Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, has an exciting Seasonal (May – November, approximately) Field Technician opportunity in western Minnesota based in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Fergus Falls Wetland Management District Office in Fergus Falls, MN.
• Work with DU’s Minnesota Regional Biologist and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists to identify prairie pothole wetlands in need of restoration and enhancement on federal Waterfowl Production Areas in west-central Minnesota from approximately May to November (flexible);
• Use GIS, aerial photos, and other office resources to plan field investigations with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists to identify drained wetlands and previously restored wetlands in need of enhancement and improvement (such as tree removal and dike/structure repair); • Conduct field investigations (solo and with DU or USFWS biologists) to locate drained and degraded wetlands in need of restoration or enhancement improvement;
• Use soil/sediment core sampler, tile probe, laser level, and other field tools to gather data to inform restoration/enhancement plans;
• Work with DU and USFWS biologists and engineers to develop wetland restoration and enhancement plans, including sediment, tile, and tree removal, ditch plugs, and small berms; • Work with DU and USFWS biologists to develop contractor bid requests for wetland restoration/enhancement work;
• Assist DU and USFWS biologists with management of wetland restoration contracts, including field oversight of contractor activities for quality control and to ensure adequate performance;
• On larger projects, assist engineers and other DU staff with bidding projects, writing contracts, tracking subcontracts, change orders, insurance/bonding requirements, and lien releases;
• Track activities and report findings and accomplishments to DU Regional Biologist and Conservation Program Director for internal DU tracking and public grant reporting;
• Help DU biologists and engineers review, verify, and submit invoices for payment from vendors and contractors;
• Use camera and video equipment to visually document field findings and before/after wetland restoration and enhancement project accomplishments, make GIS maps of completed project locations, and write brief informative project summaries to communicate accomplishments;
• Communicate project plans, activities, and accomplishments with DU and USFWS staff, other conservation agency and local government unit colleagues, private landowners, and the media.
To apply, please fill out the application materials at the link in the job posting on our website at www.ducks.org/jobs, and also attach a cover letter with resume and references by February 8, 2021.
DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.
Key Qualities, Skills, and Knowledge:
• Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management or related natural resource field preferred;
• Basic knowledge of earth moving and tree removal techniques and public works requirements;
• Ability to use GIS and other land use resources to remotely assess sites for wetland attributes;
• Proficient with MS Office software programs including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
• Basic understanding of prairie wetland ecology, management, restoration, and enhancement;
• Basic understanding of prairie farming and drainage history and techniques;
• Basic knowledge and understanding of wetland restoration and enhancement techniques;
• Working knowledge of laser levels, soil core sampler, tile probe, and other basic field equipment;
• Able to walk long distances in difficult prairie and wetland conditions;
• Ability to work in the field in inclement weather, including hot, cold, and wet conditions;
• Ability to work in remote field locations for extended periods of time and difficult situations alone;
• Willingness to work long days in the field to accomplish objectives and minimize travel;
• Willingness to travel up to 3 hours from Fergus Falls for field work on a frequent basis;
• Willingness to travel overnight for up to 3 nights in a week if required to work remote field sites;
• Willingness to use a personal vehicle for travel with reimbursement at federal gov’t. mileage rate;
• Well-organized and detail oriented, and ability to take good field notes for later use in office;
• Self-motivated, lots of initiative and conservation concern, eager to learn, able to work with minimal supervision, willing to ask questions and seek direction, and work as part of a team; • Professional demeanor while working in both office and field situations, and ability to work with a variety of people and personalities.
Jon Schneider, Director of Conservation Programs - Minnesota, email@example.com