The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking qualified candidates interested in serving the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as commissioners in the following regions:

  • District 1: Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren counties
  • District 5: Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union counties
  • District 7: Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming counties
  • District 8: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill counties
  • Boating-at-Large: Individuals who are experienced in boating and water safety education and shall be a registered boat owner and shall represent various geographical sections and boating interests in this commonwealth.

Title 30 of the Pennsylvania Code provides that commissioners are appointed for four-year terms with the opportunity to be reappointed for two additional four-year terms and can serve for six months after their term expires, or until their replacement is named, whichever occurs first.

“With nearly 86,000 miles of rivers and streams connecting over 700,000 acres of lakes, bays, and wetlands it is easy to see why fishing and boating continue to be one among the most popular segments of Pennsylvania’s $14 billion-dollar outdoor recreation economy. The Shapiro Administration seeks a diverse group of applicants, one of whom will be nominated by the governor,” said Derek Eberly, Director of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. “We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to serve on the board to send a letter of intent and their professional resume.”

Per Pennsylvania Code, individuals interested in serving as a district commissioner shall be persons well informed on the subject of conservation, restoration, fish and fishing, boats and boating, and a resident of the district. Individuals interested in serving as a boating-at-large commissioner shall be experienced in boating, water safety education, and be a registered boat owner in Pennsylvania. Commissioners receive no compensation for their service but are reimbursed for travel expenses.
Candidates will be interviewed by the advisory council regarding their professional and volunteer experience with wildlife conservation and activities related to fishing and boating.

Appointments to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are made by the governor and require the advice and consent of the Senate of Pennsylvania.

Individuals interested in applying should email a resume and cover letter to Derek Eberly, Director of the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, June 30, 2023.