Valles Caldera searching for new executive director

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JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.

The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.

Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.

The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

The 89,000-acre preserve is currently managed by a nine-member board of trustees, but New Mexico Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, have been pushing legislation in Congress to shift management to the National Park Service.

The federal government bought the former cattle ranch in 2000. It was supposed to be financially self-sustaining by the end of 2015.