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Background Information

Employment History

Chief Ranger

National Park Service

Chief of Investigative Services

National Park Service

Chief Ranger

Yellowstone Park Foundation

Chief Ranger

Yellowstone National Park

Chief Ranger

Cape Cod National Seashore

Chief Ranger

District Ranger

Yosemite National Park


Bachelor of Science

Environmental Resources

California State University - Sacramento

Web References (17 Total References)

Sept. 19, 2008: Rick ... [cached]

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.

Yellowstone Park Foundation: Yellowstone People [cached]

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

Rick Obernesser comes to ... [cached]

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.

A new tool for rangers [cached]

Rick Obernesser, Yellowstone's chief ranger, said park officials began looking seriously at Tasers after departments using them experienced dramatic decreases in injuries for officers and suspects.

"It's another tool for a ranger to have in the tool kit that makes things safer for everybody," Obernesser said.
So far, rangers have pulled their Tasers 10 times, Obernesser said.Only one person -- a man fleeing officers on foot -- has been hit with the 50,000-volt shock.
In most cases, people respond immediately to the threat of the Taser.
"We recently had a situation where a Taser was pulled out and this person, a criminal, had been tased before, somewhere else," Obernesser said.
"At least in the 10 times that Tasers have been deployed (in Yellowstone), it's yielded almost immediate compliance," Obernesser said.
Obernesser said he has received good feedback from his rangers about the Tasers for their use in defusing potentially dangerous situations.
Obernesser said other national park officials have contacted Yellowstone wanting to know more about use of Tasers in the park.
Regional and national Park Service officials are writing up guidelines for use of Tasers, he said.
Eventually, Yellowstone officials hope to buy enough Tasers for each of the 100 or so permanent and seasonal rangers.
"Just in our experience of the last year, it's simpler and safer," Obernesser said, "not just for us but for the person that decides not to fight us.

Rick Obernesser is taking the ... [cached]

Rick Obernesser is taking the helm at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The appointment was announced this week by the National Park Service.

The park service, in a release, says Obernesser has more than 30 years' experience in the field and at agency headquarters. His career has included serving as deputy chief of law enforcement and emergency services for the agency in Washington, D.C. He also worked at a number of parks, including Yellowstone, where he was chief ranger for 10 years.
Last year, he served as an incident commander for the Department of Interior in Alabama during the Gulf oil spill.

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