Apply for a Position on the Utah Wildlife Board

DWR news release

The group that makes the final decisions about how hunting, fishing and wildlife are managed in Utah has two positions to fill, and citizens with an interest in wildlife are encouraged to apply.

In August 2023, two Utah Wildlife Board members—Kevin Albrecht, current board chair, and Karl Hirst—will leave the board after six years of service. The governor appoints members to the seven-person board, but any Utah resident can submit a petition for consideration.

The application period for the two wildlife committee positions is from January 1st at 12:01 a.m. to March 31st at 5:00 p.m. Applicants do not need to have a university degree, but must list organizations or associations they have been a member of. in the previous five years. You can apply for one of the positions at The application will not be available on the website until January 1st.

To help manage the state’s wildlife, DWR has divided Utah into five regions. State law requires each county to have at least one representative on the commission. Both open positions must be filled by one resident of the South East Region and one resident anywhere outside the Northern Region. You can find regional limits on the DWR website.

Members appointed by the governor will serve for a six-year term. These individuals are encouraged to attend the public Regional Wildlife Advisory Board meetings in their counties and will attend six public wildlife board meetings in Farmington each year.

The positions are unpaid, and board members do not become employees of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

“To serve on the board, you must have a strong interest in wildlife and wildlife management in Utah,” said DWR Wildlife Board Coordinator Staci Coons. “You must also be committed to serving and representing the people of Utah.”

The Utah Wildlife Board Selection Committee, an 11-member board appointed by the governor, will review applications and select candidates for interviews. The commission will then forward its recommendations to the governor, who will make the final decision on who fills the two vacancies.

To learn more about the Utah Wildlife Board and Wildlife Regional Advisory Council, visit the DWR website.

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