Phil finished more than 34 years in service to the federal government in October 2016, when he began his work as park projects director with National Park Trust. He started his career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1973, then working at the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Border Patrol. He went on to spend most of his career, 30 years, “rangering” with the National Park Service.
He patrolled and protected the cultural sites of Boston National Historical Park, the 330,000-acre wilderness that is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the waters of Amistad National Recreation Area. He stepped into park management as a law enforcement specialist, then assistant chief ranger at Everglades National Park, finishing in the parks as chief ranger, visitor management and resource protection at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. During his last assignment, he had the privilege of acting temporarily as superintendent at Springfield Armory and Sagamore National Historic Sites.
Phil transitioned from “the Gap” to Chief, Regulations and Special Park Uses at the National Park Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., serving parks across the country. He finished his career at the National Park Service National Capital Regional Office as Associate Regional Director, Park Operations.
Phil brings his strong commitment to the protection of national park sites to his work at NPT, where he manages the land acquisition program. He collaborates with the NPS, partner land trusts, and NPT pro bono attorneys to acquire critical parcels of land adjacent to or inside parks and ensure their donation and transfer to the National Park Service. Phil is married and has two sons. Deb Nordeen his wife of 32 years is an analyst in the Office of Poilcy at NPS HQ Washington, D.C. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Selleck earned a BS with high honors in Zoology in 1973 from Michigan State University.