Jim served for over 36 years in the National Park Service, retiring in 2017 as the superintendent of Shenandoah National Park. Over the course of his career, Jim worked as a field ranger, resource management specialist, fire management officer, chief ranger and superintendent. He worked in Big Bend, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton and Shenandoah National Parks, Cape Hatteras and Fire Island National Seashores, the Buffalo National River and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. He also contributed to international conservation work in Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Georgia and in China. Jim has a B.S in Environmental Education, has completed graduate level work in Public Administration and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.