Javier Salazar

Position: Trail Facilities Manager - Smoky Mountains

Javier is in charge of managing the Trail operations for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As part of these duties Javier manages the S.W.E.A.T. Crew and Rocky Top Crew in the Smoky Mountains,  the Tennessee Facilities that allow for the operation of the volunteer crew programs, as well as coordinates with volunteer groups and other agencies to ensure the appropriate management of the Appalachian Trail within the Smoky Mountains.

Javier grew up in Venezuela, and moved to the Florida in 2008. After obtaining a degree in Forestry from the University of Florida, Javier held a number of positions in the conservation field, including: trail crew member and Wildland Firefighter for the Florida Parks Service, laboratory manager for the University of Florida, operations manager for the School of Forestry, and as a Forester for the Alachua County Parks and Conservation Lands.