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

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Seasonal position: 21 weeks  Starting date May 3, 2020 - Sept 26, 2020

 JOB CODE:      9419      POSITION NUMBER: 009000141

 SALARY:     Step 1 – 8    Hourly: $15.70 -20.97

 PAY RANGE:    18    SPEC:  12  


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.
Click Here for a Map of the Park.

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.

The Park’s Trail Specialist is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the activities of contracted trail crews and BSP trail volunteers. The Trail Specialist acts as a liaison to crews and volunteers by performing routine check ins that ensure the work/service being provided is up to BSP standards. This position helps facilitate training sessions for trail crews and volunteers to provide them with information about Park policy and expectations. Candidates should be able to hike long distances under strenuous conditions, operate in inclement weather, and traverse Park trails to assess for maintenance needs. This position requires technical knowledge and experience in trail design/layout/planning, erosion control techniques, general chainsaw use and footbridge construction.

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


Baxter State Park seeks a Trail Specialist to:

  • Oversees and coordinates the activities of the contracted trail crew leaders and volunteer groups in the repair, construction, and maintenance activities in Baxter State Park in order to ensure work meets established standards and is accomplished in a timely fashion.
  • Patrols, reviews, and reports on Park foot trails in order to ascertain condition and prioritize work projects.
  • Conducts survey walks identifying plants and physical characteristics in order to electronically lay out preliminary line, plot trail attributes on maps, and record information into a database for reference.
  • Records work performed, and keeps time records of trail crews and others in order to perform contract administration duties and keep superiors informed.
  • Evaluates trail crew performance and identifies strengths and weaknesses in order to determine training needs and adjust trail crew project assignments and/or priorities.
  • Develops and presents training materials and workshops in order to train contracted vendors, volunteers, and employees.
  • Evaluates trail crew needs, equipment, and materials in order to make recommendations on budgets and operational planning.
  • Paints, transports, installs, and replaces informational road and trail signs in accordance with established sign policies and standards in order to ensure sign posting needs are met.
  • Maintains a variety of specialized hand and power tools in order to ensure and maintain continued working order of tools.
  • Performs winter transport of work materials in order to ensure adequate supplies for seasonal trail and/or construction projects are readily available.
  • Records project types, segment work time, and inventory of materials, equipment, and supplies in order to ensure accountability and document project status.
  • Responds to forest fires and search and rescue operations within the Park in order to act as initial incident command and to provide assistance in emergency situations.
  • Attends meetings and makes presentations related to the trail program in order to share information and promote Park mission. 

Skills, abilities and knowledge relevant to this position include:

  • Knowledge of Park programs, services, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern trail maintenance and construction techniques including water bar and bog bridge construction.
  • Knowledge of contract administration practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of chainsaw and hand tool maintenance and use.
  • Knowledge of equipment and construction safety standards and practices.
  • Knowledge of advanced wilderness first-aid procedures.
  • Knowledge of safety protocols for situational awareness including job hazard analysis and risk management of the work environment.
  • Knowledge of backpacking, camping, and hiking techniques.
  • Knowledge of building rough foot bridges up to thirty feet in length.
  • Knowledge of erosion control methods.
  • Knowledge of basic drafting.
  • Knowledge of budgetary policies and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and apply GPS data collection and GIS trail mapping systems.
  • Ability to assess problems, reach logical conclusions, and develop appropriate solutions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to lead, train, and motivate others.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate trail programs.
  • Ability to develop comprehensive reports from trail and maintenance data.
  • Ability to design and fabricate wooden signs.
  • Ability to maintain work records and account for inventories.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent and three (3) seasons experience in trail construction and maintenance or similar activity involving in park maintenance.

Licensing and 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
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)
  • Baxter State Park Class C chainsaw


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.  

To Apply:

Please either apply through this website -OR- submit a State of Maine Direct Hire Application, cover letter, resume, and responses to supplemental questions 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.