Conservation Intern- NHQ, Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Memphis, TN

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Conservation Intern – 1 Paid Position

Memphis, TN

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., (DU) has an opening for a 12-month, full-time, paid Conservation Intern. The position will be based at DU’s National Headquarters in Memphis, TN, and will be provided with a range of opportunities to contribute to the science behind DU’s waterfowl and wetland conservation mission. The position requires experience or academic training in natural resources conservation and management, environmental science, or related fields. The position will report to and work collaboratively with Dr. Mike Brasher, Senior Waterfowl Scientist, to identify opportunity that address DU’s needs while contributing to the professional development of the Conservation Intern.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., is North America’s leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation. Since its founding in 1937, DU has conserved more than 15 million acres of wetlands and associated waterfowl habitats across the continent. DU currently employs over 600 people nation-wide.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will assist a nation-wide team of conservation, science, and communication professionals in the development, application, and amplification of DU’s science and conservation priorities. Ultimately these efforts will enhance DU’s ability to protect, restore, and conserve wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, wetland-dependent wildlife, and society.

  • Depending on the skills and aspirations of the successful applicant, duties may include:
    1. Reviewing and updating science and conservation material on the DU website
    2. Synthesizing peer-reviewed literature on emerging issues affecting waterfowl and wetlands conservation
    3. Assisting the DU National Science Team with future revisions to the International Conservation Plan, potentially included refinement of GIS-based decision support tools
    4. Assisting with assembly, production, and modernization of DU’s annual science metrics (i.e., publication list, international science report, science spotlight report)
    5. Assisting inter-departmental staff with communication and outreach related to DU’s science and conservation through print, web, social media, audio, and video platforms
    6. Supporting efforts of external partners (e.g., universities, NGO partners, state and federal agencies) to deliver on DU’s highest priority science needs
    7. Responding to science- and conservation-related inquiries from DU staff, DU members, and the general public


  • TERM: Anticipate start in January or February 2023 for a 12-month assignment
  • WORK CONDITIONS: Primarily based in an office setting, but opportunities for interdepartmental collaboration, local field outings, and occasional national or international travel will be available. Opportunities for travel and fieldwork: 4–5 weeks
  • REMOTE WORK: Remote work is not available for this position. The Conservation Intern is required to work full-time at our National Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee.

Qualifications: Given the variety of work opportunities for this position, applicants from diverse experiential and academic backgrounds are encouraged, although those with formal training in areas related to natural resources conservation and management will be most competitive.


Experience and Education 

  • Background in Natural Resources Conservation and Management, Environmental Science, Avian Ecology, Wetland Ecology, or related field
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, although high achieving senior level undergraduates will be considered
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in a career in natural resources conservation and management; waterfowl and wetlands interest preferred
  • Experience, training, or interest in science communication is a plus


Technological Proficiencies: 

  • Experience with Microsoft suite, including Excel, Word, and Power Point required
  • Experience with other software (e.g., ArcGIS, R, Adobe Illustrator) welcomed


Interpersonal Skills

  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work collaboratively in interdepartmental teams among conservation, science, communications, and fundraising staff
  • Appreciation and practice in critical thinking and a willingness to learn


Communication Skills

  • Ability to research and synthesize scientific materials for communication to technical or layperson audiences
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and other forms of media


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: This is a paid internship. The pay rate is $17.00 per hour.

APPLICATION: Please fill out the application materials on ADP - - and attach a resume and cover letter by November 30, 2022. For questions about the position, please contact:

Mike Brasher, PhD

Senior Waterfowl Scientist

[email protected]

DEADLINE: November 30, 2022

For additional questions about DU careers on you may also contact [email protected].


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