Jon Southern: Executive Director & Superintendent

Welshpool, New Brunswick, CA — Jon Southern has been selected as Executive Director & Superintendent of Roosevelt Campobello International Park (RCIP), a historical and nature park that is a singular example of international cooperation jointly administered, staffed and funded by Canada and the US.

Southern brings a passion for conservation, a broad range of leadership experience in Maine, Eastern Canada and Europe, and a background managing large facilities, public access lands, and interpretive educational programs.

He comes to RCIP from Downeast Coastal Conservancy, an organization that protects essential ecological habitats in Maine’s coastal Washington County. As its Executive Director, he was responsible for the management of over 90 conservation properties including 16 public access preserves and the design and delivery of educational programming.

Prior to Downeast Coastal Conservancy, Southern was a Management Consultant and Regional Coordinator for the State of Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife where he developed and oversaw conservation and recreational safety education, training and certification programs. Previously, he served as the City Manager of Eastport, Maine, and was responsible for managing all city departments and employees and supervising the police department and public works.

RCIP preserves the summer home of President Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as other historic cottages. RCIP also provides to visitors an extensive trail system throughout its 2,800-acres of beautiful natural areas with access to wetlands and coastal environs. RCIP is the only international park in the world jointly managed, staffed and owned by the peoples of two countries and administered by a joint Commission. RCIP offers programs for all ages to deepen visitors’ understanding of the island and the contributions of the Roosevelt family to Campobello and the world. For more information, visit