Awards and Scholarships
The Wayne E. Kirch Nevada Wildlife Conservation Award is given annually to recipients who have demonstrated significant results towards conservation, management or enhancement of wildlife. An individual, non-profit organization, outdoor sports club, or business can be nominated for the award.
Selection of the winning nominee will be made solely from the official conservation award nomination form. A simple majority of votes from a judging committee that is made up of two wildlife commissioners, the Department of Wildlife staff assigned to the Kirch Award Committee and Marlene Kirch, daughter of former commissioner Wayne E. Kirch will determine the recipient. In addition, four judges representing county advisory boards to manage
wildlife or outdoor groups will be selected biennially by the Habitat Division, Game Division, Diversity Division and Fisheries Division chiefs.
The following criteria is considered in evaluating nominees:
- Time and depth of commitment to conservation, management, or enhancement of wildlife in the state of Nevada during the current calendar year.
- Influence of the person/project on the public and in presenting positive public relations in regard to wildlife conservation in Nevada.
- Quantity and quality of measurable results for wildlife conservation.
- Obstacles, difficulties and personal sacrifice involved in meeting wildlife conservation goals.
Steve Kellers of Reno won the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner’s 2012 Wayne E. Kirch Conservation award. Kellers’ dedication to Nevada’s wildlife resources through his work primarily on water developments for wildlife was recognized during the March, 2013 Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioner’s meeting in Reno.
The conservation award consists of a perpetual bronze and wood plaque, on which that year's recipient's name is added. Each winner also receives a smaller version of the award to keep.
This award is named in memory of Wayne E. Kirch, who served on the Fish and Game Commission for over 25 years, the longest tenure on the board since its inception in 1877. The Kirch Wildlife Management Area in southern Nevada is also named in his honor. Kirch, of Las Vegas, passed away in 1989.
2013 Kirch Wildlife Conservation Award nomination form
Commission Policy 51-Wayne E. Kirch Conservation Award
2012 – Steve Kellers
2011 - Andy Stinson
2010 - Cecil Fredi
2009 - Ben Miller
2008 - Mel Belding
2007 - Bernie Metcalf
2006 - Kevin (CK) Baily
2005 - The Fraternity of the Desert Bighorns
2004 - Ray Lister
2003 - Larry Johnson
2002 - Larry Johnson
2001 - Clint Bentley
2000 - The Nature Conservancy of Nevada
1999 - Edward Pribyl
1998 - Soil and Water Enhancement Action Team Coalition
1997 - Northern Chapter of Trout Unlimited
1997 - "Outdoor Nevada," KLVX-TV
1996 - Conserve the Carson River Sponsors
1995 - The Fraternity of the Desert Bighorns
James Lathrop and Wayne Capurro Memorial Internship
This internship program is designed to provide those graduating high school seniors or current college or university students that have a sincere interest in pursuing a career in wildlife management an opportunity to earn funds to help support his/her college education. Selected interns will become paid seasonal employees of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). They will receive 'on-the-job' training to provide them with practical knowledge and experience to enhance their college studies and future career.
Two conservation organizations raise funds to underwrite the salary and operating expenses for the Lathrop-Capurro Memorial Scholarship Program.
The Reno chapter of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) underwrites a portion of this internship program which is co-named in honor of one of their founding members - James Lathrop. Additional funding support is provided by the Nevada Wildlife Record Book and is also named in memoriam for one of their founding members – Wayne Capurro. Both men made outstanding contributions to wildlife management through their roles as hunters, volunteers, organizers and advisors to the Department, the Nevada Board of wildlife Commissioners and the many wildlife-oriented organizations that mutually support the sustained health of Nevada's wildlife resources.
The Lathrop-Capurro Memorial Internship Program provides high school graduates preparing to enter college the opportunity to work for NDOW during the summer of their freshman year and for each of the next three years, as long as the student remains enrolled in a curriculum applicable to a natural resource management profession. During these summers the intern works with NDOW biologists conducting surveys, building water developments and other activities pertinent to the profession. The student benefits from the experience and exposure to potential future career employment. The program was recently made available to enrolled college students as well.
Applicants for the program are expected to have an interest in natural resource management, particularly wildlife management and should be in good academic standing. Candidates must submit an application through their high school's scholarship coordinator. Application packets will be sent to each Nevada high school in January. Students that are home-schooled or are graduating from a private or charter school can contact NDOW at (775) 688-1529 for an application packet. College students can download an application and submit it to NDOW.
Students can download an information packet here.