Superintendent brings experience to monumental effort

Nathan Souder

Nathan Souder will bring more than 16 years of experience in the National Park Service to his latest duties as superintendent of the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction.

Chip Jenkins, the acting regional director of the National Park Service, announced the selection of Souder. Souder is expected to start his new position Sept. 29.

“Nathan has deep roots providing programmatic support in the fields of interpretation, education, public affairs and budget for western parks that include Colorado National Monument,” Jenkins said. “Nathan’s outstanding communication, community relations skills and broad leadership experience will be a great asset to the monument.”

Souder said addressing deferred maintenance and preserving parks remains a core mission for the National Park Service.

“I hope to support this effort in my role at Colorado National Monument. Having the opportunity to work with the monument’s passionate staff and collaborate with a community that has cared deeply about this place for over 100 years is a dream come true.”

Souder said he’s visited the Grand Valley many times and his wife and two children look forward to living in Western Colorado and exploring the outdoors.

Souder comes to the Colorado National Monument from the De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Fla., where he serves as superintendent.

Souder has worked in Washington, D.C., with the National Park Service Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. He worked in the Intermountain Regional Office for 10 years in a variety of different capacities. Souder then moved to Jacksonville, Fla., to serve as one of 10 participants in a two-year initiative titled the Urban Agenda in which the National Park Service sought ways to increase relevancy and collaboration.

Souder said he visited national parks with his family when he was growing up. These trips inspired him to work at Glacier National Park as a bellman at Many Glacier Hotel. He also worked two summers as a backcountry ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park before graduating from Indiana University.