New USFS District Ranger Named

For Immediate Release

November 17, 2022

Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 895-0841

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Fin Eifert named new Monterey District Ranger

U.S. Forest Service officials announced the selection of John “Fin” Eifert as the new District Ranger for Los Padres National Forest’s Monterey Ranger District. Eifert has served as the Natural Resource Officer on the Monterey Ranger District since October 2018. He succeeds Tim Short, who transferred to become District Ranger of the Ojai Ranger District.

Eifert began his federal land management career as a field technician with the Bureau of Land Management in western Colorado before joining the U.S. Forest Service in 2014 as a range technician on the Grand River Ranger District of the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in North and South Dakota. Following that assignment, he transitioned to the Klamath National Forest’s Goosenest Ranger District where he served as Range Management Specialist until coming to Los Padres.

In his previous positions, Eifert gained valuable experience navigating complex public land management issues by exploring new ways to lead, organize, innovate, and interact to bring about the solutions we collectively need. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management from Colorado State University, and his Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Norwich University in 2018. Eifert is pursuing his Ph.D., focusing on better understanding how Forest Service leaders can effectively navigate rising complexity in modern public land management work environments.

A native of Washington, Eifert is an avid supporter of the Seattle Mariners and Seahawks. In his spare time he enjoys the art of cooking, attending live music events, and riding his bicycle

“I am honored to be named Monterey District Ranger and am eager to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the dedicated district employees and amazing stakeholders to find meaningful solutions to the challenges that lay before us,” Eifert said. 

Eifert will assume his new duties effective December 5.


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