Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced the selection of Jeff Rupert to serve as Director of the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF). Mr. Rupert has been serving as the Acting Director since October 2017.
He has been with the Department of the Interior for over twenty years, beginning as a refuge biologist at the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, along the U.S/Mexico border.
Most recently, Mr. Rupert served as the Chief of the Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), where he led a diverse program of work, which included FWS Fire Management located at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, and the Natural Resource Program Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.