Ducks Unlimited Job Vacancy: Chief Scientist, Tennessee – USA

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September 18, 2016

Expired Job


February 19, 2020



Ducks Unlimited’s Chief Scientist
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.

Primary Responsibilities

The Chief Scientist will assume a leadership role in contributing to
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
    continental level.
  • 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.
Education and Experience
  • 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
Reporting Relationship
The Chief Scientist will be a part of
Ducks Unlimited’s Conservation Leadership Team and will report to the
Chief Conservation Officer.

For further information regarding
this position, please contact Paul Schmidt. To apply, please send a
letter of interest and resume by Friday, September 23, 2016 to:

Paul Schmidt, Chief Conservation Officer
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, TN  38120
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