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.

Sr. Engineering Technician
Portage, Wisconsin

Private Lands Technician - Devils Lake
North Dakota

Mitigation Intern - Great Plains Region
Bismarck, North Dakota

Civil Engineering Technician / Civil 3D Drafter
Ann Arbor / Dexter, Michigan

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

Digital Advertising Specialist
Memphis, TN

Engineering Technician
Charleston, SC

Manager of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Memphis, TN

Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN

Director of Gift Planning
Western Region

Regional Engineer
Sacramento Valley & San Joaquin Valley, CA

Project Engineer
Rancho Cordova, CA


Sr. Engineering Tech
Portage, Wisconsin


Description:  The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team delivering wetland, riparian and associated habitat restoration projects in Wisconsin.  The successful applicant will:  (1) complete topographic surveys 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.  The position will be located in central Wisconsin.  In-state travel is required.
 
Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering (or equivalent) from an ABET accredited college, or 10 years of experience as an engineering technician.
  • Knowledge of topographic and construction surveying techniques, including GPS.
  • Knowledge of heavy construction work methods, practices, materials and equipment.
  • Knowledge of methods and techniques of project administration, construction inspection and materials testing.
  • Demonstrated oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to operate ATV and outboard boats.
  • Knowledge of AUTOCAD Civil 3D and engineering related software.
  • 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 click this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=174651&lang=en_US&source=CC3, fill out the application materials, attach cover letter, resume and references by November 15, 2017. For further information regarding this position, please contact, Jocelyn Bautista,1220 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI., Email: jbautista@ducks.org, Office:  #734-623-2000. 


Position:  DU (NAWCA) Private Lands Technician

Duty Station:  Devils Lake Wetland Management District; Devils Lake, North Dakota
Application Period: 10/10/17 – 10/20/17
Start Date:  Negotiable

Duties:  Assist USFWS and Ducks Unlimited in identifying and successfully acquiring perpetual conservation easements on valuable wetland and grassland habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds.  Assist other U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Private Lands biologists in restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat throughout the Devils Lake Wetland Management District.  Officially, this position is a Ducks Unlimited employee, but daily operations are supervised by the USFWS.  Coordination with USFWS Private Land staff is essential to ensure proper permits, documentation, and technical guidance is followed on private lands projects.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that the goals of the North Dakota Drift Prairie Project are met through habitat management, restoration, development, and preservation projects.  
  • Projects include acquisition of grassland and wetland easements, wetland restorations, wetland creations, grass seedings, grazing systems, etc... 
  • The vast majority of these projects occur on private lands.  It is essential the candidate for this position has the skills and abilities to work with private landowners to restore and protect valuable migratory bird habitat. 
  • Coordination with local, state, & federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, farmers, ranchers, and private landowners to complete projects.

  
Education and experience needed: 

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in natural resources or wildlife management.
  • Wetland/grassland ecology of the North Dakota Prairie Pothole Region, habitat management techniques and knowledge of migratory and local wildlife.   
  • Knowledge of the Farm Bill, North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA), and general farming/ranching practices.
  • Knowledge of conservation programs of other agencies and nongovernmental organizations also is beneficial.

Skills needed:

  • Must be self-motivated and have persuasive communication abilities to effectively initiate contacts with local landowners via phone, mail, and/or in person visits.  
  • Must have excellent organizational skills to follow up on contacts.
  • Must have ability to focus on long term goals and manage projects that can take over a year to complete.
  • Must have ability to work independently with limited oversight, and also work well as part of the overall team. 
  • Must have excellent technology and computer skills to prepare maps, data bases, and operate GPS/GIS hardware and software.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

This position offers much personal satisfaction to those who value the importance of protecting migratory bird habitat in the Drift Prairie portion of North Dakota.  The Devils Lake Wetland Management District is located in a top waterfowl producing area in North America. The Devils Lake region contains excellent wetland resources and offers outstanding hunting, fishing, and outdoor opportunities.

To apply: Click this link, https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=174482&lang=en_US&source=CC3, fill out the application forms, attach resume, letter of interest, and list of three professional references (with email and daytime phone numbers).  Application deadline is October 20, 2017.
For more information regarding this position, please contact:   
Mike Graue 
Devils Lake WMD
221 Second Street NW
Devils Lake, ND  58301-0908
Mike_graue@fws.gov
(701) 662-8611 Ext. 334


Mitigation Intern

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited (DU), the world leader in wetlands conservation. We are seeking a temporary intern/technician with motivation to successfully transition from their academic education to a professional career in natural resource management.  The intern would help deliver aspects of DU’s growing wetland mitigation program in the Great Plains region. This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring resource professionals to gain experience with DU’s wetland mitigation and various other conservation programs. This position would work closely with the mitigation team and develop skills in report writing, research, financial reports, conservation easements, data analysis, GIS analysis, marketing, wetland vegetation/hydrology monitoring, and vegetation management. The intern position would be based out of DU’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND.

Duties/Responsibilities: Support mitigation team in delivery of wetland mitigation program and projects by assisting with and/or performing the following tasks: wetland monitoring and reporting (may require infrequent overnight travel), site investigations to determine suitability for wetland restoration, GIS map production and analysis, credit sales tasks, research/literature review, marketing, vegetation management, permitting, annual reports, construction management, data analysis, mitigation plans, public presentations, outreach efforts, meeting organization, and other duties as assigned.  

Qualifications:  Prefer a Bachelor’s degree or upper-level undergraduate student with relevant experience in biology, natural resources, wildlife, conservation or wetland related field. Desirable skills include GIS skills, plant identification, vegetation management experience, Microsoft Excel, and report writing. The successful applicant would 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, ability to operate ATV, and have knowledge of wetlands and wildlife habitat conservation issues. The successful candidate may be asked to travel and work in physically-demanding settings and in all weather conditions. 

Compensation:  This is a temporary/seasonal position not to exceed 12-months (part time) or 9 months (full time).  Hourly pay rate would be $12-14/hour. Work schedule of approximately 25-40 hours per week to be determined. Benefits and housing are NOT provided. 

To apply: Click this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=174480&lang=en_US&source=CC3 fill out the application materials, and attach a resume (which includes at least one professional reference with email & daytime phone number) and cover letter. The cover letter should address applicant’s interest in the position (e.g. qualifications, career goals, etc.), preference/justification for part-time versus full-time employment given any time commitment constraints, and preferred and/or acceptable start date.  Position will remain open until filled; please view online listing to check open status. For more information regarding this position please contact:  Justin Williams at 701.355.3566 or juwilliams@ducks.org.


Civil Engineering Technician / Civil 3D Drafter
Ann Arbor / Dexter, Michigan

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team dedicated toward accomplishing DU’s mission of wetland and waterfowl conservation.  Applicant will assist a regional team to deliver wetland and associated habitat restoration projects in the Great Lakes/North Atlantic Region.  We regularly build embankments, large excavations, pump stations and other works to restore wetlands across a 21-state region. The successful applicant will: (1) be responsible for the generation of topographic survey drawings and the development of wetland design drawings and plan sets, (2) prepare / finalize as-built drawings, (3) assist engineers and other technicians with a variety of administrative duties.
Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Efficient and strong knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D in a design capacity for the following:
    • Land development plans.
    • Plan and preparation of preliminary layouts and detailed design drawings from engineering notes, sketches, and/or other drawings.
    • Concept and final plans/plan sets.
    • Construction/staking plans.
    • Layer management and usage.
    • Drawing scales as they relate to text, dimensions, lines, viewports, X-references
    • Plotting and plot scales, pen tables.
    • Cross-Sections, alignments, corridors, feature lines, profiles, earthworks grading & surfaces and earthwork calculations with ability to perform basic calculations (slopes, grades, etc.).
    • Completing red-lined as-built drawings.
    • Organization/maintenance of all revisions of project drawings, plot files and project-related information in a logical and well-structured manner.
    • Preparation of construction plan sets by compiling plan, profile, note and detail sheets as needed.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills working with both in-office and remote staff.  Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good problem solver with the ability to identify alternative solutions or constructability issues.
  • Ability to review drawings for completeness, accuracy and quality.
  • Operation of various surveying equipment for topographic surveys a plus, but not required.

 
To apply: Please fill out the application materials at this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=173804&lang=en_US&source=CC3, by October 15, 2017. For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact, Jocelyn Bautista,1220 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI., Email: jbautista@ducks.org, Office:  #734-623-2000. 


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


Digital Advertising Specialist

National Headquarters - Memphis, Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Digital Advertising Specialist with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Work closely with ad sales team and their clients to ensure accurate and complete delivery of online advertising campaigns
  • Assess customers/prospects needs and recommend most suitable application of products to satisfy stated needs
  • Assist the sales team with pre-and post-sales support and assisting in the development of proposals and recommendations
  • Collect, traffic and schedule advertising creatives
  • Ensure advertising materials meet technical guidelines and quality standards
  • Create production timelines based on deployment calendar
  • Proactively monitor, analyze and optimize all online advertising performance from creating insertion order to post completion which would also include billing, reporting, and collections if needed.
  • Effectively communicate with internal teams and external clients on performance and delivery of commitments
  • Provide troubleshooting assistance for creative and operations-related issues for all campaigns
  • Provide general support for the advertising program and other duties as assigned

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years’ experience in advertising or a related field with the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.  Must have the ability to handle operations or project management with little supervision. Additional Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, integrated marketing communications or related field
  • 2+ years’ experience working with digital media campaigns.
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Working knowledge of Google Analytics, DFP, HTML5, and Java Script.
  • Experience with third-party ad tag implementation and reporting (Double Click, Sizmek, etc.)
  • Online advertising trafficking, sales coordinator/planner or related experience.
  • Strong and proven customer service experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong follow-up skills.
  • Accurate; with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and work well under deadlines.
  • Strong focus on teamwork and self-starter.
  • Experience with FatTail and Publish 2 Profit a plus.

The successful candidate must be able to work independently but collaboratively in a team setting, have a passion for excellent customer service, be dedicated to exceptional quality and be committed to the mission of Ducks Unlimited.  This is a great opportunity in a growing segment of our organization. 

The Digital Advertising Specialist reports to the Director of Advertising and is based at the National Headquarters in Memphis, TN.  Candidates must be willing to work hours that extend outside of the typical workday and workweek throughout the year; occasional overnight travel is required.

To apply, please fill out the application materials at https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=173294&lang=en_US&source=CC3, attach cover letter, resume and references and submit.  For additional information or to request application materials, contact Beth Bryan, Director of Advertising, at bbryan@ducks.org.  Resume review will begin on September 8, 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.


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.


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.


 

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 self-motivated, experienced civil engineers headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA. The successful applicants will join a highly-motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland restoration and water delivery infrastructure projects. Positions are open in the Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley.

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.

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/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=ducksunli&jobId=173738&lang=en_US&source=CC3, and attach a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers. 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.  


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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