The Southern Region of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an experienced Regional Biologist for south Louisiana. The focus of this position will primarily be the enhancement and restoration of wetlands and associated habitats important to migrating waterfowl and other wetland dependent fish and wildlife species. This position will assist with implementing conservation projects on private and public lands in south Louisiana. This position will work under the direction of the Manager of Conservation Programs for south Louisiana and become part of a team of biologists, engineers, and other professionals that are based out of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Experience and Education: Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field—an advanced degree is desired. Applicants must also have at least five years of relevant experience and be knowledgeable about wetland and waterfowl ecology and management. A strong background in ornithology with an emphasis on waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds is desired. Candidates should be knowledgeable about state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws/regulations. Examples include (but are not limited to) the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act, RESTORE Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Program. Experience in providing technical assistance to landowners on how to better manage wetlands for waterfowl is also desired. Related experience in soil and water conservation as it pertains to rice agriculture is preferred but not necessary. Familiarity with the region’s biological resources, local and regional environmental issues, and private and public stakeholders is beneficial.
Communication Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to use personal computers are required. Proven proposal/grant writing skills, grant and project management capabilities, and completion of restoration and enhancement activities are desired.
Analytical Skills: The ideal candidate will be a self-starter adept at finding, initiating, managing, and delivering wetland enhancement, restoration, acquisition, and protection projects with a focus on DU priority areas in south Louisiana.