- Theresa Therriault
Theresa Therriault will be joining us as a 6-month Wilderness Educator from May 18- November 8, 2015. Theresa will be graduating from UMaine with a B.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism this May. Through her studies, she has developed a deeper understanding of conservation and environmental education. Since 2012 she has been working as a student ambassador, tour guide, and telecounselor for UMaine’s Team Maine- New Student Programs. In this position she gave tours to prospective, accepted and admitted students and provided them with opportunities to ask questions. She also worked large Open House and Orientation events. Serving as a Field Team Member with AmeriCorps last summer, she became accustomed to back country living in Maine…which will serve her well here!
- Susan Opperman
Susan Opperman will be joining us as a 6-month Wilderness Educator from May 18- November 8, 2015. Susan attended Kansas State University and received her B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology with an emphasis in Biodiversity and Conservation. She has extensive field research experience across the U.S. and in Africa and also has a variety of experiences working with the public. She has managed restaurants, worked as a Teaching Assistant both at the high school and college level, and worked as a Zookeeper giving educational tours! Her exposure to public education will be of great value this season as she interacts with the Park’s visitors!
- Chelsea Ehret
Chelsea Ehret will be joining us as a 6-month Alpine Steward/ Conference Coordinator from May 18- November 8, 2015. Chelsea attends Missouri University of Science and Technology where she will receive her B.S. in Biological Science with minors in Chemistry, Global Studies, and German this May! As the President of the International Student Club, Chelsea has had to organize many large events/conferences with many different kinds of people. This experience will come in handy this summer when she helps us coordinate the Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering conference! Her experience as a Student Assistant and Peer Learning Assistant provided her with opportunities to assist people in the classroom. She is looking forward to furthering this skill set this season by assisting and educating the public on Katahdin!
- Jon Schmidt
Jon Schmidt is pleased to return to the staff of Baxter State Park in his new capacity as Appalachian Trail Steward. He brings with him the experience of two rugged seasons of maintenance and construction on the Park’s trail network, first in 2010 as a Trail Crew Intern, and again in 2012 as a Trail Crew Leader. Since then Jon has occasionally served as a Park volunteer. He has hiked, and performed upkeep on, nearly every trail in the Park. Originally from North Dakota, he now hails from Bowdoin, Maine, where he lives with his wife and daughters.