John Tubbs is the Director of Natural Resources and Conservation. He was appointment by Gov. Steve Bullock and has served in this position since January 7, 2013.
John Tubbs had served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science in the Department of the Interior since June 2009. As one of two Deputies in Water and Science, he worked with Assistant Secretary Anne Castle to oversee the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Tubbs has worked for the State of Montana for 25 years in both policy and financial programs. From 2006 to 2009 he was Montana's Water Resources Division Administrator for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) managing four bureaus and eight regional offices directing a wide variety of programs including water right processing, water management, operation of state owned water projects, flood plain management and dam safety regulations.
Before serving as director, Tubbs managed grant and loan programs for Montana including the Renewable Resource Grants and Loans, Reclamation and Development Grants, Irrigation Development Grants, State Revolving Fund Loans, and Regional Water System Financing. He began his career with DNRC as an economist in the Energy and Water Resources Divisions.
In addition to his state service Tubbs was the Vice-President of Ambrose Tubbs, Inc from 1993 through 2001. He received a M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Forestry, both from the University of Montana, Missoula. Throughout his career, Tubbs has worked closely with state associations, conservation districts, counties and municipalities, state agencies, the legislature, tribal governments, federal agencies, and congressional staff.