Mike Estes takes on Search and Rescue position

Mike Estes, center, of Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, keeps an eye on the Jackson Hole Middle School climbing club in August 2012 in Grand Teton National Park. Estes was furloughed from his job with Parks and Rec in 2020, but has begun a new chapter as the Teton County Search and Rescue coordinator. 

Mike Estes has a new job.

The longtime Parks and Rec programmer will now serve as coordinator for Teton County Search and Rescue. He's volunteered for the rescue outfit for 28 years.

Estes will take over from Jess King, who spent seven years in the role and left on March 1.

Anthony Stevens served as the interim coordinator and will continue to volunteer and serve as Search and Rescue's Training Advisor.

The transition comes with a few changes in the "coordinator" role.

Estes' primary job will be supporting the Teton County Search and Rescue Board of Advisors to make sure the "team is rescue ready at all times." That will entail record keeping and organization, gear maintenance, and facilitating training, as well as coordinating communications between Search and Rescue and its partners.

Estes will not, however, be in command or in the field during missions, but he will provide mission support as needed. He will also not supervise volunteers.

The newly hired coordinator worked for the county for 24 years, most recently as the recreation program coordinator who oversaw administration of the county-managed stretch of the Snake River between the Wilson and South Park boat ramps.

He was furloughed from that position in 2020, and has worked as a Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation maintenance tech in the interim.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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