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.

Receptionist
National Headquarters - Memphis, TN

Director of Development - de Mexico
Mutually agreed upon city in the region

Seasonal Research Technician - Rainwater Basin
Nebraska

GIS Intern
Dexter, MI

Farm Bill Biologist
Delaware / Maryland / Virginia

Regional Director of Public Policy - Great Plains Region
Bismarck, ND

Project Coordinator
Vancouver, WA

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley, California

Coordinator of Development Operations
Memphis, TN

Director of Foundation Relations
Western Region

Director of Donor Relations
Memphis, TN

Accounting Clerk
Bismarck, ND

CEO
Memphis, TN

Digital Fundraising Specialist
Memphis, TN

Regional Engineer - San Francisco Bay Area
California


Receptionist – National Headquarters Memphis, TN.

We have an opening in our Human Resources department for a Receptionist at National Headquarters. This is a full-time, entry-level position reporting to the Director of Human Resources. The receptionist is expected to have the switchboard open and operating promptly at 8:00 a.m. and throughout the day until 5:00 p.m. Relief switchboard coverage will be provided for a one-hour lunch at 1:00 p.m., as well as (2) morning and (1) afternoon breaks of 15 minutes each. 

Responsibilities:

  • Professionally administer all incoming calls
  • Greet and direct guests in a professional, friendly, hospitable manner
  • Perform a variety of clerical duties including:
    • Administer employee service award program
    • Coordinate CPR and Emergency Response Team Training
    • Oversee first aid compliance program
    • Monthly reports
    • Monthly switchboard relief calendar
    • Maintain and organize reception area
    • Provide callers with information such as company address, directions to the company location, fax numbers, website and other related information.
    • Additional duties as assigned by the Human Resources Director.

Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must possess exceptional interpersonal communication skills and proper phone etiquette.
  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality in dealing with Human Resources information is a must.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)

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=195811&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001  and attach a cover letter, resume and the information for 3 professional references. For further information regarding this position please contact Deanna McAdory at dmcadory@ducks.org.


Director of Development
Ducks Unlimited de Mexico

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC), the continent’s leaders in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seek a Director of Development focused on DUMAC fundraising and stewardship activities.  The position will have the following primary responsibilities:

• Work with DUI development staff, DUMAC CEO and DUMAC Board of Directors, to identify, qualify, cultivate and solicit new major and planned gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations that are part of an identified prospect portfolio.  This list will include supporters in the US, Canada and Mexico, with increased emphasis on new supporters from Mexico.
• Coordinate with DU development staff and DUMAC CEO and DUMAC Board of Directors, to develop proposals and secure funding for DUMAC’s priorities as defined in the DUMAC Strategic Plan, to include support for operations, conservation in key landscapes and educational programs.
• 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 DUMAC major gift fundraising.
• Work with DUMAC staff liaison and/or other appropriate DUI staff to:
• Compile the International Transfer Report for all DUMAC payments (from both DUI and DUC members)
• Compile reports or data related to DUMAC Major Sponsors (ie. how many at each level, current members of the Walker Society, donor lists, etc.)
• Order and ship DUMAC Major Sponsor pins
• Order and ship DUMAC Major Sponsor plaques
• Order and ship all Grand Slam pins
• Order and ship Grand Slam plaques
• Ensure pledge summary statements are issued on a bi-annual basis for open DUMAC pledges
• Prepare DUMAC donor profiles in the Ducks Unlimited Magazine
• Prepare DUMAC donor profiles in the Ducks Unlimited Annual Report
• Assist with preparation of formal materials describing Major DUMAC Initiatives
• To reach Spanish Groups formally established in the USA, interested on supporting projects at their birth place cities in Mexico.
• Manage the annual mailing of the DUMAC report to all DUMAC members, along with the creation of a cover letter from the DUMAC President
• Manage annual solicitation of DUMAC donors and Major Sponsors
• Recruit DUMAC event & experience attendees (Mangrove Experience, anniversary, and dinner events)
• Ensure the ordering all DUI Sponsor pins for DUMAC use
• Annual mailing of the DUMAC report to all Triple-Play members
• 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
• Fluency in Spanish preferred

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 philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  The selected candidate should have the desire and ability to travel extensively and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city. 

This position reports to Ducks Unlimited’s National Director of Development who may be contacted for additional information about the position at RBSmith@ducks.org.

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=194133&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references.  Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled. For further questions regarding these positions or to request application materials, please contact:
Laura Simpson
Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN  38120
Office (901) 758-3986
lsimpson@ducks.org

Resume review will begin on December 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


Seasonal Research Technician - Rainwater Basin
Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited seeks four highly-motivated research technicians to assist with waterbird surveys from February 11, 2019 to April 19, 2019 – start and end dates may vary by a day or two. A successful applicant should expect to participate in a waterfowl and shorebird spring migration study in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska (NE). Field operations will be based out of Wood River, NE. 

Major responsibilities will include properly identifying waterfowl and shorebirds to species and social groups. Successful applicants will be expected to work at least five days each week (i.e., 40 hours per week). Some weekend work may be required. Field work is physically and mentally demanding and takes place under challenging conditions. Therefore, only enthusiastic, dedicated individuals should apply.

A strong interest in waterfowl and wetlands ecology and determination to get the job done is required. Inquisitive, detail-oriented, and self-motivated applicants are preferred. Experience identifying waterfowl and shorebirds, navigating using hard-copy maps, and operating 4WD vehicles are also preferred skills. 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.

Research technicians for this position will be paid $11.25/hour with housing and work vehicles provided. If selected, applicants will be required to pass a drug test prior to the start date. 

To apply, please complete the online application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=193431&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references.  Applications will be considered as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled. For further questions regarding these positions 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


GIS Intern
Dexter, Michigan

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.  COMPENSATION: This is a paid internship; 40 hrs/week

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=193392&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, and attach a cover letter and resume with references by November 16, 2018. For questions regarding the position or to request application materials, please contact:
Mat Halliday
GIS Specialist
7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. 1
Dexter, MI 48130
mhalliday@ducks.org


Farm Bill Biologist
Delaware / Maryland / Virginia

The Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has an opening for a Farm Bill Biologist (Biologist I) position. We are seeking a highly motivated professional to work in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to deliver the goals of the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife Program in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia (Delmarva). The position will work closely with NRCS staff and Ducks Unlimited biologists, engineers, and land protection specialists, and other agency and NGO staff delivering waterfowl conservation programs in the Delmarva targeting American Black Duck habitat conservation. The primary goal for this position will be to coordinate with NRCS field staff to increase participation in the federal Farm Bill conservation programs focused on waterfowl habitat and to assist private landowners with implementing conservation practices. Focus of the program will be within the Black Duck priority areas in Delmarva.

Qualifications:
Candidate must have at a minimum a Bachelor of Science Degree in a natural resources or agricultural field. A waterfowl biology and/or wetland ecology emphasis is highly desirable. Relevant experience working with private landowners on land protection, wetland restoration, wildlife habitat management, agricultural conservation and/or farm bill conservation programs is preferred. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of state and federal lands protection programs and applicable laws, and state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies and laws. A working knowledge of NRCS Farm Bill Conservation Programs such as EQIP, CRP/CREP, and WRE is desirable. Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills are necessary, including the ability to approach and establish dialogue with a range of stakeholders. Proven writing, organizational and basic administrative skills are desired, as is a track record in successful partnership building. Experience with identification of wetland restoration sites and GIS mapping is desirable, and proficiency in computer business hardware and software is required. Experience working with conservation NGOs or federal and state fish and wildlife agencies would be a plus, as would knowledge of the Delmarva landscape. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

This position will report to the Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist in MD/DE but will work closely with the DU Regional Biologists in the South Atlantic Field Office, Manager of Conservation Programs and Director of Conservation Programs, and local NRCS field office conservation planners. Specific duties are described below.

  • Work with NRCS and DU staff to advance the goals of the Working Lands for Wildlife Delmarva program. 
  • Identify and solicit willing landowners to cooperate in USDA Farm Bill conservation programs focused on waterfowl, targeting black duck habitat conservation.
  • Assist interested landowners in enrolling in and implementing NRCS conservation programs and practices. 
  • Develop and deliver habitat restoration and management plans consistent with NRCS and DU standards. Training will be provided.  
  • Work with NRCS and DU engineers and technicians to develop wetland restoration designs.
  • Provide onsite support for implementation of habitat management plans and wetland restoration designs.
  • Advise landowners about opportunities to participate in voluntary conservation programs available from federal, state, NGO and other organizations.
  • Coordinate restoration and land protection activities with other organizations and partners.
  • Establish good working relationships with agency partners and build strong partnerships to advance shared conservation goals
  • Assist the Ducks Unlimited Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia conservation teams to advance DU’s mission and conservation goals in the Delmarva
  • Establish and maintain relationships with private landowners and agricultural producers in the Delmarva.
  • Develop relationship with the farming community at all levels (local farmer, agribusiness personnel, government agency staff, extension services staff). 
  • Assist in developing press releases, articles presentations, and meetings that increase public awareness of Working Lands for Wildlife and conservation programs available through the Farm Bill. 
  • Coordinate outreach efforts to educate the local communities on NRCS Farm Bill Conservation Programs. 
  • Other duties as assigned deemed necessary to fulfill NRCS and DU Working Lands for Wildlife Program.

Candidate must be able and willing to travel frequently, including significant driving and some overnight travel. This position will require outside work, possibly in inclement weather, and may require physical exertion or heavy lifting as needed. Duty location to be determined based on candidate selection and other factors but will be located strategically within the Delmarva and likely housed within an NRCS field office. Candidate will also periodically report to the Ducks Unlimited field office in Easton, MD. 

Term:  Position will be a full-time term position through June 2021, with possible extension based on available funding. 

Salary/Reporting Relationship:  Salary will be commensurate with experience and position will report to DU Regional Biologist in MD/DE. 

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Sarah Fleming, Manager of Conservation Programs, at #315-453-8024 or sfleming@ducks.org.  

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=193333&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references by November 16, 2018. Position will remain open until filled. To request application materials please contact:  
Jocelyn Bautista
Executive Assistant 
Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office
7322 Newman Blvd., Bldg. 1
Dexter, MI 48130
Email: jbautista@ducks.org


Regional Director of Public Policy
Great Plains Region 

Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Government Affairs Office is seeking an accomplished and driven individual to lead public policy efforts in the Prairie Pothole Region. The director will serve as a member of the Great Plains Regional Leadership Team and Management Team, Public Policy Team and Steering Committee and provide strategic thinking and targeted implementation to help achieve national, regional and state policy objectives.  The director will also advise the Ducks Unlimited Public Policy Team on all public policy priorities in their designated region.  The director will provide leadership to help guide the collective policy work of various stakeholders (e.g., DU volunteers, agencies, conservation organizations) in the Great Plains Region, with an emphasis on North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.  The director will work closely with staff colleagues in conservation and communications to advance the policy priorities for the region. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for and increase effectiveness of DU’s public policy efforts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana with special emphasis on policy matters impacting waterfowl and their habitats.
  • Work directly with key legislative and executive branch leaders.
  • Collaborate closely with staff colleagues and DU volunteers to develop key policy objectives, volunteer-based state committees, and develop annual strategies and tactics for success.
  • Advise DU’s national public policy steering committee on policies that affect DU’s continental mission and keep them abreast of regional and state policy issues.
  • Work with other Regional Directors of Public Policy to ensure consistency of message on DU positions.
  • As necessary, support DU’s federal policy priorities, in coordination with DU’s Government Affairs Office in D.C., coordinate fly-ins and federal policy testimony, and build relationships with the federal delegations in each of the Region’s states. 
  • Coordinate policy development and implementation with other conservation organizations and agencies; and build creative and enduring partnerships to support DU’s policy efforts.
  • Incorporate social, economic and biological information into policy strategy development. 
  • Raise the profile and visibility of Ducks Unlimited as a leader in conservation policy efforts throughout the Region. 
  • Serve on the Great Plains Regional Management Team and Regional Leadership team providing strategic thinking and planning as well as budget development and planning. 
  • As necessary, manage other staff such as Government Affairs Representative, contract and temporary employees.
  • Promote a cohesive team of staff and DU volunteers within the region to implement a strong and effective regional policy program.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in public policy or another appropriate field.  An advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience in public policy development and execution, law, government relations, campaigns or another advocacy.
  • Experience and proven record of strategic messaging and coalition building.
  • Experience and proven record of crafting legislation and leading bi-partisan advocacy efforts with broad stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively approach conservation policy development.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate strategic policy efforts among diverse stakeholders and partners. 
  • Understanding of complex policy campaign organization and execution.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit fundraising efforts desirable.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate complex public policy matters verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work with both internal and external stakeholders to develop, plan and implement strategies related to Ducks Unlimited’s public policy and government affairs interests and efforts.
  • Ability to travel frequently and work effectively away from home or office.

This position will be based in the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND.

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=193311&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references. For more information regarding this position, contact Gildo Tori at Ducks Unlimited at (734) 646-5105 or gtori@ducks.org. Application deadline is November 30, 2018.  


PROJECT COORDINATOR

Contracting/Grants Management
Vancouver Office

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an exciting opportunity for an entry-level Project Coordinator familiar with Contracts/Grants Management based in our Western Region Satellite Office located in Vancouver, Washington. 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Review of government contracts and grants, specifically for accounting, financial reporting requirements, and compliance provisions
  • Assist staff with the development and compliance of agreements
  • Assist engineers with bidding out projects, writing contracts to subcontractors, tracking subcontracts, change orders, and insurance/bonding requirements, completing lien releases
  • Work with teams of biologists and engineers to deliver wetlands projects 
  • Document scanning and control, maintaining project documentation in a standardized and organized manner
  • Adhere to government and internal Procurement regulations  
  • Provide project tracking using internal databases from inception to close out
  • Perform various administrative tasks as needed, and serve as back-up to the Administrative Assistant

Key Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s or associate degree in Business Administration or Accounting, preferred  
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a comparable position 
  • 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

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=193280&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references by Friday, November 2, 2018. For more information regarding this position, 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.


Regional Engineer - San Joaquin Valley, California
 

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

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

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

Specific duties include:

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

To apply, please 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=193276&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references. 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.


Coordinator of Development Operations
National Headquarters ~ Memphis, Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Coordinator of Development Operations to assist the Development Operations management team with all operational activities of the department with a focus on pledge processing, President’s Council, donor relations, National Convention and reporting.  Primary responsibilities include:

  • Process Major Sponsor pledges to include adding or updating contact, salutation, and other demographic information.
  • Assist the Director of Donor Relations to support the President’s Council program to include preparing tumbler/pin packets for mailing, sending thank you packets to President, coordinating holiday card/gift mailing, activity entry, event invitations and eblast coordination.
  • Coordinate Major Sponsor event invitations as requested by the Director of Donor Relations.
  • Coordinate stewardship mailings – annual report, calendar, special mailings.
  • Prepare invoices for approval, complete department check requests and assist as requested with the annual budget preparation.
  • Coordinate Major Sponsor award spreadsheets, prepare scripts and assist with the logistics of National Convention.
  • Assist with the monthly transfer reports for DU Canada and DU Mexico.
  • Assist with data support for stewardship and solicitation.
  • Work with the Manager to coordinate updates and revisions to the department’s process and procedures manual.
  • Coordinate development department materials on DUNEST and assist Director of Donor Relations to maintain development content on ducks.org.
  • Provide personalized customer service to Major Sponsors and assist with all department mailings.
  • Provide administrative support to Managing Director of Development Operations, Director of Prospect Development and Director of Donor Relations.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years fundraising or related experience.  Candidates must also have ability to analyze and synthesize data and produce readable, informative reports; possess strong Microsoft Office computer skills, advanced spreadsheet and relational database expertise; and the ability to handle confidential information with exceptional judgment and discretion. Must be able to problem-solve and troubleshoot, work independently but collaboratively in a dynamic team and have a passion for excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality.  A demonstrated ability to work in a high pressure, fast-paced environment with changing priorities and multiple projects along with a commitment to the mission of Ducks Unlimited are also desirable. The Coordinator of Development Operations reports to the Manager of Development Operations and is based at the National Headquarters in Memphis, TN.

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=192074&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, and submit a cover letter and resume indicating your qualifications and outlining why you are interested in the position.  For further information regarding this position please contact Jenna Sanchez at jsanchez@ducks.org.  Resume review will begin on November 9, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


Director of Foundation Relations
Western Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Foundation Relations with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the development efforts in the eight-state Western Region.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts from private and corporate foundations to support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited.
  • Coordinate with conservation and development colleagues to develop proposals and secure funding for Ducks Unlimited’s priority initiatives.
  • Provide the expertise to advance Ducks Unlimited’s interests by researching and identifying sources of support, proactively seeking new opportunities based on corporate/foundation guidelines and interests, and maintaining strong communication ties with foundation donors and prospects.
  • Partner with the event fundraising staff to raise awareness of DU’s major gift program to increase major gift revenue in the region.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide volunteers to assist with major gift fundraising.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on foundation and corporate 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 with an emphasis on the skills needed to write a compelling solicitation proposal
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations
  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly corporate and foundation fundraising techniques
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
  • 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 major gift fundraising, experience with comprehensive campaigns, relationships and a working knowledge of the philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  The selected candidate must be willing to work hours that extend beyond the typical workday and workweek throughout the year; occasional overnight travel is required.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  This position reports to the Senior Director of Foundation Relations and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the region.

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=192072&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and submit a cover letter, a writing sample (proposal, LOI or related fundraising piece) and resume indicating your qualifications and outlining why you are interested in the position.  For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact Tona Simpson at tsimpson@ducks.org.  Position is open until filled.


Director of Donor Relations
Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Donor Relations with the following primary responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and lead a successful and integrated donor relations program with a focus on incorporating all relevant partners.
  • Serve as primary liaison with the communications team on development program projects to include Ducks Unlimited Magazine, the annual report, web-based and social media sites, and e-communication.
  • Provide leadership and management for the major donor annual giving program.  Serve as liaison with Membership to increase annual giving and better steward donors at all giving levels.
  • Coordinate various stewardship activities with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Duck Unlimited de Mexico.
  • Ensure donors are acknowledged and recognized to strengthen and increase their financial support for Ducks Unlimited.
  • Serve as a liaison and specialist to development team in order to provide cultivation and stewardship assistance for individual donors and prospects. Create innovative programs and projects to recognize and steward donors.
  • Direct the development and implementation of strategic donor communication plan incorporating multiple mediums. 
  • Coordinate with field team to manage major donor event activities (field experiences, evenings of conservation, project dedications, major donor hunts) to include maintaining department event calendar, managing invitations, creating/maintaining photo archive and publicizing through appropriate communication vehicles.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of fundraising experience which includes at least four years of development or advancement services experience.  Additional qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Superb communications, writing, and presentation skills
  • Ability to persuasively convey the mission of DU
  • Proficiency in prioritizing and managing multiple, diverse and on-going projects
  • Proven success in building and maintaining long-term effective partnerships with fundraising constituents and staff
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in development 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.   Interpersonal skills, ability to appropriately manage sensitive and confidential information, experience with comprehensive campaigns, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel and experience working with a complex donor database preferred. 

This position reports to the Managing Director of Development Operations 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; overnight travel is required.

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=192052&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For further information regarding this position or to request aplicatiplease contact Kathy McCollum at kmccollum@ducks.org.  Position open until filled.

Accounting Clerk
Bismarck, ND

Ducks Unlimited has an opening for a part-time accounting clerk (approximately 24 hours per week) in our Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
Job duties include accounts payable entry; file research and management; vendor reimbursement preparation; financial tracking; expense report and invoice review; engineering administrative back-up. The position will also assist the regional accounting staff with database management, agreement coordination and contract compliance; as well as other clerical duties as required.

Qualifications:
Applicant must be detail-oriented with high level of accuracy; have strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task; ability to work independently and as a team member; strong computer skills including knowledge of databases and Microsoft Office products; must be a self-starter.

Application:
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=191312&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a letter of interest (including salary requirements), resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references. A clean driving record and drug test will also be required. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org. 


Chief Executive Officer
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer to lead our nation’s premier science-based wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization.

About Ducks Unlimited: Vision and Values

Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited’ s (DU) mission statement is the following: 

“To conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.”

DU’s fundamental values and beliefs not only help shape the organization’s identity but also strongly influence how it responds to challenges and opportunities. Woven into the fabric of DU’s culture, these guiding principles represent key attributes of its brand and serve to unite and inspire volunteers, staff and supporters around DU’s mission.

  • We believe it is our responsibility to be a strong and effective leader in conserving wetlands and other habitat for waterfowl. As a leader, we strive to inspire support for our mission and to collaborate with conservation partners who share common goals and values.
  • We place a high value on credibility and believe that science-based research and analysis should guide program development, delivery, and evaluation.
  • We hold ourselves and our organization to high ethical standards. We value excellence,
  • transparency, and accountability, and we commit to treating people, wildlife, and the DU brand with the utmost respect.
  • We believe DU’s strongest asset resides in the power of dedicated volunteers and professional staff working together to achieve our objectives. The strength of this volunteer-staff partnership, and the history and traditions surrounding it, constitute a key competitive advantage for our organization.
  • We embrace and celebrate our waterfowl hunting heritage and strive to share the many benefits of an outdoor lifestyle with new generations. A personal connection between people and wildlife helps strengthen the conservation foundation of our nation.
  • We believe in using supporters’ contributions efficiently and effectively, and we commit at least 80 percent of our resources to our conservation mission through good economic times and bad.

DU is guided by strategic goals, which serve to anchor the conservation, policy, and revenue objectives of the organization. DU’s strategic goals serve as a “blueprint” for the organization’s work to protect, restore, and manage waterfowl habitats in DU’s landscape conservation priority areas. Since its founding DU has embraced a “singleness of purpose,” a goal-oriented devotion to its mission of conserving habitat for North America’s waterfowl. Rooted in the bold vision of DU’s founding fathers, this tradition has resulted in the conservation of more than 14 million acres of waterfowl habitat across the continent. Ducks Unlimited, whose vision and mission have been clear since 1937, is built on the passion of its volunteers, members, and staff who collectively demonstrate a powerful commitment to the vision of “wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.”

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

About the Position: Chief Executive Officer
In the long and distinguished history of DU, there have been only five previous CEOs.  The new CEO will be the staff leader of Ducks Unlimited and must possess the skills, knowledge and ability to motivate staff and volunteers to advance DU’s mission and increase focus on mission delivery and organizational growth, while remaining committed to the financial strength of Ducks Unlimited.  

Moreover, the new CEO will provide the vision and energy to continue DU’s science-based conservation leadership role into the future. The CEO must provide leadership that instills trust, honesty and integrity in all aspects of DU mission. The staff, volunteers and public must be able to have faith that the communications they receive from the CEO can be taken at face value. In the not-for-profit business where no product is received in return for revenue, TRUST is the most valuable commodity. The CEO must be held to the highest standards of truthfulness and integrity. In addition, the CEO must possess the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to convey vital information to both the staff and volunteers regarding DU activities.  Only through clear and unambiguous communication can a large, geographically dispersed team know the game plan, their roles and the information necessary to achieve success. In the role as staff leader, the CEO must demonstrate with energy and excitement an innovative and creative outlook on advancing DU’s conservation mission. The CEO must embrace opportunities that come from change and that drive results. The ability to remain focused on the long-standing DU mission, while being energized and excited by creativity from the entire enterprise, is essential.

The CEO also serves a significant role in advancing DU’s public policy goals. Understanding the roles of Congress, legislatures, federal and state agencies, and the opportunities they provide is an essential attribute the CEO must possess. The CEO of DU must recognize the immense talent within DU staff and volunteers that provides the ability to solve any problem that might emerge. By doing so, the CEO will rightfully show respect and deference to those skill sets and provide his/her support in any way possible, always giving the TEAM credit. The CEO will serve in an organization that has a rich diversity of people. The CEO reports to the President and serves the Board of Directors. The CEO is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

The broad goals and responsibilities for the CEO are the following:

  • To create a seamless executive transition and continue to build a dynamic, effective, senior leadership team in support of DU’s volunteers, members and supporters. 
  • To complete development of a National Business Plan to guide the day-to-day activities of DU in meeting its programs, policy and revenue objectives.
  • To work closely with the President of Wetlands America Trust regarding all activities of Wetlands America Trust, particularly on major donor fundraising. Serves as a voting member of the Wetlands America Trust Board.
  • To support the development and a vibrant future by continuing to cultivate, expand and make best use of DU’s shared leadership structure of board and committee volunteer leaders, staff and members alike. 
  • To identify and seize opportunities to build dynamic partnerships with corporate enterprises that overlap with the conservation/education/science mission objectives of Ducks Unlimited.
  • To expand the reach and public recognition of DU by developing innovative marketing and strategic communication activities that continue to position DU as the nation’s premier grassroots waterfowl habitat conservation organization.
  • To manage a team of professional staff who possess the capacity to fulfill the organization’s mission.

DU could achieve nothing without the passionate commitment of its members, volunteers, and many other supporters. With more than one million supporters and a staff of approximately 580, in FY2017 DU’s total revenues exceeded $225 million; total assets are approximately $274 million, and the combined endowments are $72 million. In FY2017, this support allowed the organization to deliver more than 245,000 acres of waterfowl habitat conservation in the United States alone. These accomplishments were achieved only through the dedication of DU’s volunteers. Each year, the organization’s conservation success stems from the passion, commitment and dedication of Ducks Unlimited supporters, volunteers, partners and professional staff. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Ducks Unlimited has offices in Mississippi, California, North Dakota, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.  As a continental conservation organization, DU partners with two highly aligned organizations – Duck Unlimited Canada and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico. The shared strategic assets of board, staff, and financial support create a powerful alignment to achieve mission delivery for waterfowl habitat, forest and watershed, and outdoor recreation.  
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

The CEO should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • A commitment to DU’s mission and a demonstrated passion for waterfowl hunting, wildlife and habitat conservation.
  • A capacity to engage, motivate and mobilize people, particularly leaders, volunteers, and supporters in joint and shared enterprises.
  • Demonstrated understanding in supporting a comprehensive fundraising program.
  • Successful experience in developing and managing a complex budget and working with a board that has governing oversight for the business enterprise.
  • A management style that is goal oriented, but flexible; that respects the capabilities and independence of volunteers and staff alike and provides them with a clear sense of direction.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel extensively, often for weekend and evening meetings.
  • Ability to think strategically, tactically and creatively.
  • Visionary, articulate, and diplomatic.
  • Trustworthy and possessing the highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.
  • High energy level and an optimistic outlook on life. 

Compensation
Compensation for the Chief Executive Officer includes a competitive base salary, performance bonus 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/CEO in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

All correspondence will remain confidential.


Digital Fundraising Specialist
DU National Headquarters – Memphis, TN

Overview:
The Digital Fundraising Specialist is responsible for growing the DU online audience and revenue through the development and implementation of digital fundraising strategies. In particular, this person will focus on creating, executing and analyzing campaigns on DU’s various digital platforms to drive fundraising revenue and membership. 

Reporting to the Director of Digital Media & Marketing, this position will work closely with Digital Media and Direct Response teams to effectively manage hundreds of digital campaigns each year.

Background:
Since Ducks Unlimited began online fundraising in 2007, the Digital Media & Marketing team has worked closely with the Direct Response team to execute digital campaigns. During this time, more than $24 million has been raised through website and email solicitations. However, as DU’s social media footprint has expanded in recent years, fundraising efforts on Facebook alone have generated nearly $2 million and more than 50,000 members. 

Looking ahead, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other channels will continue to offer unique opportunities that will impact bottom line financials. As these efforts increase, the Digital Fundraising Specialist will be responsible for developing, executing and measuring social media and other online campaigns, with specific emphasis on Direct Response digital fundraising.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Generate unique ideas for fundraising campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. with a keen understanding of the differences between each platform and how people engage with each
  • Set up dedicated landing pages for membership and fundraising offers using CMS 
  • Create and measure membership and fundraising campaigns using Facebook Ads
  • Working closely with the Direct Response team, develop and manage targeted email fundraising campaigns
  • Enhance the donor/member customer experience through the development of specific acknowledgement and on-boarding strategies
  • Develop new custom and lookalike audiences
  • Create retargeting campaigns based on user behavior and activities on the DU website, mobile app, email, etc.
  • Provide in-depth reports and analysis to direct response staff
  • Manage overall digital marketing calendar 
  • Execute conversion testing using split and multivariate models within Facebook ads
  • Access digital assets (photos, video, etc.) for social media and email campaigns
  • Provide support for annual year-end fundraising campaign
  • Analyze Google Analytics and other software to measure results and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Collaborate with vendors to manage Google/Bing PPC campaigns
  • Provide recommendations for new campaigns based on other digital marketing programs
  • Collaborate with Digital Media Editorial staff to schedule campaigns in a busy editorial calendar
  • Create new ideas for digital campaigns based on the latest trends in social media
  • Work closely with Digital Media Specialist to optimize and analyze direct response email campaigns
  • Assist in other digital communication and marketing projects as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Marketing, MIS, Communications or related major
  • Outstanding communication abilities: Written, oral and presentation skills
  • Proficient in the use of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.
  • 1 or more years of experience using Facebook Ad Manager
  • 1 or more years of experience creating, deploying and measuring email marketing campaigns
  • 1-2 years of experience using website content management tools (proprietary or commercial software)
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong understanding of the role mobile apps and devices play  
  • Proficient with Photoshop or similar graphic editing software
  • Working knowledge and general understanding of HTML, CSS
  • Experience using Google Analytics to measure website 
  • Previous experience working in the non-profit sector considered a plus
  • Familiarity with conservation and waterfowl hunting considered a plus
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud CRM considered a plus

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=189571&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001, and attach a cover letter, resume and references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Anthony Jones at ajones@ducks.org.


Regional Engineer - San Francisco Bay Area
California

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA. The 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The position will be based out of an office in Vallejo, CA.

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

To apply please complete the materials by going to the link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=185592&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited
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.


 

PAY TRANSPARENCY NONDISCRIMINATION PROVISION
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information