Private Lands Technician – North Dakota

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Devils Lake Wetland Management District; Devils Lake, North Dakota
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Full time Positions
$36,000-$39,000 annually
Last Date to Apply
Position: DU (NAWCA) Private Lands Technician Duty Station: Devils Lake Wetland Management District; Devils Lake, North Dakota Application Period: 10/3/17 – 10/20/17 Start Date: Negotiable Duties: Assist USFWS and Ducks Unlimited in identifying and successfully acquiring perpetual conservation easements on valuable wetland and grassland habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds. Assist other U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Private Lands biologists in restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat throughout the Devils Lake Wetland Management District. Officially, this position is a Ducks Unlimited employee, but daily operations are supervised by the USFWS. Coordination with USFWS Private Land staff is essential to ensure proper permits, documentation, and technical guidance is followed on private lands projects. Primary Responsibilities: To ensure that the goals of the North Dakota Drift Prairie Project are met through habitat management, restoration, development, and preservation projects. Projects include acquisition of grassland and wetland easements, wetland restorations, wetland creations, grass seedings, grazing systems, etc... The vast majority of these projects occur on private lands. It is essential the candidate for this position has the skills and abilities to work with private landowners to restore and protect valuable migratory bird habitat. Coordination with local, state, & federal government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, farmers, ranchers, and private landowners to complete projects.
Education and experience needed: Minimum of a B.S. degree in natural resources or wildlife management. Wetland/grassland ecology of the North Dakota Prairie Pothole Region, habitat management techniques and knowledge of migratory and local wildlife. Knowledge of the Farm Bill, North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA), and general farming/ranching practices. Knowledge of conservation programs of other agencies and nongovernmental organizations also is beneficial. Skills needed: Must be self-motivated and have persuasive communication abilities to effectively initiate contacts with local landowners via phone, mail, and/or in person visits. Must have excellent organizational skills to follow up on contacts. Must have ability to focus on long term goals and manage projects that can take over a year to complete. Must have ability to work independently with limited oversight, and also work well as part of the overall team. Must have excellent technology and computer skills to prepare maps, data bases, and operate GPS/GIS hardware and software. Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. This position offers much personal satisfaction to those who value the importance of protecting migratory bird habitat in the Drift Prairie portion of North Dakota. The Devils Lake Wetland Management District is located in a top waterfowl producing area in North America. The Devils Lake region contains excellent wetland resources and offers outstanding hunting, fishing, and outdoor opportunities. To apply: Click this link,, fill out the application forms, attach resume, letter of interest, and list of three professional references (with email and daytime phone numbers). Application deadline is October 20, 2017. For more information regarding this position, please contact: Mike Graue Devils Lake WMD 221 Second Street NW Devils Lake, ND 58301-0908 (701) 662-8611 Ext. 334
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