New Deputy Superintendent selected for Everglades and Dry Tortugas
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HOMESTEAD, FL – Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball announces the selection of Justin Unger as Deputy Superintendent for both Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks effective March 3
was formerlythe Chief of Administration for the National Mall and Memorial Parks. “Justin brings a unique blend of park experience, academic study, and work in municipal governments that make him an ideal partner for our local communities and leader of our diverse team of talented park professionals,” says Kimball.
Unger is a Kansas native and holds two degrees from the University of Kansas: B.S. in U.S. history and M.P.A. in city management and urban policy. After seasonal work at Yellowstone National Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial, he worked for the cities of Lenexa, Kansas and Lee’s Summit, Missouri in positions of increasing management responsibility. In 2005, Unger joined the National Park Service (NPS) as a Program Analyst with the Office of Strategic Planning and served as point of contact between parks, regions, and Congress to develop the agency’s annual budget and analyze NPS performance in achieving annual goals. He became the Chief of Administration for the National Mall and Memorial Parks in 2009, which required execution of $33 million annual base budget and providing support to over 350 federal employees, as well as multiple partners. Unger also served as Acting Chief of Administration at Glacier Bay
National Park in Alaska and as Acting Superintendent at Assateague National Seashore in Maryland
Everglades National Park spans the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay and is the only subtropical preserve in North America. The Everglades National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a Wetland of International Importance. Dry Tortugas National Park is almost 70 miles west of Key West and includes Fort Jefferson, one of the largest coastal forts ever built. Together, these South Florida treasures are served by over 270 FTE with a budget of $19 million
WHO: Justin Unger
WHAT: New Deputy Superintendent Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks
WHEN: March 2014
WHERE: Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Headquarters, 4001 SR 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
Did You Know?
The “high and dry” tree islands of the Everglades are called tropical hardwood hammocks. The park marks a significant edge of the northern limits of many subtropical plants and the southern limits of many temperate plants. This provides quite a unique and beautiful landscape.