Meet the Staff


Meet the Staff of Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

  • Refuge Manager/ Project Leader

     Steve Clay
    The Refuge Manager is responsible for providing the overall guidance and direction for the refuge and insures that Refuge programs are in concert with national regulations, Service policy and state and local needs. The Refuge Manager reviews all uses of the Refuge for compatibility with the Refuge's purpose.

    Steve came to the refuge in October 2001 from the Sheldon/Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Lakeview, Oregon.

  • Assistant Refuge Manager

    Sean Cross
    The Assistant Refuge Manager is responsible for the developement and administration of the operations, maintenace and public use programs at the Refuge. Assists the project leader in the developement of refuge operational plans. Serves as Acting Refuge Manager in the absence of the Refuge Manager. Plans work to be accomplished by maintenance and biological staff on the refuge.

    Sean came to the refuge in May 2007 from Medicine Lake Wildlife Refuge Complex in Medicine Lake, Montana.

  • Administrative Officer

    Mary Mcguire
    The Administrative Officer is responsible for all administrative duties on the refuge including budget tracking, contracting, payments, purchasing, collections, property management, personnel and payroll in addition to other routine office functions. This person is also the first contact for visitors and the public on the telephone and in person. 

     Mary is our newest team member, hired in July 2012 after 20 years with USDA.

  • Refuge Biologist

     Dominic Bachman

    The Refuge Biologist is charged with developing and implementing annual and long term habitat management plans; habitat restoration projects; and biological inventories and monitoring. The Biologist also advises management staff on all aspects of biological and habitat programs to ensure accurate biological information is available for planning and decision making.

    Dominic came to the refuge in March 2008 from Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Loleta, CA.

  • Private Lands Biologists

    Cassie Roeder


    The Partner for Fish and Wildlife Biologist is responsible for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, a habitat restoration cost-sharing program for private landowners. Projects include restoration of habitat on degraded or converted wetlands, riparian areas, native uplands, streams, and or endangered species habitat.

    Cassie came to Modoc NWR in 2010 from Region 3, Port Louisa NWR in Southeast Iowa.


  • Engineering Equipment Operations

    Jeff Jaeger, and Vance Luckett 

    These positions are the "nuts and bolts" of the Modoc NWR. They perform the routine maintenance of equipment, roads, dikes, buildings and facilities, signs, fences, water control structures, and general equipment. They also perform weed control. They are the "jacks of all trades" working in the trenches who keep the refuge safe and functional.
    In addition to running water and fixing things, they also take on new construction of wetlands both on and off the refuge. Private cooperators, the U.S. Forest Service and others have been recipients of their skills and knowledge.

    Jeff transferred to Modoc Refuge in 2014 from the Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas. 

    Vance joined the Modoc team as a volunteer in late 2011 and now holds a temporary position with the Refuge.

  • Temporary Positions

     Temporary jobs may be filled during the summer field season with qualified applicants. The maintenance position is responsible for keeping up with the smaller but important jobs when Greg and Carl are busy working on larger projects. The biological position gives assistance with wildlife & habitat inventories.

  • Volunteers

    One to two volunteers provide assistance each summer with the biological program on the refuge. Temporary housing on the refuge may be available to volunteers. Please contact us at 530.233.3572 to find out more about volunteering at the Modoc Refuge. Volunteers are needed at refuges throughout the country.