'Boone' Vandzura named Park Service's new Chief Ranger
Outer Banks Group of national parks has announced that Daniel “Boone”
Vandzura has joined the park leadership staff as the Chief Ranger
of the Visitor & Resource Protection Division.
Daniel "Boone" Vandzura began his career with the National Park Service
in Yellowstone National Park as a fee collector at the South Entrance
in the summer of 1994. After that very first season, his love for
the lifestyle and America’s wide-open spaces encouraged him to pursue
further training to become a law enforcement ranger. His first
assignment was a seasonal Yellowstone back-country ranger and the
nickname “Boone” stuck. He went on to attend the Federal Law
Enforcement Academy in 2001 to became a full-time, permanent ranger.
In the fall of 2001, he moved to the scenic Yellowstone Lake District
as the dayshift supervisor, and in 2005 he was promoted to the Old
Faithful Deputy District Ranger. A few years later, he was again
promoted and moved back to Yellowstone’s Interior Canyon
District. In 2009, he accepted the Emergency Services Director
position in the busy front country section of the park and was
stationed at Park Headquarters for the past seven years.
While serving for 21 years in one of America’s crown jewel parks,
Vandzura developed a deep commitment to the National Park Service and
served several details as Deputy Chief Ranger. In the summer of
2015, he came to the Outer Banks Group and served as Acting Chief
Ranger after Paul Stevens retired from the position. He and his
family enjoyed their time on the Outer Banks, and he accepted the Chief
Ranger position this fall.
Vandzura says he is excited to move his family to the Outer Banks to
re-join the Outer Banks group of rangers and a great management staff
and that he looks forward to the many opportunities of this region of
the country. He and his wife, Jan, have two children, Elle
and Hart, both 11 years old.