Mr. Shackelton currently works on a split appointment at UC Merced, with half of his time on the development team for UC Merced’s new School of Management and the other half in the Chancellor’s Office developing UC Sierra. He served as the Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and founding Director of the Merced Vernal Pools Grassland Reserve.
As an Associate Director of the National Park Service, he managed programs that included: fire management, wildlife protection, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medicine, aviation, wilderness, public health, safety, risk management, and critical infrastructure security.
Before Washington, he was the chief ranger in Yosemite National Park, superintendent of Pinnacles National Monument; legislative affairs in Washington, D.C., nine years in Alaska, and five years in Hawaii. He began his park service career at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming as a park ranger and as a fire fighter on the Sierra National Forest.
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. He completed OPM’s Federal Senior Executive Candidate Development Program, including a detail assignment to the University of California and seminar experiences at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Development Program.
Mr. Shackelton co-instructs both the Yosemite and Water, and Yosemite and Fire Educational Excursion courses along side Executive Director, Armando Quintero and Dr. Jan W. van Wagtendonk. To learn more about these courses, visit this link.