Rick Bivens, a native of Blount County, graduated from Friendsville High School in 1967. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy between 1970 and 1974. After his tour of duty in the Navy, Rick began his college career at the University of Tennessee, where he recieved a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science in 1978. Continuing into graduate school at U.T., Rick investigated brook trout distribution and history in Tennessee, earning an M.S. degree in Fisheries Science in 1984.
Rick began his professional career with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in 1980 as a creel clerk on Tellico and Fort Loudoun reservoirs. Promoted in 1986 to Wildlife Manager I, Rick was in charge of organizing the newly established stream fisheries data collection crew in Region IV. In 1991, he was promoted to his current position as Wildlife Manager III (Regional Fisheries Biologist) where he is responsible for administering stream fisheries, trout management, and trout hatchery production programs in Region IV.