Career and Student Opportunities

Delta Waterfowl offers our employees an excellent compensation and benefit package that includes: employee provided health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick time, and a 401K plan. Delta Waterfowl is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Location: Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada
Closing Date: February 10, 2020

Delta Waterfowl is seeking a dedicated technician(s) for a research project investigating the influence of predator reduction on nest success of canvasbacks and other overwater-nesting ducks in southwestern Manitoba, Canada.  Beginning in early March, technician(s) will assist three professional trappers with predator removal efforts, including trap deployment/checks and other methods of predator removal.  Additional duties will include contacting private landowners to acquire permission for research activities.  The work schedule will consist of long hours with few days off during the project.  During slow periods, technician may assist with other tasks including construction of nest structures, searching for and monitoring duck nests, and planning events.  Position will end 15 July; however, additional research opportunities may extend into mid-August.

Start Date: March 1, 2020
End Date: July 15, 2020
Salary: $1,800 per month, field accommodations provided.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of a firearms/hunter safety course and familiarity with shotguns.
  • Must possess valid driver’s license with a clean driving record (no DUIs).
  • Must have or be able to quickly obtain a passport for working in Canada.
  • Must possess or be working towards a degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, or a related field.
  • Must have a positive attitude and a passion for waterfowl and conservation.

Desired Skills

  • Working knowledge of common duck nest predators and their ecology.
  • Strong work ethic with ability to complete tasks independently with minimal oversight.
  • Knowledge of common trapping methods
  • Good communication skills with ability to work with private landowners.
  • Ability to identify corvid species by sight and sound.
  • Ability to multi-task while being detail oriented is highly desirable.
  • Good organizational and data keeping/entry skills.
  • Ability to live in close quarters and co-exist with a large group of people.

Please send one document (doc/pdf) that contains a cover letter, CV (including contact info for three professional references), and transcripts to Matt Davis (mdavis@deltawaterfowl.org). Please write “Delta Waterfowl Technician” in the subject line and note your earliest start date within the email.  Position will be filled as soon as an application from a qualified candidate is received.

Location: Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada
Closing Date: February 15, 2020

Technicians are needed to assist a project investigating the breeding ecology of Canvasbacks, as well as other nesting ducks in response to predator reduction in Southwestern Manitoba. Field work will involve conducting breeding pair surveys, extensive nest searching for both upland and over-water duck nests, and brood surveys to estimate local productivity. Work days often start around 6:00am with the majority of duties being completed by early afternoon however, it is not uncommon for additional tasks to arise requiring further attention. During the nest searching period (~6-8 weeks), work days are comprised of long hours with very few days off. Over-water nest searching is laborious and applicants should be in good physical condition with a strong work ethic.

Start Date: April 20 – May 1.
End Date: Early August.
Salary:  $1600 per month, field accommodations provided.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with clean driving record.
  • Must obtain a passport for working internationally.
  • Working towards or has completed a degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management or related field.
  • Positive attitude along with a passion for waterfowl and conservation.

Desired Skills:

  • An understanding of processes surrounding the breeding ecology and management of various waterfowl species.
  • Ability to collect, enter, and verify unbiased data- Data will be collected for a variety of analyses so attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are both pertinent skills needed to fulfill these positions.
  • Strong organization and communication capabilities- This crew has many moving parts so experience relating to logistics and the ability to communicate successfully are highly desirable.
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to be productive in groups as well as individually- Most work is conducted in small groups but some tasks require work to be completed independently.
  • Willingness to live in close quarters and get along with a diverse group of people.

Technical Duties: 

  • Positively identify numerous dabbling and diving-duck species (including adults and broods), from long distances under variable light and weather conditions.
  • Candling/floating eggs to determine incubation stage.
  • Ability to collect, enter, and verify unbiased data, using applications such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Use of trail cameras to monitor wildlife.

Please send one document including cover letter, CV, earliest potential start date, and contact information (email, address, telephone numbers) for at least 3 and up to 6 professional references in addition to unofficial transcripts to Trenton Rohrer (Trenton.Rohrer@sdstate.edu) with “Delta Waterfowl Technician” in the subject line. Do not wait until the closing date to submit applications as positions will be filled as applications are received.

Location: Devils Lake, North Dakota
Closing Date: February 15, 2020

Technicians are needed to assist with a project in northeast North Dakota.  Project entails searching for duck nests using the ATV drag technique (2 person teams that use ATVs to drag a chain to flush nesting hens).  Once a nest is found, interns will be responsible for determining incubation stage of the eggs (training provided) and marking the nest using a GPS unit.  Nests are revisited every 5-7 days to monitor progress of incubation until the nest either hatches or fails.  Interns are expected to work long hours with few days off and still be able to collect reliable data.

Start Date: April 20 – May 1.
End Date: Early August.
Salary:  $1600 per month, field accommodations provided.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with clean driving record.
  • Must obtain a passport for working internationally.
  • Working towards or has completed a degree in Biology, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management or related field.
  • Positive attitude along with a passion for waterfowl and conservation.

Desired Skills:

  • An understanding of processes surrounding the breeding ecology and management of various waterfowl species.
  • Ability to collect, enter, and verify unbiased data- Data will be collected for a variety of analyses so attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are both pertinent skills needed to fulfill these positions.
  • Strong organization and communication capabilities- This crew has many moving parts so experience relating to logistics and the ability to communicate successfully are highly desirable.
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to be productive in groups as well as individually- Most work is conducted in small groups but some tasks require work to be completed independently.
  • Willingness to live in close quarters and get along with a diverse group of people.
  • ATV experience is highly desirable.
  • Ability to drive a 4WD truck with trailer.

Technical Duties: 

  • Positively identify numerous dabbling duck species (especially hens), from long distances under variable light and weather conditions.
  • Candling/floating eggs to determine incubation stage.
  • Collect, enter, and verify unbiased data, using applications such as Microsoft Excel.

Please send one document including cover letter, CV, earliest potential start date, and contact information (email, address, telephone numbers) for at least 3 and up to 6 professional references in addition to unofficial transcripts to Mike Buxton (mbuxton@deltawaterfowl.org) with “Delta Waterfowl Technician” in the subject line. Do not wait until the closing date to submit applications as positions will be filled as applications are received.

The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Waterfowl and Wetlands Graduate Research Scholarship

The Dave Ankney & Sandi Johnson Graduate Research Scholarship was established in 2013. Two scholarships are awarded annually to graduate students working on waterfowl/wetland issues in North America, one to a MSc candidate and one to a PhD candidate.

Click Here to learn more about this scholarship.

Award Recipients:

2019 – Casey Setash, PhD Student
2019 – Catrina Terry, MSc Student

2018 – Samantha Fino, PhD Student
2018 – Kyla Bas, MSc Student

2017 – Matt Dyson, PhD Student
2017 – Kelsey Navarre, MSc Student

2016 – Ben Sedinger, PhD Student
2016 – Cassandra Skaggs, MSc Student

2015 – Adam Janke, PhD Student
2015 – Megan Ross, MSc Student

2014 – Dave Messmer, PhD Student
2014 – Clark Nissley, MSc Student