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Manager of Conservation Programs - Coastal Louisiana

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 17/03/2017
Company Name Ducks Unlimited
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Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking qualified candidates for the Manager of Conservation Programs and our conservation efforts in South Louisiana.  DU’s mission is to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl.  These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

DU’s Louisiana conservation program focuses on restoring, enhancing, and protecting critical wetlands in the state, primarily through its Gulf Coast and America’s River Initiatives.  We are seeking an individual with proven abilities in team leadership, strategic and business plan implementation, budget and personnel administration, land protection, programmatic fundraising, partnership development, and public policy to help lead our conservation programs.

Specific Duties:

  • Oversee the work of South Louisiana staff of conservation professionals and prepare and manage annual budgets.
  • Manage diverse and discrete program elements in varying regions of the state, particularly in the southern portion. Examples include: Rice Stewardship Program, Louisiana Waterfowl Project – a partnership-based private lands conservation effort - North American Wetlands Conservation Act-funded restoration efforts, and conservation programs with corporate landowners in coastal Louisiana, especially with the DU/ConocoPhillips Partnership. 
  • Provide leadership to facilitate the growth and implementation of DU’s conservation initiatives in Louisiana. Guide the development, selection, prioritization and delivery of conservation projects.
  • Cooperate with fundraising staff to secure funding for conservation work in south Louisiana and elsewhere.
  • Develop new and manage existing relationships with federal, state, private landowner, and corporate partners. 
  • Become familiar with Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.
  • Assist communications and marketing efforts. 
  • Work with Director of Conservation Programs and Science and Policy staff on regional strategic and business plans, fundraising, science, public policy and budget and personnel administration. 
  • Collaborate with volunteers and staff in Louisiana to help develop key policy objectives, major communications themes and support grassroots fundraising efforts. Some of this collaborative work and other projects will involve some weekend duties.


  • A minimum of a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, conservation biology, wildlife management or another natural resource field.  An advanced degree is desirable.
  • A minimum of 5 years of related experience in management of conservation program(s) including supervision of a group of staff. Candidates should have experience in conservation, fundraising, and land management and/or protection efforts. 
  • Candidates must have excellent communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team.  
  • Programmatic responsibilities for this position exist state-wide, but are focused in coastal Louisiana. 
  • Significant local travel is required as well as occasional weekend duties. 

This position will be located in the Lafayette Field Station and will report to the Director of Conservation Programs. Lafayette is one of the most vibrant cities along the gulf.  It has abundant culture and amazing people.  Apply today to make a difference in one of the most important locales for waterfowl on the continent.

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume and three references with daytime telephone numbers to Michelle Dunbar at mdunbar@ducks.org. Additional application forms will be provided upon receipt of cover letter and resume.  Deadline for receipt of application is March 17, 2017.
Michelle Dunbar
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Lafayette Field Office
125 Southpark Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
Office 337-408-3288

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