Federation of Fly Fishers
John Hamill began his federal career in 1979 as an associate manager with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directing all FWS programs in the state of Colorado. In 1984 he became director of the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program overseeing $139M federal-state-private partnerships aimed at recovering endangered fish while allowing water development to continue in the upper Colorado River Basin. In 2000 he became executive director for the California Desert Management Project serving as senior advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Interior. In 2005 he was selected to be chief of the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center where he provided scientific and executive direction for the planning, development and implementation of original research and monitoring of the effects of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam on physical, biological and cultural resources of the Colorado River corridor in Grand Canyon National Park. He retired in 2011.