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David Viker
Regional Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, Southeast Region

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About David Viker

<p><em>“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.”</em>&nbsp;– Thomas Jefferson</p>

<p>David Viker is a 28-year veteran of the Service, starting his career in 1992 as a wildlife biologist trainee in what’s now the Migratory Bird Program. While at the University of Florida, David was a volunteer at Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges. David worked up refuge management ranks on five field stations in five states. Along the way, he earned a federal law enforcement commission, obtained a fire management wildfire “red card,” and operated an array of heavy equipment pieces to manage habitat. David moved up to the Atlanta Regional Office as a Deputy Refuge Supervisor, helping to lead several dozen refuges in four states.</p>

<p>David then stepped up as Regional Chief and then Assistant Regional Director of the Migratory Bird Program, working closely with states and other partners in the Joint Ventures System and system of Flyways to set migratory bird regulations. David returned to the National Wildlife Refuge System after more than five years with the Migratory Bird Program.</p>

<p>Since January 2011, David has served as an Assistant Regional Director and Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, leading more than 650 permanent employees on 131 refuges in 10 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These refuges, visited by more than 17 million people annually, range from just a few acres for an endangered species to the 400,000-acre Okefenokee wilderness.</p>

<p>David’s areas of greatest professional interest include connecting wildlife habitats through landscape linkages, connecting people with nature, and compatibility and appropriate use policy. David’s greatest passion, though, is helping others grow. He has served over the years as the regional youth programs coordinator; member of the Diversity Committee; he founded the regional Leadership Development Council; helped establish the E-4 Mentoring program; has taught several courses at the National Conservation Training Center; speaks frequently on the power of diversity; and helped coach the Advanced Leadership Development Program.</p>

<p>David has been a volunteer youth sports coach for more than 40 teams, ages 4 to 18, in basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, and soccer. His favorite times are spent with his wife of 25 years and their four children, doing faith-based volunteering, fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities.</p>