The Jackson Hole Airport is an equal opportunity employer. We like to think the Airport is an exciting and friendly place to work with plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge in aviation.
Please call the administration offices or come out to the airport for more information on any of our job opportunities. (307) 733-7695 The Jackson Hole Airport Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
« Airport AdministrationAirport Staff
Jim Elwood, Executive Director
Jim came to the Jackson Hole Airport in 2014. Before coming to Jackson, Jim was the director of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO. While in Aspen he had significant accomplishments in improving the environmental stewardship of the airport. Prior to working in Aspen, Jim served as the Airport Manager in both Eagle County Airport and Pueblo Airport in Colorado. His many accomplishments in the industry include serving as Chair for the American Association of Airport Executives in 2008.
Dustin Havel, Assistant Airport Director - Operations
Michelle Anderson, Assistant Airport Director - Administration and Finance
Aimee Crook, Assistant Airport Director - Security Operations
- Tony Cross, Human Resources Manager
- Megan Jenkins, Communications Manager
- Jake Sperl, Airport Security Coordinator
- Kaitlin Perkins, Receptionist & Secretary to the Board
« Airport AdministrationBoard Members
The Jackson Hole Airport is governed by a Board, whose members are appointed by town and county officials. The Jackson Hole Airport Board’s vision and mission encompass all the components that need to come together for the airport to run smoothly. The Board employs a staff, which is headed by the Airport Director to run the day to day operations of the airport and ensure compliance with various Federal Aviation Regulations.
Jim Waldrop, President
Jim was appointed to the Airport Board in 2009. Jim has extensive community Board experience including Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Hole Central Reservations, and the Fall Arts Festival. Jim is the General Manager at The Wort Hotel.
Jerry Blann, Vice President
Jerry has extensive Airport Board experience. He was appointed to the Airport Board in 2000 and is currently serving his third term. Additionally, Jerry has held previous executive positions and Board level appointments. Jerry is the President of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Rick Braun, Treasurer
Rick Braun was appointed to the Airport Board in 2016. He is a very experienced aviator with over 45 years of involvement in international and domestic aviation operations, which included 15 years of service with Boeing, where Braun was a pilot and led the Operation Enhancement Study, for Boeing at the Jackson Hole Airport.
Mary Gibson Scott, Secretary
Mary was appointed to the Airport Board in 2016. She retired as a senior manager from the National Park Service, and has comprehensive experience in environmental planning and development, infrastructure management, and emergency response programs. She is also on the national board of the Student Conservation Association.
John Eastman, Member
John was appointed to the Airport Board in 2013. He is an accomplished business entrepreneur with 20 years experience creating, building, and leading successful start-up businesses. John has extensive community Board experience including the St. John's Hospital Board, the Center for Resolution and Mediation, and the Historic Preservation Board.
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« Airport AdministrationAirport History
The Jackson Hole Airport was established by the town of Jackson at its present location in the 1930’s. At first, an unpaved landing strip was developed. But by the end of 1939, the site was selected and leased from the Bureau of Land Management, State of Wyoming, Jackson Hole Preserve, and Snake River Land Company. This location was and remains the only feasible airport site within Teton County.
By 1941, commercial air service was Provided to the Jackson Hole Airport with Western Airlines flying DC-3 propeller aircraft. Later, a log terminal building was constructed to better accommodate passengers flying into Jackson Hole.
In 1943, a large portion of the Jackson Hole valley, including the Airport site, was designated as Jackson Hole National Monument by presidential proclamation. Questions regarding the legality of that proclamation were resolved in 1950, when the Jackson Hole Monument was merged into adjacent Grand Teton National Park, which was established in 1929. As a result of the merger, the Airport site was incorporated into a finger of the park and abuts its south boundary. It is currently the only airport with regularly scheduled commercial airline service within a National Park.
In 1950, Congress authorized the Secretary of Interior, individually or in cooperation with local governments, to acquire and improve “…the airports in or in close proximity to National Parks…” when it was necessary. Pursuant to this authority, the Interior granted the Town and County a 20-year permit to operate the Airport in the Park. In 1959, the airport’s 6300 foot runway was built to better accommodate the DC-3 aircraft then serving the Airport. Frontier Airlines began providing DC-3 service to the Airport and Western Airlines discontinued service.
In 1964, Frontier Airlines introduced Convair-580 prop-jet service to the Jackson Hole Airport. By the end of 1965, the National Park Service began studies for lengthening the runway to 8,000 feet and widening it from 100 to 150 feet. This process was in the anticipation of accommodating Frontier Airlines Boeing-737 aircraft.
In 1967, the Town of Jackson and County of Teton created the Jackson Hole Airport Board (a joint powers board) to operate the airport.
In 1969, the National Park Service allowed the Airport Board a renewal clause in the Special Use Permit. Additionally, Congress passed the National Environmental Policy Act, establishing requirements for Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for projects such as the purposed runway extension.
In 1971, Congress approved an appropriation of $2,215,000 to the National Park Service to study and construct improvements to the Jackson Hole Airport.
The Draft EIS released in 1973, indicated a runway extension would accommodate the Boeing-737. The Park Service determined additional research and monitoring was necessary to fully evaluate the noise impact on the Park. As a result, the runway extension was withdrawn from the proposal. Construction of a parallel taxiway, installation of an Instrument landing System (ILS) and runway lighting system, as well as construction of an air traffic control tower, improved parking and sewage system was retained. The runway extension was considered only as an alternative on the Final EIS in 1974.
In 1975, the National Park Service wasted no time in commissioning the University of Wyoming to conduct noise level studies on the Snake River. The Board also received an FAA grant to for a master plan study to consider among other things, alternative sites in lieu of a longer runway at the existing site.
In 1976, all improvements except for the control tower, runway lighting and extension were completed. The Jackson Hole Airport Master Plan was adopted and stated that alternate viable sites were not available and the Airport at its present location could best serve air service needs.
As a result of the master plan study, the FAA prepared and circulated a Draft EIS calling for a runway extension to 8,000 feet in October of 1977. Because of lingering doubts concerning noise and location, a runway extension was not pursued and a Final EIS was never prepared. At the same time, the Park Service was conducting its own study of the noise impacts of commercial jet operations at the Jackson Hole Airport. The study found that with appropriate routing, the use of such aircraft would not significantly increase noise impacts on the Park. Commercial jet aircraft at the time however could not operate at the Airport without an extension to 8,000 feet.
In 1978, Frontier Airlines requested the FAA amend its operations specifications to allow service by their newly acquired Boeing 737s with a higher thrust Dash 17 engine. These aircraft could operate on the existing 6,300 foot runway. This prompted a new round of studies on noise and alternative sites.
Meanwhile in 1979, the Airport Board and the Department of Interior negotiated and signed a new Use Agreement reducing the land area of the Airport from 760 to 533 acres, but reconfiguring the Airport to accommodate a northerly runway extension to 8,000 feet. The new agreement also called for the Board to develop a voluntary noise abatement plan to route aircraft away from noise sensitive areas of the Park.
In 1980, the Airport Board began planning its development of private hangers and implemented the new voluntary Noise Abatement Plan. Despite efforts from the Park Service to ban all jet operations at the Jackson Hole Airport in December of 1980, the Secretary of Transportation gave approval of an EIS allowing Boeing-737 service. In 1981, the FAA makes a commitment to equip and operate an air traffic control tower at the Jackson Hole Airport and in February, the Airport Board receives a grant from the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission for the construction. The in April, due to economic considerations, the FAA withdrew its commitment to equip and operate a control tower and the project was eliminated. In June of 1981, Frontier operated its first 737 into the Jackson Hole Airport after several months of last ditch efforts by the Park Service and Sierra Club to stop it.
In 1982, Secretary of Interior recognized the Airport Board as the sole “proprietor” of the airport. He also stated “the Jackson Hole Airport is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department of Interior…” In November of 1982, the Airport Board proposed and negotiated replacement of the Use Agreement with the Park. The new agreement, (the “1983 Agreement”) signed in April of 1983, expires in 2033 with renewal options.
Through the 1983 Agreement, the Jackson Hole Airport was assured a long term existence in the Park. In exchange, noise limitation which define and ensure compatibility, were imposed for the first time. In recognition of the Park’s unique values, these limitations are more stringent than those required at any other commercial airport in the United States. The Jackson Hole Airport Noise Abatement Plan, developed under the provisions of Federal Aviation Regulation 150, requires continued monitoring and updating to keep up with newer and quieter technologies. No other airport in the country has experienced a great reduction in noise.
Any alternate location issue was resolved with the 1983 Agreement. In exchange, the Airport Board is committed that a single event and cumulative noise standards will be maintained and Airport operations (with or without a runway extension) will not cause a significant increase in noise impacts on sensitive areas of the Park.