Director - Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Application Period: 
11/7/2018 to 11/30/2018
Employment Type: 
Permanent - Full Time
$130,000 to $150,000 D. O. E., Plus Competitive Benefits!

About the position

SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: This position is exempt from classified state service and the rules of the Division of Human Resources and the Idaho Personnel Commission.

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission (Commission) invites applications for the position of Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Department). The Director reports to the seven-member Commission and is responsible for administering laws and rules and controlling the Department's revenues, expenditures, and personnel for the management of the State's wildlife resources. This position offers unique opportunities and challenges and requires a dynamic, engaging leader with demonstrated executive-level experience. The position is based in Idaho’s state capital of Boise.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is an organization comprised of 569 dedicated full-time employees and an annual temporary workforce of up to 400 employees. The Director is responsible for organizing and staffing the Department to carry out various programs including administrative/fiscal management of an annual budget of approximately $125 million (including $44 million in license revenue), resource management and research, law enforcement, land management, education and information, habitat, and mitigation assessments associated with multiple and various land and water use projects.

Department Mission: The Department’s mission is enshrined in state law: “All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho. It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated, and managed. It shall only be captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping.” Idaho Code 36-103(a)

Department Vision: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game shall work with hunters, anglers, trappers and other Idahoans to provide abundant fish and wildlife that enables their right to hunt, fish and trap, and provides the foundation for the state’s rich wildlife heritage they value.


  • The Director is responsible for ensuring that the Department’s programs and services safeguard the long-term health of the fish and wildlife under the Department’s stewardship. The Director provides leadership in building effective relationships with Idaho citizens and the broad array of constituencies with a stake in the Department’s work. The Director instills organizational culture and values geared toward achieving strategic priorities.
  • Communicates a sense of vision and priority to Department employees in accomplishing goals and objectives.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of Department personnel to ensure efficient and cost-effective operations.
  • Ensures compliance with established short- and long-range Commission policies for the preservation, protection, perpetuation, and management of wildlife resources in the State of Idaho.
  • Identifies and promotes programs through appropriate legislative, professional, governmental agencies, and social groups to enhance and protect the wildlife resources of the State.
  • Maintains excellent working relationships with the Commission by acting as a trusted advisor keeping Commissioners fully informed on sensitive and controversial programs and projects that impact the State's fish and wildlife resources.
  • Cultivates collaborative relationships with sportsmen; elected officials; federal, state, and tribal agencies; private landowners; and the general public, to promote Department policy and budgetary support, and to address complex challenges for managing fish and wildlife resources, habit, and public access.
  • Serves as a member of the Governor's Natural Resource Cabinet and represents the Department and State in discussions, negotiations, and partnerships with federal, regional, tribal, and conservation organizations.

The Commission seeks candidates with the following experience and achievements:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and extensive experience in the management and conservation of fish and wildlife; with hunting, fishing, and trapping, or other natural resource management at progressively more responsible levels; preferably as a Division Chief, Bureau Chief, Regional Supervisor, Deputy Director, Agency Director, or organizational equivalent.
  • A proven track record of demonstrated leadership, vision, and innovation for delivering results, building accountability for staff, and creating an empowering and collaborative work environment.
  • Development and implementation of long-range plans, policies, objectives, multi-faceted budgets and human resource management plans.
  • Excellent skills in leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution, consensus building, and public relations.
  • Proven excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to function effectively in a complex political environment with a broad range of public entities, interest groups, and various governmental entities with roles in natural resources management.


  • The State of Idaho offers a competitive benefits package including health and dental insurance, participation in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI), life/disability insurance, vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
  • Candidates are encouraged to carefully research the recent history of the Department and to be fully prepared to speak to the approach they would take in addressing current and future challenges and opportunities.
  • Commission Reports: Annual reports from the Idaho Fish and Game Director to the Fish and Game Commission offer an overview of the Department's major programs, staffing, and expenditures for the past fiscal year.
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game Strategic Planning Documents:


This position has a priority application deadline of November 30, 2018 and is open until filled. Applicants selected for further consideration will be scheduled for interviews with the Commission (interview dates slated for mid-December).

Interested applicants should submit a:

1. Resume

2. Letter of interest detailing

a. A summary of your unique qualifications that would make you the best candidate for the position;
b. Goals and priorities you would have for your first year.

3. Explanation of the vision that you have for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game under your leadership not to exceed one page.

Email application materials to: (please submit as .pdf or MS-Word attachments and indicate ‘Director –Fish and Game’ in subject line.)

How to Apply
Additional Comments: 
EEO/Veteran’s Preference.
Rachel Byington
(208) 334-3773
Traditional - Open through close date (specified)