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.

Director of Development
Southern Region - Tennessee

Director of Foundation Relations
Great Lakes/Atlantic Region

Director of Development
Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA, WV)

GIS Intern
Dexter, MI

Manager of Agriculture Programs
Great Lakes Atlantic Region

Water Program Specialist
Great Lakes Atlantic Region

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley, CA


Director of Development
Southern Region - Tennessee 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Development in Tennessee with the following fundraising responsibilities: 

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit major and planned gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to help support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited.  
  • Coordinate with conservation and development to develop proposals and secure funding for DU’s habitat conservation priorities as defined by the Strategic Plan, to include support for operations, conservation in key landscapes, educational programs, and the permanent endowment. 
  • Partner with event fundraising staff and volunteers to raise awareness of DU’s major gift program and increase philanthropic revenue in the region.
  • Engage volunteer leadership to motivate and guide DU volunteers to assist with major gift fundraising.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Tennessee State Campaign Committee.  
  • Achieve goals established in Development Annual Work Plan. 

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on personal major gift solicitation and a strong conservation ethic.   Additional qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and experience with prospect moves management
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management programs 

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity with planned giving, experience with comprehensive fundraising campaigns, relationships in and a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  The selected candidate should have the desire and ability to travel extensively in Tennessee and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon location within the state.  

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=403580&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime information (email & phone number) for three professional references.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Chad A. Manlove, Managing Director of Development for the Southern Region; cmanlove@ducks.org; 601-206-5442.  

Applications are due by April 23, 2021.  Resume reviews will begin afterward and continue until the position is filled.


Director of Foundation Relations
Great Lakes/Atlantic 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 21-state Great Lakes/Atlantic Region (CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, WI).
  • 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 Managing Director of Foundation Relations and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon city in the 21-state region, preferably near Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

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=403377&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information (email & phone) for three professional references.  Please include a writing sample (proposal, LOI or related fundraising piece). To request application materials, please contact Brittani Donovan, bdonovan@ducks.org, (734) 623-2000.  For questions regarding this position, please contact Tona Simpson, Managing Director of Foundation Relations at tsimpson@ducks.org.  Resume review will begin on April 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Director of Development
Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia) 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Development in the Mid-Atlantic region with the following fundraising responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit major and planned gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations that are part of an identified prospect portfolio to help support the conservation mission of Ducks Unlimited (DU).  
  • Coordinate with conservation and development to develop proposals and secure funding for DU’s habitat conservation priorities as defined by DU’s Strategic Plan, to include support for operations, conservation in key landscapes, educational programs and DU’s endowment. 
  • Partner with the event fundraising staff and volunteers to raise awareness of DU’s major gift program to increase philanthropic revenue in the region.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide DU volunteers to assist with major gift fundraising.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the State Campaign Committees in the Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility.  
  • Achieve goals established in Annual Work Plan. 

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four years fundraising or related experience with an emphasis on personal major gift solicitation and a strong conservation ethic.  Additional qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship and team-building skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to and experience with prospect moves management
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to other fundraising professionals and volunteers
  • Computer literacy with a proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and database management programs 

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who can work independently as well as part of a team and is driven to succeed. Familiarity with planned giving, experience with comprehensive fundraising campaigns, relationships in and a working knowledge of the region’s philanthropic community, and an interest in outdoor conservation activities are also desired.  The selected candidate should have the desire and ability to travel extensively within the region and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon location within the Mid-Atlantic area of responsibility.   

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=403376&source=CC2&lang=en_US and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. To request application materials, please contact Brittani Donovan, bdonovan@ducks.org, (734) 623-2000. For further information regarding this position, contact Todd E. Bishop, Managing Director of Development for the Great Lakes Atlantic Region, tbishop@ducks.org; 734-623-2012.  Resume review will begin on April 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


GIS Intern - Dexter, MI

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

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

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

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

DESIRABLE TRAITS:
Computer troubleshooting skills
Cartographic Design
Wetland classification and identification skills

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

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=403171&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime information (phone & email) for three professional references by April 16, 2021.  To request application materials, please contact Brittani Donovan at bdonovan@ducks.org. For further questions regarding the position, please contact:
Mathew Halliday
GIS Analyst
7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. 1
Dexter, MI 48130
mhalliday@ducks.org


Manager of Agriculture Programs
Great Lakes Atlantic Region

The Great Lakes Atlantic Region of Ducks Unlimited (DU) is soliciting resumes for a regional Manager of Conservation Programs.  The incumbent will work under the direction of the Director of Conservation Programs or the Director of Operations for the Great Lakes Atlantic Region (GLAR) and become part of a team of biologists, agronomists, engineers, GIS, public policy, communications support staff, and other professionals. The incumbent will focus on ag opportunities across the GLAR and primarily in landscapes associated with the Upper Mississippi River basin, Prairie Pothole Region of IA and MN, Great Lakes Watershed (Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and western Lake Erie), and the Chesapeake Bay.   The incumbent will be responsible for leading a growing, dynamic agricultural program being implemented by DU across the region.  While working in conjunction with local DU staff and conservation partners, the incumbent will lead the coordination, development and implementation of an agricultural program focused on regenerative agricultural, wetland restoration and water quality.  The position location within the GLAR is negotiable.

Qualifications
Candidates should have 10-15 years of field experience with minimum of a B.S. in wildlife, agriculture or a related field.  Candidates should have knowledge of agricultural principles and practices and an understanding of associated biological principles. Candidates should have experience with regenerative agriculture, with a focus on cover crops, no-till practices, crop rotations, grazing and other techniques that promote soil health and sustainable agriculture, improve water quality and provide benefits to wildlife and wildlife habitat.  Applicants should have a working knowledge of wetland ecology, water management and waterfowl breeding ecology, and familiarity with state and federal conservation programs, policies, and laws.  Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use personal computers are required.  Proven ability to work with producers and research and land management professionals is desired.  Experience with field research is desired, particularly knowledge and experience in various soil-testing methods.  Familiarity with the region’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues and private and public stakeholders is beneficial. Must possess a valid driver’s license with clean driving record and pass a pre-employment drug screen.

Duties and Responsibilities
Incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will include working with local DU staff and conservation partners while promoting and implementing DU’s Ag Program in the GLAR.  The incumbent shall be responsible for a variety of activities in this position, including: outreach to local DU staff, partners, and landowners, developing cover crop plans and other types of soil health and conservation projects and agreements, project implementation, monitoring of established projects, coordinating with DU biological staff and partnering organizations, including the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, local conservation districts, universities and NGOs.  Incumbent shall also represent DU at wetland conservation venues, soil health field days and seminars and other types of outreach events. Furthermore, this individual would work closely with DU public policy staff to assist with federal and state agricultural program initiatives and participate in relevant agriculture-focused coalitions in place across the region to advance DU partnerships and inform coalition policy activities.  Project implementation duties include identifying, designing, implementing, and monitoring a variety of soil health projects on privately owned agricultural lands. Incumbent will also assist with a variety of fundraising activities, including working with major donors and other conservation activities. The incumbent shall also be responsible for writing and submitting various grant proposals and grant reports to seek funds to assist with program implementation, research, and monitoring. Ability to work outside in unfavorable weather conditions is a requirement. Incumbent may also be asked at times to travel throughout the GLAR region or to other national meetings to represent DU such as AFWA, North American and various Joint Ventures.    

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=402693&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach cover letter and resume and daytime information (email & phone number) for three professional references. To request application materials please contact Brittani Donovan, bdonovan@ducks.org, (734) 623-2000.  For questions regarding this position, please contact Mark Flaspohler, Director of Conservation Program at mflaspohler@ducks.org. Application Deadline is April 23, 2021


Water Program Specialist – Great Lakes Atlantic Region 

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is seeking a wetlands ecologist, hydrologist, or natural resource professional to identify, plan and implement scientifically defensible wetland restoration programs to support improved water quality and flood reduction goals throughout the 21-state Great Lakes/Atlantic Region (GLAR). The successful candidate will be expected to synthesize existing science and guide new research to quantify and communicate the roll wetland conservation and restoration plays in improving water resources. The individual will assist in conservation planning and in the development of programs to deliver on the ground wetland habitat programs throughout the GLAR, with an initial focus on the Upper Mississippi, Great Lakes, and/or Chesapeake Bay focal areas, depending on the candidate’s background. The individual will become part of a highly motivated team of biologists, scientists, engineers, GIS technicians and other professionals working with state and local agencies, private landowners, and agricultural partners to identify and develop opportunities to restore and protect wetlands in targeted landscapes. The position will be stationed within one of the highest priority landscapes for the region.   The successful applicant will focus initially on four higher order objectives: (1) active participation in the development and implementation of state, federal and municipal grants aimed at wetland conservation and water quality improvements; (2) development and/or synthesis of science-based information to assess effects of DU’s conservation work on water quantity and quality; (3) synthesis of the science-based information into a form that can be easily communicated and conveyed to DU staff engaged in development of partnerships with industry and foundations, and to policy staff and others engaged in advocacy to secure favorable wetlands public policy outcomes; (4) active participation in Ducks Unlimited’s international ecosystem services science team to increase collaboration and identify and advocate continental priorities.  

Education, Experience, and Reporting
The successful candidate will have a minimum of a M.S. in Wetland Ecology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Economics, or a related field, a minimum of 10 years of related experience focused on water resources, and the ability to develop and/or synthesize science, and communicate science-based information to fundraising, marketing and public policy staff.   The ideal candidate will have experience with partnership building with public and private entities and the development, writing and securing of federal grants such as NAWCA, National Coastal Wetlands, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Clean Water Act Section 319, FEMA BRIC, National Fish and Wildlife and other programs related to ecosystem restoration and natural infrastructure.  

Additionally, the successful candidate will develop relationships with scientists in academia, industry, and government to foster development of innovative conservation solutions that lead to significant advances in landscape scale wetland conservation. A detailed understanding of wetland and wildlife conservation programs, conservation related policy and legislation, and the ability to locate, review and synthesize technical information related to ecosystem services with emphasis on wetlands and associated uplands is essential. We seek a highly motivated, self-starter with a willingness to work with a team of dedicated conservation professionals to develop innovative conservation approaches to challenging landscape-scale conservation issues. This position will report to the Director of Operations at DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Field Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will cooperate with DU staff across the U.S., Canada and Mexico

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=402690&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter and resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references. To request application materials please contact Brittani Donovan, bdonovan@ducks.org, (734) 623-2000.  For questions regarding this position, please contact James A. Rader, GLAR Director of Operations at jrader@ducks.org . Application Deadline is April 23, 2021


Regional Engineer - San Joaquin Valley
Rancho Cordova, CA

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 is negotiable with a desire being the Regional Engineer based in the San Joaquin Valley area. 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 and Tulare Basin. 

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 and 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=367035&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information (email and phone numbers) for three 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
Tel: (916) 851-5331


 

DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions),  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression,  age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.


 

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