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.

Mitigation Specialist - Vermont & NY
(Vermont & New York)

Regional Director of Event Fundraising - Illinois
(Southern Illinois)

Information Technology Intern - Memphis, TN
(Memphis, TN)

Chief Scientist - National Headquarters
(Memphis, TN)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern - GPR
(Bismarck, North Dakota)

Wetland Conservation Specialist II - Wyoming

Conservation Specialist - Living Lakes (MN/IA)
(Windom, Minnesota)

Mitigation Specialist

The Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has an opening for a Mitigation Specialist.  The successful candidate will join a highly motivated conservation team responsible for delivering wetland mitigation programs primarily focused in New York and Vermont.  This full-time salaried position will operate out of the North Atlantic Field office in Syracuse, NY, or the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office in Ann Arbor, MI.  Funding for the position is guaranteed for the next two years with subsequent years being dependent on the success of the program.


Candidates must have at a minimum, a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field.  A wetland ecology emphasis is highly desirable and engineering experience is advantageous.  Relevant field experience in wetland mitigation, vegetation sampling, hydrology monitoring, wetland delineation, wetland restoration or wildlife habitat management is preferred.  Applicants must have a basic knowledge of state and federal wetland regulations, policies and laws.  Excellent written and oral communication skills, inter-personal skills, mitigation plan writing, and monitoring report writing are required. 

Duties and Responsibilities

To assist with the mitigation program, the successful candidate will work with the U.S. Army Corp 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 delivering wetland mitigation for the New York and Vermont In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Programs. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing mitigation plans for wetland restoration projects. 
  • Provide supporting documentation and literature review for mitigation plans.
  • Conducting wetland performance monitoring and wetland delineations.
  • GIS mapping to analyze various data sets to analyze suitability for wetland restoration.
  • Working with DU engineering staff to survey and design wetland restoration projects. 

To Apply: Please contact:

Peter Wyckoff, P.E. - Manager of Conservation Services - Mitigation                    

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office
1220 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI  48108
Phone:  734-623-2000

Regional Director of Event Fundraising

Southern Illinois

Opening for Ducks Unlimited Regional Director of Event Fundraising for Southern Illinois. The chosen candidate will start as soon as mutually agreed.  


  • Regional Directors duties and responsibilities encompass the management of all facets of event fundraising within the region including: 
  • Recruitment and training of volunteers 
  • Managing the volunteer efforts in support of Ducks Unlimited fundraising events 
  • Fostering growth within the region with emphasis on new chapter development; internal growth within existing committees; identification and development of non-traditional fundraising opportunities and major donor identification and management
  • Coordination and collaboration with the Illinois fundraising team and volunteers


At minimum a BA or BS from an accredited institution is required. Volunteer experience with non-profit organizations will benefit candidates and volunteer experience with Ducks Unlimited is desired. Applicants must be self-motivated and eager to accept challenging goals. This position requires an aptitude for building and managing relationships with a diverse group of volunteers with an emphasis on effective verbal and written communication skills. Candidates must be able to work with proficiency on a personal computer with basic skills in MS Office applications and have a working familiarity with the Internet. The successful candidate will be required to develop computer skills specific to Ducks Unlimited, Inc.’s standardized information systems. Candidates must be willing to work hours that extend well outside of the typical workday and workweek throughout the year, including extensive auto travel throughout the Southern Illinois region. 

To Apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and resume by the close of business Tuesday, September 27, 2016 to:

Troy LaRue
Director of Event Fundraising and Volunteer Relations - Region 5
4585 Richland Heights Rd.
Fulton, Missouri 65251 

Information Technology Intern

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
National Headquarters, Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has an exciting opportunity for an intern in our Information Technology department. This position requires at least twenty hours per week. The individual ideally would be an upperclassman enrolled in a computer based area of study. It will be necessary for this person to have a solid understanding of the following concepts:

  • Working knowledge of personal computers
  • Some basic understanding of databases, file definitions and structure.
  • Exposure to Microsoft’s Office suite, especially Word and Excel.

Experience in the following areas would be a good fit in our work environment:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft’s Visual Studio
  • Exposure to Microsoft’s or other Business Intelligence tools
  • Familiarity with Oracle
  • Computer programming of any kind
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Azure

This position is to last for around 6 months and there is a stipend of $1,800.00 a month.

To apply, send letter of interest and resume and submit to by July 29, 2016. To request application materials please contact: Deanna McAdory in Human Resources at, Phone: #901-758-3734.

Chief Scientist

(Memphis, TN - National Headquarters)

Key Function

Ducks Unlimited's Chief Scientist serves as the organization's leader on waterfowl and habitat science, provides continental vision and direction in addressing DU's science needs and ensuring that DU maintains its standing and credibility as a top notch science-based organization, and is a key spokesperson for DU on matters related to waterfowl biology and management at the national and international levels.    

Primary Responsibilities
The Chief Scientist will assume a leadership role in contributing to DU's national and continental conservation objectives through the advancement and application of waterfowl science, and by exercising a leadership role in addressing responsibilities such as:

  • Providing leadership, guidance, and cohesiveness to DU's Science Team (a team of primarily waterfowl scientists and researchers located in NHQ and the four regional offices) to address science priorities, coordinating other internal ad hoc science-based teams created to address specific needs, and serving as the primary liaison to the board-level Conservation Programs Committee's Science Subcommittee.  Supervising any potential future science staff hired and stationed in NHQ Conservation. 
  • Serving as a principal liaison to DU Canada (DUC) relative to waterfowl science and habitat management, and serving a similar science-focused capacity relative to DU de Mexico (DUMAC).  This science-based linkage and active collaboration among the three organizations is key to promoting and maintaining the use of a science-based, continental perspective in guiding DU's allocation of resources and continental conservation programs.  
  • Leading (with science leadership in DUC and DUMAC) the revision and updating of DU's tri-national International Conservation Plan, and stepping that down to develop and implement the first-ever National Science Plan for DU.
  • Leading development and implementation of a landscape assessment and prioritization process, incorporating biological and business considerations, to help guide DU's allocation of resources.   
  • Serving as a primary spokesperson for DU with respect to the diverse array of biological and scientific issues related to waterfowl and habitat conservation.  
  • Conducting and coordinating scientific analysis, research, and synthesis of information as necessary to support expanded and strengthened work in policy, and providing scientific support to the Public Policy Steering Committee and Executive Team as needed. 
  • Representing DU in activities related to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), and serving as DU's representative on important national committees and interagency teams such as species joint ventures or action teams, committees/working groups of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the Association of State Wetland Managers, and similar groups.
  • Seeking and expanding funding to support the scientific work necessary to advance DU's conservation vision.    
  • Serving as the Science Editor for the Ducks Unlimited Magazine, developing and reviewing other publications and printed materials, and contributing significantly to DU's conservation communications efforts in cooperation with staff from Communications, Development, and other organizational units.  


  • Demonstrated passion for waterfowl and habitat conservation.
  • Extensive knowledge of waterfowl biology and ecology, and a broad understanding of North America's waterfowl and their habitat conservation issues and needs at the continental level.
  • Knowledge of state and federal agencies, NGOs, quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., flyway councils) and other wildlife conservation entities and their conservation programs that affect waterfowl populations and habitats.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the NAWMP and Joint Ventures and having an extensive network among the Plan and wildlife conservation community.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams of conservation partners, both internal and external, towards shared strategic goals.
  • Ability to successfully work and interact personally and professionally with a broad range of partners including academic and agency scientists, state/federal/NGO waterfowl and habitat managers, and DU volunteers and major donors.
  • Ability to quickly review and assimilate scientific and policy information in disciplines outside specific areas of existing expertise.
  • Knowledge of Ducks Unlimited's continental conservation activities as well as other aspects of the organization is desirable.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.

Education and Experience

  • Ph.D. in natural resource conservation, wildlife or waterfowl biology, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum of 10 years of related experience and evidence of progressive advancement in previous jobs.
  • Previous significant experience in waterfowl biology/ecology and conservation and management of waterfowl populations and habitats, preferably with a conservation agency or large NGO.

Reporting Relationship

The Chief Scientist will be a part of Ducks Unlimited's Conservation Leadership Team and will report to the Chief Conservation Officer.


For further information regarding this position, please contact Paul Schmidt. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume by Friday, September 30, 2016 to:
Paul Schmidt, Chief Conservation Officer
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN  38120

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Intern - GPR

Bismarck, North Dakota

Ducks Unlimited seeks a motivated candidate to provide GIS and mapping support for its conservation efforts in the Great Plains Region. This 1.5-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 assessing the impacts of oil and gas development on waterfowl abundance and production. 

The primary duty for this position:

  1. Manual classification of water in wetlands using aerial photography collected during spring and summer to assess wetland habitat conditions.
  2. Secondary duties include:
  3. Perform classification of grassland using aerial photography collected during spring to determine the amount of upland cover on sample plots.
  4. Digitize disturbance data and populate the associated attributes.
  5. Prepare field maps.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in GIS or a related field 
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS, ArcMap, and Spatial Analyst
  • Experience with heads-up digitizing and remote sensing.
  • Experience with cartography. 


Salary for Ducks Unlimited interns is $1,800 per month.  
This position reports to the Manager of Conservation Planning station in Bismarck, ND in the Great Plains Regional Office.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three references with daytime telephone numbers to:
Kaylan Carrlson
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND 58503
Email is preferred method of application. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  Position will remain open till filled. Kaylan Carrlson at Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Phone (701) 355-3525; email 

Wetland Conservation Specialist II – Wyoming

The Great Plains Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced conservation specialist for Wyoming. The conservation specialist will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for Colorado & Wyoming and become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and other professionals. The selected candidate will collaborate closely with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Environmental Protection Agency as part of cooperative position to develop a Wetland Program Plan and then deliver conservation objectives identified under the plan. The successful applicant will collaborate with private landowners, conservation partners, and promote conservation programs in Wyoming. The position is funded through September 30, 2018 and may be extended, subject to available funding. The position will be located at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's regional office in Casper, Wyoming.


Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field with 2 years of related experience. Applicants must have a working knowledge of wetland ecology, waterfowl, shorebird, and water bird biology, state/federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws. Understanding of various wetland conservation programs (e.g., NAWCA, etc.) as well as state and federal regulatory requirements (e.g. National Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act) as they relate to wetland restoration and enhancement is beneficial. Excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple projects, wetland restoration and enhancement experience are required. Familiarity with Wyoming's biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Lead the development of Wetland Program Plan which includes establishing restoration goals and objectives for Wyoming.
  • Implement strategies and objectives identified in the Wetland Program Plan.
  • Collaborate with agency personnel, NGOs, and private landowners to disseminate technical assistance and programmatic information.
  • Coordinate restoration and land protection activities with other organizations and partners. 
  • Write grants and assist the conservation team in delivering projects by requesting public funds to help secure resources necessary to achieve the DU and WGFD goals and objectives.
  • Represent DU and WGFD at wetland conservation venues and assist with a variety of fundraising activities, including working with Development staff, Grassroots staff, and Volunteers.
  • Assist with negotiation of project agreements, report writing, permitting, and biological technical issues affecting project delivery.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Christy Nelson, 1825 Sharp Point Drive, #118, Fort Collins, CO 80525, (email is preferred method of application). Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume. For more information regarding this position, contact Martin Grenier at 970.775.4416 or

Deadline: Applications will be accepted through October 14, 2016. 

Conservation Specialist – Living Lakes (MN/IA)

Windom, Minnesota 

Ducks Unlimited is a seeking a wildlife biologist or natural resource specialist to deliver on-the-ground habitat conservation activities as part of DU's shallow lakes and prairie pothole wetland conservation programs in Minnesota and Iowa. This position identifies, develops and delivers prairie and wetland restoration and shallow lake enhancement projects with state, federal, and NGO partners in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, and coordinates closely with Ducks Unlimited engineering staff on project delivery. This position will assist on DU land protection projects in Minnesota and Iowa including facilitative land acquisitions, conservation easement acquisition and monitoring, and other land protection opportunities. This position reports to the Manager of Conservation Programs and works closely with the Minnesota biologist, Iowa Regional Biologist, and DU engineers to manage and develop new projects, secure and utilize public grants and philanthropic funding, and implement DU's conservation plan and strategies for the Living Lakes area. The position requires strong communication and coordination skills with DU staff, private landowners, and conservation partners, and good public speaking and presentation skills. The position also assists with volunteer events, major donor fundraising and stewardship, public policy efforts, and the development of outreach, education, and communication materials. 

Essential Responsibilities
As part of DU's Living Lakes team with the Manager of Conservation Programs, Minnesota Biologist, and Iowa Regional Biologist, the candidate will:

  1. Develop, coordinate, and guide field-level implementation of DU conservation projects in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa with agency and NGO partners, including shallow lake and large wetland engineering enhancements, and prairie and small wetland restorations.    
  2. Identify and help deliver facilitative fee-title land acquisition, conservation easements, and prairie wetland restoration projects. 
  3. Conduct annual monitoring on DU conservation easements.
  4. Assist with public and private grant proposal solicitation, writing, and reporting, including developing project cost estimates for future budgets and grant proposals, such as:
    1. Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund proposals and grants;    
    2. NAWCA grants & proposals;
    3. Other public funding opportunities;
    4. Private philanthropic funding proposals to individuals, foundations, clubs, and others.
  5. Support public policy objectives in coordination with Manager of Conservation, Director of Public Policy and DU volunteers.
  6. Support state and regional efforts as needed, including:
    1. Promoting the Living Lakes Initiative and other regional and national conservation fundraising priorities;
    2. Assist fundraising staff with foundation, corporate, and individual major donor philanthropy cultivation and stewardship;
    3. Assist in developing communication resources;    
    4. Participate in staff meetings and partner meetings as necessary;
    5. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have a Bachelor of Science in a wildlife or related field from an accredited university. A Master of Science degree in a natural resource field is preferred, ideally focused on waterfowl, wildlife, wetlands, and/or prairie. At least two years of professional work experience is preferred, with knowledge of prairie and wetland habitat restoration planning and delivery highly preferred. Experience with prairie and wetland restoration and/or shallow lake enhancement and management a plus. Experience with land protection, funding proposal writing and grant administration, regulatory permitting, and GIS mapping tools preferred. This position requires frequent work out-of-doors, possibly in inclement weather, and may require physical exertion or lifting as needed.

Travel: Candidate must be able and willing to travel frequently, including overnight travel.
To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume and references to Jocelyn Bautista at, (734) 623-2000. Additional forms will be provided once the cover letter and resume are received. For questions regarding this position, please contact Jon Schneider, Manager of Conservation Programs, at (320)762-9916 or Application Deadline is Friday October 7, 2016.



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