Eric Giebelstein

Deputy Director


Eric fell in love with nature growing up in the farmlands, woods, and waters of rural Iowa. Following his love of nature, he became interested in conservation and pursued a degree in Animal Ecology at Iowa State University. After graduating in 2006, Eric worked for the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois in a fisheries management lab. His desire for topography, biodiversity, wild places and adventure led him Southern Appalachia in 2013. Since then Eric has worked with SAWS in many different seasonal roles, including Wilderness Ranger, Volunteer, Assistant Crew Leader, and Education Specialist.

In 2017, he moved into a full-time position and opened SAWS’ satellite office in Roanoke, Virginia to better serve the northern half of SAWS’ footprint. In 2020, he became a Regional Director, overseeing relationships with the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests in Virginia, the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky, and the Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests in Arkansas.

Eric is a Class B crosscut sawyer and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

In his leisure time, Eric likes to cook, run, ride his bicycle, canoe, and brew good beers with friends.


Office: Roanoke

Eric Giebelstein