serves as the organization’s leader on waterfowl and habitat science,
provides continental vision and direction in addressing DU’s science
needs and ensuring that DU maintains its standing and credibility as a
top notch science-based organization, and is a key spokesperson for DU
on matters related to waterfowl biology and management at the national
and international levels.
DU’s national and continental conservation objectives through the
advancement and application of waterfowl science, and by exercising a
leadership role in addressing responsibilities such as:
- Providing leadership, guidance, and
cohesiveness to DU’s Science Team (a team of primarily waterfowl
scientists and researchers located in NHQ and the four regional offices)
to address science priorities, coordinating other internal ad hoc
science-based teams created to address specific needs, and serving as
the primary liaison to the board-level Conservation Programs Committee’s
Science Subcommittee. Supervising any potential future science staff
hired and stationed in NHQ Conservation.
- Serving as a principal liaison to DU
Canada (DUC) relative to waterfowl science and habitat management, and
serving a similar science-focused capacity relative to DU de Mexico
(DUMAC). This science-based linkage and active collaboration among the
three organizations is key to promoting and maintaining the use of a
science-based, continental perspective in guiding DU’s allocation of
resources and continental conservation programs.
- Leading (with science leadership in
DUC and DUMAC) the revision and updating of DU’s tri-national
International Conservation Plan, and stepping that down to develop and
implement the first-ever National Science Plan for DU.
- Leading development and
implementation of a landscape assessment and prioritization process,
incorporating biological and business considerations, to help guide DU’s
allocation of resources.
- Serving as a primary spokesperson
for DU with respect to the diverse array of biological and scientific
issues related to waterfowl and habitat conservation.
- Conducting and coordinating
scientific analysis, research, and synthesis of information as necessary
to support expanded and strengthened work in policy, and providing
scientific support to the Public Policy Steering Committee and Executive
Team as needed.
- Representing DU in activities
related to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), and
serving as DU’s representative on important national committees and
interagency teams such as species joint ventures or action teams,
committees/working groups of the Association of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the
Association of State Wetland Managers, and similar groups.
- Seeking and expanding funding to support the scientific work necessary to advance DU’s conservation vision.
- Serving as the Science Editor for
the Ducks Unlimited Magazine, developing and reviewing other
publications and printed materials, and contributing significantly to
DU’s conservation communications efforts in cooperation with staff from
Communications, Development, and other organizational units.
- Demonstrated passion for waterfowl and habitat conservation.
- Extensive knowledge of waterfowl
biology and ecology, and a broad understanding of North America’s
waterfowl and their habitat conservation issues and needs at the
- Knowledge of state and federal
agencies, NGOs, quasi-governmental organizations (e.g., flyway councils)
and other wildlife conservation entities and their conservation
programs that affect waterfowl populations and habitats.
- Knowledge of and experience with the
NAWMP and Joint Ventures and having an extensive network among the Plan
and wildlife conservation community.
- Demonstrated ability to lead teams of conservation partners, both internal and external, towards shared strategic goals.
- Ability to successfully work and
interact personally and professionally with a broad range of partners
including academic and agency scientists, state/federal/NGO waterfowl
and habitat managers, and DU volunteers and major donors.
- Ability to quickly review and
assimilate scientific and policy information in disciplines outside
specific areas of existing expertise.
- Knowledge of Ducks Unlimited’s continental conservation activities as well as other aspects of the organization is desirable.
- Strong written and verbal communications skills.
- Ph.D. in natural resource conservation, wildlife or waterfowl biology, or a related discipline.
- Minimum of 10 years of related experience and evidence of progressive advancement in previous jobs.
- Previous significant experience in
waterfowl biology/ecology and conservation and management of waterfowl
populations and habitats, preferably with a conservation agency or large
Ducks Unlimited’s Conservation Leadership Team and will report to the
Chief Conservation Officer.
this position, please contact Paul Schmidt. To apply, please send a
letter of interest and resume by Friday, September 23, 2016 to:
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN 38120