Steven Iobst was named Deputy Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
by Superintendent Dan Wenk, effective July 31.
Iobst (pronounced YÔBST) will be responsible for managing all day to day
operations of the 2.2 million acre park including engineering and
maintenance, law enforcement, interpretation and natural and cultural
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Managing a staff of more than 350 full time NPS employees and more than 420
seasonal employees, Iobst’s primary task will be to continue to preserve
Yellowstone’s vital resources while serving its more than three million
“I am both proud and humbled to serve our staff and visitors as well as
protecting the incredible resources of Yellowstone,” said Iobst.
Iobst has been acting Deputy Superintendent since October 2010, and
replaces Colin Campbell, who is now the Deputy Regional Director at the
National Park Service’s Intermountain Region Headquarters at Denver,
Iobst began his NPS career as a student engineer in 1971 and earned a civil
engineering degree from Virginia Tech in 1974. He became an environmental
engineer at Yellowstone’s maintenance division in 1979, and held positions
as a civil engineer for the Concessions Management Office and management
assistant to the Superintendent for Planning and Development in 1983. He
left Yellowstone in 1988 to become the Chief of Facility Management at
Rocky Mountain National Park, and served as the Acting Chief of Facility
Management in Washington, D.C., in 1996.
In 1997 Iobst returned to the greater Yellowstone area as Assistant
Superintendent at Grand Teton National Park and served as Acting
Superintendent there from 2000 to 2002, where he oversaw the development of
future winter use plans for both Yellowstone and Grand Teton.
Since 2003 as Yellowstone’s Chief of Maintenance, he has managed more than
2,800 park assets, a $16 million operational maintenance budget with annual
projects averaging $35 million and more than 200 full time employees – the
largest park-based asset management program in the National Park Service.
Iobst and his wife Debbie, a swim coach, have three grown
children; Allison, Benjamin, and Steven and three grandchildren.