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Conservation Manager I- Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Grand Island, NE
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Great Plains Region Manager of Conservation Programs for Nebraska

Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Region has an opening for a full-time Manager of Conservation Programs in Nebraska. The Conservation Program manager will lead and advance DU’s conservation efforts with a focus on Nebraska and the migration states in the Great Plains Region. This position will report directly to the Director of Conservation Programs (DCP) for Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming who is based in Grand Island, NE.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is the continent’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. DU has conserved more than 15 million acres across the continent and employs over 600 employees nation-wide.


The Manager of Conservation Programs for NE will be part of the Great Plains Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. The individual will be highly motivated and be an experienced professional that will lead and advance DU’s conservation efforts in Nebraska.

The principal responsibility of the MCP position is to develop and implement the Great Plains Region (GPR) habitat delivery program for Nebraska, including supervising, managing, and leading a staff of biologists and land managers that will help with leveraging public funding, and delivering the program on budget with special focus on the assigned geographic area of responsibility within the region. The position will also be responsible for advancing new opportunities with partnerships, as well as cooperating with DU’s Ecosystem Services team to identify new funding and programs that align with water quality, water quantity, climate resiliency, and other sustainability programs.

Other Direct Responsibilities:

  • Deliver, direct, or assist with, on-the-ground conservation projects within the priority areas of CO, KS, NE and WY with an emphasis on Nebraska.
  • Following DU National and Regional Strategic and Business plans, cooperate with the GPR office team to identify new opportunities and increase project deliveries in the migration states.
  • Build and implement an effective, sustainable conservation program while expanding new growth opportunities, including agriculture, water quality & quantity, climate resiliency, and other ecosystem services.
  • Working in close collaboration with Conservation Services and Engineering Services staff to manage all aspects of the habitat delivery budget.
    • Help manage annual fiscal year budgets to meet or exceed all goals (acres, public revenue, direct net cost, and private major gift recognition).
    • Help build the annual fiscal year budgets, including collaboration with Development, Conservation Services, and Engineering Services to ensure maximum alignment of program needs and funding availability.
  • Work closely with development and foundation staff to support DU’s conservation and budget goals.
  • Direct oversight, training, and management of Biologists and other assigned Conservation staff.
  • Represent DU with regional conservation partners including state wildlife and resource agencies, Joint Ventures, and other landscape level planning coalitions.
  • Solicit, write, review, and administer public grants, including North American Wetlands Conservations Act, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grants, Small Watershed Grants, USDA grants, state wetland programs and others.
  • Develop and steward relationships with public agencies, private landowners, other non-profit organizations, and other partner groups.
  • Provide technical assistance to private landowners and public agencies on the management, restoration and enhancement of wetlands and adjacent uplands, and work in partnership to promote state and federal conservation programs.
  • Develop, negotiate, and enforce project and partner agreements.
  • Work closely with DU public policy staff to serve as DU’s voice on state public policy issues within Nebraska and to coordinate efforts on national policy matters.
  • Serve on DU national planning and support teams and efforts as requested.
  • Provide technical support or presentations to grassroots staff and volunteers
  • Create communications, articles, education, and outreach highlighting DU’s work and accomplishments in coordination with DU communication staff
  • Coordinate with Regional and National Lands Staff on habitat protection efforts

Candidate must be able and willing to travel frequently, including overnight travel. This position will require occasional outside work, possibly in inclement weather, and may require physical exertion or lifting as needed. Duty location will be the Grand Island, NE office within the Great Plains Region.


Experience and Education

  • Candidate must have at a minimum a Bachelor of Science degree in a natural resources field or substantial and equivalent experience. An advanced degree is preferred. A waterfowl biology and wetland ecology emphasis are highly desirable.
  • Relevant experience in land protection, agriculture programs, wetland ecology, and wildlife habitat management and knowledge of the Great Plains and/or central Rocky Mountain ecosystem are preferred.
  • Applicants must have a basic knowledge of state and federal lands protection programs and applicable laws, and state and federal wetland conservation programs, policies, and laws (especially NAWCA and Farm Bill).

Program Management

  • Show a track record of successfully leading a landscape-level program

Communication Skills (preferred communication skills)

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as inter-personal skills, are required.
  • Proven grant writing and administrative skills are desired

Analytical Skills:

  • Proven grant writing success
  • Administrative proficiencies

Interpersonal Skills

  • Proven administrative skills
  • Experience managing and supervising staff and leading a landscape-level program with diverse partnerships is desired

HOW TO APPLY: Please complete the application materials on this link and attach a letter of interest, resume, writing samples and daytime contact information (email & phone numbers) for three professional references. To request application materials, please contact Human Resources at

SALARY AND BENEFITS PACKAGE: Salary commensurate with experience. We work hard to encourage everyone at Ducks Unlimited to bring their authentic selves to work every day. DU offers an exceptional benefit package that includes comprehensive group medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance, including spouse and dependent coverage; three weeks paid vacation; paid sick leave and 10 paid holidays; 401(k) plan (including partial employer match); and tuition reimbursement.


It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age, or genetic information except where age or gender is a bona fide occupational qualification as allowed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 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.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.


Grand Island, NE
68803 USA



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