JACKSON (WNE) — A Jackson man who started his career as a Grand Teton National Park ranger has been nominated for a high-ranking federal job overseeing the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
President Trump announced Friday that he had nominated Teton Village resident Rob Wallace to assume the U.S. Department of the Interior post of assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks. The U.S. Senate still must confirm the Evanston native, but Wyoming’s congressional delegation and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt quickly supported the nomination.
“Rob Wallace has a long track record of leadership on National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service issues,” Bernhardt said in a statement. “He will be a fantastic asset to the Department of the Interior, and I urge the Senate to confirm him quickly.”
Wallace has resided in the valley since 2014. He worked for the 17 years before as a manager of government relations for the energy division of General Electric. Most recently, he has presided over the Upper Green River Conservancy, a Jackson-based group that describes itself as an “innovative partnership of ranchers, energy companies, conservation stakeholders and impact investors working together to ensure the protection of core sage grouse habitat” in the Upper Green River watershed.
Wallace has also served on the boards of Teton Science Schools, the Jackson Hole Historical Society, the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the University of Wyoming’s School of Energy Resources, according to a biography posted by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, where he is also a board member.