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.

Biologist
IL, MO, KY

Project Coordinator
Rancho Cordova, CA

Director of Development
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Administrative Assistant (Part-Time)
Fort-Collins, CO

GIS Intern
Dexter, MI

Director of Conservation Operations
National Headquarters - Memphis, TN

Communications Intern
Bismarck, ND

Engineer
Dexter, MI

Conservation Specialist (Part-Time)
Nebraska

Biologist
Louisiana

Biologist
Arkansas

Waterfowl Breeding Ecology Technician
Coteau Ranch - North Dakota

Regional Biologist
Western Region

Manager of Agriculture Policy
Washington, DC or Bismarck, ND

Regional Biologist - Environmental Compliance/Permitting Specialist
Rancho Cordova, CA


Biologist – Big Rivers (IL/KY/MO)

Ducks Unlimited is a seeking an experienced wildlife biologist to deliver on-the-ground habitat conservation activities as part of our Big Rivers conservation program in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri.  The Biologist will become part of a highly-motivated team of biologists, engineers and other professionals responsible for the protection, restoration and enhancement of shallow water wetland and associated habitats historically common to the floodplains of the Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Rivers, and their major tributaries.  This position identifies, develops and delivers wetland enhancement and restoration projects with state, federal, and NGO partners primarily in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri and coordinates closely with Ducks Unlimited engineering staff on project delivery.  Position also handles aspects of the land protection program in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri including facilitative land acquisitions, conservation easement acquisition and monitoring, and other land protection opportunities. The Biologist position reports to and works closely with the Big Rivers Regional Biologist and Manager of Conservation Programs to manage and develop annual conservation budgets, seek public grants and philanthropic funding to support state programs, and will help develop the conservation strategy and plan for the three states.  The position requires strong communication and coordination skills with staff, private landowners, and conservation partners, and good public speaking and presentation skills.  The position also assists with volunteer events, major donor fundraising, public policy efforts, and the development of outreach, education, and communication pieces. 

Essential Responsibilities:
In collaboration with the Big Rivers Regional Biologist and the Manager of Conservation Programs and other staff and partners, the candidate will:

  • Develop, coordinate, and guide field-level implementation of DU conservation projects primarily in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri, and elsewhere in DU’s Big Rivers area as needed, with agency and NGO partners, including shallow water and large wetland engineering enhancements, and small wetland enhancement and restoration projects on both public and private lands.
  • Identify and help deliver facilitative fee-title land acquisition, conservation easements, and big river floodplain wetland enhancement and restoration projects.
  • Conduct annual monitoring on DU conservation easements.
  • Assist with grant proposal solicitation, writing, and reporting, including developing project cost estimates for future budgets and grant proposals, such  as: Conservation partner agreements; NAWCA grants & proposals; Other public and private funding opportunities & proposals.
  • Support public policy objectives in coordination with Big Rivers Regional Biologist, Manager of Conservation Programs, and Public Policy staff, and DU volunteers.
  • Support state and regional efforts as needed, including: Help develop and manage the Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri conservation budgets; Promoting the Big Rivers Initiative and other regional and national fundraising priorities; Assist fundraising staff with foundation, corporate, and individual major donor philanthropy cultivation and stewardship; Assist in developing communication resources; Participate in staff meetings and partner meetings as necessary; 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 is preferred, ideally with a focus on waterfowl.  At least two years of professional work experience required, including field experience and habitat delivery preferred.  Knowledge of wetland ecology, natural resource conservation, habitat management plans and specific conservation practices used to improve wetland health and functionality associated with shallow water wetland and big river floodplain ecosystems.  Experience negotiating conservation easements and delivering other land protection activities preferred.  Experience with development and management of big river floodplain wetland habitats preferred.  Knowledge of local, state and federal conservation programs and policies (especially NAWCA and Farm Bill) used to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands in agriculturally-dominated landscapes a plus.  Experience with land protection, grant writing and administration, 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. 
This position will be located in the St. Louis, Missouri vicinity. Candidate must be able and willing to travel frequently, incuding overnight travel.
 
Specific questions regarding the position may be directed to Mark Flaspohler, Manager of Conservation Programs, at (573)234-2132, Ext. 178 or mflaspohler@ducks.org.

To apply please fill out the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=180752&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach a cover letter and resume with references and apply.  Application Deadline is March 30, 2018.


PROJECT COORDINATOR/ACCOUNTANT
Western Regional Office

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an exciting opportunity for a Project Coordinator based in our Western Regional Office located in Rancho Cordova, California. 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Work with teams of biologists and engineers to deliver wetlands projects 
  • Review of complex government contracts and grants, specifically for accounting, financial reporting requirements, and compliance provisions
  • Track funding source budgets/balances, invoice funding sources on a cost reimbursement basis, keep the teams informed of project cost and income status
  • Perform business analyses
  • Assist engineers with bidding out projects, writing contracts to subcontractors, tracking subcontracts, change orders, and insurance/bonding requirements, completing lien releases
  • Process payables from vendors and contractors, tracking these costs against the project budgets
  • Document scanning and control, maintaining project documentation in a standardized and organized manner
  • Procurement and project close out

Key Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting or a related field preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in MS Excel, MS Word and accounting systems
  • Basic knowledge of project management concepts
  • Basic knowledge of construction documentation and public works requirements
  • Well-organized and detail oriented
  • Self-motivated, lots of initiative, eager to learn, able to work with minimal supervision, but willing to ask questions and seek direction if needed
  • Able to maintain professional demeanor while working within tight deadlines, with a variety of people and personalities.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=180751&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach cover letter and resume with reference and submit by Sunday, March 4, 2018.

For more information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact:  Beate Sterrenberg, Director of Conservation Services, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670; Phone: 916-852-2000 or email bsterrenberg@ducks.org.


Director of Development
Great Lakes/Atlantic Region
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

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, Todd Bishop, who may be contacted for additional information about the position at tbishop@ducks.org.  

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=180111&lang=en_US&source=CC3 and attach a cover letter and resume indicating your qualifications and outlining why you are interested in the position.  To request application materials, please contact Michele Rood at mrood@ducks.org. 

Resume review will begin on February 28, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


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 application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=172472&lang=en_US&source=CC3  attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position, contact Martin Grenier at 970.775.4416 or mgrenier@ducks.org. Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. 


GIS INTERN - DEXTER, MI

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

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

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

REQUISITE SKILLS:

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


DESIRABLE TRAITS:

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


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

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:  Interns are paid $11.25 per hour.

APPLICATION:  Please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179858&lang=en_US&source=CC3, and attach cover letter and resume by February 19, 2018.  For further questions regarding the position, or to request application materials, please contact:
Robb Macleod
National GIS Coordinator
7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. 1
Dexter, MI 48130
rmacleod@ducks.org


Director of Conservation Operations
National Headquarters – Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited is seeking an experienced natural resources professional to serve as a member of our national Conservation Leadership Team in a variety of program administration and coordination roles. This position is based at DU’s national headquarters (NHQ) in Memphis, TN. The Director of Conservation Operations at NHQ serves as staff liaison to DU’s Conservation Programs Committee. Other important duties assigned to this position include development and stewardship of state grants, international partnerships and associated funding programs; serving as administrative staff liaison to the Ducks Unlimited de Mexico Board; and serving as technical staff for the North American Wetlands Conservation Council in support of the DU council member. This position works closely with DU’s Development team to create corporate and foundation fundraising proposals. This individual will also help coordinate the integration of outcomes-based measures related to water quality and other ecological goods and services into company-wide operations, fundraising and communications products. The position serves as the Conservation staff’s primary point of contact for coordinating constructive relationships with national conservation partners, including The Wildlife Society, Association of State Wetland Managers, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and other national conservation organizations. Another important aspect of this position is engaging and coordinating closely with DU’s regional offices in carrying out the above duties and responsibilities and helping to foster effective communication among the regional offices and NHQ. This position serves on our national Conservation Leadership Team with a committed group of natural resource professionals who collectively provide staff leadership to deliver more than 250,000 acres of habitat conservation annually.

Education, Experience, and Reporting
The successful candidate will have a M.S. or Ph.D. in natural resources management or a related field; a minimum of 5 years of related experience; and the ability to communicate science-based information to support fundraising, marketing and public policy staff. A detailed understanding of wetland and wildlife conservation programs, conservation-related policy, and fundraising and conservation business applications is desired. We seek a highly motivated self-starter with a willingness to work collaboratively with a team of dedicated conservation professionals and volunteers to develop innovative conservation approaches to challenging landscape-scale conservation issues. This position will report to the Chief Conservation Officer at DU’s national headquarters in Memphis, TN, and will collaborate and coordinate with DU’s Conservation and Fundraising teams as well as volunteers located across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179602&lang=en_US&source=CC3 and attach cover letter detailing experience and interest in the position, and resume by February 28, 2018.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Deanna McAdory at dmcadory@ducks.org.


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, and photography.

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 14 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, complete the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179605&lang=en_US&source=CC3 and attach a cover letter, resume, writing sample(s) and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references.
For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Becky Jones Mahlum
Regional Communications Manager
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2525 River Road
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503
Office: (701) 355-3507
bjonesmahlum@ducks.org
Deadline for applications is March 16, 2018.


Engineer
Great Lakes Region - Michigan

Description:
Ducks Unlimited seeks to hire a civil engineer to assist with the design and delivery of wetland restorations.  The successful applicant will join a highly-motivated conservation team dedicated to accomplishing DU’s mission of wetland and waterfowl conservation.  This entry to mid-level position will be located in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Applicant will assist a regional team to deliver wetland and associated habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes/North Atlantic portion of the region.  Duties may include:  (1) assist surveyors in topographic survey and construction staking, (2) generate topographic maps and draft construction plans using AutoCAD Civil 3D software; (3) assist regional engineers with and eventually be responsible for the design of various wetland projects; (4) provide oversight and serve as DU’s representative on construction projects; (5) coordinate restoration activities with federal, state, and private partners; and (6) represent DU with local, state, and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners.  Moderate multi-state travel is required.

Qualifications: 

  • Minimum B.S. in Civil Engineering, or equivalent from an ABET accredited college.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer or Engineer-in-Training.
  • Knowledge and experience in engineering practices related to civil design, hydrology, hydraulics, construction and surveying.
  • Knowledge of AUTOCAD Civil 3D and engineering related software.
  • Knowledge of heavy construction work methods, practices, materials and equipment.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of project administration, construction inspection and materials testing.
  • Knowledge and operation of topographic and construction surveying techniques, including GPS is a plus, but not required.
  • 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, work independently, and travel overnight.
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather, and have the ability to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179411&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach cover letter, resume and profession references. For further information regarding this position please contact, Jocelyn Bautista, 7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg #1, Dexter, MI 48130.  Email: jbautista@ducks.org. Office:  #734-623-2000. Resume review will begin on February 19, 2018.


Conservation Specialist (Part-time) – Nebraska 

The Great Plains Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking a part-time, hourly (25 hours/week) Conservation Specialist to aid in carrying out our conservation mission in Nebraska. The Conservation Specialist will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for Nebraska and become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and other professionals. The selected candidate will work on a large number of diverse habitat management, enhancement, and restoration projects in Nebraska. The position will be located in Grand Island, NE. 

Qualifications:  A Bachelor’s or higher degree in a Natural Resources related field is preferred, but is not required. Experience in habitat project delivery, wildlife biology and habitat management, surveying, contract and construction project management, and/or grant writing and administration is desirable but not required. 

Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Support biologists and engineers in all aspects of delivery of habitat enhancement, restoration, and protection projects in Nebraska by assisting with a multitude of field and administrative tasks.  
  • Serve as a point of contact with private landowners, state and federal agencies, and other partner organizations on specific habitat projects.
  • Other project-specific duties as assigned.

Salary: $15/Hour, 25 hours/Week

How to Apply:  Complete the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179392&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 Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org. For specific questions about the job duties, please contact John Denton at 308.258.4682 or jdenton@ducks.org. 

Deadline:  Applications will be accepted through February 23, 2018.


Biologist - Louisiana

The Louisiana Biologist position will offer an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and will also work closely with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff.  This position will be responsible for contributing to the restoration and enhancement of priority wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Louisiana.  Technical and personal skills are needed to identify and develop wetland projects that improve water quality, provide important wintering waterfowl habitat, and improve floodplain capacity within an agriculturally dominated landscape.  

DU and NRCS are focused on enhancing shallow water wetlands, reducing siltation and erosion into area streams, reforesting key blocks of bottomland hardwood forest and reconnecting floodplain pathways into managed areas that provide a sustainable mix of significant agricultural and environmental landscapes.  These strategies are pursued by working with private, state, and federal stakeholders to implement projects that demonstrate effective techniques, collect quantifiable data, and collaborate with partners to provide conservation solutions for wildlife and people at a landscape level.  Location will be North Louisiana (Natural Resources Conservation Service Office TBD)

Challenge & Actions:  

  • Use existing network of Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) and Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) projects to identify opportunities to restore altered hydrology and enhance shallow water areas.
  • Work with DU/NRCS staff and partners including landowners, private organizations, state and federal agencies to develop restoration plans that may include surveying, tree planting, wetland construction or implementation of on-farm conservation practices.
  • Manage projects to include budgets, contracts and/or partners to implement restoration designs and achieve desired goals.
  • Collect project field data which may include water quality sampling, biological inventories, habitat surveys, or others.

Responsibilities & Results:

  • Coordinate with Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture and NRCS staff to determine focus area and select projects.
  • Evaluate shallow water areas for enhancement opportunities.
  • Work with NRCS and other DU staff to identify water quality enhancement projects, focusing on connectivity, with existing WRE easements.  Other practices that provide water quality benefits will also be considered.
  • Assist with forest management recommendations on existing WRE tracts.
  • Coordinate project design and provide appropriate oversight of project construction through communication with landowners and NRCS.
  • Coordinate water quality monitoring of WRE enhancement projects with Arkansas TNC Staff for Walton Foundation reporting.
  • Produce annual report to document progress, lessons learned and recommendations.
  • Perform responsibly in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a BS degree in a science-related field and 1 year related experience in conservation, ecological land management, ecological restoration or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Must have the ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines and direct supervision.
  • Must have some experience operating and maintaining various types of technical equipment and recreational vehicles.
  • Must have a working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, and Geographic Information Systems).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • MS degree in a science-related field.
  • At least 2 years related experience in conservation or ecological management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with bottomland hardwood forests and conducting wetland restoration projects.
  • Experience with water quality sampling, monitoring plant or animal species to complete project management activities.
  • Experience supervising or managing staff, volunteers or contractors to complete a conservation project.
  • Familiarity with current trends and practices in row crop agriculture.
  • Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means to a broad spectrum of stakeholders including government officials, private landowners, partners, donors, trustees or the general public.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179232&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach cover letter and resume with references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact: 
Tim Willis
Manager Conservation Programs - Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, N. Louisiana, Tennessee
193 Business Park Drive, Suite E
Ridgeland MS 39157
(601) 206 - 5454 (office)
twillis@ducks.org

Position open until filled.


Biologist - Arkansas

The Arkansas Biologist position will offer excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and will also work closely with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) staff and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff.  This position will be responsible for contributing to the restoration and enhancement of priority wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas.  Technical and personal skills are needed to identify and develop wetland projects that improve water quality, provide important wintering waterfowl habitat, and improve floodplain capacity within an agriculturally dominated landscape.  

DU, AGFC and NRCS are focused on enhancing shallow water wetlands, reducing siltation and erosion into area streams, reforesting key blocks of bottomland hardwood forest and reconnecting floodplain pathways into managed areas that provide a sustainable mix of significant agricultural and environmental landscapes.  These strategies are pursued by working with private, state, and federal stakeholders to implement projects that demonstrate effective techniques, collect quantifiable data, and collaborate with partners to provide conservation solutions for wildlife and people at a landscape level.

Challenge & Actions:  

  • Use existing network of Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) projects to identify opportunities to restore altered hydrology and enhance shallow water areas.
  • Work with DU/ AGFC/ NRCS staff and partners including landowners, private organizations, state and federal agencies to develop restoration plans that may include surveying, tree planting, wetland construction or implementation of on-farm conservation practices.
  • Manage projects to include budgets, contracts and/or partners to implement restoration designs and achieve desired goals.
  • Collect project field data which may include water quality sampling, biological inventories, habitat surveys, or others.

Responsibilities & Results:

  • Coordinate with Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, AGFC and NRCS staff to determine focus area and select projects.
  • Evaluate shallow water areas for enhancement opportunities.
  • Work with AGFC, NRCS and other DU staff to identify water quality enhancement projects, focusing on connectivity, with existing WRE easements.  Other practices that provide water quality benefits will also be considered.
  • Assist with forest management recommendations on existing WRE tracts.
  • Coordinate project design and provide appropriate oversight of project construction through communication with landowners, AGFC and NRCS.
  • Produce annual report to document progress, lessons learned and recommendations.
  • Perform responsibly in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a BS degree in a science-related field and 1 year related experience in conservation, ecological land management, ecological restoration or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Must have the ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines and direct supervision.
  • Must have some experience operating and maintaining various types of technical equipment and recreational vehicles.
  • Must have a working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, and Geographic Information Systems).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

  • MS degree in a science-related field.
  • At least 2 years related experience in conservation or ecological management or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with bottomland hardwood forests and conducting wetland restoration projects.
  • Experience with water quality sampling, monitoring plant or animal species to complete project management activities.
  • Experience supervising or managing staff, volunteers or contractors to complete a conservation project.
  • Familiarity with current trends and practices in row crop agriculture.
  • Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means to a broad spectrum of stakeholders including government officials, private landowners, partners, donors, trustees or the general public.


To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179231&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach a cover letter and resume with references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:  
Tim Willis
Manager Conservation Programs - Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, N. Louisiana, Tennessee
193 Business Park Drive, Suite E
Ridgeland MS 39157
(601) 206 - 5454 (office) 
twillis@ducks.org
Position open until filled.


Waterfowl Breeding Ecology Technician
Coteau Ranch - North Dakota

Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck seeks a waterfowl ecology technician to assist with nest searching at the Ducks Unlimited Coteau Ranch and The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Ranch in Sheridan County, North Dakota during May - July of 2018. 

Major responsibilities will include waterfowl nest searching using an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) chain drag technique, nest monitoring using miniature surveillance cameras, and assisting in behavioral analysis using the collected video data. The successful applicant will also play a large role in guiding students who are working at the Coteau Ranch on field research projects related to the nest cameras.  Consequently, previous experience with nest cameras, nest dragging, and behavioral analysis will be strongly preferred.  Technicians will also play a role in guiding less-experienced peers who are working on field projects for school credit. Field work is physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions. Therefore, only enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply. A strong interest in ecology, desire to spend long days in the field, and determination to get the job done well is required. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants will be preferred. Successful applicants will be expected to work effectively with and without direct supervision. Preference will be given to applicants who possess or are working toward a degree in wildlife ecology or similar area of study. Applicants with ATV experience are also strongly preferred.

This technician position will provide opportunities to gain field experience and continue developing a competitive skill set. The position runs from mid-May through the end of July. The technician will work closely in the field with Ducks Unlimited biologists and University of North Dakota faculty and students. The successful applicant will be paid $11.25/hour, and shared housing will be provided in Goodrich, ND. 

To apply for this position, complete the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179198&lang=en_US&source=CC3 and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for 3 professional references. Applications will be accepted through March 2, 2018. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Mason Sieges
Research Scientist
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND 58503
Office: (701) 355-3513
msieges@ducks.org


Regional Biologist
Western Region

The Western Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has an immediate opening for an experienced Regional Biologist to help deliver DU’s on-the-ground conservation programs in the Southern Oregon / Northeast California (SONEC) waterfowl priority area.  The specific work station is to be determined, but will ultimately be situated within the northeastern California portion of the SONEC priority area.  The incumbent will become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and support staff responsible for implementing DU’s mission by conserving, enhancing, and restoring wetlands and associated habitats.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have at a minimum, a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field. An advanced degree is desirable. Applicants must have at least five years of relevant experience. Applicants must have a working knowledge of wetland ecology; waterfowl, shorebird, and waterbird biology; and state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws. Demonstrated experience with various state and federal regulatory requirements (e.g., California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clean Water Act) as they relate to wetland restoration and enhancement is beneficial. Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use personal computers are required. Proven proposal/grant writing skills, project management capabilities, and wetland restoration and enhancement experience are desired. Familiarity with the program area’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will include initiating and managing/delivering wetland protection, enhancement, and restoration projects; representing DU at wetland conservation venues; and other conservation activities. Project initiation duties include identifying potential projects; developing/maintaining relationships with public and private landowners and agencies that may partner with DU to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands; and identifying and securing funding for project work. 
Project management/delivery duties include coordinating with landowners and other stakeholders, DU engineering staff, consultants, and permitting agencies to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects.  Negotiation of project agreements, report writing, budget management, biological technical assistance, and entering project tracking data in DU’s business information system would also be required.
The Regional Biologist will write and submit funding proposals to various agencies, foundations, and other sources to secure project funds. Incumbent will also establish and maintain relationships with key DU volunteers and development staff and provide DU management with timely communication on project work and issues in the area.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=179154&lang=en_US&source=CC3 and attach cover letter and resume with three references.  Position open until filled.  For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact:  
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Western Regional Office
3074 Gold Canal Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670
Email: mcamacho@ducks.org


 

 

Manager of Agriculture Policy
Office of Public Policy

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Manager of Agriculture Policy to support agriculture policy efforts throughout the country. Priority agriculture landscapes of focus will include Prairie Pothole regional concerns in the Great Plains; rice and irrigated agriculture in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, Gulf Coast and Central Valley of California; and conservation and sustainability issues in the Great Lakes region and the Atlantic Flyway. Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Build support of priority conservation issues for the 2018 Farm Bill
  • Work closely with and continue to build upon agriculture community partnerships
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with key legislative and executive branch leaders
  • Collaborate with staff, volunteers and coalition partners to further DU’s policy agenda
  • Provide technical advice on agriculture policy to fellow staff
  • Coordinate fly-ins/site visits with volunteers to better communicate DU’s ag conservation goals
  • Advise staff and volunteer committees on agriculture policy initiatives

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of public policy, government relations, natural resource or related experience with an emphasis on agriculture policy and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a related field, and a master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • History of drafting legislation and coordinating advocacy efforts
  • A working knowledge of agriculture and conservation policy issues
  • Experience in strategic messaging and coalition building

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 volunteer driven, nonprofit organizations and an interest in outdoor conservation activities is also desired.  

To apply please fill out the application materials at this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=175700&lang=en_US&source=CC3. This position reports to Director of Public Policy, Kellis Moss, who may be contacted for additional information at kmoss@ducks.org. Position located in Washington, D.C. or Bismarck, ND, determined by the best candidate.


Regional Biologist – Environmental Compliance/Permitting Specialist

The Western Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is soliciting resumes for an experienced Regional Biologist - Environmental Compliance/Permitting Specialist. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits.  The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Western Region Environmental Compliance Specialist and will become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and other professionals responsible for conserving, enhancing, and restoring wetlands and associated habitats primarily in California, and may also include Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.  The preferred position workstation is at Ducks Unlimited’s Bay Area Field Station in Vallejo, CA, but may also be negotiated to be in the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, California.  

Qualifications:
Candidates must have, at a minimum, a Bachelor of Science degree preferably in an environmental planning or natural resources related field. An advanced degree is desirable. Applicants must have at least five years of relevant experience. Applicants must have demonstrated competency in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); Sections 401, 402, and 404 of the Clean Water Act; Sections 10 and 408 of the Rivers and Harbors Act; the National Historic Preservation Act; the Federal and California Endangered Species Acts; the Coastal Zone Management Act, California Coastal Act, and McAteer-Petris Act; and California Fish and Game Code 1600.  Experience with wetland mitigation banking considered a plus.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use personal computers are required. Project management experience is desired. Familiarity with wetland ecology, restoration, and enhancement; waterfowl, shorebird, and water bird biology; and the ability to conduct wetland delineations or special-status species assessments/surveys are beneficial.  Pertinent experience in California is strongly preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate’s duties and responsibilities will include identifying environmental compliance and permitting needs for habitat restoration and enhancement projects; preparing and/or overseeing preparation of supporting studies (e.g., wetland delineations, biological assessments, cultural resource assessments); preparing and/or overseeing preparation of appropriate state and federal environmental review documents (e.g., CEQA Categorical Exemption, Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration, or Environmental Impact Report, and/or NEPA Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment, or Environmental Impact Statement); and securing the required permits for project implementation (e.g., Water Quality Certification, Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreements, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 404 Permit). When necessary, the position will be responsible for managing consultants that are preparing supporting studies, environmental compliance documents and/or assisting with the permit process in support of DU projects.  This position will coordinate compliance and permitting work closely with DU's biologists and engineers, project partners and the appropriate regulatory agency personnel to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects.

The position may also manage projects that have a significant environmental compliance component; assist with identifying potential sources of funds for project work; and write and submit proposals to secure project funds.  Other duties include negotiating project agreements, tracking budgets, writing reports, coordinating with project partners and stakeholders, and entering project tracking data in DU's business information system.

Duties may require extensive overnight travel.  Duties may require field work in adverse weather conditions.

Position will remain open until filled.

To apply, Please fill out the application materials at, https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=173612&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach cover letter, resume and references and submit.  For additional information or to request application materials, contact
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Western Regional Office
3074 Gold Canal Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670
Email: mcamacho@ducks.org


 

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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