Three candidates for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2 supervisor’s job in Missoula will participate in a public interview on Monday.

Supervisor Mack Long retired in March after more than a decade leading Region 2, which covers the country surrounding the Clark Fork, Blackfoot and Bitterroot river drainages of western Montana.

The position supervises wildlife, fisheries, education and law enforcement personnel in the region, and serves on the management team for the department’s statewide administration. State parks operations are supervised out of Helena.

The candidates include Region 2 education manager Vivica Crowser, Region 5 Warden Sgt. Randy Arnold and Arnie Olson, the executive director of the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula.

FWP field services administrator Paul Sihler said 17 people applied for the supervisor’s job. A slate of six applicants went through internal interviews on Monday, before the number was reduced to three.

“We had a lot of interest from constituent groups and the public about the hiring process,” Sihler said Friday. “So we added this step in our process, asking the candidates to make 15-minute presentations describing their qualifications and their vision for fish and wildlife management for Region 2.”

The public will have an opportunity to ask each candidate questions through a moderator after the presentations.

The supervisor’s job is a Montana state grade 7 position paying $79,718 a year, according to the job posting. The person will be responsible for a budget of between $1 million and $2 million a year, and be expected to travel up to 1,000 miles a month overseeing operations, meeting stakeholders and the public.

The open house takes place between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Monday at FWP Region 2 headquarters, 3201 Spurgin Road.

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