Minnesota Deer Hunters Association seeks new executive director

The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is now accepting applications from potential candidates for an executive director position through Aug. 26.

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The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association is now accepting applications from potential candidates for an executive director position.

“We will be looking for a candidate that will fill a very important leadership role,” MDHA’s State President Denis Quarberg said in a release. “We are hoping to receive applications from not only across the state but nationwide in order to have a multitude of qualified candidates to choose from. We are looking forward to the opportunity to hire an individual who will be vital to the future of MDHA, our natural resources and our hunting heritage for decades to come."

The position is based in Grand Rapids and the MDHA is looking for full-time job applicants who demonstrate teamwork, ethics, relationship building, decision making and problem-solving skills along with a range of experience with proven leadership.

“We are a strong organization with a growing membership and a strong chapter system,” Quarberg said in a release. “The type of candidates we are seeking are professionals who have a passion for the future of our natural resources and our hunting heritage, as well as the ability to work with stakeholders and people of diverse interests and perspectives on a wide variety of natural resource issues.”

The purpose of the job is to influence MDHA toward growth in accordance with the strategic plan set by the board of directors, the corporate bylaws and MDHA’s mission of building their Minnesota hunting and conservation legacy through education, habitat and advocacy, the release said.


“Our next executive director will be a very important component as we focus to protect, enhance and restore public hunting lands and introduce newcomers to our outdoor heritage of hunting.” Quarberd added.

Current Executive Director, Craig Engwall, recently informed MDHA of his resignation as he accepted an offer to pursue a new conservation opportunity.

"We greatly appreciate the seven-and-a-half years that Craig committed to MDHA as its executive director,'' Quarberg said. "He helped the organization navigate its way through the pandemic and our membership is now higher than it was at the beginning of the pandemic. We wish Craig nothing but the best in his new opportunity."

Applications will be accepted through Aug. 26. Resumes with cover letters must be received by 4:30 p.m. to Kim Dobberstein via email at or mail to: Kim Dobberstein, Executive Search, Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, 460 Peterson Road, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.

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