Jon Charpentier of Sanbornton has been selected as the new Public Affairs Division Chief at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Charpentier has worked in N.H. Fish and Game’s Public Affairs Division for 21 years, including service as a Programs Information Officer. Since 2008, he has supervised Fish and Game’s Media and Marketing Unit.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve the people of New Hampshire and work on their behalf,” Charpentier said. “Our fish and wildlife are held in public trust for all citizens, and I’m looking forward to sharing that message with everyone who enjoys our state’s fish and wildlife opportunities – from those who take a young hunter out for the first time to those who enjoy the simple pleasure of hearing a wood thrush along a mountain trail.”
Charpentier’s interest in fish and wildlife conservation was sparked back in 1980, when he served as an intern for the N.H. Fish and Game Department through the national Young Adult Conservation Corps. He later moved to New Hampshire from Bozeman, Montana, in 1991 to develop N.H. Fish and Game’s Broadcast Media Unit. Since then, he developed and co-produced Wildlife Journal with New Hampshire Public Television and produced many radio and television programs on the outdoors, including Outdoor Almanac with Peter St. James, Granite State Outdoors and New Hampshire’s WildSide, which currently airs on WBIN-TV.
Fish and Game’s Broadcast Media and Marketing program has won numerous awards under Charpentier’s direction, including two Outdoor Ethics awards from the Izaak Walton League of America, seven Telly awards, Best Agency Television Show from the Association for Conservation Information, a national Wildlife Restoration award for Outreach from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and a CINE Golden Eagle award in the Environment and Natural Science category for the Wildlife Journal segment “Return of the Seabirds.”
“These accomplishments were a team effort,” said Charpentier. “They were possible because of the talent, commitment and dedication of my remarkable colleagues here at Fish and Game.”
Prior to working for N.H. Fish and Game, Charpentier co-produced and distributed a Discovery Channel world premiere featuring a 500-mile-long sled dog race in Montana and worked as a television producer for ABC and NBC television affiliates in that state.
Charpentier holds a B.S. in Film and Television from Montana State University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Plymouth State University. He completed New Hampshire’s Certified Public Manager Accreditation Program in 2008. He currently serves on the New Hampshire Travel Council and is a certified Hunter Education instructor.
An avid hunter and angler, Charpentier also enjoys canoeing and hiking with his family. He lives in Sanbornton, N.H., with his wife Brenda and their two sons.