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State of Montana Game Management Bureau Chief in Helena, Montana


Please remember to attach the required_cover letter and answers to the supplemental questions_requested in this announcement. Please label your documents. The supplemental questions can be found towards the end of this posting after the "Minimum Qualification" section. Applications missing the requested documents will be considered incomplete and may not progress further in the process. Documents not requested will not be considered in the recruitment process. This position closes at 11:59 PM Mountain Time on January 3, 2020. Please apply through the State of Montana Career site.





*Special Information:


Identity of applicants who become finalists may be released to the public if the Department deems it necessary. Employees who exceed 1,040 hours in a calendar year are also provided health, dental and life insurance. Other benefits include retirement, paid vacation, sick and holidays. This position may be covered by a VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association).

A successful applicant will be subject to a background investigation.

Women and minorities are under-represented in this job category and are encouraged to apply.


Job Information:


This position is based in the FWP Headquarters in Helena. Work is primarily office-based, although the person in this position will travel frequently to meetings throughout the state and periodically out of state. Incumbent frequently represents division and department before the public and other state and federal agencies.

This position is a permanent position. Typically will work regular office hours although periodic night and

Complete a state job application, complete supplemental questions, and provide a cover letter explaining how you are best qualified for this position.


Job Duties:


Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking a dynamic leader to lead the Wildlife Division’s Game Management Bureau. The Game Management Bureau Chief is responsible for supervising the statewide big game, furbearer, migratory bird, and upland game bird management programs; the annual development of hunting and trapping regulations; and development and implementation of species management plans. The Management Bureau Chief works supervises three staff members (furbearer, migratory bird, and deer-elk coordinators) and works closely with regional and headquarters Wildlife Division staff to develop and implement wildlife management program direction. Serves as the Wildlife Division’s lead for establishing big game hunting and fur trapping regulation recommendations and provides oversight for the season-setting process. Acts as liaison to the FWP Commission for both of these matters. Provides input on survey and inventory needs and helps determine budget allocation based on survey priorities. Establishes procedures for collection, submission and evaluation of wildlife data collected by regional personnel to provide support of annual hunting regulations and other management actions. Reviews biological data collected by field biologists and conducts appropriate analysis and interpretation to document statewide status and population trends of big game. From this evaluation prepares tentative and final regulation and season recommendations. Presents recommendations to Division Administrator, Director, and then the FWP Commission. Once finalized, monitors the development and implementation of the regulations to ensure compliance with Wildlife Division intent and Commission direction. Works closely with Communication Education and Information Services Bureaus to communicate results of Department and Commission actions. Serves as an important contact point for big game hunting opportunity questions from the public. Meets at regular intervals and regularly coordinates with regional wildlife managers and supervisors to obtain information on the effectiveness of management programs and hunting and trapping regulations.

Provides leadership and direction for the Wildlife Division’s Management Bureau including big game, upland game, furbearer, and migratory bird programs. Develops annual and long-term strategic and work plans for the Management Bureau, and administer the Management Bureau to meet objectives of those plans. Develops necessary rules, policies and procedures to implement Management Bureau objectives. Provides direction to and supervision of staff to ensure Management Bureau objectives are clear and are being implemented effectively. Manages multiple budgets and funding sources, ensuring budget stipulations are adhered to, and that the budgets are not over expended. Ensures Management Bureau programs are implemented in compliance with existing statutes and rules. Participates on the Wildlife Division’s management team and provides input to ensure Management Bureau priorities are continually understood and considered.

Extensive knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of wildlife management and wildlife habitat management. Thorough knowledge of standard administrative procedures and practices, state budgeting rules and procedures, and rules and regulations of Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act is required. Working knowledge of environmental review procedures and laws (MEPA/NEPA) is required. Knowledge of strategic and operations planning and development of comprehensive management systems is required. Ability to work effectively with co-workers and other professional personnel is required. Ability to effectively communicate and listen to the general public, landowners, sportspersons, and conservation and industry organizations and their members is required. Must be able to utilize and various word processing analytical software.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate verbally and in writing with landowners, various public and private factions, local government officials, FWP employees, other agencies, corporations and agriculture and conservation organizations.

Ability to collaborate with others (researchers, managers, specialists) internal and external to the Department.

Ability to prioritize and manage a range of tasks. Ability to work independently with little to no daily supervision.

Ability to lead groups with diverse and disparate interests to address complex natural resource issues and achieve publicly acceptable outcomes, and to effectively communicate those outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

Master of Science degree in Fish and Wildlife Management or closely related field from an accredited college or university and defense of field research thesis and at least 5 years of job-related experience. Advance training in technical, communication, and managerial skills is required.

Supplemental Questions:

The information you provide on this application supplement will be used by the selection committee in combination with your education and experience to determine which applicants will move forward in the selection process. Your responses will be viewed apart from your application materials; therefore, it is important to be specific in regards to names of employers, dates, job duties, etc. if requested. It is important that your answers are concise, thorough and relevant. The committee cannot make assumptions based solely on your other application materials when reviewing this supplement.

  1. FWP has been criticized for allowing elk populations to grow significantly above objective. A five week season and liberal regulations have not been effective, in part due to hunters not being able to access the elk. Please describe some possible strategies to manage these populations at objective.

  2. Provide some additional insights into your communication skill set, how those skills have evolved, what you perceive your strengths and shortcomings to be, and what role those skills will play in meeting the responsibilities of this position.

  3. FWP continues to be criticized for too aggressive or too liberal management of black bears, mountain lions, and wolves. Please describe your approach to the management of these species.

Job: *Science

Title: Game Management Bureau Chief

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 19142974