Baxter State Park, Maine, has Trail Crew Leader opening

From Baxter State Park -

January 7, 2011


Baxter State Park is seeking qualified applicants to fill a Trail Crew Leader position for the 2011 season. Applicants should possess intrinsic motivation and a positive attitude. A balance of technical trail skills and interpersonal skills are a must. Potential applicants should have a love for hiking and working with groups of volunteers. Hopeful candidates should also be able to cope with the outdoor living challenges of the North Maine Woods, such as numerous biting insects and variable harsh weather conditions.

Baxter State Park's 225 miles of trails are the arteries of the park and provide a variety of challenges and experiences for its visitors. The trail system winds through and over many of the 46 mountain peaks and 67 lakes and ponds in the park, making it a destination for hikers, wildlife enthusiasts, canoeists, fishermen, hunters and photographers. Katahdin, Maine's "Greatest Mountain" is the center piece of Mitchell Park and the northern terminus of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.


Trains and supervises crew members in the safe and proper use of chainsaws, brush saws, wood and rock drills, winches, Griphoist and rigging systems.

Trains and supervises crew members in the construction of rock waterbars, steps, retaining walls, rip-rap, rock cairns, bridges and puncheon.

Facilitates crew operations such as food planning, tool and equipment logistics, tool maintenance and daily work plans.

Orients new volunteers to safe and proper work methods.

Writes reports to highlight trail conditions and details crew’s performance, achievements and morale.

Responds to requests for information from hikers.

Assists in search and rescue operations.

May also assist in fire suppression.


Ability to perform the manual labor required of trail work.

Knowledge and skills to apply trail maintenance techniques.

Ability to teach backpacking, camping and work skills to crew members.

Ability to supervise and coordinate a crew of workers on trail projects throughout Baxter State Park.

Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Knowledge of Wilderness First Aid procedures.


Two (2) years trail work experience with one (1) year of experience leading crews.


16 hours Wilderness First Aid (WFR Recertification)
16 hours Chainsaw Training
Introduction to Search and Rescue
Introduction to Forest Fire Suppression
State mandated trainings


SALARY: Hourly: $12.15/ Bi-weekly: $972.00 (Effective July 1, 2009)

Value of 95% State-Paid Health and Dental Insurance: $359.00 bi-weekly (Effective July 1, 2010)

Value of State's Share of Employee's Retirement: 14.94% of base pay.

Housing is assigned and provided for the season*. Crews live in lean-tos, tents and cabins while working in backcountry locations. Tents provided. (*Crew Leaders can expect to live at assigned housing during front country projects. Daily propane cost for assigned housing: $2.00)

Recreational Opportunities: 225 miles of hiking trails, 46 mountain peaks, 67 lakes and ponds, fishing, canoeing, wildlife observation and photography, whitewater rafting and kayaking on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, hunting in autumn, three hours to the coast; Acadia National Park, three hours to Maine’s western mountains, Allagash Wilderness Waterway to the North, music festivals and agricultural fairs.

Come join the Baxter crew to live and work with enthusiastic volunteers in one of our country’s most beautiful wild parks.

SEASON DATES: May 9, 2011 to November 3, 2011



Questions about the application process?
Contact Jean Howes at (207) 723-9616 or
OR see the Employment Opportunities page at

Questions about the BSP Trail Maintenance Program and operations? Contact:
Paul Sannicandro – Trail Supervisor at
Baxter State Park – 64 Balsam Drive – Millinocket, ME 04462
Office # (207) 723-9616 Fax # (207) 723-6381


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