- Mark J. Maciha is the Program Director of Northern Arizona University’s Park Ranger Training Program, one of only a few accredited Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Programs that provide the training required to apply for seasonal law enforcement positions with the National Park Service.
Mark grew up as a visitor to the campgrounds and wilderness areas of Southern California which led him to a 27 year career in the U.S. National Park Service. He retired in 2007 as the Chief Park Ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. He began his service in 1979 and worked at Petrified Froest NP, Grand Canyon NP, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Death Valley NP, and Carlsbad Caverns NP. He has extensive experience in parks and recreation management. He is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and of the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.
Mark earned the U.S. Department of the Interior Valor Award in 1991 for actions that resulted in the saving of two lives. He received numerous National Park Service Special Achievement Awards.
- 2013 (anticipated), Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University
2009, Master of Education, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University
1999, Master of Arts, Political Science-Fire and Emergency Management, Oklahoma State University
1983, Bachelor of Science, Police Science and Administration, Northern Arizona University
- 2011-present, Director, Park Ranger Training Program, Northern Arizona University
2009-present, Owner, Canyon Vista Training and Consulting
2005-2008, Executive Director, Permian Basin Regional Training Center
1996-2005, Chief Park Ranger, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
1989-1996, District Ranger, Death Valley National Monument/Park
1987-1989, Park Ranger, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
1984-1987, Park Ranger, Petrified Forest National Park
1981-1984, Park Aid/Technician, Grand Canyon National Park
1979-1981, Park Aid/Technician, Petrified Forest National Park