Interested in deciding how wildlife is managed in Utah? Apply for one of 2 openings on the Utah Wildlife Board
SALT LAKE CITY — The group that makes the final decisions about hunting, fishing and how wildlife is managed in Utah has two positions to fill, and members of the public who have an interest in wildlife are encouraged to apply.
In August 2021, two members of the Utah Wildlife Board — Donnie Hunter and Byron Bateman — will leave the board after completing their six years of service. The governor appoints members to the seven-person board, but any resident of Utah can submit an application for consideration.
The application period for the two wildlife board positions runs from Feb. 1 to March 31. Applicants are not required to have a college degree, but they do need to list any associations they have been a member of for the previous five years. You can apply for one of the positions at this website: board.utah.gov.
To help manage wildlife in the state, the DWR has divided Utah into five regions. State law requires that every region have at least one representative on the board. Because the remaining five board members represent all the regions, the two open positions can be filled by anyone living anywhere in Utah.
The members the governor appoints will serve for one six-year term. These individuals are encouraged to attend the public Wildlife Regional Advisory Council meetings in their respective regions and will also attend roughly six public wildlife board meetings in Salt Lake City each year. Due to COVID-19, the public meetings have been held virtually via livestream since March.
The positions are unpaid, and members of the board do not become employees of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
“To serve on the board, you need to have a strong interest in wildlife and wildlife management in Utah,” DWR Wildlife Board Coordinator Staci Coons said. “You also need to be committed to serving and representing the people of Utah.”
The Utah Wildlife Board Nominating Committee — an 11-member committee appointed by the governor — will review the applications and select candidates to interview. Then, the
committee will forward its recommendations to the governor, who will make the final decision about who fills the vacancies.
To learn more about the Utah Wildlife Board and the Wildlife Regional Advisory Council, visit the DWR website.
Media contact: Mark Hadley at 801-556-8686