NDOW Selects New Biodiversity Administrator

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has announced Jasmine Kleiber as the Department’s new Biodiversity Division Administrator. The Biodiversity Division protects and manages hundreds of Nevada’s non-game wildlife species, including at-risk and sensitive species.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Jasmine’s caliber and experience to step up and lead our Biodiversity Division,” said Alan Jenne, Director for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. “Her passion for all things wild in Nevada is evident in everything she does, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her lead this division into the future.”

Kleiber, a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) with a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology and a master’s degree focusing on small watershed hydrology, has spent the majority of her career working across the Great Basin. She has worked as a contract biologist for the Department of Defense, an environmental scientist for the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, and in the private sector as an environmental consultant for Stantec (formerly JBR Environmental Consultants). Kleiber began working for NDOW in 2015 in the Habitat Division serving as a partner biologist (a cooperative position between NDOW and the Natural Resources Conservation Service) working across private lands in Nevada. In 2017 she began as a Wildlife Staff Specialist overseeing NDOW’s statewide Technical Review Program and associated federal grant, a job she has held until now.

“I am both humbled and excited for this new opportunity,” said Kleiber. “I’ve had the fortune to work with so many dedicated, passionate people at NDOW. To be able to play even a small part in the conservation of Nevada’s diverse wildlife is something I do not take for granted and look forward to continuing.”

Kleiber explains that, while most people might not be aware, NDOW is tasked with managing nearly 900 different species of fish, birds and animals and their habitat in the Silver State. “While that might seem overwhelming to some, it’s that incredible variety that makes working here so meaningful.”  

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