The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently added 14 new agents. The conservation agent class of 2017 graduated during a special ceremony at the Department’s Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City on Wednesday, Oct. 4. During the graduation, the new agents were pinned with a badge by their families and also took the oath to become conservation agents.
“Conservation agents have played a critical role for the department since its beginning,” MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley said. “With this role comes great opportunity, authority, and responsibility. They serve as the department’s front line ambassadors and are often the face of conservation in Missouri’s communities. The Commission and I know these new agents have been trained very well and will do their best serving citizens and protecting Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.”
Among the graduates was Chad Gray.  Agent Gray has been assigned to Atchison County.  Atchison County has been without an agent since Agent Eric Abbott was promoted to District Supervisor. Agent Gray and his family moved from Edwardsville, Ill.  Chad Gray and his wife Arianne live in Rock Port with their two sons, Thatcher, 3, and Benson, 8 months.  Gray said they are both looking forward to the benefits of living and raising children in a small town community.
There were 14 new agents that graduated and they will be joining the 185 existing MDC agents in serving and protecting Missouri’s fish, forest, and wildlife.
For more information about careers with MDC visit mdc.mo.gov.