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Student-Professional Networking Reception

Natural Resources Professional Networking Reception

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the ENR Career Development Office is hosting a special reception for all OSU students on Wednesday, March 23rd, beginning at 4pm in the Nationwide Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Columbus campus. Representatives from every office and division from ODNR, from the Coastal Management office to Engineering, Geology to Wildlife, will be represented. This is an excellent opportunity to network with professionals from all over the state and learn more about career opportunities.

The ODNR Human Resources office will start the session off with a brief introduction for students on how to be navigate the hiring process. Then the session will open for networking. Each office will have a booth space and students are encouraged to bring their resumes. Employees have been asked to offer students quick critiques of resumes, provide career advice, and answer general questions. 

The event is open to any student at the university.


Professionals attending the event include:

Jim Quinlivan -- Law Enforcement Program Administrator --ODNR Division of Wildlife - Law Enforcement Section

Jim Quinlivan is a Law Enforcement Program Administrator for the Division of Wildlife.  He has worked in wildlife and natural resources law enforcement for over 20 years and has served as a State Wildlife Officer assigned to Cuyahoga County in NE Ohio, Investigator, District Law Enforcement Supervisor, and is now assigned to the law enforcement section at the Division of Wildlife Headquarters in Columbus.  His responsibilities include wildlife officer recruiting, hiring, academy program, field and advanced training, officer vehicles and equipment, and a variety of other law enforcement operational and administrative programs and projects.  He has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University where he served as President of the Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society and received the School of Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Society Student Leadership Award.  He completed Ohio peace officer training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy and graduated from the 20th Wildlife Officer Training Academy.   A native of Maumee, and now residing in Knox County, in his spare time he enjoys canoeing, fishing, physical fitness competitions, and outdoor family activities with his wife, 9 year old daughter and 4 year old son. 

Cindy Bellar -- Education Manager --ODNR Division of Watercraft -- Division of Parks and Recreation

Cindy Bellar oversees numerous programs including the boating safety and education grants, mandatory boating education, publications, skills programs and a variety of events.  In 2015, her role expanded to include having oversight over the Naturalists for Ohio state parks.  Cindy is a nineteen year veteran with the Division of Watercraft and has also served as a Watercraft Officer, Watercraft Specialist, Law Enforcement/Search and Rescue Coordinator, and the Law Enforcement Administrator for the Division of Watercraft. 

Cindy Bellar has participated for several years on the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Education Policy and Best Practices Subcommittee.  This committee establishes national policies and best practices as it pertains to boater education and outreach. 

In 2013, Cindy also worked with the NASBLA Enforcement and Training Committee.  In this committee, she led the development of the NASBLA Officer Water Survival train-the-trainer curriculum.  She and her ODNR co-workers delivered the first three train-the-trainer courses around the country to sixty marine patrol officers.  Today, hundreds of officers around the world have been trained to survive a sudden immersion into deep water while fully uniformed.     

Cindy Bellar is a 1988 graduate of Hocking College receiving an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Recreation and Wildlife Management.  She continued her education at The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.  She graduated from OSU in 1991.  

Mike Miller, Acting Chief – Division of Watercraft

Blake Holder, College Intern – Division of Watercraft

Dawn Potter, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator and State Watercraft Officer

Valerie Cox, Boating Education Coordinator – Division of Watercraft

Craig Watson, Boating Education Grants Coordinator  - Division of Watercraft

Jennifer Brown, Investigative Unit – ODNR, OSU Graduate

Eric Reed, Law Enforcement Search and Rescue Coordinator – Division of Watercraft, OSU Graduate

Steven Bycznski – OSU Graduate

Pat Quackenbush,  Naturalist Supervisor – Division of Parks

Rob Lucas, Marketing Manager – Division of Watercraft