The Director’s Office is responsible for overall department direction regarding policy, planning, program development, guidelines, and decision-making for key resource activities. Finances, legal services, human resources management, land administration, and information technology support are also administered here. The governor-appointed Fish and Wildlife Commission and Montana State Parks and Recreation Board provide policy direction on resource management, seasons, and use of department lands.
Goal: Agency Direction and Management
The Director’s Office will manage, provide direction, and support department programs in an effective manner.
Agency Direction Objectives:
- Implement the department's Vision and Guide at all levels of the department.
- Increase efficiency, efficacy, and accountability of agency programs.
- Clarify roles and responsibilities for program management.
- Cultivate an innovative work environment and culture that encourages creativity and idea sharing to build new solutions.
- Improve transparency of FWP decision making and develop new mechanisms of engaging and informing the public.
- Improve internal communication and coordination within the agency leading to increased department unity and effectiveness.
- Build on efforts to broaden support and funding of FWP's management of fish, wildlife, and state parks resources.
Legal Advice and Defense Objectives:
- Ensure that management decisions comply with applicable provisions of constitution, statutes, and rules.
- Defend challenges to department management decisions.
Human Resources and Safety Objectives:
- Consistently apply fair and usable pay components within budget constraints under the Broadband Pay Plan.
- Consistently apply recruitment and selection strategies to recruit and retain a highly qualified and effective workforce who are most able to meet current and future challenges.
- Increase diverse opportunities for current and future employees and volunteers.
- Improve and expand existing training opportunities throughout the department for new, existing, and management-level employees.
- Enhance Early Return to Work Program and Safety Program through applicable safety training with field focused programs for all employees.
Goal: Financial Management, Technology and Administration
The Administration Branch will ensure a sound financial foundation for the agency.
- Increase fiscal accountability of agency programs.
- Ensure a sound financial foundation for the agency.
- Establish sustainable funding mechanisms for fish, wildlife, and state parks management.
- Enhance the agency’s auditing and internal control capabilities.
- Continue to operate a radio communications program to ensure interoperability with state and local law enforcement entities and to heighten employee and public safety.
- Refine the use of Mobile Computer Terminals in enforcement vehicles that deliver criminal justice information and officer location, which will enhance officer safety and effectiveness.
- Enhance security and continuity of operations across all mission critical systems.
- Continued effective use of the technology base budget, with emphasis on improved services, increased efficiency, and maximum return on invested resources.
- Accomplish priority work through the use of centralized data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including education and outreach opportunities for FWP staff.
- Increase efficiencies in data collection, storage, and use for FWP programs by assisting in the development of agency centralized data systems.
- Fully engage efforts to maintain and enhance FWP's GIS-based tools available to the general public.
- Evaluate existing licensing processes, products and delivery methods to ensure they remain relevant and effective in the future.
- Develop efforts to increase revenues through the sale of all available licenses and by securing additional revenue streams.
- Develop efforts to license non-traditional, state parks, and other recreational users.
- Adapt the licensing platform to the changing needs of our customers.
Centralized Support Objectives:
- Ensure an efficient, innovative, and responsive procurement process.
- Improve fleet management through maintenance, cost analysis, enhanced software capabilities, and continual education.
- Conduct a physical inventory of all department assets bi-annually to ensure accountability and location of all equipment.
- Ensure adequate insurance coverage for all assets in accordance with risk exposure reporting.
- Create visual messages that better explain FWP programs and regulations.
Goal: Public Awareness and Involvement
The Communications and Education Division will focus on programs to increase public awareness of FWP activities, understanding of FWP issues, and support for FWP efforts.
- Coordinate public outreach associated with FWP’s new Vision and Guide.
- Continue improving an information/education program with the goal of raising awareness of and minimizing impacts from aquatic invasive species, illegal introductions, and other threats.
- Maintain and enhance expertise in human-wildlife conflict issues, especially in the area of bear-recreationist encounters.
- Increase efforts to serve and develop the support of non-traditional constituents who also benefit from diverse and sustainable fish and wildlife populations, state parks, and outdoor recreation in Montana.
- Engender informed public input based on complete and accurate information. Evaluate and make recommendations on ways to improve public involvement opportunities with the goal improving participation and trust in the process.
- Improve communications and relations among landowners, recreationists, and FWP.
- Increase awareness of conservation, especially by non-traditional users and the general public, in order to illustrate the role people play in restoring and caring for their environment.
- Review evolving social media opportunities with the intent of capitalizing on new techniques.
- Coordinate with IT staff the replacement of FWP’s outdated website content management system to allow improved service to the nearly four million visitors FWP’s site receives a year.
Goal: Recruitment and Retention of Hunters, Anglers, and Recreationists
FWP will focus on communications, education, and regulatory considerations to retain existing participants and introduce new users to fish, wildlife, and state park recreational opportunities.
- Evaluate the use of technology and social media as recruitment and retention tools.
- Develop a better understanding of the needs of customers to facilitate participation in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
- Expand our understanding of the interests of the public we serve and use what we learn to better meet the public’s expectations and provide relevant and meaningful opportunities and services.
- Identify and address barriers to recruitment and retention of hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists.