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.

Conservation Intern
Ann Arbor, MI

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Grand Island, Nebraska (Part-Time)

Director of Gift Planning 
Southern Region

Engineering Technician
Charleston, SC

Director of Development
S. CA, AZ, NV, UT (Western Region)

Manager of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Memphis, TN

Administrative Assistant - Part-Time
Fort Collins, CO

GIS Intern
Bismark, ND

Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN

Chief Marketing Officer
Memphis, TN

Director of Gift Planning
Western Region

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley, CA

Project Engineer
Rancho Cordova, CA


Conservation Intern
Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office (GLARO) 
Ann Arbor, MI 

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetlands conservation.  The goal of the Conservation Intern position is to foster the growth of future waterfowl professionals by developing the skills necessary to help them successfully transition from their academic education to professional resource management.  This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring resource professionals to gain experience with Ducks Unlimited’s waterfowl and wetland conservation programs and become knowledgeable about the administrative side of habitat conservation.  This position will work closely with a diverse group of staff responsible for the many aspects of habitat conservation across the 21-state region.  The successful candidate will develop skills in proposal writing, grant administration, project management, communications, landowner assistance, and others which will prove valuable throughout their career.  The Conservation Intern position will be based out of Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office located in Ann Arbor, MI.  

Duties/Responsibilities: 
Support biologists and other staff in the delivery of habitat conservation programs.   
Assist in grant proposal development, writing, reporting, and administration. 
Serve as a liaison with private landowners, state and federal agencies, and other partner organizations. 
Support public policy and communications efforts. 
Conduct and assist in public presentations, outreach efforts, and supporter events. 
Other duties as assigned.  

Qualifications:  Applicants must have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in a wildlife or wetland related field.  Relevant experience in waterfowl or wetland ecology or habitat conservation is helpful and desirable.   The successful applicant will be highly motivated, have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills, have the ability to work both independently and as a team member, have excellent computer skills, and have knowledge of waterfowl, wetlands, and wildlife habitat conservation issues.   The successful candidate may be asked to travel, sometimes for extended periods, and work in physically-demanding settings and in all weather conditions. 

Salary:  This is a 12-month position compensated at $11.25/hour for a 40-hour week, equivalent to $23,400/year.  Housing is not included with this position. 

To apply: Visit this link, https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=172848&lang=en_US&source=CC3  to [1] fill out the application materials, [2] attach your (a) cover letter, (b) resume, and (c) three professional references. 
Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted through August 20, 2017 or until a qualified applicant is identified. 
For more information regarding the position or to request application materials, please contact Dane Cramer, Regional Biologist, at (734) 623-2000 or dcramer@ducks.org. 


Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Part-Time, Grand Island, NE

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., has an opening at the Grand Island, Nebraska office for an Administrative Assistant/Receptionist. The position is required to be at the office Monday thru Friday approximately 4-6 hours per day. This is a part-time position reporting to the Senior Regional Engineer in Grand Island, NE.
Responsibilities:  

  • Perform a variety of duties, including and not limited to:
  • Meet and greet clients and customers as well as send and receive correspondence
  • Process paperwork for engineering invoices
  • Package and mail bid announcements for engineering projects
  • Handle UPS/FedEx and U.S. Mail
  • Assist with organization of special events and prepare presentation materials
  • Type, edit and proofread documents
  • Purchase office supplies and maintain office equipment
  • Data entry and management
  • Handle servicing of automobile fleet (e.g., oil changes, tire rotations, etc.)
  • Additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication and customer service skills
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Detail oriented and ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments and perform multifaceted office support
  • High school diploma or GED required; continued schooling preferred
  • Valid driver’s license

To Apply:  Complete the application materials on this link https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=172834&lang=en_US&source=CC3 and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, contact Dianne Kelley at 308.384.2788 or dkelley@ducks.org. 
Deadline: Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2017.


Director of Gift Planning
Southern Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Gift Planning for the 13 states comprising the Southern Region with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the Managing Director of Gift Planning and the Managing Director of Development to enhance and expand the gift planning program in the Southern Region.
  • Present the Ducks Unlimited story and mission to motivate supporters to include DU in their gift and estate planning.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit planned gifts from individuals that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to support the endowment and conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited and ensure the success of the $2.0 billion Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.
  • Coordinate with conservation and development colleagues to develop proposals and secure funding for Ducks Unlimited’s priorities as defined in the Strategic Plan, to include support for the endowment, operations, conservation in key landscapes and educational programs.
  • Steward existing gift planning donors to foster their ongoing relationship with DU.
  • Partner with event and conservation staff to raise awareness of DU’s planned giving program to increase estate gift commitments within the region.
  • Collaborate with other fundraising staff to assist in achieving all annual fundraising team goals.
  • Develop a regional network of planning professionals willing to assist with the gift planning program.
  • Secure appropriate documentation on planned gifts.
  • Work closely with the staff liaison and the State Campaign Committee in assigned states.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide all volunteers to assist with the gift planning program.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of the gift planning marketing program.
  • Achieve goals established in Annual Work Plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on gift planning or equivalent financial/estate planning experience and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Four-year degree (Bachelor’s) from an accredited university
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and experience with prospect moves management
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management programs

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity or experience with major gift fundraising, a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  This position reports to the Managing Director of Gift Planning, Chris Cole, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at ccole@ducks.org. 

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

The successful candidate will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the region, with easy access to commercial airlines.

To apply:  Please follow the link and fill out the application materials and attach cover letter and resume.  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=172773&lang=en_US&source=CC3 Review of applicants will begin on September 5, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Engineering Technician – South Atlantic Region
Charleston, South Carolina

Description:
The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team dedicated toward accomplishing Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) mission.  Applicant will assist a regional team delivering wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects within the South Atlantic Region, primarily along the Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Florida.  The position will work out of our Charleston Field Office.

This is an entry level position and the successful applicant will: (1) be responsible for the operation of GPS and traditional various surveying equipment for topographic and construction surveys; (2) serve as DU’s representative on construction projects, while performing a variety of inspections to verify contractor’s compliance with plans, specifications and standards; (3) prepare inspection reports and maintain project records; (4) assist Regional Engineer(s) and other Technician(s) with a variety of administrative duties.  

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of topographic and construction surveying techniques.
  • 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.
  • 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, Please follow this link, https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=172670&lang=en_US&source=CC3 to apply online and attach cover letter and resume.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:  Malcolm Baldwin, Regional Engineer, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 3294 Ashley Phosphate Road, Suite 2-A, North Charleston, SC 29418, Email: mbaldwin@ducks.org.


Director of Development
Western Region
Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah

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, Steve Schmitt, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at sschmitt@ducks.org.

To Apply: Please go to https://tinyurl.com/https-ducksjobsapply-com to submit a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position and a resume highlighting your qualifications.  Alternatively, materials can be mailed to 1 Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120.  Resume review will begin on August 18, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


Manager of Accounting & Financial Reporting

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.(DU), the leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an opening in our Accounting/Finance Department for Manager of Accounting at our National Headquarters in Memphis, TN.  This opportunity became available as a result of the pending retirement of an employee with over 25 years of dedicated service.  DU has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent.  DU has approximately 500 employees nation-wide and an annual operating budget of approximately $200 million.  This position will report to the Controller.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Responsible for oversight and managing the month-end closing process, including account reconciliations, ledger review, and adjusting entries
  • Prepare financial statements in accordance with GAAP nonprofit accounting
  • Provide financial statement variance analysis and coordinate financial review meetings with key members of management
  • Manage and provide development for five accounting staff (A/P, A/R, Expense Reporting and Account Reconciliation)
  • Develop process improvements to minimize the monthly close, while maintaining quality reporting
  • Manage and oversee the fundraising monthly pay processes
  • Reconcile revolving land transactions and prepare an annual roll forward for lands 
  • Maintain inventory of tangible gifts
  • Coordinate transactional reporting with third parties for conservation LLC, and reporting DU’s investment in the LLC
  • Maintain system chart of accounts and cost centers
  • Support year-end audit by providing detailed schedules as required by external auditors
  • Track and record donated easements
  • Coordinate the liquidation and reporting of stock gifts with third parties
  • Provide support to Conservation and Fundraising Departments to ensure proper conservation project and fundraising reporting, as well as provide accounting & financial reporting advice and guidance to corporate departments and regional operations
  • Act as a financial liaison with international partners (DU Canada & DU Mexico)
  • Work to maintain appropriate cash management through banking relationships, monetary transactions and transfers, and authorizations for good governance over financial accounts
  • Responsible for maintaining the financial accounting & reporting computer system with support of the IT Department and provide focus for continuous improvement and efficiency. Participate in and support company’s information technology systems renovation initiative
  • Serve as active participant in various work groups and perform special projects as assigned by Controller

Requirements:

  • A degree in Accounting or Finance required. CPA required.
  • Minimum of 5-10 years accounting experience required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with computerized systems a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills

To Apply:  Please click the link and fill out the application at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter and resume.  For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials please contact Wayne Dierks at wdierks@ducks.org, Human Resources, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120.


Administrative Assistant / Receptionist
Part-Time

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has an opening at the Fort Collins Office for an Administrative Assistant / Receptionist.  This is a part-time position reporting to the Manager of Conservation Programs in Fort Collins, CO.

Responsibilities:
Perform a variety of duties including and not limited to:

  • Meet and greet clients and customers as well as send and receive correspondence
  • Handle UPS/FedEx and US Mail
  • Assist with organization of special events and prepare presentation materials
  • Assist with copy-editing, and proofreading documents
  • Purchasing, maintaining, organizing office supplies and equipment
  • Data entry, copying, and scanning 
  • Maintaining service of DU’s automobile fleet (e.g., oil changes, tire rotations, etc.)
  • Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, skill, and abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal communication, customer service, and listening skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills
  • Ability to use standard Microsoft Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Detail oriented and ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments and perform multifaceted office support
  • Knowledge or experience of nonprofit or volunteer sector
  • High school diploma required; Work towards Associate or Bachelor degree preferred
  • Valid driver’s license

To apply, complete the online application at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&ccId=19000101_000001&type=MP&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. Deadline for applications is August 18. For more information regarding this position, or to request application materials, contact Martin Grenier at 970.775.4416 or mgrenier@ducks.org.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern

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

Duties for this position will focus on:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be comfortable working alone within the ArcGIS environment and be capable of creating, maintaining, and editing shapefiles, features, and databases with minimal to no oversight. 
  • B.S. degree in GIS or a related field 
  • Proficiency with ArcMap and Spatial Analyst
  • Experience with heads-up digitizing and remote sensing
  • Experience with cartography

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

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


Chief Conservation Officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Experience:

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

Personal Attributes:

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

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

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


Chief Marketing Officer

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

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

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

Chief Marketing Officer

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

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

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

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

Personal Attributes:

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

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


Director of Gift Planning - Western Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Gift Planning for the Western Region (based in Sacramento, CA) with the following primary responsibilities:
• Coordinate with the Managing Director of Gift Planning and the Managing Director of Development to enhance and expand the gift planning program in the Western Region.
• Present the Ducks Unlimited story and mission to motivate supporters to include DU in their gift and estate planning.
• Identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit planned gifts from individuals that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to support the endowment and conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited and ensure the success of the $2.0 billion Rescue Our Wetlands campaign.
• Coordinate with conservation and development colleagues to develop proposals and secure funding for Ducks Unlimited’s priorities as defined in the Strategic Plan, to include support for the endowment, operations, conservation in key landscapes and educational programs.
• Steward existing gift planning donors to foster their ongoing relationship with DU.
• Partner with event and conservation staff to raise awareness of DU’s planned giving program to increase estate gift commitments within the region.
• Collaborate with other fundraising staff to assist in achieving all annual fundraising team goals.
• Develop a regional network of planning professionals willing to assist with the gift planning program.
• Secure appropriate documentation on planned gifts.
• Work closely with the staff liaison and the State Campaign Committee in assigned states.
• Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide all volunteers to assist with the gift planning program.
• Assist with the planning and implementation of the gift planning marketing program.
• Achieve goals established in Annual Work Plan.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years of fundraising experience with an emphasis on gift planning or equivalent financial/estate planning experience and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:
• Four-year degree from an accredited university
• Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Commitment to and experience with prospect moves management
• Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
• Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and database management programs

The successful candidate will be a self starter who has the ability to work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity or experience with major gift fundraising, a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  This position reports to the Managing Director of Gift Planning, Chris Cole, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at ccole@ducks.org.

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

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

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


Regional Engineer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA. The position location is negotiable. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland and wild land restoration projects in the San Joaquin Valley, Tulare Basin, and southern California.

Qualifications
Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in an engineering curriculum and be a registered civil engineer in the state of California. Desirable qualifications include GPS surveying, Civil3D, construction inspection and management, erosion control, soil science, hydraulics, agricultural engineering, and levee, canal, and/or pump station design. Demonstrated oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, goal oriented, and able to work with and solve problems in close team based relationships. Candidates must be able to perform field work that includes strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions. Completion of safety training for small boat and all terrain vehicle operation will be required.  

Responsibilities
Regional Engineers perform a full range of project planning, design, contracting, and construction management functions on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects. Project delivery responsibilities include scoping and proposal development, topographic surveying, engineering design, project bidding, field inspection, and construction management. A close working relationship with local, state and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners will be an important aspect of the job. The position will include travel throughout California.
Specific duties include: 

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

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


Project Engineer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a civil engineer to be located in the Western Regional Office, Rancho Cordova, CA. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland and wild land restoration projects in California and Nevada.

Qualifications
Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in an engineering curriculum and have passed the EIT/FE exam. Experience in GPS surveying, Civil3D, construction inspection and management, and/or engineering design is desirable. Candidates must be able to perform field work that includes strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions. Completion of safety training for small boat and all terrain vehicle operation will be required.  

Responsibilities
Engineers perform a full range of survey, design, and construction inspection functions under the supervision of licensed Regional Engineers. Project delivery responsibilities include assistance with topographic surveying, production of plans and specifications, earthwork calculations, project bidding, field inspection, and construction management. A close working relationship with local, state and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners will be an important aspect of the job. The position will include travel throughout California and Nevada.

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


 

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions),  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression,  age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


 

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