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.

Biologist
Arkansas

Communications Specialist - Prairie Pothole Joint Venture
Great Falls, Montana

Engineers (2)
Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming

Regional Engineer
Iowa

Engineer-In-Training
Texas

Regional Engineers
San Francisco Bay Area, California


Biologist - Arkansas

The Arkansas Biologist position will offer an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and will also work closely with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) staff and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff. This position will be responsible for contributing to the restoration and enhancement of priority wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas. Technical and personal skills are needed to identify and develop wetland projects that improve water quality, provide important wintering waterfowl habitat, and improve floodplain capacity within an agriculturally dominated landscape.

DU is focused on enhancing shallow water wetlands, reducing siltation and erosion into area streams, reforesting key blocks of bottomland hardwood forest and reconnecting floodplain pathways into managed areas that provide a sustainable mix of significant agricultural and environmental landscapes. These strategies are pursued by working with private, state, and federal stakeholders to implement projects that demonstrate effective techniques, collect quantifiable data, and collaborate with partners to provide conservation solutions for wildlife, agriculture, and people at a landscape level.

Challenge & Actions:
• Use existing network of Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) projects to identify opportunities to restore altered hydrology and enhance shallow water areas.
• Work with DU/AGFC/NRCS staff and partners including landowners, private organizations, state and federal agencies to develop restoration plans that may include surveying, tree planting, wetland construction or implementation of on-farm conservation practices.
• Support our USA Rice-DU Rice Stewardship Partnership throughout Arkansas.
• Manage projects to include budgets, contracts and/or partners to implement restoration designs and achieve desired goals.
• Collect project field data which may include water quality sampling, biological inventories, habitat surveys, or others.

Responsibilities & Results:
• Coordinate with Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, AGFC and NRCS staff to determine focus area and select projects.
• Evaluate WRE shallow water areas for enhancement opportunities.
• Work with AGFC, NRCS and other DU staff to identify water quality enhancement projects, focusing on connectivity with existing WRE easements. Other practices that provide water quality benefits will also be considered.
• Assist with forest management recommendations on existing WRE tracts.
• Coordinate project design and provide appropriate oversight of project construction through communication with landowners, AGFC and NRCS.
• Produce annual report to document progress, lessons learned and recommendations.
• Perform responsibly in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must have a BS degree in a science-related field and at least 5 years related experience in conservation, ecological land management, ecological restoration, agriculture systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Must have the ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines and direct supervision.
• Must have some experience operating and maintaining various types of technical equipment and recreational vehicles.
• Must have a working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers, and Geographic Information Systems).
• Must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
• MS degree in a science-related field.
• At least 3 years related experience in conservation, ecological management, agriculture systems, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience working with bottomland hardwood forests and conducting wetland restoration projects.
• Experience with water quality sampling, monitoring plant or animal species to complete project management activities.
• Experience supervising or managing staff, volunteers or contractors to complete a conservation project.
• Familiarity with current trends and practices in rice and row crop agriculture.
• Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means to a broad spectrum of stakeholders including government officials, private landowners, partners, donors, trustees or the general public.

Preferred location is Northeast Arkansas – Jonesboro Area. Position opened until 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=366323&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime information for three professional references (phone & email). For further information regarding this position or to request application materials, please contact:
Scott W. Manley, Ph.D.
Director of Conservation Programs – Lower Miss
193 Business Park Drive, Suite E
Ridgeland MS 39157
(601) 206 - 5443 (office)
smanley@ducks.org


Communications Specialist – Prairie Pothole Joint Venture
Great Falls, Montana

The Great Plains Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced individual to join our Great Plains Conservation Team. We seek a highly motivated, self-starting, collaborative individual to work as a key staff member of the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV) in Great Falls, Montana. The Communications Specialist serves as lead PPJV communications staff working across the 5-state region (MT, ND, SD, MN, IA) of the Joint Venture. This position provides critical direction and implementation of strategic external and internal communications to advance PPJV efforts. Work is guided by the PPJV Strategic Communications Plan to ensure effective communications. This position oversees all aspects of the PPJV Communications Program, including program development and exploration of funding opportunities. The Communications Specialist is also responsible for furthering communications to support wetland and grassland habitat conservation. The position works hand-in-hand with key communications partners to ensure our communications efforts reach priority audiences with targeted messages to influence actions and behaviors.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, natural resources, or related field; an advanced degree is preferred.
• Minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in communications, public relations, or marketing preferably for a natural resources or conservation organization.
• Experience in outreach and communicating scientific results to agency leaders, conservation professionals, the public, and the media.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Experience with social media campaigns, working with journalists, photography and websites.
• Experience writing and editing of natural resources and conservation content preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate well with staff and partners.
• Experience working with state and/or federal wildlife or natural resources agencies.
• Expertise in strategic planning, strategic communications, and facilitation.
• Track record of obtaining funding preferred.
• Ability and willingness to travel as needed to connect with the JV partnership and support stated objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversee, implement, and coordinate the design and delivery of strategies and tools in line with the goals and objectives identified in the PPJV Strategic Communications Plan or PPJV Implementation Plan (e.g., news releases on peer-reviewed scientific research projects, website, social media, E-News, etc.).
• Engage partners, staff, and Management Board members in strategic planning for the communications program and communication campaigns.
• Increase the visibility of the PPJV and its programs to stakeholders.
• Provide vision and direction for future communications program growth.
• Serve as the Managing Editor for the PPJV E-newsletter (linked here) published three times per year.
• Direct, develop, and write content as needed to benefit the PPJV partners
• Cultivate media relationships and develop press releases.
• Ensure communications tools are properly delivered to target audiences.
• Coordinate with partners to expand the reach of communications tools.
• Develop or utilize existing evaluation mechanisms, such as web-based analytics, surveys, and questionnaires, to track and report on communications strategies and tools using quantitative (e.g., number of website visitors, number of e-news readers, etc.) and qualitative (e.g., website users report increased knowledge and awareness of PPJV programs, presentation lead to increased skills to implement strategic bird habitat conservation, etc.) benchmarks.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) and the job will involve travel to attend partner meetings, visit project sites and represent the Joint Venture. Either a vehicle will be provided, or personal mileage will be reimbursed ($0.575/mile). Salary will be commensurate with experience and with that of similar positions in other Migratory Bird Joint Ventures.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=366021&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume, three writing examples and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references by July 10, 2020. To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at hr@ducks.org. For more information regarding this position, contact: Robert Sanders at rsanders@ducks.org, or Sean Fields, Prairie Pothole Joint Venture, 922 Bootlegger Trail, Great Falls, MT, 59404. sean_fields@fws.gov (406) 727-7400 x218 (office), (406) 217-1645 (cell)


Engineer / Engineering Technician
Fort Collins, Colorado

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking two self-motivated, engineers or engineering technicians 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 other great plains 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 using AutoCAD Civil3D software
• Generate topographic maps using AutoCAD Civil 3D software
• Perform quantity calculations for civil type projects

Qualifications:
• Requires a B.S. in Engineering or Construction Management, or an 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, to work independently, and to travel overnight and some extended travel. Must be able to work in inclement weather, and 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=365660&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a letter of interest, resume and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. For more information regarding this position, please contact Mitch Messmer at mmessmer@ducks.org or 308-383-3086. To request application materials, contact Candace Miller at 701.355.3511 or cmiller@ducks.org. Deadline for applications is July 24, 2020.


Regional Engineer – Iowa

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking a self-motivated, experienced civil engineer to be located in the Des Moines, Iowa area. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team of biologists and engineers who are responsible for the planning, design and construction of wetland restoration and enhancement projects. Primary responsibilities will be in Iowa.

Qualifications:
Candidates must have at minimum, a B.S in Civil Engineering or an equivalent degree from an EAC/ABET accredited engineering program, be a registered professional engineer and a minimum of 6 years of experience in civil engineering design. Applicant will need to obtain registration in assigned states. Desirable qualifications include experience with Civil3D, hydrology, hydraulics, civil design including structures and pump stations, erosion control, construction inspection and project management. Demonstrated oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, goal oriented and able to work with and solve problems in close team-based relationships.

Responsibilities:
Regional Engineers perform a full range of project planning, design, contracting, and construction management functions on wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects. Project delivery responsibilities include scoping and proposal development, engineering design, project bidding, field inspection, and occasional 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 occasional travel.

Specific duties include:
1. Prepare proposal scope of work and budgets in close coordination with biological staff.
2. Interpret, select, adapt, and apply engineering, surveying, and construction management principles and practices across a range of engineering services within a
diverse conservation program.
3. Complete engineering designs and reports as required.
4. Prepare project plans, technical specifications and cost estimates. Attend project meetings.
5. Conduct field inspection and perform construction management oversight as needed.
6. Ensure that consultants and contractors adhere to project plans, specifications and schedules.
7. Act as contracting officer, ensure contract compliance and manage project budgets.
8. Assist with occasional field work as required which could include strenuous outdoor activity in difficult environmental conditions. Must be able to operate ATV and
outboard boat when necessary.

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=365460&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter, resume and daytime information for 3 professional references. For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact: Michael Baker, 7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. #1, Dexter, MI 48130. Email: mbaker@ducks.org Office: #734-623-2000.


Engineer In Training (E.I.T.) – Southwest Region
Richmond, Texas

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation has an opening for an Engineer In Training. The successful applicant will join a highly motivated conservation team dedicated toward accomplishing Ducks Unlimited’s (DU’s) mission. Applicant will assist a regional team in delivering wetland, riparian, and associated habitat restoration projects within the Southwest Region, primarily in Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico and potentially in south Louisiana, on an as needed basis. This position will be stationed in DU’s Richmond, TX Field Office.

The successful applicant will: (1) be responsible for the operation of GPS and traditional surveying equipment for topographic and construction surveys; (2) serve as DU’s representative on construction projects, while performing a variety of inspections to verify contractor’s compliance with plans, specifications and standards; (3) prepare inspection reports and maintain project records; (4) assist Regional Engineer with designs and a variety of administrative duties; and (5) 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. EIT Certification is required.
· Working knowledge of topographic and construction surveying techniques, including GPS and traditional surveying equipment.
· 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.
· Working knowledge of AUTOCAD Civil 3D and engineering related software.
· Self-motivated and goal oriented.
· Willingness to work outside of normal business hours, willingness to work independently, willingness to travel overnight and some extended travel, ability to work in inclement weather, and ability to work with minimal supervision in remote work environments. 

Deadline for applications is July 17, 2020. To apply, please fill out the application materials at the link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=365446&source=CC2&lang=en_US.  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


 

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