Governor Steve Bullock recently appointed Jeff Hagener as the Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Hagener previously served as FWP director 2001-2008, and most recently worked as a senior biologist at NewFields, an international natural resources consulting firm. Before that, Hagener was the Development/Program Director at the Montana Wildlife Federation.
Hagener was born and raised in Havre and received degrees in wildlife biology from the University of Montana and in agriculture from Montana State University. After brief stints as a packer and guide in the Bob Marshall Wilderness and along the Rocky Mountain Front in the late 1970s, Hagener carried out range and wildlife inventories for the federal Bureau of Land Management.
He began his career in Montana state government in 1981 as a range/reclamation specialist with the former Montana Department of State Lands. In 1986 he became chief of the Surface Management Bureau and in 1989 he was promoted to the Lands Division administrator, which evolved into the Trust Land Management Division when DNRC and State Lands consolidated in 1995.