Phil finished 35 years in service to the federal government in October 2016, when he became park projects director with National Park Trust. He brings his strong commitment to the protection of the National Park System to his work at the Park Trust, managing the land acquisition program. He collaborates with the NPS, partner land trusts, and the Park Trust’s pro bono attorneys to acquire critical parcels of land adjacent to or inside parks and ensure their transfer to the National Park Service. Phil says “We specialize in solving problems preventing or removing obstacles to successful land transfers. We are also able to act quickly to assist and complete transactions when a land purchase must be done quickly but correctly.”
Since 1973, he worked at the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Border Patrol, and he spent 30 years “rangering” with the National Park Service. From a patrol ranger at Boston National Historical Park, he advanced through the ranks at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Amistad National Recreation Area, and Everglades National Park, finishing in the parks as chief ranger of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. During that assignment, he also worked temporarily as superintendent at Springfield Armory and Sagamore National Historic Sites.
After an assignment as Chief, Regulations and Special Park Uses at the National Park Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., he finished his NPS career as Associate Regional Director, Park Operations, in the National Capital Regional Office.
A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Selleck earned a BS with high honors in Zoology in 1973 from Michigan State University.