This position is responsible for the Department's statewide wildlife management programs which include managing 475 public areas with over 377,887 acres. It is a Bureau Chief supervising 6 PSM1s, 4 NRBs; 1 EO3; 4 EO2s, 1 ES and 1 IS2. Assures that wildlife bureau facilities, manpower, and operating budget plans have buy-in by senior management, staff, the Natural Resource Commission, and stakeholders. Fiscal and management decisions are consistent with DNR strategies, based on science based information, driven by sound need, cost effective, and sensitive to the current economic environment.
This includes managing a statewide program for land acquisition working with the Engineering and Realty Bureau. Maintain a list of priority land acquisition projects. Work with private groups like Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited to acquire desired tracts of land. Work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies to assure federal dollars are available and obligated to purchase and manage conservation lands in Iowa.
Acts as the lead negotiator regarding federal funding for DNR wildlife programs. Assures that work products are developed within time standards and work plans are implemented.
Responsible for wildlife strategic planning efforts for the Division so that effective action plans are developed, aligned across the Division and the Department, and accomplished within time standards and with tangible results. Benchmark other mid-western state wildlife programs.
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