DUCKS UNLIMITED, INC. — the leader in wetlands conservation — has exciting opportunities for professionals with GIS and natural resources expertise. DU has been using advanced GIS and remote sensing technologies since 1984 to manage the complex issues in wetland and waterfowl management, land-use planning, and environmental conservation. The GIS Internship will be based in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office in Dexter, Michigan, and requires GIS experience with ESRI products and a background in natural resources, wetlands, and wildlife.

DU has an immediate need for someone to work with a team of GIS professionals to update the National Wetlands Inventory within the Great Lakes, Gulf coast, and U.S. territories in the Caribbean. The successful GIS Intern should have experience with GIS data development, photo interpretation, and preferably some experience with wetland classification. Other responsibilities may include assisting with a variety of GIS projects using datasets throughout the Great Lakes and Eastern Coastal region, assist project biologists and support staff with mapping needs, and setup/maintenance of GIS systems.

The qualified applicant will be a self-motivated, conscientious individual who can work independently with minimal supervision, as well as effectively collaborate with Ducks Unlimited biologists, engineers, fundraising, and other GIS staff.  We are looking for a person with a demonstrated background in natural resources and GIS. Some experience with databases, wildlife management, and wetland ecology is preferred.


(1) Demonstrated knowledge of GIS concepts and methodologies

(2) Demonstrated ability with ESRI products: ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online

(3) Very good inter-personal and organizational skills

(4) Background in natural resources

(5) Photo interpretation skills


  1. Computer troubleshooting skills
  2. Cartographic Design
  3. Wetland classification and identification skills

TERM: The position is full-time for 1 year (12 months)

WORK CONDITIONS: Primarily based in an office setting.  Majority of work will be performing GIS computer tasks at a desk.  Opportunities for travel and fieldwork: 2-3 weeks maximum spread out over the course of the year.

REMOTE WORK: Remote work is not available for this position.  GIS Interns are required to work full time at our regional office in Dexter, MI.

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

The successful candidate must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force COVID-19 Workplace Safety – Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.

To apply, please fill out the application materials on this link:  https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=7deee1c0-b159-4fdc-8bdb-3f1d87c47510&ccId=19000101_000001&jobId=416318&source=CC2&lang=en_US and attach a cover letter and resume including daytime contact information for three professional references by December 1, 2021. To request application materials please contact Human Resources at careers@ducks.org.  For further questions regarding this position, please contact Mathew Halliday, GIS Analyst, 7322 Newman Boulevard, Bldg. 1, Dexter, MI 48130, mhalliday@ducks.org.