OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting letters of interest through Oct. 31 for membership on the WDFW Master Hunter Advisory Group (MHAG).
The group, which represents master hunters statewide, advises WDFW on issues and opportunities affecting master hunters and the Master Hunter Permit Program (MHPP).
The WDFW director will make formal appointments by February 2014.
Five volunteer positions will be opening on the 15-member group early next year. Appointed members will serve three-year terms and must retain their certification status during their entire term.
At least two advisory group members should reside within each of the six WDFW Administrative Regions. Letters of interest will be accepted from applicants residing in:
- Region 2 (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Adams counties) - one vacancy.
- Region 3 (Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, and Yakima counties) - one vacancy.
- Region 5 (Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, and Wahkiakum counties) - one vacancy.
- Any county in the state - two vacancies.
Applicants for membership on the advisory group are asked to explain 1) why they want to be a MHAG member, 2) what qualifies them to be a MHAG member, and 3) how they can help achieve the MHAG vision.
Letters of interest must include contact information (phone numbers, email address, mailing address, county of residence, and include permission for WDFW to conduct a criminal background check, at no cost to them. They should be sent to Tracy Loveless at Tracy.Loveless@dfw.wa.gov or to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Program, Master Hunter Section, Attn: Tracy Loveless, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.
The application process is open to all certified master hunters with no ongoing legal proceedings or convictions in the last 10 years under the state's fish and wildlife enforcement code (RCW 77.15).
After letters of interest are reviewed, candidates can expect to be contacted by current members of the MHAG and interviewed.
Interested master hunters are advised to thoroughly review the MHPP webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/masterhunter/.
The MHAG meets at least four times per year, usually in Ellensburg. Members serve as volunteers and do not receive direct compensation, but mileage reimbursement is provided by WDFW to attend meetings. Members can expect to donate 75 to 100 hours of their time annually.