A former Murie Center staffer has been named the next executive director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.

Jon Mobeck, a decadelong Jackson Hole resident who recently moved away, will take over at the foundation for the departed Cory Hatch. For the past year Mobeck has worked for the Wild Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. The Wildlife Foundation hire brings him back to Teton County.

“Returning to Jackson to contribute to such an effective wildlife organization is a gift,” Mobeck said. “I’m grateful and honored to take on this role, and I’m already impressed by the dedication and effectiveness of the board and volunteers.”

Mobeck worked at the Murie Center from 2009 to 2014, leading the organization for the last three years. Since he departed, the center has merged with Teton Science Schools. Earlier in his Jackson Hole tenure Mobeck worked as the membership and communications director for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

In a statement Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation board of directors Chairwoman Aly Courtemanch said she is “elated” to bring Mobeck on board.

“Jon brings a wealth of conservation experience and enthusiasm that will benefit [the foundation], its volunteers and the wildlife of Jackson Hole,” Courtemanch said.

Mobeck’s predecessor, Cory Hatch, is a former News&Guide reporter. He stepped down at the foundation to pursue science writing.

“Thanks to hundreds of dedicated volunteers, [the foundation] is incredibly effective at delivering on-the-ground benefits for wildlife in Jackson Hole,” Hatch said in a statement.

“It’s gratifying to know that Jon will take the helm. Jackson Hole’s wildlife are in good hands.”

Mobeck starts the new job Jan. 4.

In his new post he will lead the foundation’s four main programs: Wildlife-Friendlier Fencing, Bear Wise, Nature Mapping and Give Wildlife a Brake.

This coming summer the organization will debut a program that builds ramps on local levies to help wildlife move around along the Snake River.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or environmental@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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