Apply for Game and Fish Fund oversight committees

Are you interested in good stewardship of budgeted funds and how agency operations are funded through licenses and related monies? Do you purchase hunting or fishing licenses and wonder how the money is spent? If so, here is an opportunity to play an active oversight role.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking at least nine persons to fill two-year terms on the Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC) and Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC) for the Game and Fish Fund.

Each year, these committees review and make recommendations on how the DNR spends funds from the Game and Fish Fund in a joint annual report. The Game and Fish Fund holds revenues generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, a sales tax on lottery tickets and other sources of funding, including a reimbursement based on a federal excise tax on certain hunting, fishing and boating equipment.

  • Minnesotans who want to serve on an oversight committee must submit an online application by Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
  • This is a self-nomination process.
  • Current appointees seeking another term must submit a new application for appointment.

The DNR commits to appointing a diverse mix of Minnesotans who bring a variety of knowledge and interests about hunting, fishing and trapping. Applicants must have a strong interest in monitoring the proper expenditure of funds received from licenses, permits, stamps and related revenue sources.

The DNR commissioner appoints members to limited terms to offer clarity for the member’s commitment and to provide opportunities for new participants.

Request for applications

Read each section thoroughly before applying

Who is eligible
  • An applicant must be a Minnesota resident and must have purchased at least one of the personal or commercial Minnesota licenses for hunting, fishing, or trapping since Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Appointed members may serve up to six consecutive years. Current members interested in another term must apply again and are not guaranteed appointment to another term.
  • Seasonal and temporary employees of the Minnesota DNR Fish and Wildlife Division become eligible for appointment one year after the end of their last employment with the DNR.
  • Retired and former full-time employees of the Minnesota DNR Fish and Wildlife Division and all current employees of the state of Minnesota are ineligible for appointment.
  • Appointees work together to review the agency’s annual Game and Fish Fund Report and, following discussions with agency representatives, prepare a report on their findings.
  • On Dec. 15 of each year, the DNR publishes an annual Game and Fish Fund Report on expenditures from the fund. Each committee reviews the report in detail, discusses questions and any issues of concern, and drafts a report on the conclusions of its review.
  • Five members of each committee also serve on an umbrella Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC) and the commissioner appoints a BOC Chair to make that a group of 11. The BOC addresses matters of common concern and integrates the FOC and WOC reports into a final joint BOC Report.
Estimated annual time commitment
  • Citizen oversight work commences with a kickoff meeting at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul in mid-December when the DNR’s Game and Fish Fund Report is available.
  • The FOC and WOC set their own schedules for January to April/May, and you may expect one to two meetings a month and individual work to do in between meetings. Estimated annual hours for an FOC or WOC member are 30 to 35 hours (including meetings, research/individual work, and writing) plus travel time.
  • Members chosen by the FOC and WOC to serve on the Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC) have an additional time commitment. The BOC meets monthly, January to May from 5:30-8 p.m. The estimated annual hours for a BOC member are 15 meeting hours, three hours of at-home work, plus travel time. BOC members can participate via Skype to minimize travel time. Some additional work may be necessary after the May meeting to wrap up details and vote on the report.
Some ways we help members participate
  • Members can participate via Skype or similar online technology. DNR staff will help you with that. When in-person meetings are possible, they are hosted at the DNR Central Office with online access for those who cannot travel. Supper is provided in the DNR Central Office for members attending meetings after regular business hours.
  • Members can request mileage reimbursement but they are not eligible for a per diem (compensation).
  • The DNR hosts an orientation/kickoff meeting for all new and continuing members. We also provide staff support for each committee to answer questions and provide more information.
Conditions of appointment
  • Members are asked to commit to a two-year term. Oversight committee members may apply for up to three consecutive appointments. Committee members’ terms are staggered to help maintain a continuity of knowledge and experience.
  • Appointments are competitive and members are not guaranteed another consecutive term. Appointed committee members must apply again if they are interested in continuing to serve for another term.
  • We use these factors to achieve a diverse mix of participants in each committee: interests, knowledge and experience; age, gender and race/ethnicity; and geographic distribution.
  • Finalists are checked for game, fish and aquatic invasive species law violations recorded within the past three years. These records also are checked before new appointees are selected.
  • A member must inform the DNR of current and potential conflicts of interest before and during their appointment.
How to apply
  • Read all of the information on this web page.
  • The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 30, 2020
  • Apply online
For more information

Statutory authority: Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.055, subd. 4b


The following managers are available if you have questions about this opportunity: