Franz Maier was born in 1966 and studied biology, didactics of biology, earth sciences and ecology. During the past 20 years he has held a series of managerial positions in the environmental sector. Since 28 November 2014 he has been Honorary President of the Umweltdachverband, the umbrella organization for 37 Austrian environmental NGOs in the fields of nature and alpine conservation, environmental protection and renewable energy with approximately 1.3 million members.
In his primary occupation Franz Maier heads the department of Nature and Resources at the Energy and Environment Agency of Lower Austria (eNu). Furthermore, he has been working extensively in the nature education field.
He is co-founder of the National Park Kalkalpen and was Managing Director of the Umweltdachverband from 1994 to 2008.
In his free time the nature conservationist and nature enthusiast loves hiking, ski touring, running and mountain biking.