No Yosemite decision yet in superintendent post

Posted online at 6:55 a.m. Monday by Jeffery P. Mayror. The future job status of Mount Rainier National Park superintendent Dave Uberuaga remains unchanged, and unclear.

Uberuaga, a 25-year veteran at Mount Rainier, has been serving since January as interim superintendent at Yosemite National Park while the National Park Service looked for a new superintendent at the iconic California park. When we last spoke in May, Uberuaga told me he hoped to learn by June whether he would be staying on board at Yosemite or returning to Mount Rainier.

Obviously that announcement has yet to be made.

I was wondering if the announcement Friday that Jon Jarvis, a former Mount Rainier superintendent, has been nominated to become the next director of the National Park Service might break the logjam.

In an e-mail to me, Uberuaga said things remain the same. Uberuaga said he hopes Jarvis can move things along, but is unsure how much authority Jarvis will have until he is confirmed.

I also asked if he would be interested in Jarvis’ old position as Pacific regional director for the Park Service.

Uberuaga reiterated that he plans to return to Mount Rainier unless given the Yosemite position. In saying no, he wrote, “I think the fun and challenges of running a national park on the ground is just the best and most rewarding.”

Randy King has been serving as acting superintendent at Mount Rainier while Uberuaga is at Yosemite.