Baxter State Park Supervisor

Millinocket, Maine, United States | Parks and Recreation | Full-time

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  JOB CODE:       POSITION 009000944

SALARY RANGE:     $38,979.20 - $53,060.80

PAY RANGE:    21   SPEC:  09    

State of Maine generalized job description  

An amazing experience awaits you here. Baxter State Park is an iconic four-season wilderness park, home to Katahdin, the tallest peak in Maine. Some of the most remote, rugged country in the Northeast US lies within the 200,000-acre park, including 47 mountain summits, more than 50 pristine lakes and ponds, and over 200 miles of hiking trails. The park offers over 300 sites for camping and primitive lodging in rustic private cabins, shared bunkhouses, lean-tos, and tent sites. Our headquarters is located in the nearby town of Millinocket.

The park was designated ‘forever wild’ by Percival Baxter, a former Maine Governor, who bequeathed it to the people of Maine. Our primary focus is wilderness preservation, while providing unique opportunities for visitors to closely experience and appreciate a landscape that is truly wild.

You’ll find working at Baxter State Park is not just a job, it’s an adventure. We want you to bring your skills, experience, and your sense of awe to Baxter State Park. By joining our hardworking team, you can inspire current and future generations to love and appreciate spending time in the wilderness.

Join us to preserve the wildness and protect the experience in this wild, rugged landscape.

Click Here for a Map of Baxter Park

The Baxter Park Supervisor supervises campground rangers, provides support for public and employee safety in the Park, participates in search and rescue operations, and supports maintenance efforts within their coverage areas.  Candidates should be comfortable working in remote and primitive places, working in a team environment, and performing basic maintenance duties. 

Job Description:

Baxter State Park seeks a Baxter Park Supervisor who:

  • Schedules, oversees, and evaluates the performance of volunteers and Park employees in order to supervise and ensure that work projects are carried out.
  • Inspects buildings, roads, culverts, bridges, utility systems, campgrounds, and other park equipment and facilities in order to assure that the park is well maintained and that corrective action is taken when necessary.
  • Recommends, guides, and provides technical assistance to Park employees in order to provide leadership and guidance in natural resource protection, conservation, and recreational management consistent with Park policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Carries supplies, participates in wilderness hauling projects, and operates vehicles in order to transport supplies and equipment from one location to another.
  • Searches for lost persons and rescues Park visitors in front country and backcountry locations in order to assist injured or lost visitors, provides wilderness first aid as needed within the established protocols of BSP training and policy.
  • Serve in the scheduled rotation as the on-call Duty Officer for the Park, responding to search & rescue and other incidents as assigned.  Although non-law enforcement, this position serves as an emergency first responder in Maine.

Skills, abilities and knowledge relevant to this position include: 

  • Knowledge of the policies, programs, and procedures established by the Baxter State Park Authority.
  • Knowledge of Baxter Park facilities, natural habitat, and physical surroundings.
  • Knowledge of Baxter Park administrative and operational guidelines and procedures.
  • Knowledge of worker safety programs and standards (OSHA).
  • Knowledge of forest, wildlife, and resource management principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of search, rescue, and emergency first aid methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the operation, care, and repair of park facilities and equipment.
  • Knowledge of park or wilderness area rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of fish, plant, and animal life found in the park or surrounding area.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of personnel and volunteers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with park personnel, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to operate park equipment and use a variety of tools.
  • Ability to train individuals in the use of park equipment.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports of park operations.
  • Ability to perform construction and maintenance activities.
  • Ability to repair and maintain facilities, grounds, and buildings.
  • Ability to follow instructions.

Minimum Qualifications:

A two (2) year combination of education, training, and or experience in park operations or directly related experience. Supervisory experience and experience working in wilderness settings are strong assets to this position.  

Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements:  (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

  • Valid Class C Maine motor vehicle operator’s license
  • Become a Certified Wilderness First Responder within 12 months or request an extension waiver from the Bureau of Human Resources.


Baxter State Park, while independently funded, shares the same benefit packages as the State employee system.  For this position, that includes health and dental contributions, contributions to Maine Public Employees Retirement System, and vacation and sick time which accrue at increasing rates with seniority in the state system.  


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and apply through this post. -OR- submit a State of Maine Direct Hire Application, cover letter and resume to -OR- to BSP-HR, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME  04462. Questions may be directed to Ms. Lowell by email or at 207-723-9616.  Applications will accepted until position is filled.

The State of Maine does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in the provision of services, programs, activities, or in employment.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), any qualified individual with a disability is eligible to participate in or benefit from any service, program or activity provided by the State, or any of its departments or divisions.  Likewise, the ADA requires equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Baxter State Park is an equal opportunity employer.   

The State of Maine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.