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Search begins for NDOW director



CARSON CITY — Governor Brian Sandoval today issued the following statement regarding the search for a new Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife:

“Wildlife management in our state is a complex and difficult responsibility. Nevada faces many challenges when it comes to habitat restoration, creating healthy wildlife populations, and keeping the sage-grouse off the endangered species list. For these reasons, my office is today beginning an extensive, nationwide search to find a new Director for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. I look forward to identifying a Director with the strong scientific and administrative experience necessary to lead this dynamic and important agency for Nevadans.”


The State of Nevada is seeking highly qualified candidates to interview for the position of Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). Qualified applicants should submit information to the Office of the Governor by 5pm on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Full details on how to apply are below.

The Director serves at the pleasure of the Governor and is responsible for the overall operation and management of the administrative, political and technical aspects of NDOW. Responsibilities include leading the resource management direction of the agency, legislative and budget oversight, personnel management, facility and lands acquisition and management, and coordination/collaboration with other federal, state and private entities.

The Director also serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, as nonvoting Secretary of the Board of Wildlife Commissioners, and as a member of the State Environmental Commission.


1. Degree in the management of wildlife or a closely related field (preferably graduate or post-graduate)

2. Substantial experience in the management of wildlife

3. Demonstrated ability to administer a major public agency

4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other State, Federal, local and private interests


According to NRS 501.337, the Director shall:

1. Carry out the policies and regulations of the Commission.

2. Direct and supervise all administrative and operational activities of the Department, and all programs administered by the Department as provided by law. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 284.143, the Director shall devote his or her entire time to the duties of the office and shall not follow any other gainful employment or occupation.

3. Within such limitations as may be provided by law, organize the Department and, from time to time with the consent of the Commission, may alter the organization. The Director shall reassign responsibilities and duties as he or she may deem appropriate.

4. Appoint or remove such technical, clerical and operational staff as the execution of his or her duties and the operation of the Department may require, and all those employees are responsible to the Director for the proper carrying out of the duties and responsibilities of their respective positions. The Director shall designate a number of employees as game wardens and provide for their training.

5. Submit technical and other reports to the Commission as may be necessary or as may be requested, which will enable the Commission to establish policy and regulations.

6. Prepare, in consultation with the Commission, the biennial budget of the Department consistent with the provisions of this title, chapter 488 of NRS and NRS 701.610 to 701.640, inclusive, and submit it to the Commission for its review and recommendation before the budget is submitted to the Chief of the Budget Division of the Department of Administration pursuant to NRS 353.210.

7. Administer real property assigned to the Department.

8. Maintain full control, by proper methods and inventories, of all personal property of the State acquired and held for the purposes contemplated by this title and by chapter 488 of NRS.

9. Act as nonvoting Secretary to the Commission.

10. Adopt the regulations required pursuant to NRS 701.610 and 701.630.

Other Responsibilities

• Serves as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet

• Coordination with relevant Federal, State, local and private entities as necessary to accomplish the mission of the Department

How to Apply

To apply, email ([email protected]), mail (101 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701) or fax (775.684.5683) the following information to the Office of the Governor by COB Tuesday, March 5, 2013:

• Cover Letter (including statement of interest, salary requirements)

• Curriculum Vitae (including professional experience, teaching or research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, and affiliations)

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