He lives in Livingston, Montana and works with the environmental counsel. He was born and raised in Paradise Valley, Montana. His parents came to visit a friend in the late 1960s and they fell in love with the place. It was relatively cheap and a good place to settle down. His father was a writer, so they needed somewhere relatively cheap to live. He went to college in the 1990s in New York. After graduation, he traveled around the U.S. and lived in Oregon for a time. He also lived in Atlanta, Georgia for a time and traveled through Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 1999, he returned to Montana. He only planned on staying for a year or so to visit family and friends, but he never left. Many people who grow up in the area end up leaving when they grow up due to necessity for their careers. Livingston, Montana is among the tops towns that benefits from the Revenue of tourists who come to Yellowstone and this helps drive the local economy and, therefore, there isn’t much push back about the tourism in the area. He believes that seeing the vastness of Yellowstone and the variety of animals’ present is a humbling experience for anyone. He hopes that 100 years from now people are still able to experience the chilling feeling of the water in the rivers composed of freshly melted snow against their skin.
Diaz, Martha N., "Max Hjortsberg:" (2016). The Stories of Greater Yellowstone. 13.