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 Human Resources
Memphis, TN

Biologist
South Dakota

Engineer
Fort Collins, CO

Field Operations Coordinator
Memphis, TN

Regional Engineer
Rancho Cordova, CA

Chief Policy Officer
Memphis, TN

Conservation Lands Coordinator
MS, AR, LA

Manager of Land Protection
Bismarck, ND

Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN 

Agronomist
Bismarck, North Dakota

Regional Engineer
Lafayette, LA

Regional Engineers
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Regional Biologist
Rancho Cordova, California


Director of Human Resources
National Headquarters – Memphis, TN

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

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

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

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

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


Requirements:

  • 10-15+ years of progressive HR leadership experience
  • Strong knowledge of business operations and a solid financial acumen
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a PHR or SPHR Certification preferred
  • 5+ years management experience required with prior experience serving as a member of a senior leadership team.  Experience supporting the Board of Directors and/or personal board experience is a plus.

To apply , please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=297474&source=CC3&lang=en_US, and attach a cover letter, resume and references. For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact:  
Wayne Dierks, Director, Human Resources
Ducks Unlimited
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, Tn 38120


Biologist – South Dakota 

The Great Plains Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced biologist for South Dakota. The biologist will work under the direction of the manager of conservation programs for South Dakota and be part of a team of biologists, agronomists, and other professionals. The incumbent will focus primarily in the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota and be responsible for the restoration, protection, and enhancement of wetlands and associated habitats important to breeding waterfowl and other wetland dependent species. Position location is negotiable but must be in eastern South Dakota. 

Qualifications: Candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field—an advanced degree is desirable. Applicants must also have relevant experience and have a working knowledge of wetland ecology, waterfowl, shorebird, and water bird biology, particularly waterfowl breeding ecology; and state and federal wetland conservation programs. Demonstrated experience with various state and federal regulatory requirements (e.g. National Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act) as they relate to wetland restoration and enhancement is beneficial. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Proven proposal/grant writing skills, project management capabilities and wetland restoration and enhancement experience are desired. Field experience and proven ability to work with producers and conservation managers is important. Basic knowledge and application of land surveying is helpful, as is familiarity with the safe use of ATVs and other machinery. Familiarity with the region’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial.

Duties and Responsibilities: Duties and responsibilities will include finding, initiating, managing, and delivering wetland enhancement, restoration, and protection projects in South Dakota, with a focus in eastern South Dakota; representing DU at wetland conservation venues; assisting with a variety of fundraising activities, including working with major donors; and other conservation activities. Project initiation duties include identifying potential projects, developing/maintaining relationships with public and private landowners and agencies that may partner with DU to enhance and restore wetlands, and identifying and securing funding from a wide variety of sources for project work. Project management and delivery duties include coordinating with landowners and other stakeholders, DU engineering staff, consultants, and regulatory agencies to ensure timely and on-budget delivery of projects. Negotiation of project agreements, report writing, budget management, and biological technical assistance would also be required. The biologist will coordinate with conservation partners to write and submit proposals to various agencies, foundations, and other funding sources to secure project funds. Incumbent will also establish and maintain relationships with key DU volunteers and development staff and provide DU management with timely reports and assist communications staff with articles to promote and describe the work. Duties may periodically include work with overnight travel, sometimes outside of South 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=297060&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and references by close of business August 9, 2019. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Bruce Toay at btoay@ducks.org Opens a New Window.  or (605) 380-0684.  


Engineer / Surveyor / Engineering Technician
Fort Collins, Colorado

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, engineer or engineering technician / surveyor to be headquartered out of our Fort Collins, Colorado Field Office. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team dedicated toward accomplishing DU’s mission in the areas of Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Assignments in surrounding states could also occur. Responsibilities will include assisting the Regional Engineer with surveys, drafting, and construction management, on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects. The successful applicant will be responsible for scheduling and completing surveys, preliminary reconnaissance of design data, drafting of engineering plans, and close monitoring of projects under construction. A close working relationship with local, state and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners will be an important aspect of the job. 

Duties/Responsibilities:
• Assist surveyors in topographic survey and construction staking. Ability to perform topographic survey and construction staking without supervision within 6 months 
• Conduct field inspections and perform construction management oversight to verify contractor’s compliance with plans, specifications, and standards
• Draft construction plans on civil type projects
• Generate topographic maps using AutoCAD Civil 3D software
• Perform quantity calculations for civil type projects

Qualifications:
• Requires a B.S. in Engineering, Construction Management, Surveying, or Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology with experience preferred
• Proficient in using AutoCAD Civil 3D for the drafting of civil projects is desirable 
• GPS Survey experience desirable
• Construction inspection experience desirable
• Ability to operate an ATV
• Willingness to work outside of normal business hours, work independently, travel overnight, work in inclement weather and ability to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments

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=296996&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position, please contact Kevin Warner at 970.590.1545 or kwarner@ducks.org. To request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org. Deadline for applications is August 9, 2019.


Field Operations Coordinator
Memphis, TN.

Job Responsibility: To support the Regional Directors and volunteers in their fundraising efforts by assisting them with their needs. The FOC position interacts with most NHQ departments as well as field staff. An FOC must be able to work with multiple Regional Directors, DFVRS, and Managers.   

Event Management / Promotion

  • Event proceeds and financial report management in database
  • Provide assistance to staff and volunteers regarding financial reports
  • Chapter/event setup
  • Credit card reconciliation – declines, adjustments, write-offs
  • Process refund requests
  • Monitor and manage event accounts receivable
  • Provide assistance for online ticket set-up & maintenance
  • Review and post electronic communication - event information
  • Cash/check batch data entry 

Event Merchandise

  • Respond to and assist field staff / volunteers regarding merchandise availability, special offerings, and merchandise issues
  • Event merchandise ordering
  • Damaged item replacement
  • Provide assistance to staff / volunteers concerning merchandise tracking
  • FFL license administration and management in the database
  • Report inventory depletion 

RD Inventory

  • RD inventory management – ordering / transfers 

Miscellaneous

  • Respond promptly to all “customer service” related inquiries generated by incoming volunteer communication
  • Chapter charter administration
  • Respond to NHQ 800 line voicemail and call transfers
  • Provide assistance to staff creating “list pulls” and label requests
  • Disseminate approved “email blasts” as requested by staff
  • Responsible for NHQ front desk duties as assigned 

Volunteer Files

  • Assist with the maintenance and updating of volunteer files as needed
  • Event / chapter volunteer web prospect distribution (recruitment) 

Support Materials

  • Place orders for all support materials as requested by staff / volunteers (recognition banners, brochures, dinner tickets, promo tubes …)  

Additional Team Responsibilities: 

  • Volunteer recognition awards – ordering / calculations (Presidential Citation)
  • Duck System consultation – staff / volunteers
  • Annual recognition magazine page for Area Chairman and Area Co-Chairman
  • National Leadership Conference responsibilities
  • Volunteer website
  • Office supplies order
  • Annual IRS report – chapter tax ID numbers (verification process)
  • Provide magazine audit information 

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a minimum of a high school diploma. Candidates should have outstanding communication; ability to persuasively convey the mission of DU; writing and organizational skills; and be proficient in standard computer programs, creating and managing spreadsheet programs, and analytical analysis.  

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=296452&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and references by close of business, Monday, July 15, 2019. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact, Cherylynne Wallace at cwallace@ducks.org, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN. 38120.  


Regional Engineer

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer to be headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA. The successful applicant will join a highly-motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland restoration and water delivery infrastructure projects in the Sacramento Valley. This position may be full or part-time. 

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

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

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

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


Chief Policy Officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Responsibilities:

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

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Substantial experience (10+ years) in conservation and public policy at the Federal and State level.
  • A passionate commitment to DU’s mission, waterfowl hunting and conservation lifestyle and possessing an authentic conservation ethic. 
  • A capacity to engage, motivate and mobilize DU’s major donors, corporate partners and grassroots base in support of critical state and national public policy priorities.
  • An engaging personal presence, trustworthy and possessing the highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards.
  • Demonstrated experience working on a bipartisan basis in shaping legislation and policy goals which build science-based solutions to complex and often competing political imperatives.
  • Successful experience in developing and managing a complex budget and working with a board that has governing oversight for the business enterprise.
  • A management style that is goal oriented, but flexible; that respects the capabilities and independence of volunteers and staff alike and provides them with a clear sense of direction.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel extensively, often for weekend and evening meetings.

Compensation:
Compensation for the Chief Policy Officer includes a competitive base salary, performance bonus and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to:  Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at resumes@explorecompany.com. Refer to DU/CPO in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.  All correspondence will remain confidential.


Conservation Lands Coordinator – MS Alluvial Valley
 

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

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

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

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

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

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=294468&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For additional information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Scott Manley, Director of Conservation Programs - MAV, 601-956-1936, or smanley@ducks.org.


Manager of Land Protection
Great Plains Region – North Dakota
 

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

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

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

Primary Duties:

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

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

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

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

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=294230&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org.   


Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN

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

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

DU’s core values have stood the test of time. The CCO will need to embrace DU’s core values, which serve to unite and inspire volunteers, staff and supporters around DU’s mission. In light of these core values, the CCO must: 1) serve as an effective leader in conserving wetlands and other habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife; 2) advise the CEO and Executive Leadership Team on how to position the DU conservation program, through innovation and forward thinking, for changes that are likely coming over the next ten years; 3) collaborate with partners who share a common bond with DU’s goals and values; 4) stand committed to integrating sound science into program development, delivery and evaluation; 5) hold the organization to high ethical standards; 6) respect the power of the dedicated volunteer and appreciate the advantages of a dynamic volunteer/staff partnership in the execution of DU’s mission; and 7) support a personal connection between people and wildlife that helps to strengthen the conservation foundation of our nation.

The CCO serves in a leadership role which speaks to the heart of DU and its dedicated members. This individual represents a powerful commitment to the vision of “wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.” The CCO oversees a national / regional department that has approximately 215 employees of which 9 are currently direct reports. The annual Conservation Program operating budget is approximately $110 million. 

As CCO, the individual will have oversight for strategic planning, plan implementation, conservation facilities, significant capital items, and programs that seek to protect, restore, and manage lands. The CCO is the primary liaison with the volunteer Conservation Programs Committee and will oversee operations on land acquisition and disposition, including the Land Review Committee. This position works directly with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico on conservation and fund-raising matters. The CCO reviews a wide range of other aspects of DU strategic and operational planning and execution. The CCO serves as the primary conservation spokesperson for DU and is expected to serve on numerous national boards, councils, and other groups that affect DU’s mission. The position relates directly to numerous state and federal agencies and NGO’s associated with conservation.

The CCO will engage in substantial fundraising from both public and private sources, including funds for U.S., Mexican, and Canadian operations. Budget responsibilities are for a multi-million-dollar program of operations and include revenue generation through major gifts, governmental programs and grants, foundation grants, and other public and private sources.

Based on the current DU Strategic Plan, the broad strategic goals and objectives for the CCO are the following:

  • Lead efforts to complete the 8-year goal of protecting or restoring at least 2 million acres by 2024 through direct conservation delivery in the highest priority landscapes 
  • in the United States.
  • Working with Ducks Unlimited Canada and Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, continue to increase collaborative efforts to generate critical support and deliver waterfowl habitat 
  • conservation in priority landscapes across North America.
  • Lead efforts to focus DU’s resources to use wetland conservation as a component of water resource solutions while conserving critical waterfowl habitat.
  • Continue to strengthen private and public partnerships that protect, restore and manage waterfowl habitats in DU’s landscape priority areas.
  • Work with key partners to provide a foundation for market-based conservation, including ecosystem services such as increased water quality, water management, and 
  • habitat mitigation.
  • Work closely with DU’s fundraising and membership management program to support and augment DU’s revenue producing activities and volunteer engagement.
  • Identify and implement necessary efforts to strengthen DU’s science capacity to ensure that the organization remains a leader in wetland, waterfowl and water-based 
  • conservation. 

Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes
The ideal professional qualifications and personal attributes the CCO should possess are the following:
Substantial professional experience (10+ years) and advanced training (M.S. / equivalent or greater) in a particular area of wildlife conservation. Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills of teamwork, partnership and collaboration. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to empower, inspire and motivate staff and volunteers. Demonstrated collaborative, decision-making capabilities, and the ability to work with a broad diversity of partners. Knowledge of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. 

A commitment to DU’s mission and a demonstrated conservation ethic. Highly adaptive and able to work well in high stress situations. Stature and confidence to gain the credibility, respect and buy-in for a wide range of audiences and stakeholders. Strong work ethic and willingness to travel extensively, often for weekend and evening meetings.

Compensation:
Compensation for the Chief Conservation Officer includes a competitive salary, relocation and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=293710&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials please contact: Wayne Dierks at wdierks@ducks.org.


Regional Engineer - Lafayette, LA

The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team dedicated toward accomplishing Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) mission. Applicant will assist a regional team to deliver wetland, riparian and associated habitat restoration within the Southwest Region that includes Coastal Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. This position will be stationed in the Lafayette, LA Field Office.   

The successful applicant will: (1) be responsible for survey coordination, designs, plan production, project bidding and construction oversight of various wetland projects; (2) serve as DU’s representative on construction projects; (3) coordinate restoration activities with federal, state, and private partners; and (4) represent DU with local, state, and federal personnel, private landowners, and other conservation partners.    

Qualifications:
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited college. 
- Registered Professional Civil Engineer with the ability to obtain PE license by reciprocity in LA, OK, NM & TX.
- Experience with topographic and construction surveying techniques, including GPS.
- Experience with AUTOCAD Civil 3D, hydraulic modeling and related engineering software.
- Knowledge of heavy construction work methods, practices, materials and equipment.
- Knowledge of methods and techniques of project administration, construction inspection and materials testing.
- Demonstrated ability to work with public and private conservation partners.
- Demonstrated oral and written interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to operate ATV and outboard boats.
- Self-motivated and goal oriented.
- Willingness to work outside of normal business hours, willingness to work independently, willingness to travel overnight with some extended travel, ability to work in inclement weather, and ability to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments.

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=292870&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and the contact information for 3 professional references. For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Michelle Dunbar
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Lafayette Field Office
125 Southpark Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
Office 337-408-3288
mdunbar@ducks.org


Regional Engineer - San Francisco Bay Area - California

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking self-motivated, experienced civil and geotechnical engineers headquartered out of the Western Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, CA. The successful applicants will join a highly-motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design, and construction of wetland restoration and water delivery infrastructure projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. The positions will be based out of an office in Vallejo, CA.

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

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

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

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=291790&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references. For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact:
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Western Regional Office
3074 Gold Canal Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Email: mcamacho@ducks.org


Regional Biologist – Western Region
Rancho Cordova, California

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

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

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

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

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

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&jobId=203351&lang=en_US&source=CC3&ccId=19000101_000001 and attach a cover letter, resume and references.  For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Maria Camacho, Executive Assistant
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Western Regional Office
3074 Gold Canal Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670
Email: mcamacho@ducks.org


 

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