Edward “Ned” Kelleher is the new chief ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. As chief ranger, he will be responsible for overseeing 180 staff performing wilderness management, wildland and structural fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue, fee collection, and visitor management.
Ned began his career in the National Park Service in 1991 after graduating from Humboldt State University in 1989. During the past six years, he has managed law enforcement, emergency services, and wilderness operations as district ranger in Kings Canyon National Park. He worked at Kings Canyon as a seasonal ranger from 1991 to 1997 and as Cedar Grove subdistrict ranger from 2004 to 2008.
During his career, Ned has also worked at Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Yosemite National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, Everglades National Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.