Baxter State Park Backcountry Ranger

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

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 Baxter State Park is a 209,644 acre public trust  and wilderness park located in north-central Maine and headquartered in Millinocket.  Governor Percival Baxter made it his life’s obsession to purchase these lands and donate them to the people of the State of Maine.  With this gift he left a governance structure unique from all other Maine state parks, a large endowment that allows the Park to operate independently from the State general fund, and several directives that describe how to manage the Park.  These include a focus on preserving the wildness of the Park above all else and providing opportunities “for those who love nature and who are willing to walk and make an effort to get close to nature”. Come join this dedicated and collaborative team in support of Governor Baxter's vision for the protection and preservation of this unique wilderness park.



PAY RANGE:    15  SALARY:     Step 1 – 8    Hourly: $14.15-$18.54

 SCOPE OF WORK: This is maintenance and personal services work in meeting the public and performing various tasks necessary to properly maintain and protect land, buildings, facilities and the natural resources at Baxter State Park locations within the remote backcountry areas such as Chimney and/or Russell Ponds campgrounds, trails and surrounding areas. The distinguishing characteristic between the Baxter Park Campground Ranger and Baxter Park Backcountry Ranger is the remote location of the work being performed, the level of required training, and the physical requirements of working in remote areas. Other work includes park conservation activities and informing visitors of weather conditions and rules and regulations. Work is performed under limited supervision.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS: (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

  • Repairs buildings, tables, fireplaces, tools, and equipment; and maintains grounds, swimming areas, roads, trails, rest rooms, and water systems in order to maintain campground facilities.
  • Meets the public as required giving information on facilities, trail and weather conditions, regulations, park flora and fauna, appropriate use of park resources, and related information in order to perform public relations and safety duties.
  • Collects necessary fees, assigns areas, and provides fuel and other services as required in order to administer campground.
  • Patrols park in order to detect and extinguish fires, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, and protect natural features.
  • Records statistics and makes periodic reports in order to fulfill administrative responsibilities.
  • Oversees the work of volunteers and others on a project basis in order to provide direction and ensure project is completed properly and in a timely manner.
  • Initiates search and rescue activities in order to assist in locating lost or injured park visitors on remote backcountry or off-trail sites.
  • Applies appropriate level of first aid to injured persons in order to provide emergency medical assistance.
  • Backpacks food, personal supplies, work gear, and equipment to remote sites in order to serve as a sole source provider for possible unsafe or unusual incidents at work stations.
  • Hikes on hazardous, steep, rugged, rocky, muddy and remote terrain in order to transport supplies to outlying locations.
  • Opens campground and orders supplies at the beginning of season in order to prepare facility for operation and visitors.
  • Closes campground at the end of the season in order to ensure facilities are properly protected against the weather.
  • Works with other staff on projects in safe and efficient manner.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

  • Knowledge of the operation, care, and repair of park facilities and equipment.
  • Knowledge of animal, fish, and plant life found in the areas.
  • Knowledge of Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) including maintaining continuous medical care and using survival gear.
  • Knowledge of Avalanche Rescue Evaluation.
  • Knowledge of trails, topography, and accessible routes.
  • Knowledge of wilderness and backcountry backpacking, camping, and hiking techniques and practices.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies and apply the appropriate level of first aid in remote backcountry situations.
  • Ability to use a compass, develop hiking maps, and operate other navigation equipment.
  • Ability to use a variety of tools and equipment in the maintenance and repair of park facilities, equipment, grounds, and buildings.
  • Ability to work alone for extended periods of time in remote backcountry areas.
  • Ability to represent the Park professionally, to give information regarding park facilities and regulations, and to look after the safety and welfare of visitors.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and keep simple records.
  • Ability to patrol park and enforce regulations with firmness and tact.
  • Ability to collect fees, make reservations, compile statistics, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to perform mechanical maintenance on automotive and power equipment.
  • Ability to use park radios, hand tools, and other field equipment.
  • Ability to frequently hike long distances to transport goods to remote mountainous areas within the park.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Entry level knowledges, skills and abilities may be acquired through, BUT NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

 High school diploma or equivalent and two (2) years experience in park maintenance and operation or equivalent.

 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 operators license.

Must obtain Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), Baxter State Park Class B Chainsaw, Maine Search and Rescue Association or Equivalent Incident Command System Training (MESAR and ICS), and Level 1 Avalanche Rescue Evaluation certifications within six (6) months of date of hire.


EXAM PLAN:   Direct Hire.


100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):
$476.06 biweekly (Health: $461.75 biweekly / Dental: $14.31 biweekly)

95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):
$452.97 biweekly (Health: $438.66biweekly / Dental: $14.31 biweekly)

90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):
$429.89 biweekly (Health: $415.58 biweekly / Dental: $14.31 biweekly)

85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):
$406.80 biweekly (Health: $392.49 biweekly / Dental: $14.31 biweekly)



Please 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 be accepted until the positions are filled.