Jonathan B. Jarvis

Jonathan Jarvis will open the 2017 SHIFT Summit with his presentation, A Unified Vision for the Future of Conservation.

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Jarvis is the former Director of the National Park Service (NPS), serving from October 2009 to January 2017. During his tenure, he led the agency through its Centennial, adding 22 new parks, achieving its largest budget in history and raising over $400 million in philanthropic support.  Jarvis began his NPS career as a seasonal interpretive ranger on the National Mall in 1976. Jarvis moved up through the NPS as a protection ranger, park biologist, and Superintendent at parks such as Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, North Cascades National Park in Washington and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Prior to his appointment as Director, Jarvis served as the Regional Director of the Pacific West Region of the NPS, with responsibility for 58 units of the national park system in the Pacific states and islands. Throughout his career, Jarvis has focused on the application of sound science in park management and increasing the relevance to all Americans of the National Parks through the places that are protected and the stories they interpret.


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