Life with Fish: DNR Fisheries Manager - View the video

Kurt  Welke

Kurt Welke
Fisheries Manager
Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg , WI 53711

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Kurt Welke grew up a Wisconsin boy from a family that spent a lot of time on the landscape and around water. He was largely introduced to natural resources through his father’s skill with a rod and gun and his mothers’ culinary expertise. Outdoor traditions among his family and friends are a large part of his core being. Growing up he attended youth conservation camps and studied at UW-Stevens Point, all steps that led him into fisheries. While Welke caught the fish “bug” as a kid, through his education and circumstance he launched down a road that led him from the Mississippi to the Grand Canyon, to the Columbia gorge, the Great lakes and then full circle back to the Madison lakes of his home. He’s been a field fisheries manager for 27 years. Welke believes the quality of fishing does reflect the quality of life. He feels strongly about the importance of a healthy natural world and how it fits with one’s life

What is it like shepherding the natural resources of Wisconsin from a field manager’s chair? As a seasoned Fisheries Manager for the Department of Natural Resources, Kurt Welke shares insight on why natural resources are a valuable and worthwhile profession, what it takes to compete in civil service, and how the business of “the outdoors” works on a daily basis. We’ll walk through an average day in the life of a fisheries manager and outline what students need to know and how they go about getting the knowledge and experience required for this rewarding career. (Running Time 24:03)