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.

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

Director of Development
North Texas & Oklahoma

Manager of Conservation Services (Mitigation)
New York & Vermont

Visitor Services Representative
Memphis, TN

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


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.  


Director of Development

Southern Region
North Texas and Oklahoma

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, with a preference for the Dallas metropolitan area.

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

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 March 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Manager of Conservation Services – Mitigation

The Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has an opening for a Manager of Conservation Services.  The successful candidate will join a highly motivated conservation team responsible for managing and delivering regional wetland mitigation programs, but primarily focused in New York and Vermont.  This full-time salaried position will operate out of the North Atlantic Field office in Syracuse, NY.
Qualifications
Candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources, Business, Wildlife Management, Engineering or an applicable related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Knowledge of wetland mitigation rules and regulations.
  • Desirable experience includes seeking out wetland restoration opportunities, wetland mitigation implementation, vegetative sampling protocol, wildlife management, invasive species control, hydrology monitoring, wetland delineation, wetland permitting through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state level permitting agencies, state historic preservation office permits, land acquisition, land protection through conservation easements, threatened and endangered species permits, soil and erosion control permits, project budget management, program management.
  • Excellent management skills, written and oral communication skills, inter-personal skills, mitigation plan writing, and monitoring report writing are required.  
  • Applicants must have knowledge of state and federal wetland regulations, policies and laws.
  • Self-motivated, goal oriented and self-starter.

Duties and Responsibilities
As part of managing the mitigation program, the successful candidate will work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, state agencies, large corporations, businesses, and consulting firms on wetland mitigation projects.  Workload will be primarily focused on supervising staff and delivery of wetland mitigation projects for the region, but primarily with the New York and Vermont In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Programs. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing mitigation plans for wetland restoration projects.  
  • Supervision of mitigation staff.
  • Coordinating and managing complex In-Lieu Fee programs.
  • Develop and steward collaborative relationships with IRT and Agency personnel.
  • Managing the regional budget for the mitigation program.
  • Writing and reviewing permit applications for wetland impacts, SHPO and T & E species.
  • Work with engineering colleagues on project designs, plans and reports for mitigation projects as required.
  • Attend project meetings, conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight as needed.
  • Assist with occasional field work as required which could include strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions.  Must be able to operate ATV when necessary.
  • Coordinate staff allocation with Managers of Conservation Services and Regional Engineers.
  • Position will travel between states of responsibility and occasionally outside of the region for conferences and meetings.
  • 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.
  • Represent DU in a professional manner at all times.


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


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.


 

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 bjonesmahlum@ducks.org. 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 bjonesmahlum@ducks.org.

Deadline for applications is April 17, 2017.


DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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