Baxter State Park, Maine: Trail Inventory Internship

From Baxter State Park -

March 1, 2011


The Place
Baxter State Park has over 209,000 acres of mountainous wilderness and managed forest in northern Maine. It is home to Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. While the Park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern United States it also contains a network of hiking trails of approximately 250 miles. These trails are the arteries of the Park and offer a variety of hiking experiences that allow access to the many lakes, rivers, streams and mountain tops throughout the landscape of the Park.

The Position
The Trail Maintenance Division of Baxter State Park is looking for a mature, self-motivated, and energetic individual(s) for a Trail Inventory Intern position(s). This position(s) will be involved with: the collection of trail condition data, assessing pre-existing trail structures’ condition, prescribing new structure(s) layout, GPS data collection, trail sign inventory, data management and other duties relating to capturing and recording the current condition of the Park’s trails and creating a database for future trail maintenance management decisions.

The Opportunity
The Trail Inventory Intern(s) will have the opportunity to hike and explore the many regions of the Park. Intern(s) will work as part of a small independent unit, helping to record trail conditions for “big picture” trail management decisions. Intern(s) can expect to develop an eye for critically evaluating trail structures and overall trail conditions. In addition to building on professional skills, intern(s) will be roving throughout unique and exciting outdoor recreational resources within the Park and the surrounding landscape, where fishing, hiking, and boating opportunities abound.

Position Details

Types of Work Tasks
• Collection of trail inventory data to assist management planning activities; using point sampling and condition classification guidelines.
• Measuring, quantifying and prescribing trail structures and maintenance plans to areas of trails with sustainability deficiencies.
• GPS data collection to facilitate sophisticated GIS mapping.
• Entry of field data into database software.
• Updating trail sign inventory, database and templates.

Training/Education Provided:
• Immersion into trail maintenance standards and nomenclature.
• Development of critical assessment of BSP Trail Condition Classification System.
• Field navigation and use of GPS technology.

• Required - Enrollment in and/or completion of a bachelors/masters degree in natural sciences, natural resources, environmental studies, surveying, or related discipline.
• Preferred - Wilderness First Aid.

Desired Qualities:
• Basic knowledge of trail maintenance and trail infrastructure.
• Willingness to learn new skills and systems.
• Ability to travel efficiently through rugged terrain in adverse weather conditions.
• Ability to navigate with map and compass as well as GPS.
• Experience using professional grade GPS units and field computers.
• Strong work ethic and willingness to complete long days of field work.
• Willingness to work cooperatively with fellow employees and supervisors
• Ability to work and solve problems independently.
• Strong computer skills including familiarity with ArcGIS and Microsoft Access as well as other Microsoft Office programs.

• Ability to conduct field work for long hours in remote settings.
• Available to work 10 weeks between - June 6, 2011 – August 12, 2011.
• Possession of current and valid driver’s license.
• Ability to live in multiple, simple shared housing facilities throughout the park.
• Work a 4 day, 10hr/day schedule (Monday-Thursday)* each week.
*May vary slightly depending on remoteness of work detail.

Competitive pay scale based on experience. Housing in Baxter State Park and transportation between Millinocket and the Park are provided.

More Information
Please contact the Baxter State Park Trail Supervisor (see below)

To Apply

Please send the following materials
1.) Resume.
2.) Cover letter explaining why you wish to work
as a Trail Inventory Intern and your
position qualifications.
3.) Names and contact info for 3 references.

Paul Sannicandro
Trail Supervisor
Baxter State Park
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462

Office (207) 723-9616
Fax (207) 723-6381

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