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Last Updated: 02/08/06


Chuck Hayes hard at work.


Chuck Hayes



Assistant Chief of Conservation Services Division


Area of Responsibility:

Nongame and Threatened and Endangered Species Section



B.A. in Biology/Environmental Studies, Grinnell (Iowa) College; M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona. GO `CATS!


Length of Service:

9 years


Specialty or Interest:

Specialize in working to conserve approximately 2,000 nongame species in New Mexico. Interest in studying their habitats first-hand and seeing these species persist for future generations to enjoy.


Current Projects/Assignments:

Administering the Department's nongame and endangered species program and supervising eight employees. Participating in numerous interagency groups including: New Mexico Prairie Dog Working Group (chairman, 2000-present), Middle Rio Grande ESA Collaborative Program, Mexican Wolf Adaptive Management Oversight Committee, Jaguar Conservation Team, Gila Trout and Chihuahua Chub Recovery Team, Central Arizona Project fish mitigation program Policy Committee, Share with Wildlife review committee, federal Private Stewardship Grant Program review committee, advisory teams for state recovery plans, and currently working on issues regarding potential water development in the Gila!


Best Thing About the Job:

No fear of boredom. Never a lack of things to do!


Most Common Question People Have:

What species do you spend most of your time on?


Wolves (all 45 of them!)

Contact Information:

(505) 476-8102 or

Other Important Info:

Had no gray hair when I came to the Department less than a decade ago (see photo), and now have a head full of silver!