Research Scientist, Sierra Nevada Research Institute and Academic Coordinator, University of California, Merced
Steve Shackelton has served as the first Director of the Vernal Pools Natural Reserve at UC Merced and the Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Steve currently works in research and teaching in the area of parks and protected area management, on the establishment of the new UC Sierra program, and on organization development in the School of Engineering.retired from a career in the National Park Service and National Forest Service in 2012 that began forty years earlier in 1972.
He has held a storied career in park protection, serving as Associate Director at the National Park Service in Washington, DC from March 2010 to June 2012. In this post, he managed programs of park protection and emergency services over a national system of parks that encompass 84 million acres and a system that is visited by 280 million people each year - spread out through 12 time zones and 401 park areas. Programs in his portfolio included: fire management, wildlife protection, incident management, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medicine, aviation, wilderness, public health, safety, risk management, and critical infrastructure security.
Previously, Mr. Shackelton was the chief ranger in Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains for nine years, where he enjoyed many of the same challenges, and as the Superintendent of Pinnacles National Monument in central coastal California. Before this, he served three years in legislation in Washington, D.C.
Spending nine years in Alaska as the regional law enforcement manager and five years in Hawaii as a law enforcement manager for the Pacific Area put high levels of focus on wildlife protection, habitat, and ecosystem protection. He began his park service career at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming as a ranger working in the fields of fire, search and rescue, emergency medicine and law enforcement; and six summers as a fire fighter on the Sierra National Forest in California.
Mr. Shackelton has BS and MS degrees in Criminology from California State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alaska. In 1990 he completed the FBI National Academy executive management program and served as a Congressional Fellow from 1997 through 1999. In 2005, he finished OPM’s Federal Senior Executive Candidate Development Program – an 18-month program in the Department of the Interior, completing a detail assignment with the University of California and time at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Development Program.