Manager of Government Affairs – Central/Mississippi Flyway South

Location: Central/Mississippi Flyway South

Delta Waterfowl is The Duck Hunters Organization, a leading conservation group founded in 1911.  We work to produce ducks through intensive management programs and conservation of breeding duck habitat. Delta conducts vital waterfowl research and promotes and protects the continuing tradition of waterfowl hunting in North America.

Our Mission is to produce ducks and secure the future of waterfowl hunting.

Our Vision is abundant waterfowl and endless opportunities for hunters.

Delta’s international headquarters is located in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Currently, our dedicated team consists of almost 100 employees, of which about half work within our headquarters office and the other half work remotely throughout the US and Canada.  Our organization has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and this is expected to continue.  This is an exciting time for Delta as we look to the future, and we are looking for talented and skilled individuals who have a passion to perform meaningful work to join our team!

POSITION SUMMARY:

This position serves as a key member of our policy team in achieving a broad range of strategic objectives for ducks, duck habitat and duck hunters. This position will assist in providing direct strategic support on a number of priority policy issue areas primarily focused on state and local policy forums while providing assistance to further Delta’s national policy priorities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Track, analyze and engage on policy issues that impact ducks and duck hunters across the region.
  2. Assist with a wide range of priority policy items in coordination with other members of the policy team.
  3. Develop productive relationships with legislators and their staff, as well as agency personnel and partners to advance Delta’s policy priorities.
  4. Plan, coordinate and execute grassroots campaigns to achieve policy outcomes
  5. Develop and foster relationships with Delta volunteers and members to help achieve policy outcomes
  6. Advance hunting regulation changes that provide additional hunting opportunities
  7. Work towards removing barriers to point of entry for hunting as well as identify and defend hunting access in areas where threats may occur.
  8. Partner with Delta Waterfowl staff, volunteers and members to address emerging policy issues, as well as assisting with HunteR3 initiatives.
  9. Assist in Delta’s habitat conservation policy priorities.
  10. Actively participate in priority policy forums as identified.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in political science, wildlife biology, waterfowl ecology or other relevant field as well as two years of direct governmental affairs experience with a broad perspective including expertise including legislative, administrative and regulatory policy
  2. Passion for waterfowl and waterfowl hunting. The ability to translate Delta’s values and mission to policy makers is an essential attribute.
  3. An understanding of the issues impacting ducks, duck habitat and duck hunting.
  4. A commitment to excellent member and volunteer service. Delta’s work with our members and volunteers is a critical component of our policy work. The ideal candidate will both collaborate with and lead our members and volunteers in crucial policy efforts.
  5. Excellent communications skills are necessary to efficiently and clearly outline Delta’s policy priorities to decision makers.
  6. Ability to work independently and maintain focus on key priority tasks.
  7. Must work well with the general public and in a team environment.
  8. Ability to travel on occasions.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Background in state or federal legislative work, grassroots campaigns or state fish and wildlife agencies.
  2. Previous professional experience with grassroots advocacy tools, legislative tracking software, etc.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and why you are the ideal candidate to jobs@deltawaterfowl.org .

 

EMPLOYEE ATTRIBUTES

Determined | We are fully committed to achieving our mission of producing ducks and securing the future of waterfowl hunting.

Experienced | We recognize the value our team brings in knowledge, skills, and abilities, and we embrace professional development opportunities to maximize our collective future potential.

Lively | We make sure enthusiasm and positive energy is present in everything we do.

Team Focused | We seek strong collaborative partnerships with others and recognize the value each person brings to achieve our collective goals.

Accountable | We work hard to earn the trust of our donors, the public, and each other, and hold ourselves accountable to the highest professional standards.

Delta Waterfowl Foundation is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer.