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.

Seasonal Wetland Mitigation Technician
Bismarck, ND

Seasonal Field Technician (May-November)
Prairie Pothole Wetland Restoration & Enhancement - Minnesota

Mitigation Seasonal Technician
North Atlantic Field Office, Syracuse, New York

Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians (2)
North Park, Colorado

GIS Intern
Dexter, MI

Regional Engineers
San Francisco Bay Area, California

Seasonal Wetland Mitigation Technician
Bismarck, ND

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited (DU), the world leader in wetlands conservation. We are seeking a temporary technician with motivation to successfully transition from their academic education to a professional career in natural resource management. The intern would help deliver aspects of DU’s growing wetland mitigation program in the Great Plains region. This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring resource professionals to gain experience with DU’s wetland mitigation and various other conservation programs. This position would work closely with the mitigation team and develop skills in report writing, research, financial reports, conservation easements, data analysis, GIS analysis, marketing, wetland vegetation/hydrology monitoring, and vegetation management. The intern position would be based out of DU’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND with a tentative expected start date of May 15, 2020.

Duties/Responsibilities:  Support mitigation team in delivery of wetland mitigation program and projects by assisting with and/or performing the following tasks: wetland monitoring and reporting (may require infrequent overnight travel), site investigations to determine suitability for wetland restoration, GIS map production and analysis, credit sales tasks, research/literature review, marketing, vegetation management, permitting, annual reports, construction management, data analysis, mitigation plans, public presentations, outreach efforts, meeting organization, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  Prefer a bachelor’s degree or upper-level undergraduate student with relevant experience in biology, natural resources, wildlife, conservation, or wetland related field. Desirable skills include GIS, soil science, plant identification, vegetation management experience, Microsoft Excel, and report writing. The successful applicant would be highly motivated, have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills, have the ability to work both independently and as a team member, have excellent computer skills, ability to operate ATV, and have knowledge of wetlands and wildlife habitat conservation issues. The successful candidate may be asked to travel and work in physically demanding settings and in all weather conditions. Employment is contingent upon passing a driving record check, background check, and pre-employment drug screen.

Compensation: This is a temporary/seasonal position not to exceed 9 months. Hourly pay rate would be $12.25/hour. Medical benefits are not provided. Work schedule of approximately 25-40 hours per week to be determined. Housing is NOT provided. Must be able to commute to and from office in Bismarck.

To apply, please complete the application materials on this link: and attach a cover letter addressing interest in the position, qualifications, career goals and available start date, and resume. This position will remain open until filled; please view online listing to check open status. For more information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact Justin Williams at or (701) 202-7132.

Prairie Pothole Wetland Restoration & Enhancement - Minnesota
Great Lakes Atlantic Region

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an exciting Seasonal (May – November) Field Technician opportunity in Minnesota based in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fergus Falls Wetland Management District Office in Fergus Falls, MN. 

•  Work with DU’s Minnesota Regional Biologist and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists to identify prairie pothole wetlands in need of restoration and enhancement on federal Waterfowl Production Areas in west-central Minnesota from mid-May to mid-      November;  
•  Use GIS, aerial photos, and other office resources to plan field investigations with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists to identify drained wetlands and previously restored wetlands in need of enhancement and improvement (such as tree removal and dike/structure repair);
•  Conduct field investigations (solo and with DU or USFWS biologists) to locate drained and degraded wetlands in need of restoration or enhancement improvement;
•  Use soil/sediment core sampler, tile probe, laser level, and other field tools to gather data to inform restoration/enhancement plans;
•  Work with DU and USFWS biologists and engineers to develop wetland restoration and enhancement plans, including sediment, tile, and tree removal, ditch plugs, and small berms;
•  Work with DU and USFWS biologists to develop contractor bid requests for wetland restoration/enhancement work;
•  Assist DU and USFWS biologists with management of wetland restoration contracts, including field oversight of contractor activities for quality control and to ensure adequate performance;
•  On larger projects, assist engineers and other DU staff with bidding projects, writing contracts, tracking subcontracts, change orders, insurance/bonding requirements, and lien releases;
•  Track activities and report findings and accomplishments to DU Regional Biologist and Conservation Program Director for internal DU tracking and public grant reporting;
•  Help DU biologists and engineers review, verify, and submit invoices for payment from vendors and contractors;
•  Use camera and video equipment to visually document field findings and before/after wetland restoration and enhancement project accomplishments, make GIS maps of completed project locations, and write brief informative project summaries to communicate accomplishments;
•  Communicate project plans, activities, and accomplishments with DU and USFWS staff, other conservation agency and local government unit colleagues, private landowners, and the media.

Key Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge:
•  Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management or related natural resource field preferred;
•  Basic knowledge of earth moving and tree removal techniques and public works requirements;
•  Ability to use GIS and other land use resources to remotely assess sites for wetland attributes;
•  Proficient with MS Office software programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
•  Basic understanding of prairie wetland ecology, management, restoration, and enhancement;
•  Basic understanding of prairie farming and drainage history and techniques;
•  Basic knowledge and understanding of wetland restoration and enhancement techniques;
•  Working knowledge of laser levels, soil core sampler, tile probe, and other basic field equipment;
•  Able to walk long distances in difficult prairie and wetland conditions;
•  Ability to work in the field in inclement weather, including hot, cold, and wet conditions;
•  Ability to work in remote field locations for extended periods of time and difficult situations alone;
•  Willingness to work long days in the field to accomplish objectives and minimize travel;
•  Willingness to travel up to 3 hours from Fergus Falls for field work on a frequent basis;
•  Willingness to travel overnight for up to 3 nights in a week if required to work remote field sites;
•  Willingness to use a personal vehicle for travel with reimbursement at federal gov’t. mileage rate;
•  Well-organized and detail oriented, and ability to take good field notes for later use in office;
•  Self-motivated, lots of initiative and conservation concern, eager to learn, able to work with minimal supervision, willing to ask questions and seek direction, and work as part of a team; 
•  Professional demeanor while working in both office and field situations, and ability to work with a variety of people and personalities. 

To apply, please fill out the application materials at the link:  in the job posting on our website at, and attach a cover letter, resume, and references by March 16, 2020.  For more information regarding this position, please contact:  Jon Schneider, Director of Conservation Programs Minnesota, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 311 East Lake Geneva Road NE, Alexandria, MN 56308; Phone: 320-815-0327 or email

Mitigation Seasonal Technician
North Atlantic Field Office, Syracuse, New York

An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited, the leader in wetlands conservation. The goal of the Mitigation Seasonal Tech Position is to assist with habitat conservation and wetland restoration efforts. This is an excellent opportunity for a budding resource professional to gain experience with Ducks Unlimited’s wetland mitigation and conservation programs and become knowledgeable about applied aspects of conservation and restoration. This position will work closely with staff responsible for the many aspects of habitat conservation across New York and Vermont. The successful candidate will develop skills in wetland delineation, wetland plant identification, vegetative management, landowner assistance, and others which will prove valuable throughout their career. The Mitigation Seasonal Technician position will be based in Ducks Unlimited’s North Atlantic Field Office located in Syracuse, New York. The position will include regular travel to work at field sites in Central, Northern and Western New York, as well as periodic overnight trips to projects in Vermont.

• Support biologists and other staff in the delivery of habitat conservation programs.
• Assist with wetland delineations including plant and tree identification, and associated data entry.
• Planting and seeding of recently restored sites.
• Assist with ecological monitoring of recently restored sites (i.e., field data collection).
• Perform vegetative and invasive species management, including some operation of power tools.
• Perform outreach to landowners interested in conservation projects.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Applicants must have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, ecology, wildlife, waterfowl, or wetland related field. Relevant experience in plant, wetland or waterfowl ecology or habitat conservation is desirable. The successful applicant will be highly motivated, have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills, have the ability to work both independently and as a team member, have excellent computer and data management skills, knowledge of plants, wetlands, and wildlife habitat conservation issues. Familiarity with GPS and GIS is desirable. The successful candidate may be asked to travel, sometimes for extended periods, and work in physically demanding settings and in all weather conditions.
Salary: This is a 3-month position (Approximately May 15 – August 15) compensated at $25.00/hour for a 40-hour
week. Housing is not included with this position.

To apply: Please fill out the application materials on this link: and attach your cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2020 or until a qualified applicant is identified.

Questions regarding the position can be addressed to Patrick Raney, Ph.D., Mitigation Program Manager, at (315) 453-8025, or

Seasonal Waterfowl Research Technicians
North Park, Colorado - Summer 2020

Duck Unlimited is seeking two technicians to assist with a project assessing waterfowl production in North Park, Colorado. One technician will work from April 6, 2020 to August 31, 2020 and the other technician will work from July 1, 2020 to September 15, 2020. The work will involve duck nest searches and monitoring, pair/brood surveys, banding and wetland vegetation and habitat monitoring. Technicians will primarily be involved with capturing ducks and marking them with transmitters early in the season and conducting brood counts and telemetry later in the season. Technicians will work 40 hours/week with early mornings and irregular schedules. Housing will be provided.

Applicants should possess a B.S. in wildlife science or related field. Preference will be given to applicants proficient in duck and plant identification and with experience working in buggy, muddy and tedious conditions. Experience with ATVs, 4WD vehicles and driving with trailers is desirable. Technicians should be able to work independently with minimal supervision and learn their way around the study site quickly. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required. If selected, applicants will also be required to pass a drug test prior to the start date.

To apply, please complete the application materials on this link: and attach a letter of interest, current resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for at least three professional references. Questions regarding this position can be directed to:
Casey Setash
PhD Student
Colorado State University  

GIS Intern - Dexter, MI

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

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

The qualified applicant will be a self-motivated, conscientious individual who can work independently with minimal supervision, as well as communicate closely with Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers.  We are looking for a person with a background in natural resources and experience in GIS.  Some experience with databases, wildlife management, ecology, and wetlands is preferred. Position has a term of up to 12 months with pay of $13.25 per hour.

1. Demonstrated ability with ESRI products
2. Good organizational skills
3. Very good inter-personal skills
4. Background in wetlands/wildlife
5. Photo interpretation skills

1. Computer troubleshooting skills
2. Cartographic Design
3. Wetland classification and identification skills

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link: and attach a cover letter and resume by March 31, 2020.  For questions regarding the position, please contact:
Mathew Halliday
GIS Analyst
7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. 1
Dexter, MI 48130

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.

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. 

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: 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


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


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