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.

Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians
Spring and Summer 2017

Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians and Crew Leaders
Summer 2017

Director of Operations
Southern Region

GIS INTERN    
Memphis, TN

GIS INTERN    
Ann Arbor, MI

GIS INTERN    
Ann Arbor, MI 

Seasonal Waterfowl Intern – Part Time
Louisiana Gulf Coast

Controller
Memphis, TN


Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians 

Spring and Summer 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians and Crew Leaders

Summer 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Director of Operations

Southern Region

Dynamic conservationist sought to lead accomplished team of professionals in delivery of conservation programs for the 13 states included in the Southern Region. This position will be responsible for all regional conservation operations to include personnel, partnership development, public funding, planning, , program delivery and supporting philanthropic fundraising. A critical component of success will depend upon providing leadership to staff and volunteers. 

Candidates should have solid organizational skills, be excellent at oral and written communication, be willing to empower and motivate staff and volunteers, have demonstrated collaborative, decision-making capabilities, and be ready to work with a broad diversity of partners. Must have knowledge of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Individual will lead extensive public gift fund-raising efforts, work closely with Development staff to secure private major gifts, and coordinate with senior grassroots fund-raising staff region-wide. Will serve as a member of the , national management team and national conservation team. 

A minimum of a B.S. degree in a conservation field or field that would prepare the person for this conservation job is required. An advanced degree is preferred. Individual should have 10+ years of experience in conservation with proven leadership capabilities. Extensive travel required. 

To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and names/contact information of three references to Paula McGoldrick at pmcgoldrick@ducks.org by Friday, December 9, 2016. Questions can be directed to Paul Schmidt at pschmidt@ducks.org.



GIS INTERN    

Memphis, TN        

DEADLINE: December 16, 2016
START DATE: February 16, 2017

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. -- the leader in wetlands conservation -- has exciting opportunities for professionals with GIS and natural resources expertise. DU has been using advanced GIS and remote sensing technologies since 1984 to manage the complex issues in wetland and waterfowl management, land-use planning, and environmental conservation. The GIS Intern position will be based in our National Headquarter in Memphis, Tennessee, and requires GIS experience with ESRI products and a background in natural resources/wildlife/wetlands. 

DU has an immediate need for someone to work with a team of GIS professionals to update the National Wetlands Inventory within the Great Lakes. The successful GIS Intern should have experience with GIS data development, photo interpretation and preferably some experience with wetland classification. Other responsibilities may include: assisting with a variety of GIS projects using datasets throughout the United States, assembling metadata; supporting fundraising and conservation staff with mapping needs; and setup and maintenance of GIS systems.

The qualified applicant will be a self-motivated, conscientious individual who can work independently with minimal supervision, as well as communicate closely with Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers. We are looking for a person with a background in natural resources and experience in GIS. Some experience with databases, wildlife management, ecology, and wetlands is preferred.

REQUISITE SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated ability with ESRI products
  • Good organizational skills
  • Very good inter-personal skills
  • Background in wetlands/wildlife
  • Photo interpretation skills

DESIRABLE TRAITS:

  • Computer troubleshooting skills
  • Cartographic Design
  • Wetland classification and identification skills

TERM: Position has a term of up to 12 months. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Interns receive a monthly stipend.

APPLICATION: To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, December 16th, 2016 to:

Nick Smith
GIS Analyst
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis TN 38120
nrsmith@ducks.org



GIS INTERN    

Ann Arbor, MI        

DEADLINE: December 16, 2016
START DATE: February 9, 2017

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. -- the leader in wetlands conservation -- has exciting opportunities for professionals with GIS and natural resources expertise. DU has been using advanced GIS and remote sensing technologies since 1984 to manage the complex issues in wetland and waterfowl management, land-use planning, and environmental conservation. The GIS Intern position will be based in our Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and requires GIS experience with ESRI products and a background in natural resources/wildlife/wetlands. 

DU has an immediate need for someone to work with a team of GIS professionals to update the National Wetlands Inventory within the Great Lakes. The successful GIS Intern should have experience with GIS data development, photo interpretation and preferably some experience with wetland classification. Other responsibilities may include: assisting with a variety of GIS projects using datasets throughout the Great Lakes and Eastern Coastal region, assembling metadata; supporting project biologists with mapping needs; and setup and maintenance of GIS systems.

The qualified applicant will be a self-motivated, conscientious individual who can work independently with minimal supervision, as well as communicate closely with Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers. We are looking for a person with a background in natural resources and experience in GIS. Some experience with databases, wildlife management, ecology, and wetlands is preferred.

REQUISITE SKILLS:

  • Demonstrated ability with ESRI products
  • Good organizational skills
  • Very good inter-personal skills
  • Background in wetlands/wildlife
  • Photo interpretation skills

DESIRABLE TRAITS:

  • Computer troubleshooting skills
  • Cartographic Design
  • Wetland classification and identification skills

TERM: Position has a term of up to 12 months. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Interns receive a monthly stipend.

APPLICATION: To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, December 16th, 2016 to:

Robb Macleod
National GIS Coordinator
1220 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 49233
rmacleod@ducks.org



Seasonal Waterfowl Intern – Part Time

Louisiana Gulf Coast

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

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

Specific Duties:

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

Qualifications:

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

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

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

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



CONTROLLER

Memphis, TN

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

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

Responsibilities:

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

Requirements:

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

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


 

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

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

 

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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