MWF Announces Opening for Executive Director

Oct 17 • Melanie Starnes

The Mississippi Wildlife Federation President, Demery Grubbs, reports that Executive Director Brad Young has accepted another position outside the Federation.

Grubbs expresses his gratitude and appreciation to Young for his exemplary service in leading the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) in a very effective way.  Brad expanded the various programs and affiliates while representing MWF on numerous boards and committees.

The MWF Executive Committee will be accepting resumes for a new Executive Director until November 17, 2017.  The Executive Director position oversees all aspects of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s operations including issue development and advocacy, administration, fundraising, staff supervision, event planning, membership, communications, and program activities.  The Executive Director will supervise all Federation employees, appoint staff, plan and generally direct conservation and education programs conducted by the Federation and formulate position recommendations on a variety of wildlife and natural resources related issues.

Requirements:  Minimum bachelor’s degree, preferably in natural resources field, with at least three years of experience in administration.  Advanced education degrees and extensive administrative experience are not required, but would be helpful.  Must have computer skills, strong public speaking and human relations skills.  Skills in areas of marketing, strategic planning, fund raising and the ability to work with the state legislature are needed.  Previous volunteer experience in conservation work is also important.  Some evening and weekend work and travel is required.  Eligible candidates should have a genuine love of the outdoors.

Submit resume and three references to Irene Reaves or mail to the address below no later than November 17, 2017.

Mississippi Wildlife Federation
Attention:  Search Committee
517 Cobblestone Court, Suite 2
Madison, MS  39110

For a full job description please click here:
Role of Executive Director of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

MWF is an equal opportunity employer.

1st Annual Pearl River Clean-Up

Sep 27 • Paul Davis

490 miles of river front property can generate thousands of pounds of trash and the Pearl Riverkeepers aim to take care of that problem. Pearl Riverkeeper is one group made up of many different organizations in both Mississippi and Louisiana who have put the border rivalry aside to come together and make a difference.

Over 1,000 volunteers swarmed the Pearl River this weekend. Working in teams, they dragged litter, debris, trash and other pollutants out of the river that serves as one of Mississippi’s largest watersheds…(click here to read more)

Way to go Pearl RiverKeepers!

Click Here for Pearl Riverkeeper’s Facebook Page.

 

Courtesy of Pearl Riverkeeper’s Facebook Page

Outdoorama on the Rez

Sep 26 • Paul Davis

We had a blast!

Each year we hold Outdoorama around the same time as National Hunting and Fishing Day in an effort to get kids and anyone interested in the outdoors to step outside for a hands-on experience with the tools and concepts of hunting and fishing in Mississippi. This year was successful in so many ways, hundreds of kids got to participate and learn everything outdoors. MDWFP officers stationed around Turcotte were able to help everyone whether it was shooting or fishing. Almost all the kids caught a fish and many parents even got to see their child catch their first fish!  A quick walk over to the range and kids were learning safe practices with a gun and and the proper technique to shooting. We learned how to reload shells and how to tie a fly that we can use for fly-fishing. An archery range provided by Mississippi Bowhunter’s Association (MBA) was open as well as a sporting clay range that proved challenging as the clays whistled through the trees. All in all we had a great time and the weather was fantastic. Thank you for attending Outdoorama on the Rez and we hope to see you next year!

This event would not be possible without the help of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and a host of other conservation organizations and groups including Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, American Zookeepers Association, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Mississippi Bowhunter’s Association, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Simmons Creative Productions, Barnett Reservoir Foundation, MS Dept. of Transportation, MS Dept. of Environmental Quality and more! Each of these organizations volunteers their time and talent to educate youth of all ages.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for supporting the program financially, Republic Services for providing trash boxes, Canton Wholesale Bait for supplying bait, and Charles Glover for providing the food.

Click here to view pictures of this year’s Outdoorama!

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