Southeast Idaho Fish and Game Regional Supervisor Mark Gamblin retires

September 20, 2018

Mark Gamblin

Mark Gamblin, the former Southeast Idaho Fish and Game regional supervisor, has now retired and is proud of the work he did for the public and for Idaho lands.

Gamblin has worked full time with Fish and Game for 31 years, but if you count temporary jobs he worked before that, it would be 33 years.

Gamblin’s first temporary job with Fish and Game was in 1978 working on an upper Blackfoot River fishery research project.

Seven years later, Fish and Game hired him for his first full-time position with the organization for a research project on the upper Coeur d’Alene River.

Gamblin says his career hasn’t been about the pay, but about the pride he’s gotten from his work.

“Overall, the thing that was most gratifying in my career was serving the public,” Gamblin said.

He says he shares that outlook with other Fish and Game employees.

“All of us have a strong commitment to serving the public and protecting the public’s resources from hunting and fishing,” Gamblin said.

He says it made for a gratifying career.

Gamblin enjoyed the variety of work he did all over the state, and enjoyed working with hunters and anglers to resolve issues.

He said one of the projects he’s most proud of is the Yellowstone Cutthroat trout restoration of Thurman Creek, which was to re-establish Yellowstone Cutthroat populations. His career was also adventurous.

“When you work in a career like this where you do a lot of challenging physical labor, there are always adventures,” Gamblin said.

Gamblin said that sometimes they came across dangerous situations while on the Southfork of the Salmon River, and that was inevitable on a large river like that.

Despite this, Gamblin and his crew members never suffered any significant injuries.

“Those are all elements of risk and adventure that go along with this job that makes it so interesting and gratifying,” Gamblin said. He later continued, “This job takes you into a lot of areas and situations that very few people get a chance to experience.”

Gamblin once had the opportunity to take former Gov. Cecil Andrus on an overnight float on the South Fork of the Salmon River.

Andrus served as governor for 14 years from 1971 to 1977, and 1987 to 1995. He also served under the Carter administration as secretary of the interior from 1977 to 1981.

Gamblin said it was interesting to talk to him and hear from his perspective as a former governor of Idaho.

“There were some great stories around the campfire that night from his perspective as a former governor and secretary of the interior,” Gamblin said.

Gamblin said he feels very lucky to have experienced what he did with Idaho Fish and Game.

“It’s been a great blessing to have had a career with Idaho Department of Fish and Game,” Gamblin said, “All of (this) made it a great career and something I feel very fortunate to have experienced.”

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