Contract administration making sure all permits and approvals have been received.
  • Coordinate project activities with federal, state, and private partners.
  • Coordinate with Managers of Conservation Programs and Project Coordinators on budgets.
  • Supervise technician staff as assigned.
  • Represent DU with local, state, and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or equivalent degree from an ABET accredited college or university.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer capable of registration in MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY, CT and VT.  Additional registration may be required at a later date.
  • Knowledge of engineering design principles and practices.  Experience with hydrological and hydraulic analyses, structure/pump design and writing SWPPPs desirable.
  • Knowledge of wetland restoration and enhancement techniques.
  • Knowledge of heavy construction work methods, practices, materials and equipment.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of project administration, construction inspection and materials testing.
  • Knowledge of AUTOCAD Civil 3D desirable and engineering related software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with public and private conservation partners.
  • Demonstrated oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and goal oriented.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours; work independently, and travel overnight.  Ability to work in inclement weather, and to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments.
  • Ability to operate ATV and outboard boats.
     

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Jocelyn Bautista jbautista@ducks.org.  Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  Resume review will begin two weeks after posting and continue until position is filled.

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


Regional Biologist – South Louisiana

The Southern Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced Regional Biologist for south Louisiana.  The biologist will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for south Louisiana and become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and other professionals that are based out of Lafayette, Louisiana.  The focus of this position will primarily be the enhancement and restoration of wetlands and associated habitats important to migrating waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife species.  This position will assist with implementing conservation projects on private and public lands in south Louisiana.    

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 be knowledgeable about wetland ecology and management.  A strong background in ornithology with an emphasis on waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds is desired.  Related experience in soil and water conservation as it pertains to rice agriculture is preferred but not necessary.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.  Proven proposal/grant writing skills, project management capabilities, and wetland restoration and enhancement experience 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, Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act, Restore Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and Louisiana’s Coastal Zone Management Program.      

Duties and Responsibilities:  The ideal candidate will be a self-starter adept at finding, initiating, managing, and delivering wetland enhancement, restoration, acquisition, and protection projects with a focus on DU priority areas in south Louisiana.  The incumbent biologist will be responsible for project initiation and management.  Project initiation 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 and delivery duties include coordinating with agency partners and other stakeholder groups, DU engineering staff, consultants, and regulatory agencies to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects.  The incumbent biologist will be responsible for developing project agreements, drafting reports, managing project budgets, providing technical assistance and data entry.  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 development staff and provide DU management with timely communication on project work/issues.  Finally, he/she would assist communication staff with developing articles to promote and describe DU projects.  This position is a combination of office and field work.  Types of duties vary depending on scheduling, seasonal priorities, and other factors. 

This position will be located in the Ducks Unlimited Louisiana Field Office in Lafayette, Louisiana.  It is located at 125 Southpark Road.  Lafayette is located in south-central Louisiana approximately 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge.

To Apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Michelle Dunbar at mdunbar@ducks.org or contact at (337)-408-3288. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  


Managing Director of Development  

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Managing Director of Development to provide strategic direction and leadership for the development efforts in the Great Plains Region.  The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting major and planned gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited and ensure the success of the $2.0 billion Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

  • Maintain a personal portfolio of high net-worth major and planned gift prospects to cultivate, solicit and steward.
  • Partner with National Director to move assigned leadership prospects to philanthropic commitment.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with conservation and event staff within the region to further the development program and the mission of DU.
  • Coordinate with 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. 
  • Guide Directors of Development in strategy development for cultivating and soliciting donor prospects.
  • Delegate assignments and evaluate staff performance in all areas including prospect management, solicitation and follow up activities.
  • Promote a cohesive fundraising team of staff and volunteers within the region to implement a comprehensive development program and support other fundraising activities.
  • Work with staff and volunteers to develop state campaign and DOD work plans to foster growth and improvement in the development program.
  • Represent development on the Regional Leadership Team
  • Serve as a member of the development management and leadership prospect management teams.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must have a four-year degree from an accredited university, six years of fundraising experience which includes at least four years of development/major gift experience.  Candidates must also have superb communications, writing, and presentation skills; ability to persuasively convey the mission of DU; proven success in building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents and in soliciting and securing major gifts; and knowledge of current and evolving trends in major gift solicitation.  

This position reports to the National Director of Development, Richard Smith, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at rbsmith@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 near and work from the Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional office located in Bismarck, ND.

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 hheard@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 April 28, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Engineering Technician – Seasonal Position

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced engineering technician to be located at the Western Regional Office in 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. The position is seasonal with a term of employment that will begin in June and end at the end of August of 2017.

Qualifications
Desirable qualifications include familiarity with GPS surveying and construction inspection. 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 all terrain vehicle operation will be required.  

Responsibilities
The engineering technician position will perform a range of engineering support functions associated with the delivery of wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects. Project delivery responsibilities include topographic surveying and construction grade checking; engineering design support; and construction inspection. The position will include significant travel throughout California and Nevada.

Specific duties include: 

  1. Perform topographic surveying utilizing GPS equipment and data management with TGOffice.
  2. Conduct construction field inspection.
  3. Maintain survey equipment, ATVs, boats, and facilities.

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.
Application:
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Debby Jones, Executive Assistant at djones@ducks.org, or to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Western Regional Office, 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.   Additional application materials will be provided upon receipt of these documents.  


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 will be located in Los Banos, 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 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: 

  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.

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.
Application:
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Debby Jones, Executive Assistant at djones@ducks.org, or to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Western Regional Office, 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.   Additional application materials will be provided upon receipt of these documents.  


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 at the Western Regional Office in 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.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a minimum of three years experience in drafting preparation of improvement plans and topographic survey maps utilizing Civil3D. 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. 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
The engineering technician position will perform a full range of engineering support functions associated with the delivery of wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects. Project delivery responsibilities include drafting topographic survey maps, conceptual design plans, and construction plans; topographic surveying and construction grade checking; engineering design support; and construction inspection. The position will include significant travel throughout California and Nevada.

Specific duties include:

  1. Perform topographic surveying utilizing GPS equipment and data management with TGOffice.
  2. Draft topographic surveys and engineering plans in Civil3D.
  3. Assist engineers with design.
  4. Conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight.
  5. Ensure that contractors adhere to project plans, specifications and schedules.
  6. Maintain survey equipment, ATVs, boats, and facilities.

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.
Application:
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Debby Jones, Executive Assistant at djones@ducks.org, or to Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Western Regional Office, 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670.   Additional application materials will be provided upon receipt of these documents.  


 

 

Visitor Services Representative

Part-Time

Job Description

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 send cover letter, resume, and (email & phone numbers) for three professional references to Katie Burke ~ Manager, Waterfowling Heritage Center, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN. 38120, Phone:  901-758-3765, kburke@ducks.org.  Additional application materials will be supplied upon receipt of these materials.

 


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. 


 

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