About

Learn about NDOW’s seven divisions and leadership team, and find contact information for the dedicated employees who can answer your wildlife, hunting and fishing questions here!

NDOW Employee Recognized

as November Employee Veteran of the Month

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is excited to announce its Boating Access Program Manager, Lance Murray, has been named as the State of Nevada’s Employee Veteran of the Month for November 2022.

What we do

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. NDOW is organized into seven divisions (Conservation Education, Habitat, Game, Data and Technology Services, Law Enforcement, Wildlife Diversity and Fisheries) that develop programs and projects, and three regions (eastern, southern and western) that implement these programs.

In addition, NDOW coordinates agency planning activities, legislation and support operations by assigning senior management level personnel to coordinate these efforts. The department is led by a governor-appointed director, who also serves as the secretary of the wildlife commission.

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, a 9-member, governor-appointed board, is responsible for establishing broad policy, setting annual and permanent regulations, reviewing budgets, and receiving input on wildlife and boating matters from entities such as the 17 county advisory boards to manage wildlife.

DIRECTORS of Nevada Department of Wildlife

The Department is led by a governor-appointed director, who also serves as the secretary of the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners. The director appoints two deputy directors—one who oversees the Department’s resource divisions and one who oversees budget and operations. In addition, the director supports operations of the Department’s seven divisions by coordinating with division administrators.

Alan Jenne

Director
Vacant

Vacant

Deputy Director

Jordan Goshert

Deputy Director

MEET OUR DIVISIONS

NDOW is the state agency responsible for the protection, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. In order to most effectively meet these responsibilities, NDOW has seven different divisions focusing on various aspects of the ultimate responsibilities.

Conservation Education

The Conservation Education Division works to promote Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) programs, services and recreational opportunities. The division educates the public about state wildlife and boating rules and regulations, as well as other wildlife, habitat and fishing issues. The division also strives to involve students, teachers and the public through hunter, angler and wildlife education programs. Additionally, the division has developed a volunteer program to provide the public a hands-on way to get involved in projects like seed gathering or fish stocking.

Administrator:
Chris Vasey

Division Administrator

Conservation Education

Headquarters

(775) 688-1553

Leadershp, Conservation Education

Habitat

The Habitat Division’s main objective is to ensure that Nevada wildlife habitats are productive and in good ecological condition. The division is responsible for reviewing, assessing and providing comments on all proposed land and water uses, providing fish and wildlife data to all entities for planning and decision-making purposes. The Habitat Division is also responsible for planning, operating and maintaining approximately 150,000 acres of state-owned lands administered as Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s). The division administers the water development, rangeland and wildfire rehabilitation efforts for the Department.

Administrator:

Vacant

Game

The Game Division is responsible for management, protection, research and monitoring of wildlife classified as game mammals, upland and migratory game birds, and furbearing mammals. The division has four program areas: avian and terrestrial game species management, game wildlife/depredation control and compensation, predator management, and wildlife health and disease monitoring.

Administrator:
Mike Scott

Division Administrator

Game Management

Headquarters

(775) 688-1520

Leadership, Game Division

Data and Technology Services

The Data and Technology Services Division is responsible for the business affairs of the Department which include the management of the customer service programs comprised of licensing, boat titling and registrations, hunt applications and draws; special licenses and permits; land agent activities; information technology services and geographic information systems(GIS).

Administrator:
Kim Munoz

Division Administrator

Data & Technology Services

Headquarters

(775) 688-1565

Leadership, Data and Technology Services Division

Law Enforcement

The Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for protecting Nevada’s wildlife resources and ensuring the safety of the boating public. Game Wardens enforce the wildlife and boating laws passed by the state legislature and regulations set by the Nevada Wildlife Commission. The Law Enforcement Division is also responsible for the statewide boating education program and implementing Operation Game Thief.

Administrator:

Vacant

Wildlife Diversity

The Wildlife Diversity Division is dedicated to the preservation, management and study of Nevada’s diverse, terrestrial, non-game wildlife heritage. Using habitat-based conservation planning, sound science and innovative, collaborative partnerships, the division protects and manages for healthy populations of hundreds of Nevada’s wildlife species including at-risk and sensitive species.

Administrator:
Jen Newmark

Division Administrator

Wildlife Diversity

Headquarters

(775) 688-1996

Leadership, Wildlife Diversity Division

Fisheries

The Fisheries Division works to ensure the health and vitality of Nevada’s fish in its network of streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Hatcheries produce and stock fish, and biologists manage fish and amphibian populations, water quality and aquatic habitat.

Administrator:
Chris Crookshanks

Division Administrator

Fisheries Management

Headquarters

(775) 688-1534

Fisheries, Leadership

NDOW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Looking for a rewarding career in conservation? NDOW has a wide variety of employment opportunities with meaningful responsibilities that help shape the future of Nevada’s wildlife and wild spaces.

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER 2-PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR

LOCATION: rENO

The Publications Coordinator (PC) position is responsible for the writing, design and pre-press preparation for the agency’s four annual magazines as well as additional educational materials for the public including brochures, posters, signs, presentations, and internal and external newsletters.

BIOLOGIST 1-URBAN WILDLIFE

LOCATION: rENO

This position is focused on, but not limited to wildlife management activities within the urban interface of wildlife habitat. Manage human-wildlife conflicts in urban environments by providing information to prevent, reduce, or mitigate those conflicts. 

BIOLOGIST 2- URBAN WILDLIFE

LOCATION: LAS VEGAS

This position is focused on, but not limited to wildlife management activities within the urban interface of wildlife habitat. Manage human-wildlife conflicts in urban environments by providing information to prevent, reduce, or mitigate those conflicts.

BIOLOGIST 3- URBAN WILDLIFE

LOCATION: LAS VEGAS

This position is focused on, but not limited to wildlife management activities within the urban interface of wildlife habitat. Manage human-wildlife conflicts in urban environments by providing information to prevent, reduce, or mitigate those conflicts.

FISH HATCHERY SUPERVISOR 2

LOCATION: RUBY vALLEY

Fish Hatchery Supervisors manage the operations and maintenance of an assigned hatchery or fish rearing station, and plan, budget and perform maintenance activities in order to provide for an efficient operation and preserve wildlife resources.

WILDLIFE AREA TECHNICIAN 1

LOCATION: lAS VEGAS, bOULDER CITY, INDIAN SPRINGS, JEAN, HENDERSON

Position is assigned to the Overton Wildlife Management Area and will be performing duties involving the maintenance of wildlife habitat by operating and maintaining light and heavy equipment, surveying wildlife populations and hunters, controlling water levels in wetland areas, managing vegetation and maintaining public use facilities.

WILDLIFE AREA TECHNICIAN 2

LOCATION: lAS VEGAS, bOULDER CITY, INDIAN SPRINGS, JEAN, HENDERSON

Position is assigned to the Overton Wildlife Management Area and will be performing duties involving the maintenance of wildlife habitat by operating and maintaining light and heavy equipment, surveying wildlife populations and hunters, controlling water levels in wetland areas, managing vegetation and maintaining public use facilities.

BIOLOGIST 3

LOCATION: rENO

Biologists conduct fisheries, wildlife and/or habitat management projects and research studies including data collection, analysis and interpretation; develop and implement project proposals and work plans; prepare recommendations; and participate in public relations activities.

BIOLOGIST 3

LOCATION: rENO

Biologists conduct fisheries, wildlife and/or habitat management projects and research studies including data collection, analysis and interpretation; develop and implement project proposals and work plans; prepare recommendations; and participate in public relations activities.

Division Administrator-Habitat Management

LOCATION: rENO

The Division Administrator of Habitat Management Division reports to the Deputy Director – Resource Management. The Division Administrator of Habitat Management directs a staff of 46 of both permanent and seasonal positions that include Biologists, Staff
Specialists, Wildlife Management Area Supervisors and Technicians, Equipment Mechanics, and Conservation Aids.

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

Looking for something in particular? Access the public records request form here.