Jack Buckley was recently appointed Director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) by the Fisheries and Wildlife Board. Buckley has been with MassWildlife since 1988 as Deputy Director of Administration.
“I am very grateful to the Board for giving me this extraordinary opportunity,” said MassWildlife Director Jack Buckley. “While there are challenges ahead, I believe the future looks bright, and I look forward to working with hunters, anglers, trappers, environmentalists, and all citizens to fulfill our public trust responsibility to the people and natural resources of the Commonwealth.”
As a senior agency manager, Buckley has been directly involved with the development of fisheries and wildlife management and policy initiatives at MassWildlife. He has provided general management and research guidance to the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program; represented the Division’s interest to the legislature; worked with various constituent groups to implement agency initiatives; supervised the Federal Aid Program; provided supervision and guidance to the Information and Education staff; and coordinated programs with the Department of Fish and Game, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and other conservation partners.
In addition, Buckley has represented MassWildlife on several committees with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, including Legislative Affairs, Federal Budget, and International Affairs. He serves as the regional representative for the Northeastern states to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Technical Working Group.
Prior to working for the Division, Buckley was the Chief of Fisheries Management in Washington D.C. for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. He was also a Project Leader at the Massachusetts Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he directed a multi-agency funded research project on the behavioral ecology and population dynamics of the endangered Shortnose Sturgeon. Buckley earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Ripon College in Wisconsin.