Wetland Research Scientist

Ducks Unlimited Inc.

Bismarck, North Dakota

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $65,000 - 85,000, Commensurate with experience
Deadline Aug 30, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Duty Station:  Bismarck, North Dakota

Application Period: July 8 – August 30, 2024

Position Duration:  Permanent

Pay: $65,000 - $85,000, Commensurate with experience

The Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) is seeking an accomplished and motivated research scientist to help provide science support for its conservation efforts in the seven-state Great Plains Region starting no later than January 1, 2025. The incumbent will report directly to the regional Director of Conservation Science and Planning. 

Duties for this position will focus on but not be limited to:

  • Assisting with ongoing research projects across the Great Plains Region.
  • Providing scientific input regarding the impacts of land-use changes and conservation programs on the health and function of wetlands.
  • Developing grant proposals to fund science efforts. 
  • Publishing and presenting research results in diverse forums including peer-reviewed journals and professional meetings.
  • Developing geospatial conservation planning tools. 
  • Conducting and using multidisciplinary research to support development of conservation management approaches accounting for socioeconomic, ecological, and biophysical interactions.
  • Improving knowledge of fundamental biological, social, and economic processes and their interactions with wetlands and waterfowl.
  • Assisting with fundraising, volunteer, and donor education events in the Great Plains Region.

Minimum qualifications: 

  • M.S. degree in Wetland Ecology, Ecology, Limnology, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • Three+ years of combined graduate education and research experience in wetland ecology, limnology, conservation planning, or a related field.    
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and productively with stakeholders and outside partners. 
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Proficiency with ArcPro and ArcOnline.
  • Proficiency with R, S-plus, Python, MATLAB, or SAS.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. 
  • Agreeable to occasional flexible daytime hours and occasional day/overnight travel.
  • A background check and an alcohol/drug screening are required. Must have clean driving record, clean drug test, and a valid driver's license.


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.


To apply or for more information:

To apply for this position, please visit www.ducks.org/jobs. Please attach (in a single document) a cover letter, resume, and daytime contact information for 3 professional references. For more information regarding this position, contact Kaylan Kemink, kkemink@ducks.org, 701-355-3525; at Ducks Unlimited, 2525 River Road, Bismarck, ND 58503-9011. 

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Category Ecology, Hydrology
Tags Wetland