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Rick Obernesser

Chief Ranger

Yellowstone Park Foundation

HQ Phone:  (406) 586-6303


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Yellowstone Park Foundation

222 East Main Street, Suite 301

Bozeman, Montana,59715

United States

Company Description

The Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF) has served as Yellowstone National Park's official fundraising partner since 1996. Its mission is to fund projects and programs that protect, preserve, and enhance the natural and cultural resources, and the visitor experi...more

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Employment History

Park Ranger

National Park Service

Park Ranger

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Incident Commander for the Department


Incident Commander

Department of the Interior

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Rick Obernesser comes to America's largest national park after three years in Washington D.C. where he served as deputy chief of law enforcement and emergency services, and held temporary leadership positions in the Visitor and Resource Protection Division, including acting associate director.
"Rick has been a talented leader and manager in parks across the country and his work in the Washington Office really rounded out his experience. Prior to working in Washington D.C., Obernesser spent 10 years as chief ranger at Yellowstone National Park, where he led a team of 275 permanent and seasonal employees and managed a $13 million budget. "My family and I are truly excited and humbled by the opportunity to come to Alaska and Wrangell-St. Elias," Obernesser said. "It's been a career dream to live and work in Alaska." Earlier in his career, Obernesser served as chief ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore, as a district ranger at Yosemite National Park, and as a park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Petrified Forest National Park. He also served as a Department of the Interior incident commander in Alabama during the Gulf oil spill in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources from California State University - Sacramento, and an executive certificate in leadership and management from Notre Dame University. He expects to move to the Copper Center area in December with his wife, Pam, and their son and daughter. [cached]

Said Yellowstone Chief Ranger Rick Obernesser, "We will really miss John's incredible knowledge of Yellowstone's history and its backcountry." [cached]

Topic: Rick Obernesser Selected As Associate Director
Rick Obernesser Selected As Associate Director on: August 27, 2015, 23:53 Rick Obernesser has been selected as the new Associate Director for Visitor and Resource Protection in the Washington Office. As associate director, Obernesser will serve as the Service's senior official responsible for 30 servicewide programs, 850 employees, and a budget exceeding $200 million. His portfolio includes law enforcement, security and emergency services, fire and aviation management, risk management and occupational safety, public health services, regulations and special park uses, wilderness stewardship, the National Park Service component at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Park Police. "Rick is passionate about the National Park Service mission and does not shy away from tough questions or issues," said Director Jarvis. "His straightforward but low-key leadership style will work well within the National Park Service's leadership team." A seasoned National Park Service employee, Obernesser has worked in eight national parks during his 30 plus years of service. He is currently the Superintendent of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska, the largest National Park Service site in the country. His experience in parks across the country with diverse and complex resources has culminated in a wide range of experiences that will enhance his leadership in Visitor and Resource Protection. Throughout his career, Obernesser has demonstrated strong leadership skills and a keen ability to listen to people's concerns and perspectives, working directly with stakeholders to address issues and solve problems collaboratively. He began his park service career as a field ranger and has served at sites, including Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. "My wife and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to move back to the DC area," said Obernesser. "I am excited, honored and humbled to have a chance to work with the accomplished and professional staff in the Visitor and Resource Protection Directorate and continue the great work being done there." Obernesser holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental resources with a minor in economics from Sacramento State University. He and his wife Pamela will move to Washington in October. Re: Rick Obernesser Selected As Associate Director on: August 28, 2015, 12:08

Sept. 19, 2008: Rick Obernesser has been appointed as the Chief of Investigative Services for the Washington Office of the National Park Service, effective in mid-October, 2008.Obernesser was most recently the Chief Ranger at Yellowstone National Park for the past 10 years.He has worked for the Park Service for more than 25 years, and he was previously the Chief Ranger for the Cape Cod National Seashore. [cached]

Rick Obernesser Selected As Associate Director

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