Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Frequent overnight travel and occasional pressure from deadlines, controversial issues, or budget requirements.

Daily contact with Director, Chief of Operations, Chief of Administration, regional supervisors, division administrators, and other department staff. Daily contact with inquiring members of the public. Frequent contact with other top state and federal agency officials and Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commissioners. Occasional contact with members of the congressional delegation and their staffs. Frequent contact with state legislators and Governor’s Office staff.

The incumbent has broad latitude within general guidelines provided by the Director to commit the department to a course of action and to represent it before a wide range of groups and organizations. In these capacities, both the recommendations and decisions of the incumbent can have far reaching implications for the programs of the department and the wildlife, fisheries and recreational resources of the State of Montana.

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.

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is responsible for stewarding Montana’s fish, wildlife, parks and recreational resources.  It works to maintain, protect and enhance these resources and to provide the resulting benefits to the people of Montana.  The department does so by providing opportunity outside, striving towards balance, focusing on professional and resource integrity, and bringing people together.

Job Duties:

The Chief of Staff is an integral part of the Director’s Office and assists the Director with all upper level administrative and management activities.  This position assists the Director in planning, budgeting, policy development, personnel management, and in establishing goals and direction for the department.  The Chief of Staff is responsible for overseeing program development and coordination of the fish, wildlife, parks, enforcement, and communication/education division administrators.  The Chief of Staff acts on behalf of and represents the Director at internal and external meetings, and performs other duties as assigned by the Director.

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Please describe how your background and experience qualify you for this position.
  2. What specifically about this position interests you?
  3. What challenges do you think a wildlife agency faces and what would be your approach to such challenges?

Qualifications: As a senior manager, the incumbent must be well versed in the principles and techniques of managing and administering a large organization with multiple layers. Must have broad knowledge and experience with natural resource issues and with the principles of wildlife and recreation management. Must have strong supervisory skills, the ability to delegate, make decisions, exercise good judgment and act as an effective spokesperson for the department. Must be able to write concisely and communicate in an effective manner. Must have thorough knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations under which the department must operate.

Education and Experience:

The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in public administration or natural resource management or other related degree and at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a natural resource management context.  At least 3 years experience of high level supervisory experience is required.

Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case  basis.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  Not Applicable

Job:  Project/Program Management

Salary: $

 50.02 – 50.02  Hourly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

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