Human Resources Director - Baxter State Park (Public Service Manager I )

Millinocket, Maine, United States | Human Resources | Full-time

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SALARY: $57,158 - $78,083 annually   Accepting applications until filled.

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Baxter State Park, an independent and independently funded quasi-state agency stewarding a 209,644 acre wilderness Park in north-central Maine, seeks a motivated leader with broad knowledge and experience to support twenty year round and forty seasonal employees.  The position contributes to policy development and decision making as part of the Park’s leadership team as well as performing all human resource functions.  The position is based out of our headquarters in the nearby town of Millinocket, where staff work to support Park field operations from an office building, warehouse, and mechanics’ shop.  The role directly supports all the passionate men and women working to uphold Governor Baxter’s special and unique gift to the people of the State of Maine.

As a quasi-state agency and public trust, Baxter State Park has a unique governance structure called the Baxter State Park Authority, consisting of the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Director of the Maine Forest Service, and Maine’s Attorney General.  The Park Director reports to Authority.  The HR Director reports to the Park Director and serves on the leadership team to lead and support Park employees parkwide, collaborate on high level decision making and set policy.  Other roles that serve on the leadership team include the Chief Ranger, Resource Manager, and Park Naturalist.  The HR Director does not supervise employees and serves to support all Park employees in all human resource matters.

The HR Director is focused on building and maintaining trust and a culture of respect through responsive, innovative, and transparent human resource programs.  The role leads the development and implementation of holistic recruitment and retention of talent, guidance and support of supervisors in performance management, guidance and interpretation of bargaining agreements and civil service law, basic HR functions such as managing time and attendance, and the development of metrics to evaluate the performance of these programs. 

The position is expected to manage administrative tasks related to classification and compensation, act as the agency point of contact for workers compensation and as EEO officer, and interface with the State of Maine Bureau of Human Resources with the support of the Natural Resource Service Center.

The successful candidate will possess a growth mindset, a high degree of emotional intelligence, excellent verbal and written communication skills, comfort with conflict mediation and resolution, and proficiency in technology, data analysis, and basic human resource functions.  Leadership acumen and an understanding of basic management practices will be necessary for successful contribution. 

About the Park

Baxter State Park was designated ‘forever wild’ by Percival Baxter, a former Maine Governor, who bequeathed it to the people of Maine as a large public trust. Following his wishes, our primary focus is wilderness preservation, while providing unique opportunities for visitors to closely experience and appreciate a landscape that is truly wild. The Park is a four-season outdoor recreation destination, home to Katahdin, Maine’s tallest peak. Some of the most remote, rugged country in the Northeast US lies within these 209,644 acres, 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.

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


  • High emotional intelligence
  • Ability to create a safe space where employees feel heard and respected
  • Ability to maintain a professional persona
  • Ability to employ data analytics to track performance and progress
  • Ability to organize and complete basic human resource tasks
  • Ability to exercise initiative and judgment in interpreting and applying policies and regulations proactively
  • Excellent communication skills across all levels; written and verbal
  • Ability to understand and interpret state and federal laws and rules, collective bargaining, and workers’ compensation as they apply to State government
  • Knowledge of wage and benefit administration
  • Ability to understand and interpret state classification system, job evaluation process, and funding mechanisms regarding position control and management
  • Knowledge of performance management techniques and systems
  • Experience with conflict mediation
  • Ability to evaluate facts, reach logical conclusions and make sound decisions/recommendations
  • Ability to investigate and research human resources and labor relations issues.
  • Ability to set forth findings of facts and decisions clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and a team environment


Well-qualified candidates will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • A thorough knowledge of Human Resources laws, regulations, and practices evidenced through formal education and/or practical work experience
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with management and staff at all levels in arriving at thoughtful, best practice solutions that support organizational goals;
  • An ability to be flexible and adjust to business needs while balancing multiple tasks and priorities;
  • A proven ability to lead in pursuit of the goals of the organization;
  • A solid ability to communicate effectively and efficiently to other state agencies, team members


Baxter State Park, while independently funded, does share the same benefit packages as the State employee system.  For this position, that includes health (state pays $447.44 biweekly with health credit, employee contributes $23.55) and dental (state pays $14.60 biweekly, no employee deduction) as well as contributions to Maine Public Employees Retirement System at a rate of 18.91% of pay.  Vacation and sick time accrue at increasing rates with seniority in the state system.

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