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Regional Biologist

Ducks Unlimited

Remote, Pennsylvania

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $63,000 - $75,000
Deadline Dec 08, 2023

Ducks Unlimited, Inc has an opening for a full-time Regional Biologist I in Pennsylvania who will be part of the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional (GLAR) Office.  The Individual will be highly motivated and be an experienced professional that will lead and advance DU’s well-established conservation and lands efforts in Pennsylvania. This position will report directly to the Manager of Conservation Programs (MCP) in the North Atlantic Region. The Pennsylvania Program is approximately 90% wetland restoration/enhancement and 10% land protection. The candidate will be responsible for the management of program operations including project identification, development, and delivery, preparation of agreements and management plans, coordination with private landowners and public agency partners, securing public and philanthropic grants, and fiscal management of the program. Significant time will be dedicated to advancing the Pennsylvania Wetland Habitat Initiative in partnership with Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Duty location to be determined based on candidate selected but must be located strategically within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The candidate will work from home or a partner office may be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, coordinate, and guide field-level implementation of DU wetland conservation projects in Pennsylvania with DU’s regional engineering and land protection teams, including freshwater wetland enhancements, restorations, and protection on both public and private lands.     
  • Develop/maintain relationships with other conservation partners including state and federal agencies, non-government organizations, private landowners, etc. that promote and lead to the successful implementation of wetland conservation efforts. 
  • Cooperate with DU’s science and development teams and conservation partners on developing and managing habitat conservation programs including but not limited to, strategic conservation plans, landowner outreach and education, facilitated land acquisitions, and the development and implementation of additional wetland conservation strategies and opportunities. 
  • Assist landowners and conservation partners with making informed decisions relative to wetland conservation opportunities.
  • Build and implement an effective, sustainable conservation program while cooperating with other regional staff on new growth opportunities, including water quality, climate resiliency, and ecosystem services. 
  • Assist with grant proposal solicitation, writing, and reporting, including developing project cost estimates for future budgets and grant proposals, such as
    • North American Wetland Conservation Act, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation & other proposals.
    • Other public and private funding opportunities & proposals.
  • Support public policy objectives in coordination with DU Regional Biologists, Manager of Conservation Programs, Director of Conservation Programs, and Public Policy staff and DU volunteers.
  • Support state and regional efforts as needed, including:
    • Develop and manage the Pennsylvania conservation budget. 
    • Look for non-traditional or new entities to broaden our funding base.
    • Promoting regional and national fundraising priorities.
    • Assist fundraising staff with foundation, corporate, and individual major donor philanthropy cultivation and stewardship.
    • Assist in developing communication resources.  
    • Participate in staff meetings and partner meetings as necessary.
    • Assist communication staff with developing information to educate and promote DU’s wetland conservation efforts.   
    • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Experience and Education: Candidate must have at a minimum a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field, typically with 3-5 years of relevant experience.  An advanced degree is preferred.  A waterfowl biology and wetland management emphasis are highly desirable.  

Knowledge of and experience with wetland restoration and enhancement techniques, wildlife habitat management, and climate resiliency is preferred.  Applicants must have a knowledge of state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws. 

Candidate must be able and willing to travel throughout Pennsylvania. Travel may also include overnight travel. The candidate will be able to set their own schedule, but travel may require daily trips weekly, and overnight trips monthly.  This position will require occasional outside work, possibly in inclement weather.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and oral communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

Please fill out the application materials on this link: www.ducks.org/jobs and attach a resume, professional references, and cover letter stating your interest and qualifications for the position. For more information regarding this position, please contact:  Human Resources at careers@ducks.org 

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Hydrology, Restoration, Wildlife
Tags Wetland, Ornithology