Our Staff & Offices

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area was established in 1978 and includes 154,000 acres of parklands managed by several partners and the National Park Service (NPS). The organization described below works on behalf of the NPS to provide visitor access and resource protection on federal lands within the recreation area.

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David Szymanski, Superintendent

NPS Leadership Team

David Szymanski has served as the superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area since October 2012. David oversees the park’s leadership team, which includes the chief of staff, four division chiefs, the fire management officer, the public affairs officer, and the management assistant. This team is responsible for 23,700 acres spread across 11 sites; approximately 80 National Park Service employees; and a $9 million budget appropriated by Congress.

Rangers in fire safe uniforms out on a trail cutting fire.
Fire management.

Office of the Superintendent

Led by the park’s chief of staff, the Office of the Superintendent handles the following functions: Administration (budget, fleet, property, IT, housing), Fire Management (emergency response and fuels treatments), Communications (public affairs, web, social media, and internal comms), and Lands (acquisitions and rights of way).

Ranger in uniform holding a large metal rail with mountains in the background.
Trail crew hauling materials.

Facilities Management

This division oversees the operation and maintenance of buildings, utilities, grounds, roads, and trails. Staff members have expertise in many different trades and heavy equipment operation. They also manage service and construction contracts.

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Ranger giving an interpretive program.

Interpretation, Volunteers, and Education

This division connects people with the park through visitor centers, interpretive programs, special events, Jr. Ranger programs, volunteer opportunities, community outreach, and curriculum-based education programs.

Ranger in uniform tending to plants.
Ranger waters plants that are part of restoration work.

Planning, Science, and Resource Management

This division conducts monitoring, research, conservation, and restoration activities related to the park’s natural (plants and wildlife) and cultural (prehistoric and historic) resources. Staff also provides GIS mapping and analysis; environmental compliance for the park; and oversight for youth work-experience programs.

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Ranger in patrol vehicle.

Visitor & Resource Protection

This division provides safety and security for the park's visitors and resources. Staff provide emergency medical services; search and rescue; and law enforcement. The Special Park Uses office manages requests to use NPS lands for filming and other events; issues permits; and monitors those activities.

Last updated: June 7, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302


805 370-2301

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