BAXTER STATE PARK
TRAIL CREW INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Baxter State Park's 225 miles of trails are the arteries of the park and provide a variety of challenges and experiences for its visitors. The trail system winds through and over many of the 46 mountain peaks and 67 lakes and ponds in the park, making it a destination for hikers, wildlife enthusiasts, canoeists, fishermen, hunters and photographers. Katahdin, Maine's "Greatest Mountain" is the center piece of Baxter Park and the northern terminus of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail.
As part of Baxter Park's Trail Crew, you will be part of a cohesive crew living and working together to accomplish essential trail maintenance projects. The projects vary from annual trail patrols to clear wind fallen trees to more technical projects such as setting up complex rigging systems to move large, heavy raw materials. Crews also construct and reconstruct bridges as well as harden trails to prevent erosion and protect soils for rare plants.
Living and working in this environment has its challenges, but it is guaranteed to be a life changing experience and a catalyst for personal growth. Crew members can expect to live in rustic cabins with few amenities or in tents in backcountry spike camps.
TRAIL CREW DIVISION OF LABOR
Restore alpine trails, 20%; assist with erosion control, 23%; clearing brush, 21%; clear blow downs, 12%; construct decked stringer bridges, 8%; construct bog bridges, 8%; maintain water bars, 2%; assist with blaze painting, 2%; post trail signs, 1%; construct new trail, 3%.
8 Hours - Introduction to Search and Rescue
16 Hours - Wilderness First Aid Certification
16 Hours - Chainsaw Safety Training
8 Hours – Introduction Wildfire Suppression
Introduction to Leave No Trace
State of Maine Harassment Training
Work Uniform Package
Weekly Stipend = $250
Worker’s Compensation Coverage
(*BONUS - $500 FOR COMPLETING FULL SEASON
MAY THROUGH OCTOBER)
Ability to hike at least 10 miles with a heavy backpack; ability to lift loads of 50 lbs routinely; excellent physical conditioning; ability and willingness to perform strenuous trail work; own or willing to purchase steel toe boots for using chainsaws and brush saws; good raingear; ability to withstand variable weather conditions, including heat, rain and snow; adaptability; flexibility and a positive attitude.
To apply: Please submit an accompanying cover letter and resume' with your completed application.
FULL SEASON: May 18 - October 30, 2014 (24 WEEK SEASON) APPLICATION DEADLINE 2/7/14
SUMMER CREW: May 18 - August 7, 2014 (12 WEEK SEASON) APPLICATION DEADLINE 2/7/14
FALL CREW: August 10 - October 30, 2014 (12 WEEK SEASON) APPLICATION DEADLINE 4/15/14
Paul Sannicandro - Trail Supervisor at Paul.Sannicandro@maine.gov, Baxter State park, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462. Office: (207) 723-9616 or Fax (207 723-6381
You may also pick up an application at the Career Services Office in Powers Hall Advising Center.