Saturday, December 4, 2021

Big Cypress National Preserve Welcomes New Chief of Interpretation

Superintendent Tom Forsyth is pleased to announce the selection of Joshua Boles as the new chief of interpretation and education, located in southern Florida. Joshua will begin his new assignment at the preserve at the end of July. 

“We are very excited that Joshua is joining our team. He brings lots of experience and energy to the park,” said Tom Forsyth. “Joshua has demonstrated his capacity as a chief and we are excited to see all the fresh ideas he and his team will come up with.” 

Joshua began his National Park Service career as a volunteer at Cabrillo National Monument in 2004. During his seasonal career, Joshua worked at numerous National Parks including Glacier, Zion, and Saguaro. His first permanent job came at Montezuma Castle National Monument located in Arizona in 2008. He entered his most recent position as Chief of Interpretation of three parks in New England in April of 2015. Joshua has worked in various capacities in 17 NPS units including detail as Superintendent at Whitman Mission National Historic Site in the summer of 2018. 

“I am honored to have been selected as the Chief of Interpretation of Big Cypress National Preserve,” Boles remarked. “The Preserve is amazing, and I cannot wait to learn more about it, as well as the rich cultural heritage of southern Florida.” 

Joshua holds a BA in Philosophy from San Diego State University. He will be moving to Florida from Barrington, RI with his wife, two kids, two dogs, and one well-fed cat. In his spare time, Josh competes in triathlons, including completing Ironman Santa Rosa in the summer of 2018. 

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