Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service
Josh grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping in southeastern Pennsylvania, the eastern shore of Maryland, and pretty much anywhere else his family traveled. The passion for wildlife that these activities fostered led to a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at West Virginia University. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a seasonal technician for the Pennsylvania Game Commission as both a land management and waterfowl technician. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, Josh enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania to pursue a Master of Science Degree in Biology. After graduation, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service for 4 years as a wildlife biologist implementing Farm Bill conservation practices (habitat plantings, stream bank fencing, wetland restoration, waterway construction, etc.) on private lands throughout Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River/Chesapeake Bay watershed. He began his career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service in 2004 as a Habitat Manager assigned to the upper Eastern Shore where he supervised habitat work on Wildlife Management Areas, provided private landowner outreach and assisted with various migratory game bird projects. Josh took over the Waterfowl Program Manager role in 2016 and recently accepted the position of Game Bird Section Leader for the Department. Josh resides with his wife and son (also both avid hunters!) in Kent County, Maryland where they have enjoyed living for the past 20 years.