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.

Private Lands Biologist/Wetland Habitat Coordinator
Wisconsin

Conservation Intern
Hanahan, SC

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley

Regional Engineer
NorthEast California

Construction Manager
New York

Paralegal
Memphis, TN

Product Support Specialist
Memphis, TN

Director of Development
Kansas - Western Missouri

Conservation Intern
Ridgeland, MS

Director of Development
Southern Region - Florida

Regional Engineer
Northeast California

Regional Support Specialist
Memphis, TN

Director of Conservation Programs
North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana

Ecosystem Services Research Scientist
Memphis, TN 

Regional Engineer
North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana

Biologist
Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana

Conservation Acquisitions Specialist
Hanahan, South Carolina

Director of Public Policy
Western Region

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

Regional Engineer
San Joaquin Valley, CA


Private Lands Biologist /Wetland Habitat Coordinator

Wisconsin

The Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has an opening for a Private Lands (Biologist I) position.  We are seeking a highly motivated professional to work in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to deliver goals of the Wisconsin Waterfowl Habitat Strategy.  The position will work closely with FWS staff and Ducks Unlimited biologists, engineers, and land protection specialists, and other agency and NGO staff delivering waterfowl conservation programs in Wisconsin targeting Upper Mississippi River Great Lakes Joint Venture priority habitat conservation. This position will coordinate with FWS field staff to implement Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) waterfowl habitat projects and assist private landowners with implementing conservation practices. The position also will implement conservation partnership-based North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant initiatives to restore, enhance, and protect priority habitat in Wisconsin.  Other duties include assisting DU Engineering Staff with survey, design, and construction management of wetland projects related to NRCS, WDNR, and FWS wetland conservation projects.

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 PFW and NAWCA Conservation Programs 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 conservation planning tools, including GIS mapping and topographic survey equipment 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 is preferred. A background investigation is required for access into Federal buildings and a valid state driver's license is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position will report to the Regional Biologist in WI and will work closely with FWS Biologists.  Specific duties are described below.

• Work with DU staff to advance the goals of NAWCA Initiatives and track progress towards those goals.
• Identify and solicit willing landowners to cooperate in FWS PFW Conservation Program.
• Assist interested landowners in enrolling in and implementing PFW conservation programs and practices.
• Develop conservations plans and specifications consistent with FWS, NRCS and DU standards. 
• 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 Wisconsin conservation team to advance DU’s mission and conservation goals.
• Establish and maintain relationships with private landowners.
• Assist DU Engineering Staff with survey, design, and construction management of wetland projects.
• Assist in developing press releases, articles presentations, and meetings that increase public awareness of the Partner for Fish and Wildlife Program and of other conservation programs.
• Coordinate outreach efforts to educate the local communities on NRCS Farm Bill Conservation Programs. 
• Other duties as assigned deemed necessary to fulfill DU’s mission of wetland conservation.

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 Wisconsin and likely housed within the DU Madison field office.  Candidate will also periodically report to the FWS field office in Portage, WI. 

Salary/Reporting Relationship:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and report to Regional Biologist in Wisconsin. 

Questions regarding this position may be directed to Brian Glenzinski, Regional Biologist, at 262-347-6962 or bglenzinski@ducks.org.  Apply On-Line by completing the electronic application at https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/mdf/recruitment/previewJobDesc.html?lang=en_US&cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001 ; attach letter of interest and resume, or send a letter addressing qualifications and a complete resume to:

Brittani Donovan, Office Manager (Applications will be accepted until July 16th, 2021)
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office
7322 Newman Blvd., Bldg. 1
Dexter, MI 48130
Email: bdonovan@ducks.org 

 

 



Conservation Intern

Hanahan, SC

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetlands conservation.  The goal of the Conservation Intern position is to foster the growth of future conservation professionals by developing the skills necessary to help them successfully transition from their academic education to professional resource management.  This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring natural resource professionals to gain experience with Ducks Unlimited’s waterfowl and wetland conservation programs and become knowledgeable about the operations of non-profit habitat conservation.  This position will work closely with a diverse group of staff responsible for the many aspects of habitat conservation across the 5-state South Atlantic region.  The successful candidate will develop skills in project administration, data development and management, GIS, and information synthesis, as well as experience in conservation delivery programs including land protection and wetlands restoration. The Conservation Intern position will be based in Ducks Unlimited’s South Atlantic Field Office located in Hanahan, SC. 

Duties/Responsibilities:

• Administrative support for conservation program including assisting with grant tracking, filing, answering the phone, mail distribution, shipping, and copying.
• Compile project data (tabular and spatial) to support the regional conservation lands program
• Aid science, policy, and communications staff with information development to support these programs
• Other duties as assigned 

Qualifications:  Applicants should have an interest in or be pursuing a degree in a wildlife/wetland science or a related natural resource discipline. Relevant experience and/or desire to learn more about waterfowl/wetland ecology, GIS and habitat conservation is helpful and desirable.   The successful applicant will be highly motivated, have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills as well as excellent computer skills with attention to detail being a critical trait. In addition, applicants should have the ability to work both independently and as a team member.    

Salary:  This is a 2-month position compensated at $11.25/hour for up to a 40-hour week.  Housing is not included with this position.

To apply:  Please complete the application materials at this link:   https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/mdf/recruitment/previewJobDesc.html?lang=en_US&cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a letter of interest, current resume, and daytime contact information for three references.  To request application materials please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org .  Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Emily Purcell, Director of Conservation Programs, at epurcell@ducks.org.

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until a qualified applicant is identified.


Regional Engineer 
San Joaquin Valley

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


Regional Engineer
Northeast 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 is Susanville, CA and negotiable in Northeast California. 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 Northeast California, the Klamath Basin, and Western Nevada.

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 Northern California and Nevada.

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=367940&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter and resume and contact information (email & phone number) for 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. The position will be open until filled. 


Construction Manager – Northeast

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced construction manager or civil engineering technician to be located in our Syracuse NY office.  The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team of biologists, engineers, and construction managers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland restoration and enhancement projects.   Primary responsibilities will be with the Mitigation program, with additional support for the Conservation programs in New York and Vermont but may include other neighboring states, such as PA, NJ, CT. 

Qualifications

Candidates must have at minimum, a two-year technical degree in a related field and have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the construction industry. Desirable qualifications include experience with Civil3D, survey, construction management and erosion control. 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 should have experience with heavy construction including standard construction methods, material testing, record keeping, etc. Knowledge of wetland restoration and enhancement techniques is desirable.  

Specific duties include:

  1. Cooperate with site reconnaissance with mitigation and biological counterparts.
  2. Coordinate with the Syracuse Professional Engineer on project related tasks
  3. Perform topographic surveys using total station and GPS survey equipment on mitigation and conservation projects.
  4. AutoCAD Civil 3D drafting support.  Applicants should be familiar with:
    1. Preparation of topographic survey drawings
    2. Land development plans
    3. Preparation of detailed design drawings from engineering notes, sketches and/or other drawings, including integration of data from a variety of sources (e.g., LiDAR, GPS, total-station, laser level)
    4. Clearly depict mitigation credit and wetland delineation drawings
    5. Construction/staking plans
    6. Assist with preparation of Storm Water Management Plans and site inspections.
    7. Cross-sections, alignments, corridors, feature lines, profiles, earthwork and grading tools, and quantity calculation methods.
    8. Preparation of as-built drawings.
    9. Assist with drafting details needed for permit applications
  5. Conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight as needed.
  6. Ensure that consultants and contractors adhere to project plans, specifications, and schedules.
  7. Field work includes strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions.  Must be able to operate and haul ATV and outboard boat when necessary.  Occasional overnight travel will be required, and work may extend outside normal business hours.
  8. Represent DU with local, state, and federal personnel, and private landowners, along with other mitigation and conservation partners in a professional manner at all times.  

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=407527&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume including 3 professional references.  To request application materials please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.   For further information regarding this position, please contact, Michael Baker, 7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. #1, Dexter, MI 48130.  Email: mbaker@ducks.org    Office:  #734-623-2000. 


Paralegal
National Headquarters - Memphis, TN

We have an opening in the Legal Department at National Headquarters for a Paralegal designated as the Conservation & Corporate Contract Specialist reporting to Deputy General Counsel Steven King. 

Qualifications and Requirements

  • 5 + years of experience as a paralegal in federal or state government, corporate legal department, or law firm environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ability and experience in the organization and maintenance of file and data base systems.
  • Computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and digital file management.
  • Ability to work semi-independently in a service department with nationwide staff and volunteers.
  • Paralegal and contract compliance certificates are a plus. 

Job Duties

  • Reviewing corporate and wetlands restoration construction contract documents.
  • Assistance with federal and state contract compliance, legal research, and drafting of agreements, amendments, and notices of termination. 
  • Review and organization of vendor agreements, service agreements, leases and business contracting.
  • Records Retention – Central Documentation Archives
  • Assist field staff on bonds, insurance, and grant requirements.
  • Assisting corporate secretaries with corporate governance.
  • Handling general corporate matters. 

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=407207&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter detailing experience and interest in the position, and resume with professional references by July 31, 2021.  For further information regarding this position please contact Steven King at sking@ducks.org.  To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org


Product Support Specialist 
Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks product support specialist to support the activities of the event merchandise and direct response departments.   This position interacts with various departments as well as vendors, members, and field staff. The Product Support Specialist reports to the Manager of Art and Merchandise Marketing and is based at the National Headquarters in Memphis, TN.  This is a full-time position.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Product Support Specialist is responsible for support and administrative tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Delivering personalized customer service to members and staff seeking information and assistance.
  • Providing administrative support by drafting correspondence, answering, and directing calls and sending emails, arranging meetings and travel, as well as assisting with day-to-day operations.
  • Providing back-up coverage for other support staff.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned. 

Event Merchandise

  • Address customer service phone calls and emails related to past or present event merchandise products.
  • Assist with Event Merchandise orders for non-event staff. 
  • Process invoices and purchase orders for manager approval.
  • Handle rush orders and traces for drop ship merchandise.
  • Make document and inventory updates to the DU Nest, Volunteer Portal, and Dynamics 365. 
  • Assist with administration for the Event Merchandise Catalog biannual mass mailings and billing for product photography.
  • Assist with Event Merchandise marketing and promotion.
  • Ability to perform manual tasks including lifting up to 30 pounds. 

Direct Response

  • Assist with proofreading and copy writing for direct response premiums and data proofs.
  • Administration for DU Calendar Photo Contest and Year-End email campaign.
  • DU Sweepstakes winner notification.
  • Look up tracking information and shipping dates for member fulfillment items.
  • Ship premium items to members and field staff as needed.
  • Assist with Direct Response programs. 

Additional Qualifications include:

  • The ideal candidate will have a minimum two years of administrative/clerical experience.  
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft 365 proficiency.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks. 
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Experience with DocuSign as well as Blackbaud CRM and inventory databases a plus.
  • Commitment to the mission and goals of Ducks Unlimited.
  • The successful candidate will be required to develop computer skills specific to Ducks Unlimited, Inc.’s standardized information systems. 

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=407025&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime information (phone & email) for 3 professional references. To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.   For additional information about this position, contact Jane Lawson, Manager of Art and Merchandise Marketing, at jlawson@ducks.org. Resume review will begin on June 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.


Director of Development
Kansas and Western Missouri

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Development for Kansas and Western Missouri 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 major gift revenue in the region.
  • Work with the volunteer leadership to motivate and guide DU volunteers to assist with major gift fundraising.
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison to the State Campaign Committee for Kansas and co-liaison for Missouri. 
  • 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 state/ region and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon location within Kansas and western Missouri.   

Compensation:  Compensation for the Director of Development position includes a competitive salary, relocation support 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=406872&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime information for 3 professional references by June 11, 2021.  For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Eric Lindstrom, Managing Director of Development for the Great Plains Region, elindstrom@ducks.org, 701-355-3503.     


Conservation Intern
Southern Regional Office (SRO)
Ridgeland, MS 

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetlands conservation.  The goal of the Conservation Internship is to foster the growth of future conservation professionals by developing the skills necessary to help them successfully transition from their academic education to professional resource management.  This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring natural resource professionals to gain experience with Ducks Unlimited’s waterfowl and wetland conservation programs and become knowledgeable about the operations of non-profit habitat conservation.  This position will work closely with a diverse group of staff responsible for the many aspects of habitat conservation across the 13-state region.  The successful candidate will develop skills in data development and management, GIS, and information synthesis. The Conservation Intern position will be based in Ducks Unlimited’s Southern Regional Office located in Ridgeland, MS.  

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Compile project data (tabular and spatial) to support the regional conservation lands program
  • Aid science, policy, and communications staff with information development to support these programs
  • Other duties as assigned  

Qualifications:  Applicants should have an interest in or be pursuing a degree in a wildlife/wetland science or a related natural resource discipline. Relevant experience and/or desire to learn more about waterfowl/wetland ecology, GIS and habitat conservation is helpful and desirable.   The successful applicant will be highly motivated, have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills as well as excellent computer skills with attention to detail being a critical trait. In addition, applicants should have the ability to work both independently and as a team member.    

Salary:  This is a 3-month position compensated at $11.25/hour for a 40-hour week.  Housing is not included with this position. 

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=406708&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a letter of interest, current resume, and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three references.  To request application materials please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.  Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Dr. Dale James, Director Conservation Science & Planning, at djames@ducks.org.  Applications will be accepted until a qualified applicant is identified.


Director of Development
Southern Region - Florida 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation, seeks a Director of Development in Florida 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 Florida 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 Florida and will be expected to reside in a mutually agreed upon location within the state with emphasis towards central Florida (Tampa – Lakeland – Orlando).   

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=406567&source=CC2&lang=en_US and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.  For further information regarding this position please contact Chad A. Manlove, Managing Director of Development for the Southern Region; cmanlove@ducks.org; 601-206-5442.    

Applications are due by July 9, 2021.  Resume reviews will begin afterward and continue until the position is filled.


Regional Engineer 
Northeast 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 is Susanville, CA and negotiable in Northeast California. 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 Northeast California, the Klamath Basin, and Western Nevada.

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 Northern California and Nevada.

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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=406323&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter and resume indicating your qualifications and why you are interested in the position. The position will be open until filled. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact: Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Western Regional Office, 3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, Email: mcamacho@ducks.org


Regional Support Specialist
National Headquarters, Memphis, TN

We have an opening in the Membership Department for a Regional Support Specialist in Membership Services, reporting to Becky Paysinger.  

Qualifications: 

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Excellent telephone manner and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to function in a team setting 
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments
  • Exceptional organizational abilities
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud CRM System 

Duties Include: 

  • Assist call center with the 1-800 line; phone calls, questions, return calls
  • Assist Regional Directors and Volunteers
  • Assist Ducks Unlimited members that call direct to DU or come to Headquarters
  • Processing event payments not reported on event membership lists
  • Processing adjustments to payments on member records for membership renewal
  • Merge/purging duplicate records
  • Responding to member correspondence and emails 

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=406314&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and information (email and phone numbers) for 3 professional reference.  For further information regarding this position, please contact Becky Paysinger at bpaysinger@ducks.org.  To request application materials please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.


Director of Conservation Programs
North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana

Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region is seeking an accomplished and motivated individual to lead our conservation programs in the Dakotas and Montana. These programs are some of our highest priorities in North America. This position provides the opportunity for leadership to both DU and the entire waterfowl conservation enterprise. The director will serve as a member of the regional management team to provide strategic thinking and lead targeted implementation to help achieve conservation objectives. The director will also advise the national conservation leadership team on national conservation issues and priority policy efforts. The director will provide leadership to help guide the collective conservation and fundraising work of various stakeholders (e.g., DU volunteers, state and federal agencies, joint ventures and conservation organizations) across the Great Plains Region.

Specific Duties

  • Provide direction and management to 25 professional staff who deliver diverse conservation programs including fee title acquisitions, conservation easements, wetland and grassland restorations and enhancements, and extension programs for farmers and ranchers.
  • Work closely with fundraising staff in the region and across the country to support fundraising efforts for the Prairie Pothole Region.
  • Work closely with public policy staff both in the region and in Washington D.C. to support priority state and federal policy efforts for the PPR.
  • Work closely with the Director of Conservation Planning to ensure science support and evaluation for prairie conservation programs and the development of the next generation of planning tools.
  • Work closely with the Director of Conservation Services to enhance business planning and improve program efficiencies.  
  • Serve as a member of the Great Plains Region management team to help provide overall direction for the region, assist in key decisions, and help develop staff technical and leadership skills.
  • Collaborate with volunteers and staff in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana to help develop key policy objectives, major communications themes and support grassroots fundraising efforts.
  • Work with staff to develop landowner spokespersons and advocates for conservation programs. 
  • Develop and secure public funding to support priority conservation programs.
  • Coordinate conservation program development and implementation with other conservation organizations, agency partners and interested stakeholders to maximize efficiency of the partners’ collective efforts.
  • Incorporate scientific information into conservation program development and implementation.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a B.S. in wildlife ecology, conservation biology or another appropriate field.  An advanced degree is desirable.
  • At least 10 years of experience in conservation program evaluation, development and/or implementation.
  • At least 5 years of supervisory experience.
  • Strong personal commitment to conservation. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience in strategic, science-based conservation program development and delivery.
  • Experience in developing partnerships and leading diverse stakeholder groups to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrate a creative approach to conservation program development and implementation.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit fundraising efforts.

This position reports to the Director of Operations for the Great Plains Region. The director of conservation programs will work out of the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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=406311&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach resume, letter of interest and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. To request application materials, contact Candace Miller at the address below. Deadline for submission of application is June 15, 2021.Candace Miller
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Great Plains Regional Office
2525 River Road
Bismarck, ND  58503
cmiller@ducks.org
Office: 701-355-3511Director of Conservation Programs


Ecosystem Services Research Scientist
Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited (DU), world leader in wetland conservation, seeks an accomplished and motivated Research Scientist to help provide science support for its conservation efforts across the United States with a focus on the ecosystem services provided by wetlands and associated habitats such as flood abatement, water quality improvement, and carbon sequestration in DU’s priority landscapes. 

The successful candidate will join a growing team of scientists and conservation professionals across the US, Canada, and Mexico evaluating and communicating the outcomes of wetland, agricultural land, grassland and forest conservation programs central to DU’s mission. The Research Scientist will report to the Ecosystem Services Scientist and work alongside the National Science Team to develop data and literature syntheses, create geospatial planning models, support fundraising and policy efforts, and design research and monitoring projects in the field.  

The ideal candidate will have experience measuring and or modeling ecosystem functions related to carbon, nutrient and/or water cycling in natural and/or agricultural ecosystems and the willingness to learn additional skills and ecosystems on the job, supported by DU and partner teams. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to collaborate with DU’s conservation, policy, communications and fundraising teams to cultivate a broad skill set in conservation.  

Specific Duties:

  • In collaboration with DU colleagues, provide scientific input regarding the impacts of land-use changes and conservation programs and policies on the health and function of ecosystems using data, models, and literature review.
  • Identify and articulate key scientific uncertainties associated with the ecosystem service outcomes of DU conservation programs and policy efforts.
  • Aid in the development of modeling methods and field protocols for measuring water quality, soil health, carbon sequestration and other ecosystem outcomes from conservation projects.
  • Communicate science efforts with other members of the DU team and partners in public agencies, communities, and the private sector.
  • Learn and apply specific sustainability metrics and frameworks for accounting for the benefits of nature-based solutions such as Volumetric Water Benefits Accounting, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and other similar frameworks.
  • Support the development of grant proposals to fund science and conservation efforts.
  • Publish and present research results in diverse forums including peer-reviewed journals and professional meetings.
  • Support the development of communication and fundraising materials. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Ecology, Limnology, Natural Resource Management, Soil Science, Agronomy, or a related field. M.S. degree preferred. Specific duties and on-the-job training will be tailored to suit the expertise of the successful candidate.
  • 2+ years of combined graduate education or research experience in wetland ecology, water quality, limnology, aquatic ecology, or a related field.
  • Experience working independently on measuring and/or modeling ecosystem functions (including undergraduate/graduate research).
  • Self-motivated with excellent organization skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to travel occasionally and work effectively off-site, including fieldwork.
  • Ability to safely lift 50 pounds. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with GIS software, preferable ArcGIS and programing in Python, R or similar.
  • Demonstrated expertise of the development and management of databases. 

The successful candidate will be expected to report to DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, TN. Remote work arrangements from/in proximity to DU’s regional or field offices will be considered for exceptional candidates with a proven capacity to work under minimal supervision.  

To apply:  Please complete the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=406030&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. Transcripts or work samples may be requested for select candidates at a later date but please do not submit these or any other additional materials with your initial application.  Application deadline is June 15, 2021.  to request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org. 

For more information regarding this position please contact Dr. Ellen Herbert (eherbert@ducks.org


Regional Engineer – Great Plains Region (Bismarck, ND)

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer.   The position ideally will be located in the Bismarck, North Dakota office however, we are open to other locations in North Dakota or South Dakota depending on experience.  The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design and construction of wetland restoration and enhancement projects.   Primary responsibilities will be in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in Civil Engineering or an equivalent degree from an EAC/ABET accredited engineering program, be a registered professional engineer (or have ability to get registration within six months of hire) and a minimum of 4 years of experience in civil engineering design. Applicant will need to obtain registration in assigned states. Desirable qualifications include experience with AutoCAD Civil3D, hydrology, hydraulics, civil design including embankments, pipes, structures, erosion control, construction inspection and project management.  Demonstrated oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, goal oriented and able to work with and solve problems in close team-based relationships.

Responsibilities:
Regional Engineers perform a full range of project planning, surveying, design, drafting, contracting, and construction management on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects.  Project delivery responsibilities will include scoping and proposal development, surveying, drafting, 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 and operating outside of normal business hours independently.

Specific duties include:

  • Prepare proposal scope of work and budgets in close coordination with biological staff.
  • Interpret, select, adapt, and apply engineering, surveying, and construction management principles and practices across a range of engineering services within a diverse conservation program.
  • Complete engineering designs and reports as required.
  • Prepare project plans, technical specifications, and cost estimates.  Attend project meetings.
  • Conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight as needed.
  • Ensure that consultants and contractors adhere to project plans, specifications, and schedules.
  • Act as contracting officer ensuring contract compliance and manage project budgets.
  • Field work as required which could include strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions.  Working in remote areas independently. Must be able to operate an ATV when necessary.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal business hours, work independently, and travel overnight with some extended travel.  Working on weekends is not a common occurrence. 

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=405974&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a letter of interest, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position, please contact Mitch Messmer at mmessmer@ducks.org or 308-383-3086. To request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org. Deadline for applications is June 11, 2021.


Biologist
Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced wildlife biologist to deliver conservation projects, lead partner teams and strengthen partnerships across the northeastern portion of its “Big Rivers Initiative” (BRI) program area (as further identified below), with a focus on DU’s conservation opportunity areas.  The position will invest considerable time and resources in leading and managing diverse partnerships through collaborative and strategic conservation planning at the parcel-level, conducting landowner outreach, assessing conservation opportunities (both protection and restoration) on private and public parcels, and discussing additional opportunities with landowners and managers. The position will work closely with multiple partners, especially the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and State wildlife agencies, and become part of a highly-motivated team of biologists, land protection specialists, engineers, public policy experts, scientific researchers and other resource professionals responsible for the protection, restoration and enhancement of wetlands and other associated habitats. 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The primary duties and responsibilities include initiation, coordination, and delivery of DU and partnership objectives in conservation across the northeastern BRI program area, encapsulating southeastern Wisconsin, northeastern and east-central Illinois, and northern Indiana. This position may also assist existing DU staff in other regions.  Simultaneous management of multiple projects at varying stages of development across a wide range of disciplines in conservation will be required.  

A) Project Initiation will include but not be limited to developing relationships with public agencies, non-profit partners, private landowners, funders, and other stakeholders to identify and implement shared objectives around targeted conservation areas.  Associated tasks may include but are not limited to fundraising (including grant-writing), developing strategic plans, conducting outreach, meeting with legislators, other potential stakeholders and landowners, managing land acquisition and protection processes and contractors, and initiating and managing habitat projects to protect, restore and enhance wetlands and associated uplands.   

B) Project Coordination will require concise communication and competent evaluation to assess DU and larger partnership needs, leverage unique partner strengths, prioritize multiple objectives to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, and develop processes to guide equitable implementation. Associated tasks may include but are not limited to coordinating with Federal, State and Non-government staff, and with DU policy, fundraising, and conservation staff to identify and assign tasks and responsibilities, facilitate regular meetings, manage multiple stakeholders and engage funders. 

C) Project Delivery will broadly include completing initiated projects through efficient coordination and administration.   Deliverables will include but not be limited to administering grant awards, implementing partnership objectives, identifying grant sources to leverage and implement active projects, developing restoration projects with partners and in coordination with DU engineering staff, completing new fee-title acquisition, conservation easement and property transfer projects, and development of outreach, education, and communication pieces promoting DU’s mission and accomplishments to DU members, volunteers, major donors, partners, elected leaders and media contacts.  For project delivery, the position will need to manage contractors and permitting agencies to ensure timely and on-budget completion of projects.  

The Biologist I may additionally be asked to assist with some DU volunteer events, major donor engagement, recognition events and to lead aspects of public policy efforts. Establishing and maintaining long-term successful relationships with conservation partners and funding entities is essential.  This position requires frequent work out-of-doors, possibly in inclement weather, and may require physical exertion or lifting as needed.  A flexible schedule, and overnight travel are required. 

Minimum Qualifications  

  • Knowledge of wetland and waterfowl ecology, land protection, natural resource conservation, and the management of wetland and native grassland habitats.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills coordinating diverse interest groups and experienced conservation professionals around common goals.
  • Demonstrated skills in written communication, public speaking and establishing professional and positive working relationships with landowners, partners, and other colleagues.
  • Experience managing multiple tasks and delegating to stay proactive and meet deadlines.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree (M.S. preferred) in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or related natural resources field with at least five years of professional work experience in conservation (including internships).

Preferable Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal conservation programs and policies (especially the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and U.S. Farm Bill) used to protect and restore wetlands and grasslands.
  • Proven ability to secure grant funding, prepare funding reports, and help manage detailed budgets
  • Experience with spatial analysis and working with geographic information systems programs.
  • Knowledge of the conservation organizations and funders working in the stated geography 

Office location is flexible within the boundaries of the Chicago Wilderness Area but will be heavily focused upon DU’s northeastern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwestern Indiana conservation opportunity areas.   Therefore, any selected applicant for the position will be required work out of an office location within that portion of the overall northeastern BRI program area.  Specific questions regarding the position may be directed to Mark Flaspohler, Director of Conservation Programs for the Big Rivers Initiative, mflaspohler@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&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=405785&source=CC2&lang=en_US  and attach a cover letter, resume and references by June 11, 2021.  To request application materials, please contact, Geoffrey Cripe, 7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. #1, Dexter, MI 48130.  Email: gcripe@ducks.org.   Office: (734) 623-2008. 


Conservation Acquisitions Specialist – South Atlantic 

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), the world’s leading waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization, and its supporting organization, Wetlands America Trust (WAT), one of the nation’s largest accredited land trusts, are seeking qualified candidates for a Conservation Acquisitions Specialist to join a dynamic team of professionals and deliver our land conservation program in the five-state South Atlantic region of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Do you enjoy building relationships, negotiating deals, and finding creative solutions to finance impactful land conservation projects? If so, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to contribute to a team of professionals working to protect lands across the Southeastern United States.

The successful candidate will join DU’s talented South Atlantic land protection team working on donated/ bargain sale conservation easements and fee-title acquisitions throughout the region, and will develop and implement additional land protection strategies and financing opportunities, such as revolving lands, mitigation, eco-assets and land donations. The Conservation Acquisitions Specialist will be a driven, forward-thinking individual with experience identifying, negotiating, structuring, and financing real estate and land protection transactions. In addition, the successful candidate will serve an important role in a diverse field office team that develops and manages a comprehensive conservation program to maximize benefits for wetlands, wildlife, and people. The position will cooperate and work closely with a diverse group of partners as well as DU conservation delivery and planning staff, fundraising and other regional and national lands program staff on a routine basis. This position provides a great opportunity to work with many private and public partners on a variety of complex land protection issues at a regional landscape scale and affords growth and success in leadership and career development.  This position will be located at the South Atlantic Field Office in Hanahan, South Carolina and will report to the Director of Conservation Programs.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Actively seeking, developing, and negotiating new land conservation projects that align with DU’s Landscape Conservation Priorities.
  • Developing creative conservation financing and business planning opportunities for conservation projects including fee title acquisitions, conservation easement transactions, revolving lands projects, mitigation, carbon-banking, and eco-asset land protection opportunities.
  • Establishing and building relationships with private landowners, public agency partners, foundations, and corporations focused on land protection opportunities. Helping landowners and conservation partners make informed decisions relative to land protection opportunities.
  • Working with legal and environmental consultants, foresters, appraisers and others to complete land conservation transactions and assure compliance with DU procedures.
  • Engaging with other conservation interests including participating with and providing strong leadership on conservation committees/partnership meetings. 
  • Assisting DU Development (fundraising) staff, as needed, in identifying and stewarding potential major donors from landowners, partners, foundations and corporations.  As well as coordinating and assisting with development of funding proposals to support land protection efforts.

Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred, but not required) in applicable field and a minimum of three years of professional experience related to land use planning, real estate,  and/or conservation lands transactions (both conservation easements and fee acquisitions); more experience strongly preferred.   Must have the ability to work with diverse public and private interests.   Background or competent knowledge in land use planning, real estate and conservation easement transactions, conservation finance and economics, ecosystem goods and services, natural science, land management and forestry desired. Qualified candidates must have excellent communication and relationship building skills and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse conservation team. 

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=405541&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information (phone & email) for three professional references. The position will be open until filled. To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.  For additional information regarding this position, please contact Emily Purcell, Director of Conservation Programs, at epurcell@ducks.org or (843) 745-9110.


Director of Public Policy
Western Region

Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Government Affairs Office is seeking an accomplished and driven individual to lead public policy efforts across our nine-state Western Region. Oversight of and direction on water policy and related issues in California are priorities for this position, in addition to delivering policy solutions to expand DU’s conservation mission in the West. The director will serve as a member of the Regional Leadership Team and provide strategic thinking and targeted implementation to help achieve national, regional, and state policy objectives.  The director will also advise the DU Public Policy Team on all public policy priorities and provide leadership to help guide the collective policy work of various stakeholders (e.g., DU volunteers, agencies, conservation organizations) across the Western Region.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for and increase effectiveness of DU’s public policy efforts across the Western Region with special emphasis on policy matters impacting water for wetlands and waterfowl and associated habitats.
  • Work directly with key legislative and executive branch leaders.
  • Collaborate with volunteers and staff to develop key policy objectives, seek organizational approval, and develop strategies and tactics for success.
  • Advise DU’s national public policy steering committee on federal policies that affect DU’s continental mission and keep them abreast of regional and state policy issues.
  • Support DU’s federal policy priorities, including 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 Western Region’s nine 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 Western Region. 

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a BS in public policy or another appropriate field.  An advanced degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in public policy development and execution.
  • Experience in strategic messaging and coalition building.
  • Experience in crafting legislation and leading bi-partisan advocacy efforts with broad stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively approach conservation policy development.
  • Understanding of policy campaign organization and execution.
  • Familiarity 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.

This position reports to the Chief Policy Officer and will be based in the Western Region. 

TO APPLY: Please complete the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=405119&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a letter of interest, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org.   For more information regarding this position contact:  Zachary Hartman at zhartman@ducks.org

 

 

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.


 

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