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.

Agronomy Summer Interns
Brookings, South Dakota

Project Coordinator/Accountant
Rancho Cordova, CA

Visitor Services Representative
Memphis, TN

Engineering AutoCAD Drafter
California or Washington

Regional Engineer
MO, KY, IL, IA

Summer Waterfowl Technicians (5)
Minnesota & North Central Iowa

Regional Biologist
Western Region


 

Agronomy Summer Interns – South Dakota 

The Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is soliciting resumes for two agronomy summer interns for South Dakota.  The incumbents will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for South Dakota and become part of a team of agronomists, biologists, engineers, and other professionals. The incumbents will focus primarily in the Prairie Pothole Region of eastern South Dakota and be involved in a variety of tasks related to DU’s new soil health initiative.  The position location will be Brookings, South Dakota. 

Qualifications:
Candidates must have at a minimum, one year of advanced education in the field of agronomy or a closely related field.  Experience and education related to cover crops, no-till practices, and other soil health practices is desirable.  Experience working on a farm is desirable.  Experience with research projects and a working knowledge of wetland ecology and waterfowl biology is desirable.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use personal computers are required. Ability to work independently is necessary.  Ability to work with producers, research, and land management professionals is desired.  Familiarity with the region’s biological resources and agricultural operations is beneficial.  Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record and demonstrate ability to work independently with little direct supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Incumbents’ duties and responsibilities will include: conducting various soil health tests and collecting soil and tissue samples for testing on properties enrolled in one of DU’s soil health programs, assisting with cover crop and soil health outreach efforts to landowners, planting and monitoring cover crop test plots and other cover crops fields, assisting with waterfowl nest searching efforts, coordinating with DU biological staff on research and monitoring efforts focused at documenting benefits to soil health and nesting waterfowl resulting from the implementation of soil health practices.  Monitoring activities may include a variety of soil health tests, including conducting infiltration tests and collecting soil and tissue samples for later laboratory analysis by others.  Incumbents may also be asked to represent DU at various venues, including venues designed to promote soil health practices to producers.  Incumbents may also be asked to help develop written materials, including grant proposals, seeking funds for a variety of soil health related activities.  Ability to work outside in unfavorable weather conditions is a requirement.  

To apply:  Please complete the application materials on this link;  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=183707&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_00000, and attach a letter of interest, current resume, and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three references. Applications will be considered as they are received, and position will remain open until filled. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Steve Donovan
Manager of Conservation Programs—SD
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
2301 Research Park Way, Suite 247
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605.633.0270
Email: sdonovan@ducks.org


PROJECT COORDINATOR/ACCOUNTANT
Western Regional Office

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an exciting opportunity for an entry-level 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 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, as well as staff expense reports, 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
  • Perform various administrative tasks as needed, and serve as back-up to the Executive Assistant

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/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=183706&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, attach a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references by Monday, April 30, 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.


Visitor Services Representative
Part-Time 


The Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center (WHC) is seeking a part-time candidate for the position of Visitor Service Representative.  This position is located in the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and is part of a team that works together to provide the best possible experience to museum visitors.  Applicants should be reliable, flexible, and personable; possess strong communication skills; have the ability to think on their feet; exhibit a professional manner and attire at all times; and positively portray the mission of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. 

Primary Duties:

  • Provide an exceptional experience to all who visit the WHC
  • Greet all groups visiting WHC
  • Assist in opening and closing the museum
  • Represent DU and the museum positively
  • Ensure the galleries are clean and presentable
  • Provide guided tours of the WHC
  • Assist with educational programs and events 

Desired Qualities:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a willingness to learn
  • Must be able to work well in an unpredictable environment
  • Experience working with visitors of all ages desired
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of people
  • An interest in and knowledge of waterfowl, waterfowl hunting and conservation a plus 

*Candidates must be willing to work weekends and holidays. 

To Apply:  Please fill out the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=183654&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001  and attach a cover letter, resume, and (email & phone numbers) for three professional references.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:  Katie Burke ~ Manager, Waterfowling Heritage Center, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN. 38120, Phone:  901-758-3765, kburke@ducks.org.  


Engineering AutoCAD Drafter

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced AutoCAD drafter to be located in either the Sacramento, CA or Vancouver, WA office.  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 restoration projects. 

Qualifications:
Candidates must have a minimum of three years experience utilizing Civil3D for the preparation of improvement plans and topographic survey maps, and demonstrated knowledge of working with LiDAR data and maps. Desirable qualifications include GPS surveying and experience with earthwork and utility-related construction. 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. 

Responsibilities:
Project delivery responsibilities will be focused on the preparation of topographic survey maps, conceptual design plans, and construction plans. Project delivery in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah will be the primary focus. The position may include travel to those states.

Specific duties include:

  1. Utilize Civil3D to:
  • Create topographic maps from ground-based surveys as well as from LiDAR data/maps.
  • Manipulate LiDAR data with GIS applications.
  • Create construction/engineering drawings for our restoration projects.
  • Create permit drawings for submittal to regulatory agencies.
  • Generate earthwork (cut/fill) quantities associated with the projects. 

DU’s mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.  These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=183571&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For further information regarding this position please contact:
Linda McMahon, Administrative Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
17700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683
Email: lmcmahon@ducks.org


 

Regional Engineer - MO, KY, IL, IA

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer to be located in the St. Louis, MO vicinity.  The exact office location is still under consideration.  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 restoration and enhancement projects.  Primary responsibilities will be in MO, KY, IL and IA.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in Civil Engineering or an equivalent degree from an EAC/ABET accredited engineering program, be a registered civil engineer and a minimum of 8 years of experience in civil engineering design. Applicant will need to obtain registration reciprocity in assigned states. Desirable qualifications include experience with Civil3D, hydrology, hydraulics, civil design including structures and pump stations, erosion control, construction inspection and project management.  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.

Responsibilities:
Regional Engineers perform a full range of project planning, design, contracting, and construction management functions on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects.  Supervision of engineering staff and oversight on various programs are required as well as assisting with budget development, providing training and engineering guidance and ensuring quality control of engineering services and standards.  Project delivery responsibilities include scoping and proposal development, engineering design, project bidding, field inspection, and occasional 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 occasional travel.

Specific duties include:

  • Prepare proposal scope of work and budgets in close coordination with biological staff.
  • Interpret, select, adapt, and apply engineering, surveying, and construction management principles and practices across a range of engineering services within a diverse conservation program.
  • Complete engineering designs and reports as required.
  • Prepare project plans, technical specifications and cost estimates.  Attend project meetings.
  • Conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight as needed.
  • Ensure that consultants and contractors adhere to project plans, specifications and schedules.
  • Act as contracting officer, ensure contract compliance and manage project budgets.
  • Assist with occasional field work as required which could include strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions.  Must be able to operate ATV and outboard boat when necessary.

To apply: Please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=182185&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach cover letter, resume and references by May 4, 2018.  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. 


Summer Waterfowl Technicians (5)
Minnesota & North Central Iowa

Ducks Unlimited seeks 5 highly-motivated research technicians to assist with waterfowl and wetland surveys from June 18, 2018 to August 17, 2018. A successful applicant should expect to participate in a waterfowl productivity study assessing wetlands in cropland-dominated landscapes in western Minnesota and north central Iowa. 

Major responsibilities will include properly identifying duck broods to species and age class, collecting aquatic invertebrates via activity traps, and collecting wetland metrics to characterize wetland conditions. Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each week (i.e., up to 60-80 hours/week). Some weekend work will be required. Field work is physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions; therefore, only enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply. They will be paid $11.25/hour + overtime.

A strong interest in waterfowl and wetlands ecology, desire to spend long days and early mornings in the field, and determination to get the job done well is required. Experience working in wetlands, identifying waterfowl, invertebrate sampling, and navigating using hard-copy maps are preferred skills. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants are also preferred. Successful applicants will be expected to work safely and effectively in a rural setting without direct supervision. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required.  Housing and work vehicles will be provided.

To apply for this position, please complete the application materials on this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=181195&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for 3 professional references.  Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled. 

Questions regarding these positions can be directed to:  Ryann Cressey, Research Scientist, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 2525 River Road, Bismarck, North Dakota 58503, Office: (701) 355-3580, rcressey@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


 

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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