Baxter Park Winter Ranger - Seasonal

Millinocket, Maine, United States | Baxter State Park | Full-time

Apply by: Dec. 5, 2020

Baxter Park Winter Ranger

Opening Date:

November 18, 2020

 Closing Date:

December 5, 2020



 Position #:


Position Type:

Seasonal Full Time


 Class Code:



16   $ 14.58 - $ 19.24 hourly rate

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

Baxter Park seeks a Baxter Park Winter Ranger.  This is a winter maintenance and personal services position with focus on resource protection, public safety, and maintenance of Baxter State Park Campgrounds, facilities, trails and surrounding areas.  This is a field position that requires the incumbent to hike, ski/snowshoe/snowmobile personal gear, food and work supplies to a remote ranger station that is not accessible by plowed road.  Other duties include informing park visitors of: park facilities, trails, search and rescue, mountaineering, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, snow/route conditions, avalanche safety, history and topography.  General duties include the maintenance of campgrounds, building and maintaining winter trails, introductory level troubleshooting of off-grid power systems, radio communication systems and snowmobiles.  This will involve hauling mainetenance supplies for campgrounds and trails to various locations.  Work is performed under limited to no supervision due to being at remote locations for extended periods of time.

Administrative, medical, or law enforcement support may take 12 hours or more to arrive on scene.  This position must make effective initial decisions regarding:

  1. Conflict resolution between visitors and visitors and the position.
  2. Provide effective treatment in accordance with certified treatment protocols (Wilderness First Responders) for medical emergencies resulting from sickness, a medical condition or injury.
  3. Perform effective initial actions to protect the public and Park resources in the event of severe natural events such as snow storms, avalanches, windstorms, rain storms, forest fire, landslides and other events.
  4. Make effective decisions regarding the maintenance of hiking/skiing/snowmobile trails and park facilities without direct supervision.
  5.   Serves as sole resource and Incident Commander for periods of time up to and possibly beyond twelve hours on search, rescue, medical, fire and other emergencies or threats to public safety, Park property or natural resources of the Park.

Knowledge and Abilities to include:


Knowledge of how to use the Lipke guide for rope rescue.

Knowledge of Baxter State Park rules, regulations, guidelines and standard operating procedures.

Knowledge of Baxter State Park hiking trails and topography as well as the accessible summer and winter climbing routes on Katahdin.

Knowledge of safe and appropriate wilderness and winter backcountry travel techniques and equipment based on weather conditions, trail conditions and physical abilities.

Knowledge of Wilderness First Responder (WFR) protocols including maintaining continuous medical care and using survival gear.

Knowledge of Avalanche Rescue Response with corresponding first aid knowledge and ability to use an avalanche beacon to find multiple burials in a given timeframe.

Knowledge of park operations, proper maintenance, and repair of park facilities and equipment.

Knowledge of park facilities, topography, trails and roads.

Ability to perform strenuous physical activity in order to carry out the job duties in a rugged mountain environment.  This includes climbing to the summit of Katahdin with full rescue pack and survival gear to shelter in place for up to 24 hours.

Ability to travel on foot, snowshoe or ski to remote locations transporting supplies.

Ability to routinely hike/ski/snowshoe/backpack ten (10) plus miles on any given day over varied and challenging terrain in the conduct of search and rescue, reconnaissance, resource protection or public safety needs.

Ability to work under minimal supervision independently in a remote backcountry setting with only occasional contact with supervisory staff during all weather conditions.

Ability to use a compass and operate other navigation equipment.

Ability to safely operate a snowmobile in steep terrain, on and off trail with variable snow/ice conditions.

Ability to haul supplies and equipment to and from remote locations by snowmobile.

Ability to use hand tools and power equipment such as: chain saws, snow shovels, rescue equipment and avalanche beacons.

Ability to use a variety of tools and equipment in the maintenance and repair, and/or construction, of park facilities, equipment, grounds, and buildings.

Ability to perform mechanical maintenance on automotive and power equipment.

Ability to communicate effectively with public and park staff.

Ability to tactfully and professionally utilize communication tools to include: park radio, phone and Garmin inReach satellite messenger.

Ability to conduct search and rescue operations in all weather conditions to include avalanche situations.

Ability to use sound judgement and decision making throughout a search or rescue.

Ability to respond to emergencies and apply the appropriate level of first aid in remote backcountry situations according to BSP Wilderness Medicine protocols and WFR best practices.

Ability to multitask during a search and rescue until backup arrives.

Ability to travel in avalanche terrain safely.

Ability to work in steep and high angle rope rescue situations.

Ability to navigate with map, compass and/or GPS to a rescue location.

Ability to collect fees, make reservations, compile and record statistics, and prepare reports (such as: incident, weekly maintenance, monthly maintenance, lost and found, etc.).

Ability to tactfully and professionally meet, greet, inform and communicate effectively with the public.

Ability to compost/transport human waste according to Baxter State Park maintenance standards.

Ability to represent the Park professionally in uniform, to give information regarding park facilities and regulations, and to look after the safety and welfare of visitors.

Ability to explain and enforce rules and regulations as applicable to park visitors with firmness and tact.


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 one (1) year 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).

Certification at Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Maine Association for Search and Rescue Association (MASAR) Basic Search & Rescue certification or equivalent SAR training

Incident Command System Training (ICS 100)

AIARE Level 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue certification or equivalent

Baxter State Park Class B Chainsaw, or equivalent

Valid Class C Maine motor vehicle operator’s license, or equivalent


Preference may be given to candidates already employed with Maine State Government


Baxter State Park, while independently funded, does share 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 to qualify for the special retirement plan you would need 10 years of service and age 55 or 25 years in a covered position. See all retirement benefits.  Vacation and sick time 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. No phone calls please.  Applications will be accepted until December 4, 2020.

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.