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Conservation Policy Internship, Ducks Unlimited – North Dakota

Organization: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Position Title: Conservation Policy Internship

Location: Bismarck, North Dakota

Compensation: $1,800 per month

Application Deadline: April 22, 2015

Description: Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Great Plains Regional office in Bismarck, North Dakota, is seeking to hire a highly-qualified individual for a Conservation Policy Internship. This 12-month position will assist DU’s professional staff in researching and promoting public policy initiatives affecting wetlands, waterfowl and other habitat conservation issues. The successful candidate will gain valuable experience and knowledge working as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and government affairs personnel on a variety of state and national policy issues. Applicants should be highly-motivated individuals that possess excellent communication skills, strong analytical abilities, computer knowledge, and must be able to work independently or as part of a team with minimal supervision. Knowledge of current wildlife conservation, agriculture and water policies is highly desired.

Responsibilities: Provide advocacy support for state and federal conservation programs; Assist DU’s staff in developing technical reports, handouts, press releases and other legislative briefings;Provide outreach, communications and other social media support;Help coordinate field tours and events with conservation partners, media and policy makers and their staff; Work closely with agency and non-governmental partners to promote conservation programs and policies on private and public lands; Assist with other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: Basic knowledge of waterfowl and wetland ecology, management and conservation; Knowledge of federal Farm Bill, Department of Interior and other state conservation programs; Proficient using Microsoft Office and other web-based software; Ability to effectively plan, organize and prioritize work activities and meet deadlines; Ability to prepare and present information on conservation programs and policies to lay audiences and elected officials; Possess strong communications skills and ability to work effectively with private landowners, partners, legislative staff and other wildlife professionals; Possess a valid driver’s license.

Must possess or be pursuing a 4-year degree in wildlife management, environmental policy, political science or other closely related fields; Must possess the education, experience and training needed to fulfill the required job duties outlined.

How to Apply: Fill out the application forms provided at www.ducks.org/jobs; attach a cover letter, resume, and three references with daytime telephone numbers; and submit by April 22, 2015. For more information regarding this position, please contact Eric Lindstrom, Government Affairs Representative, at (701) 355-3500 or elindstrom@ducks.org.

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