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Manager of Land Protection

Company: Ducks Unlimited
Location: Bismarck
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Job Description:

Job Type Permanent Salary Details Full-time salaried Ducks Unlimited, Inc., the world's leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking qualified candidates for a Manager of Land Protection for its Great Plains Region. The mission of Ducks Unlimited is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Because of its importance to North America's duck populations, the Great Plains region is a top priority in Ducks Unlimited's international conservation plan. Land protection efforts in the Great Plains are focused on working with willing landowners to establish conservation easements, purchase property-in-fee title and secure sites for habitat restoration through various land instruments. The Manager of Land Protection will partner with regional biological staff in preparing, negotiating and closing conservation easements, fee-title acquisitions and other lands documents. This position will coordinate with National Headquarters lands staff on document standards and quality as well as information flow between the regional and national offices. This position is a full-time salaried position that reports to the Director of Conservation Services for the Great Plains Region. Primary location is within the Great Plains Region with some travel required. Primary duties - Coordinate with regional biologists and conservation managers in preparing PPIs, GIS maps and other documents to present lands projects for approvals. - Work with regional biologists to draft, negotiate and close conservation easements across the Great Plains Region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. - Work with regional biologists to draft, negotiate and close fee-title land acquisitions. - Work with mitigation specialists to secure sites and legal instruments for wetlands mitigation work. - Coordinate with National Headquarters lands staff on document standards and quality, information flow and internal approvals. - Work as a member of the regional Conservation Services team. - Participate in regional strategy and planning efforts related to lands conservation. - Work with regional communications staff to tell success stories and publicize needs and milestones. - Work with regional public policy staff to promote state and federal public policy that facilitates conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat. Minimum qualifications Bachelor of Science degree in business, agricultural economics, conservation policy or equivalent required. Juris Doctor is preferred. At least 10 years of related experience required. An advanced degree will substitute for 3 (M.S.) or 5 (J.D.) years of the required experience. Must possess a valid driver's license and pass a pre-employment drug screen. Knowledge, skills, and abilities - Knowledge of land and wildlife conservation practices and principles. - Working knowledge of land protection instruments (easements, fee-title, site-specific agreements). - Some knowledge of federal and state conservation programs (WRE, FWS easements) and funding mechanisms (NAWCA, etc.). - Knowledge of Microsoft Office software. - Self-motivated and strongly driven to make a conservation impact in the Great Plains landscape. - Ability to work effectivelyboth independently and as a member of a team. - Ability to effectively plan, organize and prioritize work activities and complete tasks to meet deadlines. - Ability to prepare and present technical information on conservation programs to peers and the public. - Strong communication skills across diverse audiences including peers, partners, private landowners and other professionals. Strong writing skills for preparation of legal documents, memos, supporting documents, etc.

Keywords: Ducks Unlimited, Bismarck , Manager of Land Protection, Executive , Bismarck, North Dakota

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