The Utah Wildlife Board is the group that helps oversee wildlife decisions. This group works with the Utah Division of Wildlife to approve new management plans and practices. If you are interested you could be on the Wildlife Board. The Board has two positions that will need to be filled.
In August 2023, two members of the Utah Wildlife Board, Kevin Albrecht, the current chairperson of the board, and Karl Hirst, will leave the board after completing their six years of service. Utah’s Governor appoints members to the seven-person board. However, any Utah resident can submit an application for one of the spots open on the Wildlife Board.
Information on the Positions
The Application process will be opened on Jan. 1st at 12:01 a.m. Once the application process is open it will run until March 31st at 5 p.m. Applicants will need to list any organizations or associations they have been a member of for the previous five years. The Division of Wildlife would also like to remind applicants that they do NOT need a college degree to apply for the positions. You can click here to check out the application page.
Utah has its state divided into five regions. Because of these regions, it is the state law that each region must have representation on the Wildlife Board. Because of that law, one position must be filled by someone that lives in the Southeast region. Likewise, the other position must go to someone that does NOT live in the Nothern region.
If you are selected to fill the position you will serve one six-year term. You’ll also be encouraged to attend the public Wildlife Regional Advisory Council (RAC) meetings in their respective regions. Likewise, you must attend roughly six public wildlife board meetings in Farmington each year.
The positions are unpaid, and members of the board do not become employees of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. 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 two vacancies.
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