Baxter State Park Volunteer Program
- Volunteers making picnic tables
Here are Baxter State Park’s Spring and Summer 2017 Volunteer Projects! This project list will be updated periodically. Please note that the Admin Housing options may change, depending upon the time of year and availability. If you are interested in volunteering for Baxter State Park in 2017, please complete the required online application form here (mandatory) even if you had completed one in prior years. Thank you all for your service to Baxter State Park!
If you are interested in Trail maintenance or the new Adopt-A-Trail program, the aforementioned volunteer form must be completed. Our Trail Specialists will review your applications upon their return in March.
Volunteers at Baxter State Park help to improve the resources that make the visitor experience at the Park so enjoyable, while participating in the stewardship of the Park in accordance with Percival Baxter’s mission. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcomed as volunteers, and it is important to Park staff that the volunteer experience is mutually positive.
If you are already in the park and have not completed a volunteer form as stated above, the park ranger will provide you with an application to complete prior to volunteering if there are projects available. Applications are reviewed, safety talks are provided relative to the project at hand, and work is performed under the supervision of Park personnel. Park Rules and Regulations apply. Anyone 18 years or older who enjoy the wilderness environment, especially anyone with a love for Baxter State Park, is offered an opportunity to assist the Park staff. Those under 18 years of age may participate under the direct supervision of an adult family member, or as a member of an organized group with adult leadership.
Volunteer projects may include:
- Monitoring and reporting trail conditions
- Trail maintenance and/or stewardship
- Facilities and grounds maintenance (sanding, painting, staining, cleaning cabins during opening and closing of the park campground season, raking)
- Campground assistance
- Earth Day Litter Patrol
- Light carpentry
- Gate attendant assistance during spring meetings
- And volunteers with special knowledge about the Park’s history or natural science may be asked to help with the Interpretive Program (including youth programs).
- Larger group projects may also be available
- Other miscellaneous projects will also be identified
Tools and equipment necessary to perform the volunteer project will be provided. Volunteer projects are identified prior to the Park’s opening day, and the project list is updated periodically and available on the Website.
Campsite space, rustic or primitive housing may be provided for volunteers. However all personal gear, food, bedding, and drinking water shall be the responsibility of the volunteer. If the specific project warrants the use of BSP vehicles or chainsaw, related certification will be determined and/or made available, and authorization forms will be completed.
Volunteers will be asked to spend 50% of time spent in the Park on volunteer projects. First Year volunteers with 28 hours of service or more will receive a volunteer patch, and yearly rocker bars are available upon request. Volunteerism at Baxter State Park is an important tradition, and one that benefits Park resources beyond measure. Thank you for your service!
Baxter State Park
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462