The Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited (DU), Inc. has an opening for a Private Lands Biologist position. We are seeking a highly motivated professional to work in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and State Departments of Natural Resources in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to deliver shared wetland and associated habitat conservation goals. The position will work closely with USFWS staff and DU biologists, engineers, and land protection specialists, and other agency and NGO staff delivering wetland and waterfowl conservation programs in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio targeting priority habitat conservation. This position will coordinate with USFWS field staff to implement Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) habitat projects and assist private landowners with implementing conservation practices. The position also will implement conservation partnership-based North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant initiatives to restore, enhance, and protect priority habitat in the WLEB. Other duties include assisting DU Ecosystem Services and Agriculture program staff to fundraise and implement programs focused on improving water quality and reducing harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Candidate must have at a minimum a Bachelor of Science Degree in a natural resources or agricultural field. A waterfowl biology and/or wetland ecology emphasis is highly desirable. Relevant experience working with private landowners on land protection, wetland restoration, wildlife habitat management, agricultural conservation and/or farm bill conservation programs is preferred. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws. A working knowledge of PFW, NAWCA, and GLRI conservation programs is desirable. Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills are necessary, including the ability to approach and establish dialogue with a range of stakeholders. Proven writing, organizational and basic administrative skills are desired, as is a track record in successful partnership building. Experience with conservation planning tools, including GIS mapping and topographic survey equipment is desirable and proficiency in computer business hardware and software is required. Experience working with conservation NGOs or federal and state fish and wildlife agencies is preferred. A background investigation is required for access into Federal buildings and a valid state driver's license is required.