Baxter State Park is pleased to announce the latest signees of the Park. The following list will introduce you to the new faces that will work at BSP from many different positions such as park ranger, trail crew leader, or intern. Let’s go through their introduction below to see how interesting they are.
New Baxter Park Ranger
The newest member of the Baxter Park Ranger is named Bruce White. It is a position responsible for overseeing, managing activities in the BSP area, maintenance, and protection of natural resources in the Katahdin Stream and Abol Campgrounds area. Besides, Bruce will also play an essential administrative role in the volunteerism program at BSP.
Bruce is an experienced person as he held the position of Campground Ranger at BSP for 20 years. Bruce has remarkable experience in many outdoor recreation businesses. He also possesses solid certifications, excellent outdoor skills, and wilderness medical abilities.
Realizing all of his skills were a perfect match, BSP was delighted to announce the selection of Bruce White for the Baxter Park Ranger.
2012 AT Steward
Jonathan is the newest member of A.T Steward (formerly known as MATC Abol Ridge Runner). Jonathan’s position will also include the MATC Caretaker at Horns Pond in Maine.
Thanks to his early access to hiking and canoeing from a young age, Jonathan is an experienced person. He grew up in northern Wisconsin and had conquered more than 700 miles of the AT before he graduated from high school. After graduating from college, Jonathan continued to pursue his passion. He worked seasonally at National Parks in Montana, Wyoming, S Dakota, New Mexico, and Alaska.
In 2007, he achieved his greatest dream of thru-hiking on the AT and climbed five and biked one out of a total of 11 National Scenic Trails. What an impressive achievement!
He has three years of experience working at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in VA and GA. BSP is pleased to announce that Jonathan will begin his new journey at BSP on July 8th.
New Trail Crew Leader
BSP would love to announce that Jonathan Schmidt has been selected as the New Trail Crew Leader. Jonathan currently resides at Bowdoin and is a 2010 BSP Trail Crew member.
With wealth experience, stable performance, and his love for Baxter State Park, BSP believes that Jonathan, together with Ron Pickens, will successfully complete their duties as the Trail Crew Leader.
Trail Crew Leader
BSP is pleased to welcome Ron Pickens to his new position as Trail Crew Leader. Ron is a North Carolina native and graduated in recreation management in 2011.
During his time as a member of the trail crew team in the spring and fall of 2011, Ron has achieved extremely impressive records. He often uses his time off to explore BSP trails and hike to the peak from many different directions.
He will start his career as a leader in May and will team up with Jonathan Schmidt in the future.
New Roving Ranger
Baxter State Park is glad to welcome Dan Pontbriand of Gouldsboro, Maine, to be the newest member of Roving Ranger. Dan has been serving the National Park Service for a long time and will start his new career in BSP in summer 2012.
Dan has many years of experience and remarkable outdoor skills. Dan’s responsibility will be resource protection, recreation managing, searching and rescuing visitors, and maintaining facilities at BSP.
The roving ranger feature will constantly move between locations in the Park to ensure that the checkpoints are staffed in the event of an employee’s absence so that you can meet Dan anywhere.
2012 Baxter State Park Forest Management Interns
Patrick is currently studying Science in Computer Applications Concentration in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Patrick earned the Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Forestry in 2011. Heis expected to graduate in the spring of 2013.
Patrick joined Scout and became Eagle Scout in 2007. He is presently leading a group of Boy Scouts in Aroostook County.
Pattrick has been in BSP’s summer internship for the past three seasons. In 2010, he joined the trail crew. In 2011, he implemented a GIS inventory of Park trail maintenance needs.
In 2012, BSP happily welcomed Pattrick into the position of Forest Management Intern in the SFMA. BSP believes Pattrick’s excellent abilities and skills will help him in his internship at SFMA.
BSP is happy to announce Kellie Eldrige, junior of Forestry Program at the University of Maine Orono, as our new intern in the upcoming season.
In 2018 and 2019, Kellie is a member of AmeriCorps participating in the National service project related to natural relief, land management, and summer camp operations for soldiers’ children. She became a member of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) team in building trails in 2011.
With her background, skills, and work experience, Kellie will make a significant contribution to SFMA during her management internship at Park.
The Selection of The 2012 Trail Crew
The first member of the trail crew that BSP wants to introduce is Ben Goff. His hometown was a small town in Buxton, Maine. Ben has a passion for preserving his homeland’s wilderness, which is why he joined the Baxter State Park Trail Crew.
Ben will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Maine one week before taking up his job.
Ben’s parents always encouraged him to backpack, and the mountains gradually became his “second home.” Therefore, Ben devotes excellent appreciation and respect to the difficulty and dedicating himself to the Appalachian Trail and surrounding state parks and footpaths.
Ben’s hobbies are backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and especially fly fishing. He feels enlightened when he goes fly fishing for Atlantic salmon, even though he hasn’t been able to catch any. A good book and a good challenge are things that Ben cannot refuse.
Jeffrey was born and raised in Hardin, Montana. He studied in Nebraska for a year after completing high school. Jeffrey decided to return to his hometown to study B.A.in Environmental Studies and graduate from the University of Montana.
He served two terms at AmeriCorps. During his first term, he worked with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps on a 17-person crew mitigation project for the forest service in southern California.
He continued his second term in central Florida in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. There, he managed resources related to prescribed fire, exotic and invasive plant control. He also carried out surveys and trail maintenance during his time working there.
After completing his two terms, Jeffrey decided to get his second bachelor’s degree in elementary education in early childhood development at MSU-Billings in Billings, Montana. He wishes to educate the children about awareness and instill his wilderness love.
Jeffrey has a strong love for nature. He spends much of his time farming, playing the ukulele, climbing mountains, and enjoying nature.
This is the first time he has come to the northeast United States. He can not wait to spend his summer living and working in such a wonderful place like Baxter State Park.
The next member of the trail crew that BSP wants to introduce is Grace from Saco, ME. She is presently studying Botanics at Connecticut College.
She participates in a lot of activities both inside and outside the college. She is currently a member of the maintenance team of the College’s Arboretum and co-manager of the composting initiative on campus. She also contributes to the community in which she lives by doing landscaping.
She has a collection of vintage postcards and magnetic poetry. She also loves folk music and public radio. Although she has a nostalgic collection, she is passionate about dynamic activities such as trail running and climbing. She also has an interest in learning about prehistoric life and conservation biology.
Grace is eager to take up the job at Baxter State Park next summer. She is currently rereading her favorite book, “The Maine Woods,” preparing for her new journey at BSP.
BSP is delighted to welcome one more resident of Maine to be a new member of the trail crew – Nicholas Huntington. Nick graduated from Maranacook Community High School in 2007. He attended BS in Natural Resource Management at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
He attended the Forest Service in Vermont as a technician. Then, he worked at Mad River Glen in Vermont ski areas on public land.
His love for nature stems from hiking and skiing trips with his family from a young age. His passion continued to grow through the outdoors with his friends in high school.
When he was studying in Vermont, Nick started with outdoor activities such as white-water kayaking, climbing, mountain biking, and ever-present skiing and hiking. His love for recreation also begins here.
He has participated in many trips to the Long Trail in Vermont and accompanied many trail crews throughout his journey. Seeing their dedication to the good of others inspired him to pursue a Trail Crew job. Nick has decided to return to his hometown of Maine and become a member of the BSP trail crew to fulfill his wish.
Nick brings to the BSP trail crew passion for conservation, a set of agricultural management, and use skills along with hard work. BSP hopes his great qualities will bring about the successful 2012 full season at the BSP trail crew.
BSP’s Trail Crew new member – Mark Ressl – is a football fanatic and enjoys spontaneous day trips around New York.
Mark was born and raised in a suburb in Chicago. When he moved to New York, the respective extremities of both highly urban and rural environments really enjoyed him. In 2011, Mark and his uncle built a wooden cabin in a forest four hours east of Bella Coola, British Columbia.
Mark is currently studying at the School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. Recently, he also participated in the Work Makes Work at the Cooper Union collaboration program. The program’s goal is to create an environment where students from many different backgrounds can freely interact and learn from each other beyond a traditional classroom motif.
Mark is enthusiastic about new challenges that require him to improvise. He loves to enjoy foods from all over. He now lives in Brooklyn with his friends.
BSP would love to announce the following selection for Trail Crew is Julienna Brooks. Julienna was born and raised in Union, a small town located in the Midcoast area of Maine.
She is taking a gap year after graduating from Watershed High School in Rockland. After her gap year, she will study sustainable agriculture or outdoor education at the University of Vermont.
Julienna teaches HIV prevention and Bio-intensive agriculture practices to community groups and schools in Arusha, Tanzania, where she spent her first gap year. She has worked on many small farms and is currently working in landscapes.
Julienna is an active young girl who loves outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, and trail running.
Cody McEwan from Norcross on the Twin Lakes in northern Maine is the next member to join the 2012 Trail Crew. He is pursuing a BDs at the University of Maine, and his major is Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.
He grew up with the woods and always gave special affection to the woods. He is fond of outdoor activities in harmony with nature, such as walking through the forest, swimming, or biking. Nature gives him fresh and positive energy.
Cody also has a passion for music and has been with music all his life. He is the Tenor Saxophone musician and Pianist. He feels the music from everything around him. You will often find Cody making a rhythm out of objects around him.
He is hardworking and energetic. People around him always say that he has a great personality. Cody is excited to start his new job at BSP and meet his teammates. He hopes his insane character will entertain everyone.
Leeann Reid is the next female member to join BSP’s 2012 Trail Crew. Leeann is a resident of Bangor, Maine. She completed a high school program from R.W. Traip Academy in Kittery.
Leeann began studying Biology at Bay Path College in Longmeadow, MA, before returning to my hometown of Maine. She feels unsuitable for the bustling city lifestyle and misses the natural environment of Maine. Around her time in Bay Path, Leeann learned about trail maintenance.
She returned to Maine and attended Unity College in Unity, ME, to study Parks, Recreation, and Ecotourism. In her sophomore year, Leeann joined the work-study job fair and found a Unity College Trail Crew spot.
After talking with the trail crew coordinator Andy Gagnon, Leeann was accepted by him as the assistant trail crew coordinator and will replace Andy when he graduates. Our talented girl is currently the Trail Crew Coordinator at Unity College.
Her job is to recruit new members to the crew every semester for their paid work-study job. Leeann marks potential work projects on the trails with flagging tape and gets involved in those projects. Every two weeks, she and the crew hold a meeting to discuss and report their work and plan for upcoming work.
In the spring of 2012, Leeann studied abroad in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, Central America. She lives in rural villages and participates in many community projects.
Leeann has accumulated a lot of experience through long trips through the rainforest. She also has the opportunity to learn through observing maintenance techniques in different geological regions.
Leeann realized the importance of Sustainability Through Community than Leeann once thought through her study abroad trip. She understood the real value that family, gratitude, and hope bring.
Leeann is looking forward to catching a lot of fish, doing rock work, and having a round of Sacky Hack. Most importantly, she wants to work with everyone and be recognized by everyone in the crew. BSP appreciates Leeann’s potential and abilities and hopes she will show her ability in her upcoming journey with Traill Crew.
The 9th member of the 2012 Trail Crew is Marc Cormier. He was raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
From a young age, he had a chance to fly fishing, mountain bike, and snowboard in the White Mountains, and his love for outdoor activities has been nurtured ever since. He pursued a degree in Environmental Studies and majored at Keene State College.
While studying at Keene State College, he worked on the grounds crew landscaping and gardening. He decided to withdraw after spending all of his time working full-time on the crew. During his time at Keene State, Marc took advantage of every opportunity to go fishing, hiking, and travel across the country.
Thanks to the section hikes that motivated and nurtured Marc’s inner passion, Marc was inspired to participate in a thru-hike of one of America’s scenic long trails.
After his joyful years at Keene State, in April 2011, Marc decided to quit his job to take on a new challenge. He flew back to southern California and began his journey to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. After five months, he won the challenge.
After years of trail hiking and working with individuals working outdoors, Marc has found trail maintenance the ideal job he wants. Marc sees BSP as “the land of opportunity” to gain valuable experience for his further advancements in the outdoor industry. BSP is delighted to welcome Marc as a new member of the Trail Crew.
The last member to join the 2012 Trail Crew is Jason Takes. Jason will accompany BSP Trail Crew as a six-month intern. He was born in Northeastern Iowa and grew up with a passion and deep respect for nature.
Jason joined the military while still a high school student. He was a member of the active-duty Army and is stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado. After that, he continued to be transferred to the Army to serve in Iraq for two years.
After completing his obligations to the country, Jason decided to continue his studies at the University of Iowa in Geography/ Environmental Studies. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree 5 months ago.
The selection of the four 2012 Wilderness Educator Interns scheduled to work with the Park’s Information and Education Division.
BSP is delighted to welcome the first selection of Wilderness Educator Intern- Acadia Tripp. She will start her six-month intern from May 13th through October 27th.
She is pursuing a degree in Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management from the University of Maine at Machias and will be graduating this May.
After admiring the seductive beauty of Baxter State Park, Acadia nurtured her desire to work in this beautiful nature. Her interest in teaching others low impact recreational practices surged after joining a Leave No Trace Trainer Course.
Acadia has a wealth of experience in public relations, working with children, and a trail crew member for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. She hopes that her knowledge, skills, passion, enthusiasm, and creativity will help her complete her job as Wilderness Educator Intern.
The BSP is pleased to announce that Kelsey Johnson has officially become a three-month Wilderness Educator Intern of Baxter State Park. Her internship will run from May 20th through August 11th.
Kelsey is presently focusing on studying Ecology & Natural History with a minor in Environmental Education at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona.
Kelsey has public relations experience. Currently, she is teaching her fifth-graders the philosophies and ideas for preserving the environment as part of her lesson plan.
Kelsey has spent the past 20 years visiting and exploring the Park’s natural environment and gained extensive knowledge of Baxter State Park. She wants to bring her new and creative ideas to better the visitors’ experience at BSP.
Julianna Hansen is the next trainee who will join Wilderness Educator Internship. She will begin her 3-month internship from July 29th through October 20th.
Julianna was born and raised in coastal Maine. She has cultivated an appreciation of outdoor activities from a young age. She attended history and environmental studies at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.
After graduating, she started her career as an environmental educator in the Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
She taught after-school environmental programs to students from grades 2 to 4. Julianna also built and developed a high school watershed education program curriculum. She helped run summer camps and stewardship activities.
During this internship, Julianne promises to bring her extensive knowledge and experience to BSP.
BSP would love to give a big welcome to Rachel Batz- our last member of the Wilderness Educator Internship. He will begin his internship from July 29th through October 20th. She will receive his bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in May.
Rachel spent a month-long expedition to do the Leave No Trace in the backcountry of Colorado and Utah training. She continues to participate in the Charles Deam Wilderness in Hoosier National Forest. The work here has inspired her to inspire her passion for the wilderness to people.
She has experience teaching children at summer camps. She also worked as a nurse interpreter in the Civil War at State Park.
With her new position as a three-month Wilderness Educator Intern, Rachel wishes to share her passion and inspire people to protect nature.