Internships in The Park
In addition to our classified full time and seasonal positions, we provide a number of other internship opportunities to accomplish our work at the Park.
Forest Management Internship
Baxter State Park Scientific Forest Management Area
June 2, 2014 – August 14, 2014
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday February 7, 2014
Baxter State Park encompasses over 209,000 acres of mountainous wilderness and managed forest in northern Maine. It is home to Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine. While the Park is one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern United States it also contains the 30,000 acre Scientific Forest Management Area (SFMA), located in the Northwest corner of the Park. The SFMA was established by Park donor Percival Baxter to offer the people of the State of Maine an accessible example of long-term forest management, in his words, "a showplace for those interested in forestry, a place where a continuing timber crop can be cultivated, harvested, and sold…" The SFMA has been Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified since 2001 and has received regional recognition for the practice of exemplary forest management.
The Scientific Forest Management Area of Baxter State Park seeks mature, self-motivated, and energetic individual(s) for the 2014 Forest Management Internship. Intern(s) will gain experience with: the collection of forest inventory data, harvest layout, ecological monitoring, GPS data collection, boundary line and facility maintenance, and other duties relating to forest and park management.
The SFMA Forest Management Intern(s) will have the opportunity to participate in many elements of the forest management program in the Park. Intern(s) will work as part of a team helping to facilitate the practice of sophisticated and exemplary forest management activities. Intern(s) can expect to develop and refine skills in diverse aspects of forestry, ranging from inventory and monitoring to harvest operations. Intern(s) will also have the unique opportunity to participate in an annual FSC certification audit. In addition to building professional skills, intern(s) will be housed in the heart of unique and exciting outdoor recreational resources within the Park and surround working forest lands, where fishing, hiking, and boating opportunities abound.
Types of Work Tasks
- Collection of forest inventory data to assist management planning activities; using point sampling and regeneration sampling systems.
- Harvest layout and preparation including delineation of harvest boundaries, equipment trails, riparian management zones, and other sensitive areas.
- Collection of ecological monitoring data consistent with an FSC certified forest management operation.
- GPS data collection to facilitate sophisticated GIS mapping.
- Entry of field data into database software and GIS mapping.
- Boundary line and general facility maintenance activities.
- Forest Inventory systems and methods.
- Harvest layout protocols.
- Field navigation and use of GPS technology.
Required/Desired Education Background:
- Required - Enrollment in and/or completion of a bachelors or high degree in forestry, natural sciences, or environmental studies
- Preferred - Wilderness First Aid.
- Strong work ethic and willingness to complete long days of field work.
- Basic knowledge of forest management activities, especially forest inventory.
- Willingness to learn new skills and systems.
- Ability to travel efficiently through rugged terrain in adverse weather conditions.
- Ability to navigate with map and compass as well as GPS.
- Willingness to work cooperatively with fellow employees and supervisors
- Ability to work and solve problems independently.
- Basic computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs.
- Ability to conduct field work for long hours in remote settings.
Available to work 10 weeks between: June 2, 2014 – August 14, 2014.
- Possession of current valid driver’s license.
- Ability to live in simple shared housing in a remote setting during the work week.
- Work a 4 day, 10hr/day schedule (Monday-Thursday) each week.
Pay scale based on education and experience. Housing in the SFMA (T6R10) with internet access, and transportation between Millinocket, ME & SFMA provided.
Please contact the Baxter State Park Resource Manager (see below)
Please send the following materials
- Cover letter explaining why you wish to work in the SFMA and your position qualifications.
- Names and contact info for 3 references.
Baxter State Park Trail Crew Internship
Baxter Park's Trail Crew is 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.
applications deadline: July 26, 2013 at 4pm
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462