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.

GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst
Ridgeland, MS

Print Advertising Specialist
Memphis, TN

Governmental Communications Manager
Washington, DC

Director of Human Resources
Memphis, TN

Regional Engineer
Rancho Cordova, CA

Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN 

Regional Engineers
San Francisco Bay Area, California


 

GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst
Southern Region- Ridgeland, Mississippi

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst to join our highly motivated Southern Region team.

The Analyst will be an integral addition to the regional conservation science and planning unit and will work collaboratively with staff across all departments. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and maintaining Ducks Unlimited’s Southern Region geographic information systems (GIS) data, geoprocessing scripts, and related applications. The position’s duties include overseeing data management to include quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), technical consulting, training, data analysis, cross-departmental and cross-regional collaboration. The position will also support geospatial analysis to identify and deepen our understanding of conservation priorities by 1) conducting spatial analysis and modeling, 2) acquiring, organizing, and developing spatial and tabular databases, 3) disseminating results as maps and tabular data, and 4) conveying an understanding of spatial analyses and results through oral communication, written reports, scientific publications, and other products. Analyses include, but are not limited to, quantifying relationships between diverse ecological or social data, conducting analyses of ecosystem representation and landscape connectivity, and assisting conservation planning staff in the development and application of geospatial models.

Primary Responsibilities/Duties
-Data management including quality assurance and control
-Work with interdisciplinary teams to design and conduct landscape analysis projects
-Summarize analysis results in tables and maps to clearly communicate to diverse audiences
-Compile, organize, analyze, and disseminate spatial data
-Create maps that clearly display analytical results and conservation messages
-Clearly write the methods of GIS analyses for publications, science briefs, reports, and other forms of communication
-Generate maps for publications, posters, reports, PowerPoint presentations and other internal and external communication needs

Minimum Qualifications
A Master’s degree in GIS, Geography, Landscape Ecology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management or related degree or a B.S. in similar fields and 3+ years of experience is desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
-Spatial data, relational database management systems, and metadata
-ESRI software suite including: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online/Portal, Survey 123, and Collector
-Cartographic principles, geographic projections, and data sources and formats
-Latest data processing techniques, analysis, and modeling
-Remote sensing and image analysis
-Python, R, JavaScript and version control is preferable but not required

Skills in:
-Preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land surveys, etc.
-Analyzing and problem solving
-Data modeling and maintenance
-Customer service

Ability to:
-Provide excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
-Balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks
-Work collaboratively in teams and across organizations
-Synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly
-Develop and write technical documentation
-Develop geospatial models based on the best scientific knowledge available

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=300576&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime contact information (email and phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position, please contact Dale James, Ph.D. at 601-206-5449 or djames@ducks.org. To request application materials, contact Donna Walters at 601-956-1936 or dwalters@ducks.org.


Print Advertising Specialist
National Headquarters - Memphis, Tennessee

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

Primary Responsibilities Include:   

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

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

Additional Qualifications Include:   

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

The Print Advertising Specialist reports to the Director of Advertising and is based at the National Headquarters in Memphis, TN. Candidates must be willing to work hours that extend outside of the typical workday and workweek throughout the year; occasional overnight travel is required. Resume review will begin on September 16, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=299741&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 professional references. For further information regarding this position please contact: 
Beth Bryan
Director of Advertising
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
bbryan@ducks.org 


 

Governmental Communications Manager
Washington, D.C.

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

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

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

Required Qualifications:

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


Preferred Qualifications:

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


Responsibilities:

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


To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=298093&source=CC3&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and references along with three relevant writing samples. For further information regarding this position, please contact James Powell at jpowell@ducks.org.  To request application materials, please contact: 
Human Resources
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120
hr@ducks.org


Director of Human Resources
National Headquarters – Memphis, TN

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

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

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

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

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


Requirements:

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

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


Regional Engineer

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

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

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

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

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


Chief Conservation Officer
Memphis, TN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Regional Engineer - San Francisco Bay Area - California

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

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

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

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

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


 

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


 

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