Baxter State Park has a size of more than 209.000 acres. It is home to the highest mountain peak in Maine – Katahdin and tons of valuable and rare vegetations and species in northern Maine.
Along with many employees, volunteers and arranged full-time and occasional positions, we also created numerous internship chances for those who wanted to be a part of the Park and preserve the wildlife there.
Baxter State Park Trail Crew Internship
Baxter State Park Trail Crew includes dedicated and enthusiastic members who lived and cooperated to achieve entire trail upkeep projects.
These projects have different missions and purposes, such as removing wind fallen trees on the trails, setting up complex gear frameworks to move massive, substantial crude materials.
Baxter State Park Trail Crew also takes responsibility for building and reproducing bridges, solidifying trail systems to avoid erosion, and preserving valuable and rare vegetation.
The internship opportunities for Baxter State Park Trail Crew were only offered until June 1, 2012.
Required Certifications and Training
To become an individual in the Baxter State Park Trail Crew, you had to gain several relevant certificates and experience a training period. Before being a part of this group, you had to pass the supervisor’s interview round.
After coming through the interview process, you might spend several weeks to gain needed certificates such as Wilderness First Aid Certification, a Level C Chainsaw Certification. The Level C Chainsaw Certification was the most elevated level certificate that you could get.
Besides, you would experience a search and rescue course in the Park. Other essential skills such as camp setting skills and survival skills would be taught on a multi-day paddling and exploring trip.
The Stairway to Heaven Project
The Stairway to Heaven was an ongoing project initiated 20 years ago. It was implemented by many generations of the Park staff, volunteers, and interns. This project lasted for eight days.
The motivation behind the undertaking was to forestall erosion on the mountain by building a flight of stairs up the Hunt trail.
To perform this complete project, the Baxter State Park Trail Crew had to cooperate with the SCA (Student Conservation Association).
Moreover, the Trail Crew worked with several senior volunteers who came out each year to chip away at this task and had been a piece of it for quite a long time.
To complete this staircase, we needed to use a monstrous drill to bore into colossal granite stones. Then, utilizing a heavy hammer and a wedge to isolate them.
After this step, we would place the stones into a bushel and use an elaborate lifting system to bring the stones to higher positions. On each side of the mountain gorges, we had two stations that used radios to communicate with other departments.
These stations would utilize a grasp crane to raise and lower the cases containing the rock stone advances.
Once a team raised the cases, while a group would use a rope and pull the case over to the staircase’s position, another group would place the steps into the correct position.
This project had many dangers since our trainees had to work around precipices and utilize trimming tools and complex gear frameworks.
The Bridges-building Projects
Building bridges was the essential project of the Baxter State Park Trail Crew. These are challenging and long-term projects for almost all interns.
We had to chop down substantial spruce trees for the stringer logs and then, using a drawknife to debark them. We utilized a square to handle and maneuver these large numbers of pound trees into the correct position from that point forward.
The Baxter State Park Trail Crew utilized pre-processed and gotten by snowmobile throughout the winter cedar boards for the decking boards and the cribbing structure.
These projects were precious teaching interns new knowledge about teamwork skills and how to take on a steady speed for the day’s duration. More importantly, you could go through your comfort zone after taking part in these projects.
Wilderness Educator Internships
As of now, all Wilderness Educator entry-level positions had been fulfilled for the 2012 season.
There were a half-year position from May 13 – October 27, 2012, a 3-month position from May 20 – August 11, 2012, and two 3-month positions from July 29 – October 20, 2012 for Baxter State Park Wilderness Educator Internships.
If you wanted to apply for one of these positions, you would remember to write the dates of interest when you submit the application form.
The Wilderness Educator Internships were suitable for those who are mature, self-propelled, and inventive. The effective candidates should likewise be solid climbers in a sound state of being.
When becoming an intern of the Wilderness Educator Internships, you would take part in natural resources-based projects, offer realistic and preservation training through open contact on Katahdin, kids’ projects, and local area ecological schooling, among different obligations.
You would need to assist the Interpretive Specialist and the Park Naturalist to make foot patrol or public contact on the Katahdin peak and other assigned tall use zones in Baxter State Park.
Besides, you would work and support the kid’s nature programs in schools, libraries, and in the Park, give data/schooling to Park guests at the Visitor Center, and update data/education presents and signage.
Another task of the Wilderness Educator Internship’s member was taking part in resident science stock/observing endeavors, for example, Mountain Plant Watch and Loon Count.
Offered Training and Education
You had to experience a training period before being an official trainee of the Wilderness Educator Internships. You would gain knowledge and experience about Wilderness First Aid.
Moreover, you would have opportunities to learn about Wildfire Suppression and Introduction to Search and Rescue. Thanks to that, you could gain new skills such as survival skills, teamwork skills.
There was a Field Training inside the Baxter State Park, containing Katahdin trails and different mountains in the Park.
This position prioritized candidates who had enrolled or completed degrees related to natural sciences, environmental education, or general education.
Forest Management Internship: Baxter State Park Scientific Forest Management Area
If you were a self-inspired, enthusiastic, and mature person, you would be a potential intern for the Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area generally and for the 2012 Forest Management Internship particularly.
You could take many advantages if you took part in the Forest Management Internship. For example, you would acquire knowledge about GPS information assortment, the collection of woods stock information, etc.
Moreover, you would gain insight into office support and different obligations identifying with woodland and park management.
Unfortunately, the Park would not accept any applications for this position since all Forest Management internships have been loaded for the 2012 season.
The Scientific Forest Management Area (SFMA)
The Scientific Forest Management Area has about 30.000 acres on the northwest side of the Park. This area is overseen principally for wood goals, as ordered by Percival P. Baxter’s deeds of trust related to these grounds.
As trustees of these deeds of trust, our sole obligation is to complete the desires of the giver.
Our Silvicultural Philosophy
We made many efforts to produce a yield of wood without exhaustion. We endeavor to “produce a yield of wood without exhaustion.”
We attempted to develop a heterogeneity of woodland conditions on the scene to permit the backwoods more choices for adjusting to new burdens, for example, climate change or obtrusive species.
We believed that keeping up the plant and primary variety was central.
We always kept in mind that human beings would not ever have complete information on the forest since it was a complex, versatile framework with many interrelating and collaborating parts.
Along these lines, we attempted to maintain the forest and its arrangement and environment with humility. In other words, we kept those conceivably significant segments we don’t yet comprehend accessible and working.
The sole mission of all generations of Baxter State Park Scientific Forest Management’s interns was to deal with this forest until the end of time.
So long casing additionally made it essential to gain from what we have attempted before and consolidate this learning into future preliminaries.
Long-term monitoring might not be an attractive practice. However, it was one of the most fundamental parts to adapt with the management.
We attempted to give our checking exertion some setting by interfacing them to more noteworthy endeavors across the area.
The ecological monitoring included observing migratory birds, creatures of land and water, and insect populations. We believed that these were essential parts to create a healthy forest.
Another part of the ecological monitoring was to study tree growth. There was no doubt that plants were the most important inhabitants of any forest.
Along with an operational tree stock, we kept perhaps the broadest organizations of persistent backwoods stock plot frameworks in Maine.
Following the air temperature, the water temperatures in the Baxter State Park’s forests were also essential tasks of the Forest Management interns. Moreover, we had to watch intently for any intrusive pressing factor.
Education – Recreation
In the Scientific Forest Management Area, tours were a standard part of the work process regarding our command to keep a showplace for those inspired by ranger service.
In case your groups wanted to visit or have a discussion, you could contact Resource Manager Mike Pounch for more details.