Requirements of Conservation Commissioners are outlined in the Constitution of Missouri, Section 40 (a):
- Four members appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, not more than two of whom shall be of the same political party.
- Members shall have knowledge of and interest in wildlife conservation.
- Serve a term of six years beginning on the first day of July of consecutive odd years.
- Members shall receive no salary or other compensation, but shall receive reimbursement for travel and other expenses.
Responsibilities carried out by Conservation Commissioners are statewide and include actions such as:
- Appointing a director of the Department.
- Serving as the Department’s policy makers.
- Approving Wildlife Code regulations.
- Strategic planning.
- Budget development and major expenditure decisions.