Ducks Unlimited (DU) is seeking a wetlands ecologist, hydrologist, or natural resource professional to identify, plan and implement scientifically defensible wetland restoration programs to support improved water quality and flood reduction goals throughout the 21-state Great Lakes/Atlantic Region (GLAR). The successful candidate will be expected to synthesize existing science and guide new research to quantify and communicate the role wetland conservation and restoration plays in improving water resources. The individual will assist in conservation planning and in the development of programs to deliver on the ground wetland habitat programs throughout the GLAR, with an initial focus on the Upper Mississippi, Great Lakes, and/or the Chesapeake Bay focal areas, depending on the candidate’s background. The individual will become part of a highly motivated team of biologists, scientists, engineers, GIS technicians and other professionals working with state and local agencies, private landowners, and agricultural partners to identify and develop opportunities to restore and protect wetlands in targeted landscapes. The position will be stationed within one of the highest priority landscapes for the region. The successful applicant will focus initially on four higher order objectives: (1) active participation in the development and implementation of state, federal and municipal grants aimed at wetland conservation and water quality improvements; (2) development and/or synthesis of science-based information to assess effects of DU’s conservation work on water quantity and quality; (3) synthesis of the science-based information into a form that can be easily communicated and conveyed to DU staff engaged in the development of partnerships with industry and foundations, and to policy staff and others engaged in advocacy to secure favorable wetlands public policy outcomes; (4) active participation in Ducks Unlimited’s international ecosystem services science team to increase collaboration and identify and advocate continental priorities.
Education, Experience, and Reporting
The successful candidate will have a minimum of an M.S. in Wetland Ecology, Hydrology, Natural Resource Economics, or a related field, a minimum of 10 years of related experience focused on water resources, and the ability to develop and/or synthesize science, and communicate science-based information to fundraising, marketing and public policy staff. The ideal candidate will have experience with partnership building with public and private entities and the development, writing and securing of federal grants such as NAWCA, National Coastal Wetlands, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Clean Water Act Section 319, FEMA BRIC, National Fish and Wildlife and other programs related to ecosystem restoration and natural infrastructure.
Additionally, the successful candidate will develop relationships with scientists in academia, industry, and government to foster the development of innovative conservation solutions that lead to significant advances in landscape-scale wetland conservation. A detailed understanding of wetland and wildlife conservation programs, conservation-related policy and legislation, and the ability to locate, review and synthesize technical information related to ecosystem services with an emphasis on wetlands and associated uplands are essential. We seek a highly motivated, self-starter with a willingness to work with a team of dedicated conservation professionals to develop innovative conservation approaches to challenging landscape-scale conservation issues. This position will report to the Director of Operations at DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Field Office in Ann Arbor, Michigan and will cooperate with DU staff across the U.S., Canada and Mexico