Local recruitment: Executive Director

Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Kalispell, MT, USA 🇺🇸

Job Overview:

The Department of Natural Resources is looking for an Executive Director to manage the operations of both the Flathead Basin Commission and the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission.  The incumbent must reside in the Upper Columbia Basin.

The Executive Director is responsible for managing operations of both the FBC and UC3 as a direct report to the division administrator of CARDD.  Leading two distinct Commissions, this position is responsible for forming and implementing each Commission’s strategic and operational plans in cooperation with the respective Commission’s elected chairperson and executive committee. 

Note: There is a bill that will be debated before the 68th Legislature to merge the Flathead Basin Commission and Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3).  A draft of this bill can be provided to interested applicants through DNRC HR Specialist upon request.     

The FBC has a broad natural resource directive within a defined watershed scope (Flathead Basin).  Conversely, the UC3 has a narrower natural resource focus (AIS monitoring and education and outreach) on a regional scale.  Both have aspects of their operations that may involve working in cooperation with federal, state, local, and Tribal governments as well First Nations and provincial governments (British Columbia and Alberta, Canada) and private entities.  Operational aspects of both Commissions involve raising funds to support their programs and projects from public and private sources, monitoring the use of those funds, and reporting to the sponsoring entities on their accomplishments.

Both Commissions will require the Executive Director to ensure program compliance with applicable Tribal, state, and federal requirements and rules, and statutory responsibilities.  This involves administering existing programs; assessing, obtaining, and allocating necessary financial and human resources; researching and implementing new policies, rules, and programs; administering grants; assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services; and correcting program deficiencies. This work requires knowledge of the concepts and theories of public administration, natural resources management, water quality and quantity, finance, law and in some cases specialized scientific knowledge. It will entail the management of staff, budgets, and policies.     

Work Unit Overview: 

The Conservation and Resource Development Division (CARDD) at DNRC is responsible for providing technical and financial assistance to local governments, state agencies and private citizens for conservation, development, protection, and management of the state’s natural resources. CARDD is also home to several administrative attachments focused on natural resources issues, including both the Flathead Basin Commission (FBC) and the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3).

The FBC was formed in by the 1983rd Montana Legislature, “to protect the existing high quality of the Flathead Lake aquatic environmental; the waters that flow into, out of, or are tributary to the Lake and the natural resources and environment of the Flathead Basin” (75-7-301 MCA).  The FBC is charged with monitoring the condition of aquatic and natural resources int he basin, enhancing collaboration among natural resource partners and agencies, undertake investigations related to water quality and natural resource utilization, and hold public hearings concerning the condition of the Flathead Basin.

The UC3 was formed in 2017 by the 65th Montana Legislature.  Its purpose is “to protect the aquatic environment in tributaries to the Columbia River from the threat of invasive species” (MCA 80-7-1026) and support regional efforts for prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The UC3 is required to develop an annual AIS monitoring plan using a cooperative strategy among water management agencies within the Columbia River basin in Montana, implement an AIS education and outreach strategy, and work towards enhanced coordination among partners protecting the basin from the harmful threats of AIS.

Both the FBC and UC3 are administratively attached to CARDD.  Currently, CARDD devotes one full time equivalent (this position) and two support positions to manage operation of both the FBC and UC3 in addition to administrative and overhead support (fiscal, office, human resources management, legal services, etc.).

Supervision– This position supervises 2 FTE


The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.  


  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter

HELPFUL HINT: You must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application.

DNRC Benefits:

If you have any questions or would like to review the job description for this position, please email Becky Quick at [email protected]

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in environmental sciences, natural resources, public administration, or related field.
  • A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible experience in program management dealing with natural resource protection, budget development, organizational development, contract/grant administration, public relations, policy development, conflict resolution, project management and the recruitment, hiring and management of staff.

Special Information:  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.  A valid driver’s license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months. 

Eligibility to Work: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a “green card”.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. 

Training Assignment:  Not Applicable  

Salary: $ 34.46 – 34.46  Hourly 

Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan  

Number of Openings:  1 

Employee Status:  Regular 

Schedule:  Full-Time 

Shift:  Day Job 

Travel:  Yes, 25 % of the Time  

Primary Location:  Kalispell 

Other Locations:  Missoula 

Agency:  Department of Natural Resources & Conservation 

Union:  000 – None  

Posting Date:  Nov 18, 2022, 6:36:10 PM 

Closing Date (based on your computer’s timezone):  Dec 10, 2022, 8:59:00 AM 

Required Application Materials:  Cover Letter, Resume  

Contact Name:  Becky Quick  |  Contact Email:  [email protected]  |  Contact Phone:  406-461-5562 

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency’s HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.