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.

Accounting & Audit Internship
Memphis, TN

Print Advertising Specialist
Memphis, TN

Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Hanahan, SC

Project Coordinator
Vancouver, WA

Engineer Intern
Spokane, WA

Regional Biologist
South Atlantic - Florida

Governmental Communications Manager
Washington, DC

Director of Human Resources
Memphis, TN

Regional Engineer
Rancho Cordova, CA

Chief Policy Officer
Memphis, TN

Conservation Lands Coordinator
MS, AR, LA

Manager of Land Protection
Bismarck, ND

Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN 

Regional Engineers
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Regional Biologist
Rancho Cordova, California


Accounting & Audit Internship

Ducks Unlimited’s Accounting and Internal Audit Departments provide internship opportunities for accounting students who have completed the majority of their undergraduate accounting classes or who are in a Masters of accounting or business administration graduate program. DU offers our accounting interns intellectually stimulating exposure to the conservation efforts of the leading nonprofit organization in waterfowl and wetlands conservation in North America.

At the end of the internship, the intern will have gained experience with daily cash management, fixed assets module updates, general ledger account reconciliations, sales and use tax, and internal audit procedures. 

This is a 10 – 15 hour per week temporary position located at Ducks Unlimited’s national headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee. DU will be happy to accommodate the student’s course schedule with respect to the specific days and hours of the day when the work would take place, although our regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. 

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=299742&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter and resume. For further information regarding this position, please contact Eric Whaley at ewhaley@ducks.org.  To request application materials please contact:
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Human Resources
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN. 38120
hr@ducks.org


Print Advertising Specialist
National Headquarters - Memphis, Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Print Advertising Specialist to handle the operational duties that support the organizations print media properties and advertising sales.

Primary Responsibilities Include:   

  • Support the Director of Advertising and sales team in the coordination of proposal development.  
  • Collect and manage print advertising materials ensuring they meet technical guidelines and quality standards.   
  • Collaborates closely with editorial and design team for pagination and layout of each magazine while making sure all advertising requirements are met.  
  • Manage advertising accounting which includes generating insertion orders, invoicing, processing payments, sales rep commissions and collection follow-up as needed.  
  • Point person for all magazine audit reports which include Rapid Reports, Publisher Statements and annual circulation audit.  
  • Assist with advertising sales reporting, provide general support and other duties as assigned.   

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years’ experience in magazine operations, advertising, marketing or a related field. This position requires the ability to handle multiple projects, being highly organized and possess a keen attention to detail. The successful candidate will have an affinity for Ducks Unlimited’s mission and programs, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. 

Additional Qualifications Include:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in advertising, marketing, integrated marketing communications or related field.  
  • Familiarity with marketing communications and sales promotion.  
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team building skills.  
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills.   
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. High attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required – including the ability to prioritize and multi-task several projects simultaneously.  
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), Dynamics 365 and other online search tools.  
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize data and produce readable, informative reports.  
  • Ability to handle confidential information with exceptional judgment and discretion.  
  • Flexible and adaptable to new programs in an emerging and changing environment.   

The Print 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. Resume review will begin on September 16, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=299741&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references. For further information regarding this position please contact: 
Beth Bryan
Director of Advertising
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
bbryan@ducks.org 


PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
South Atlantic Field Office, Hanahan, SC

QUALIFICATIONS:
-Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
-Excellent organizational skills.
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal skills.
-Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction on given assignments.
-Detail oriented; possess strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
-Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments for multiple managers from three different DU capacities, plus the request of volunteer members. 
-Self-starter; ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality.
-High school diploma required; associates or bachelor’s degree preferred.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:
-Administrative support for Conservation, Major Donor Development and Event Fundraising.
-Coordinate bill payments, expense reports, credit card statements, etc.
-Assist with grant copying and submissions, including file creation and upkeep.
-Support Conservation with landowner outreach, including periodic mailings and monitoring requirements.
-Manage office involvement with meetings and conventions, along with assistance in the organization of special events such as tributes, dedications and partner 
celebrations.
-Assist Development with processing of pledges to ensure correct coding to specific projects or tributes. 
-Help create and maintain mailings for each department.
-Maintain and update rosters, distribution lists, and monthly calendars. Event Fundraising in particular keeps a very detail roster that will need to be updated 
continuously. 
-Assistance to Event Fundraising of applying for the SC Raffle permit for each SC chapter.
-Coordination of thank you letters to all Event Fundraising Area Chairmen after DU events.
-Data entry and management of the DU membership system.
-Help prepare documents and presentations for conventions and special events.
-Other miscellaneous copying, collating, other administrative duties as necessary. 
-Assist with answering the phone, mail distribution, shipping requirements.
-Maintain organization of office to keep work needs running smoothly, such as office supply orders, maintenance repair request and equipment inventory.
-Assist with management of fleet vehicles, including mileage logs.
-Other duties as assigned.

RELATIONSHIPS:
-Provides support to Conservation, Development and Event Fundraising staff, along to various DU volunteers located throughout the South Atlantic region.
-This position will report to the Director of Conservation Programs in the DU South Atlantic Field Office in Hanahan, South Carolina. 

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=299737&source=CC3&lang=en_US  and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references by August 23, 2019. Questions regarding the position can be directed to: 
James A. Rader
Director of Conservation Programs
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Southern Regional Office; South Atlantic
1010 Bankton Circle; Suite 200
Hanahan, SC 29410
jrader@ducks.org
Office #843.261.5751


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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=299692&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and references. Application deadline is Friday, August 30, 2019.

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.


Engineer Intern – Spokane WA 

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 in delivering wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Duration of the internship will be up to 6 months.
Responsibilities will include assisting the engineering staff with surveys, design, drafting, and construction management on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects.  The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting in the completion of topographic surveys, collection of other field data, engineering plans and specifications, and construction monitoring duties.  This position may require some travel.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have at a minimum, completed a junior-level year towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited college.
  • Applicants should have a basic knowledge of standard survey techniques, field data collection, drafting, and construction management.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as inter-personal skills, are required.
  • Ability to use MS Excel and Word
  • Basic knowledge of AUTOCAD Civil3d, GIS Software and engineering related software.
  • Self-motivated and goal oriented.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours if needed, willingness to work independently, ability to work in inclement weather, ability to do some physical labor.
  • Ability to learn to operate ATV and outboard boats if required.

To apply:  Please fill out the application materials from this link: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=298832&source=CC3&lang=en_US   and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references.  For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact:  Linda McMahon, Executive Assistant, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 17700 SE Mill Plain Blvd. Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98683, Email: lmcmahon@ducks.org. 


Regional Biologist – South Atlantic: Florida
 

The Southern Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced biologist to join our South Atlantic Conservation Team. We seek a highly-motivated, self-starting, collaborative individual to work as a key member of a team of biologists, engineers and land protection professionals that are based out of Hanahan, South Carolina. The successful applicant will assist with implementing conservation projects on private and public lands and will have a primary focus on implementing and increasing project delivery in Florida. The responsibility of the position will primarily be the protection, enhancement and restoration of wetlands and associated habitats important to waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife species.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field; an advanced degree is desired. Applicants must also have at least five years of relevant experience and have a strong knowledge of biological principles and practices. Field experience with waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds, as well as wetland ecology and management (moist-soil, coastal marsh, forested wetlands) is a primary consideration for this position. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Proven proposal/grant writing skills and project management capabilities are necessary. Familiarity with the region’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial. Applicants should be knowledgeable about state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws/regulations. Examples include (but are not limited to) the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, National Coastal Wetlands Grants, Restore Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act.

Duties and Responsibilities: The ideal candidate will be a self-starter adept at identifying opportunities focused on enhancement, restoration, acquisition and protection of wetlands and associated habitats to fulfill DU’s conservation objectives within the South Atlantic. The incumbent biologist will be responsible for project development and management. Project development duties include identifying potential projects, developing/maintaining relationships with public and private partners, and obtaining funding from a wide variety of sources for project work. This also includes writing and submitting proposals to various agencies, foundations and other funding sources to secure project funds. Project management responsibilities include development of agreements, project accounting, planning, permitting, implementation and reporting in collaboration and coordination with agency partners and other stakeholder groups, DU biological and engineering staff, consultants and regulatory agencies to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects. He/she must also assist with fundraising and outreach events, represent DU at wetland conservation venues, and help with other conservation activities. He/she would be required to establish and maintain relationships with key DU volunteers and fundraising staff and provide DU management with timely communication on project work/issues. Finally, he/she would assist communication staff with developing information to educate and promote DU’s wetland conservation efforts. Working hours for this position is a balance of office and field work and the approximate allocation of time is dependent on scheduling, seasonal priorities and other factors.

This position location will be determined based on the candidate selection. The position will report to the Director of Conservation Programs in the DU South Atlantic Field Office in Hanahan, South Carolina.

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=298196&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references. Questions regarding the position can be directed to James Rader. Deadline for receipt of application is August 30, 2018.
James A. Rader
Director of Conservation Programs
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Southern Regional Office; South Atlantic
1010 Bankton Circle; Suite 200
Hanahan, SC 29410
jrader@ducks.orgOpens a New Window.
Office 843.261.5751  


Governmental Communications Manager
Washington, D.C.

Ducks Unlimited seeks an experienced and motivated communications professional to lead our public policy office’s advocacy communications and public outreach efforts. The selected individual will create and implement a national media plan to achieve policy objectives; establish media relationships and place stories in national and regional print and broadcast media; serve as the point of contact for information requests and interviews and coordinate on other communications projects with regional colleagues.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing wetland habitat. The position is responsible for educating legislators, DU volunteers, members and key stakeholders to the impact of wetland conservation, including benefits to wildlife and the importance of wetlands to water quality and other ecological services across North America.

Candidates must be highly motivated self-starters and have 3-5 years hands-on experience in communications. Must be able to conceive plans and possess very strong writing and speaking skills and manage distribution of communications materials to the highest professional standard. Position reports to DU’s Director of Communications but will work in DU’s Governmental Affairs Office in Washington.

Required Qualifications:

  • Degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field.
  • Knowledge of congressional process and congressional press corps, and/or familiarity with wildlife- and sportsmen-related conservation issues.  
  • Ability to travel.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of and experience using social media platforms.
  • Experience managing a website through a content management system.
  • Ability to use a video camera and/or edit short videos.
  • Proficiency in graphic design, photo editing (Adobe software) and media software (Cision).


Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with individual policy staff (D.C. and regionally based) to create, implement and expand strategic communications plans to support and reach national and regional policy goals.
  • Promote engagement from a strong volunteer membership on policy priorities.
  • Author and manage nationally distributed monthly conservation policy newsletter, as well as a weekly policy priority update to an internal audience.
  • Coordinate with national and regional communications staff to further public policy objectives.
  • Act as a point of contact for other conservation organizations to coordinate multi-group communication activities and events.
  • Develop media relations with reporters in both outdoor and national outlets; responsible for placement of stories in national, regional and local print and broadcast.
  • Coordinate communication efforts between congressional and federal executive branch offices and Ducks Unlimited.
  • Pitch and respond to requests for media and interviews.
  • Monitor and report to an internal audience on relevant media activity.
  • Write and coordinate distribution of press releases, letters to the editor, talking points and other information and advocacy materials.
  • Assist in coordination of the annual DU Capitol Hill Dinner & Auction and other GAO events, including preparation of invitations, programs, banners, handouts, etc.
  • Identify new communications opportunities to keep DU members and staff, congressional offices and media informed of our policy positions.


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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=298093&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and references along with three relevant writing samples. For further information regarding this position, please contact James Powell at jpowell@ducks.org.  To request application materials, please contact: 
Human Resources
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
hr@ducks.org


Director of Human Resources
National Headquarters – Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation is seeking a qualified candidate for Director of Human Resources to be located at our National Headquarters in Memphis, TN.  DU employs approximately 550 employees throughout the United States with offices in North Dakota, Mississippi, California, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Last year DU conserved over 400,000 acres and has an annual operating budget of $240,000,000.

Summary:
The Director of Human Resources serves as a member of DU’s Senior Leadership Team.  This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) while working closely with the CEO and other members of the leadership team.  The Director of Human Resources serves as the primary liaison to DU’s Personnel Policy Committee of the Board.

This position is responsible for providing Human Resources services for National Headquarters and related locations across the United States.  The HR Director develops and ensures compliance with DU’s human resources philosophy, policies and procedures including employee recruitment, employee relations, compensation management, payroll, employee training and development, employee benefits administration, and affirmative action plan development and implementation.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide visionary executive HR leadership serving as a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, working closely with the CEO and COO.
  • Formulates and implements strategic and business plans within the governance framework of the Senior Leadership Team, Personnel Policy Committee, and the Board to enhance DU’s ability to achieve its mission. 
  • Provide direct leadership for a team of 5 HR professionals.
  • Responsible for managing the employee relations function within National Headquarters and related Regions across the U.S.
  • Facilitates the employment function for National Headquarters and related locations.
  • Oversees the administration of the HRIS/Payroll process.
  • Designs and administers DU’s Compensation Management Program, including market compensation research, merit adjustments, variable compensation and incentive programs.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive succession plan to meet the future needs of the organization.
  • Analyze and monitor employee benefit programs for value, competitiveness, service and costs.
  • Ensures Ducks Unlimited Complies with all the various employment laws and regulations.


Requirements:

  • 10-15+ years of progressive HR leadership experience
  • Strong knowledge of business operations and a solid financial acumen
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a PHR or SPHR Certification preferred
  • 5+ years management experience required with prior experience serving as a member of a senior leadership team.  Experience supporting the Board of Directors and/or personal board experience is 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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=297474&source=CC3&lang=en_US, and attach a cover letter, resume and references. For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact:  
Wayne Dierks, Director, Human Resources
Ducks Unlimited
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, Tn 38120


Regional Engineer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer to be headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in 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 restoration and water delivery infrastructure projects in the Sacramento Valley. This position may be full or part-time. 

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 fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=296071&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials please contact:
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Western Regional Office
3074 Gold Canal Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Email: mcamacho@ducks.org


Chief Policy Officer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is seeking to recruit a dynamic and motivated leader to serve as Chief Policy Officer.

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 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.”

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 – Ducks 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.  

In addition to a robust and dynamic national grassroots membership, Ducks Unlimited is also guided by the leadership of Wetlands America Trust (WAT). The goal of WAT is to provide specialized financial and philanthropic support to Ducks Unlimited. It's been that way since WAT was created more than 25 years ago. WAT is comprised of Fortune 50 business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, and volunteer leaders from DU’s national Board, DU Canada’s Board and DU de Mexico.  WAT’s principle role is the fiduciary responsibility for DU's endowment and land holdings. WAT is also one of the nation's largest accredited land trusts, holding conservation easements on more than 400,000 acres.

About the Position: Chief Policy Officer
The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) serves as a member of DU’s Executive Leadership Team.  Reporting to DU’s Chief Operating Officer, Nick Wiley, the CPO will work closely with DU’s CEO Adam Putnam, and the entire DU Leadership Team.   The CPO will also serve as the primary liaison to DU’s Board Public Policy Committee.  As such, the CPO will help steward DU’s comprehensive policy and legislative affairs program nationwide to support DU’s mission.  One of DU’s greatest strengths are its grassroots members.  The CPO will work to help motivate and mobilize DU’s grassroots members and foster a positive relationship with DU’s volunteer leadership.  The CPO guides DU national policy staff team of 10-12 professionals and directs a budget of approximately $3.5 million.  Ideally, the CPO will be based in Memphis, Tennessee at DU’s National Headquarters. However, thoughtful consideration will be given to the new CPO being based outside of Memphis. 

The broad goals and responsibilities for the CPO are the following:
Goals:

  • To champion DU’s national policy efforts and to address opportunities to engage in natural infrastructure legislation, policies governing an array of agricultural, land and water related interests, mitigation funding for wetland and other conservation priorities, etc. 
  • To engage DU’s volunteer and grassroots leadership in deepening their understanding and support for a forward-looking national conservation policy agenda. 
  • To implement a comprehensive and evolving policy strategy to advance the goals of North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund, FEMA Disaster Recovery, and other policy opportunities that will generate funding and support for DU’s mission. 
  • To collaborate with DU’s Board Public Policy Committee, WAT’s Government Affairs Committee to address current and emerging national policy issues and seek opportunities to mobilize DU’s major donors and grassroots in support of DU’s policy agenda. 
  • To support DU’s fundraising efforts with grassroots activities, major donor solicitation, philanthropic and corporate engagement. 

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the lead liaison to Wetland America Trust’s (WAT) Government Affairs Committee in advancing WAT’s critical public policy initiatives and interests. 
  • Serve as DU’s senior lobbyist – supporting national and regional level outreach and engagement. 
  • To build strong working relationships and partnerships with Congressional leaders, Federal and State agency leaders, Fish and Wildlife agency leaders, nonprofit and philanthropic sector leadership and other aligned science-based conservation-oriented organizations.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with DU’s corporate conservation partners to support mutually beneficial policy efforts and outcomes.
  • Develop and coordinate internal and external policies and directives to ensure organizational compliance with governmental laws and regulations.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Substantial experience (10+ years) in conservation and public policy at the Federal and State level.
  • A passionate commitment to DU’s mission, waterfowl hunting and conservation lifestyle and possessing an authentic conservation ethic. 
  • A capacity to engage, motivate and mobilize DU’s major donors, corporate partners and grassroots base in support of critical state and national public policy priorities.
  • An engaging personal presence, trustworthy and possessing the highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.
  • Demonstrated experience working on a bipartisan basis in shaping legislation and policy goals which build science-based solutions to complex and often competing political imperatives.
  • 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.

Compensation:
Compensation for the Chief Policy 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/CPO in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.  All correspondence will remain confidential.


Conservation Lands Coordinator – MS Alluvial Valley
 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), the world’s leading waterfowl and wetland conservation organization, is seeking qualified candidates for a Conservation Lands Coordinator to join a great team of professionals and deliver our land conservation program in the three-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. DU and its Accredited land trust arm, Wetlands America Trust, Inc. (WAT), currently has a conservation easement portfolio consisting of more than 185,000 acres in this geography. We are seeking an experienced individual to work with landowners and other partners on donated / bargain sale easements and fee-title acquisitions, and opportunities in revolving lands, land donations, mitigation, and eco-assets. 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.

The successful candidate will serve as the primary contact for state, federal, non-profit and private landowner conservation partners in matters related to land conservation with a primary area of responsibility in the MS Alluvial Valley and varied potential opportunities within the Gulf Coast regions of Louisiana and Texas. The Coordinator will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance for program activities and issues. The Coordinator will be expected to cooperate with our biological and fundraising staff, as well as the Regional Lands Manager on a routine basis. The Coordinator will play a key role in DU’s long-term success by enabling the organization to build, nurture, and maintain strong relationships with landowners and conservation partners as well as future opportunities with corporate and public sustainability efforts. This position provides opportunities to work with many private and public partners on diverse land conservation issues in a large, critically-important DU service area.

Duties and Responsibilities: 
*Plan, coordinate and implement a comprehensive lands program to conserve wetlands and associated habitats to achieve defined conservation objectives. 
*Function as the primary contact for land program activities including negotiating and managing conservation land efforts including all associated transactional activities. *This includes working closely with legal and environmental consultants, foresters and appraisers to assure compliance with DU/WAT procedures.
*Steward private landowners, other conservation partners and government agencies in making informed decisions relative to land conservation opportunities, completing l 
ands transactions, and ensuring compliance with easement terms and that the wetland and waterfowl conservation values of the properties are maintained in perpetuity.
*Build successful partnerships with entities to fund program strategies and their implementation as well as provide leadership within the land conservation community. 
*Work with Development (fundraising) staff to obtain conservation easement endowment contributions and identify/ steward potential major donors (including existing and 
new easement landowners, foundations, corporations) for philanthropic gifts. 
*Coordinate and/or conduct preliminary property inspections, due diligence and annual monitoring of conservation easements. Maintaining all files and records relative to 
land protection activities.
*Assist the Regional Lands Manager with drafting necessary legal documents and other transaction documents as needed.
*Promote lands conservation efforts via engagement, outreach and education. 
*Develop funding proposals to support the lands program or fulfill program needs.
*Provide forward thinking and vision toward growing a diverse lands program to fulfill DU’s mission.  

Qualifications: 
*Bachelor’s degree (MS preferred) in conservation, natural resource management, land use planning, land management or a related field. Farming and forestry background 
beneficial. 
*Minimum of three years of professional experience related to land use planning, real estate and/or conservation transactions (both conservation easements and fee 
acquisitions); or project management; more experience strongly preferred. 
*Demonstrated ability to independently initiate, structure, negotiate, manage and close complex land transactions. 
*Experience working with diverse public and private interests. 
*Outstanding verbal and interpersonal communication skills; exceptional written communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a 
diverse conservation team. 
*Professional interests that align strongly with DU’s conservation mission and vision. 
*Desire and demonstrated ability to identify and address personal knowledge gaps; to learn on the job; and to cultivate sources of knowledge, expertise, and skill.
*Able and willing to travel frequently within the region of responsibility and occasionally beyond the service area.

This position will be located at the Southern Regional Office in Ridgeland, MS and will report to the Director of Conservation Programs - MAV. 

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=294468&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For additional information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Scott Manley, Director of Conservation Programs - MAV, 601-956-1936, or smanley@ducks.org.


Manager of Land Protection
Great Plains Region – North Dakota
 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking qualified candidates for a Manager of Land Protection for its seven-state Great Plains Region. The mission of Ducks Unlimited is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Because of its importance to North America’s duck populations, the Great Plains region is a top priority in Ducks Unlimited’s international conservation plan. Land protection efforts in the Great Plains are focused on working with willing landowners to establish conservation easements, purchase property-in-fee title and secure sites for habitat restoration through various land instruments. The Manager of Land Protection will partner with regional biological staff in preparing, negotiating and closing conservation easements, fee-title acquisitions and other lands documents. This position will coordinate with National Headquarters lands staff on document standards and quality as well as information flow between the regional and national offices.  

This position is a full-time salaried position located in Bismarck, North Dakota and reports to the Director of Conservation Services for the Great Plains Region. 

Primary Duties:

  • Coordinate with regional biologists and conservation managers in preparing PPIs, GIS maps, and other documents to present lands projects for approvals.
  • Work with regional biologists to draft, negotiate and close conservation easements across the seven-state Great Plains Region.
  • Work with regional biologists to draft, negotiate and close fee-title land acquisitions.
  • Work with mitigation specialists to secure sites and legal instruments for wetlands mitigation work.
  • Coordinate with National Headquarters lands staff on document standards and quality, information flow and internal approvals.
  • Work as a member of the regional Conservation Services team.
  • Participate in regional strategy and planning efforts related to lands conservation.
  • Work with regional communications staff to tell success stories and publicize needs and milestones.
  • Work with regional public policy staff to promote state and federal public policy that facilitates conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science degree in business, agricultural economics, conservation policy or equivalent required. Juris Doctor is preferred. At least 10 years of related experience required.  An advanced degree will substitute for 3 (M.S.) or 5 (J.D.) years of the required experience.  Must possess a valid driver’s license and pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of land and wildlife conservation practices and principles.
  • Working knowledge of land protection instruments (easements, fee-title, site-specific agreements).
  • Some knowledge of federal and state conservation programs (WRE, FWS easements) and funding mechanisms (NAWCA, etc.).
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  • Self-motivated and strongly driven to make a conservation impact in the Great Plains landscape.
  • Ability to work effectively—both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work activities and complete tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to prepare and present technical information on conservation programs to peers and the public.
  • Strong communication skills across diverse audiences including peers, partners, private landowners, and other professionals.
  • Strong writing skills for preparation of legal documents, memos, supporting documents, etc.  

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=294230&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org.   


Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is recruiting an innovative, forward-looking individual to serve as Chief Conservation Officer (CCO). This is a Senior Executive, full-time position requiring a master’s degree or greater in the field of Wildlife Conservation and 10+ years of experience. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the CCO will serve as a strategic leader and member of DU’s Executive Leadership Team, working in a highly collaborative environment. 

The personal and professional record of the successful CCO candidate will demonstrate that the individual has lived and will live the conservation ethic that is DU’s mission. This person will embrace DU’s belief in the hunter-conservationist model and an overriding commitment that wetlands and grasslands habitat for waterfowl provides a rich array of additional ecosystem services that benefit people and wildlife.

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: 1) serve as an effective leader in conserving wetlands and other habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife; 2) advise the CEO and Executive Leadership 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; 3) collaborate with partners who share a common bond with DU’s goals and values; 4) stand committed to integrating sound science into program development, delivery and evaluation; 5) hold the organization to high ethical standards; 6) respect the power of the dedicated volunteer and appreciate the advantages of a dynamic volunteer/staff partnership in the execution of DU’s mission; and 7) 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 9 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 will oversee 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. 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, and Canadian operations. Budget responsibilities are for a multi-million-dollar program of operations and include revenue generation through major gifts, governmental programs and grants, foundation grants, 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 complete the 8-year goal of protecting or restoring 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 priority landscapes across North America.
  • 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 support and 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:
Substantial professional experience (10+ years) and advanced training (M.S. / equivalent or greater) in a particular area of wildlife 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. 

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.

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=293710&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials please contact: Wayne Dierks at wdierks@ducks.org.


Regional Engineer - San Francisco Bay Area - California

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking self-motivated, experienced civil and geotechnical 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The positions 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 fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=291790&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and 3 professional 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


Regional Biologist – Western Region
Rancho Cordova, California

The Western Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) has an immediate opening for an experienced Regional Biologist to help deliver DU’s on-the-ground conservation programs in California and Nevada.  The position will be stationed in DU’s Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, California, and be part of a team of biologists, engineers, and support staff responsible for implementing DU’s mission by conserving, restoring, and managing wetlands and associated habitats. 

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

Duties and Responsibilities
This position will be part of a team of biologists and engineers working on several major water conveyance infrastructure and wetland conservation projects to improve water delivery and habitat quality for key wetland complexes. The incumbent will work with a project team on all tasks related to biological resources including ensuring environmental compliance, implementing mitigation, managing sub-consultants, coordinating with stakeholders, conducting outreach, site monitoring, and integrating engineering and environmental elements of the projects. The primary focus of this position will be California’s Sacramento Valley.  Future work may occur in other high priority areas of California and Nevada.  

Other duties will include: 
Project Initiation - identifying potential projects, developing/maintaining relationships with public and private stakeholders that may partner with DU, and writing and submitting funding proposals to various sources to secure funding for wetland conservation project work. 

Project Management/Delivery - coordinating with landowners and other stakeholders, DU engineering staff, consultants, and permitting agencies to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects; negotiation of project agreements; report writing; budget management; biological technical assistance; entering project tracking data in DU’s business information system; and completing preliminary property inspections, baseline documentation, and annual monitoring of easement lands.  

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=203351&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For more 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


 

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