Baxter State Park Volunteer Program

Baxter Park is not only for recreation purposes; you can find many opportunities to experience majestic nature. Apart from being a visitor, you can connect with the Park staff to enroll in various volunteer programs and join in to have the best time in your life!

Baxter State Park Volunteer Program

Baxter State Park Volunteer Program
Baxter State Park Volunteer Program

If you are 18 years old or older, you are welcomed to participate in the Baxter State Park Volunteer Program, mainly concerned with volunteer service. For this position, the primary mission is to help the Baxter Park staff with their job and spend time experiencing nature.

In case teenagers and kids who are not 18 years old yet want to enroll in this program, you can still be granted the position as long as you have the supervision directly from a grown family member or in a group with leadership from an adult.

This program is under the surveillance of the Park staff, including the recruiting process. You will need to fill in applications, wait for them to be checked, and then go through the interview round.

The workload for volunteers includes assisting on the campground, helping the trail crew, and working on the Park maintenance. The minimum period for the service in one week is 28 hours but can be shorter in exceptional cases.

It can either be on campsite space or rustic housing for accommodation for volunteers. However, the volunteers will have to take care of other personal necessities (food, clothes, gears,…). Novice volunteers with sufficient working time will get patches, and returnees are rocker bars to pin on the patches.

How To Be A Part Of The Program:

How To Be A Part Of The Program
How To Be A Part Of The Program

To be a volunteer, you have to follow the application process. To get this position, please fill in and send the Volunteer application and signed Agreement for Volunteer Service to the Park coordinators. All the applications will be screened, and qualified candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview.

The address for sending forms is:

Baxter State Park

Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

64 Balsam Drive

Millinocket, ME 04462

(207)723-9616

[email protected]

Fields Related To Volunteer Program

Fields Related To Volunteer Program
Fields Related To Volunteer Program

If you become a volunteer of Baxter Park, you are highly likely to work or assist in one of these jobs:

  1. Special Projects
  2. Campground Assistants
  3. Checking Trail Conditions
  4. Building and Grounds Maintenance
  5. Carpentry
  6. Woodcutting
  7. Public Information, Nature Interpretation
  8. Providing Technical Advice and Assistance on Special Projects
  9. Boundary Work
  10. Loon Count (housing not provided)

Summer Trail Projects For 2012

Summer Trail Projects For 2012
Summer Trail Projects For 2012

If you seek a chance to enjoy the summertime in Baxter Park and work with the Park personnel, you can sign up for the Summer Trail Projects right away.

For this program, you will be a part of the trail crews and working mainly on the trails, of course. Right now, the Park has four projects available this summer, so you can choose the one that suits you most.

For this position, Baxter Park gladly offers equipment needed for the work, including tools, safety equipment, as well as specific training time and places to stay in, all in the house. However, personal belongings such as clothes and food will be the responsibility of the volunteers.

How To Apply For This Project?

How To Apply For This Project
How To Apply For This Project

Please kindly contact the Park personnel to exchange information and arrange the working schedule for anyone who wants to be a part of this program. You can contact the Baxter park staff via:

1.Phone messaging the number 207-723-9616 and wait for the staff to call back.

2.Sending fax messages to 207-723-6381 and wait for the reply.

3.Messaging the staff online at the e-mail address of [email protected]

Any news and updates on the project will be uploaded on this site, so please keep track of information through this online address. The Baxter Park welcomes all of you to join in!

Four Trail Projects

Four Trail Projects
Four Trail Projects

In total, Baxter Park offers four trail projects for all the applicants. Please review before deciding which project you want to participate in.

BSP Trail Project #1: National Trails Day

Trail Stewards Training

Working date: June 2 (Rain date June 3)

BSP Trail Project 1 National Trails Day
BSP Trail Project 1 National Trails Day

In this project, you will assist the Baxter State Park trail crew on the big National Trails Day. There are a limited number of participants for this event; therefore, please apply as soon as possible. This position accepts individual, group, and outing club applications.

The benefits of this project include a BBQ party to celebrate the end of the projects and two-night accommodation at the Abol Narrows Area for the 1st and 2nd of June. The tasks of this project are on an easy and moderate level, suitable for all kinds of participants.

The work in this project will be waterbar maintenance, corridor definition, and corridor blazing. For waterbar maintenance, the task will be done at the first half-mile of the Abol Trail, while the later works are on Kidney Pond area trails.

In this project, you will learn how to use lopping pruners and hand saws to shape the corridor, making it navigable on trial standards. Or you will need to make sure all the water bars are cleaned using rakes and shovels.

You can also work with basic GPS operations and are not limited to socialize with trail friends. Participants are free to choose whether to apply for the Trail Steward maintenance assignment or not.

To sign up, please fill in and submit this: Volunteer application

BSP Trail Team #2: Trail Skills Week

Location: Abol Narrows Base Camp

Working date: June 10- 14

BSP Trail Team 2 Trail Skills Week
BSP Trail Team 2 Trail Skills Week

In this project, you will be a part of the trail crews to work on various different tasks on the trails. There are chances for volunteers to get relocated to other working sites every day and enjoy the new experience.

Right now, Baxter Park offers twelve vacant positions for additional volunteers. This project requires physical strength and endurance at a moderate level. The tasks will include working with heavy objects, so please bear in mind.

In this project, the workload is not limited. You may have to construct deck or stringer bridges on the Chimney Pond Trail and bog bridges on the Sandy Stream Pond Trail, shoveling ditches and drains on the Hunt Trail, or assist water bar maintenance on the Chimney Pond Trail.

To sign up, please fill in and submit this: Volunteer application

BSP Trail Team #3: Alpine Trail Reconstruction

Location: Cathedral Trail

Working Dates: July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, July 22 – 26, July 29 – August 2

BSP Trail Team 3 Alpine Trail Reconstruction
BSP Trail Team 3 Alpine Trail Reconstruction

This project is one of the most challenging out of the four choices. It requires good to excellent strength and physical conditions from the participants. The requirement for this position is that you must be able to climb Katahdin in three successive days.

At the moment, there are four sets of the date that applicants can choose to go for, and each one has four vacant slots to participate in.

The workload of this project is heavy and demanding, including the repair of reconstruction of the damaged parts on the Cathedral Trail. Participants must use various types of equipment (cable winches, crowbars, picks, shovels,…) for rock transport to the construction site.

Moreover, you will need to master the dry stone masonry skills to prevent erosion on the trail and balance the stability of the Treadway. However, the most demanding part of this job is to reach the working site through hiking.

The most demanding part of this job is to reach the working site through hiking
The most demanding part of this job is to reach the working site through hiking

There will be at least one round trip a day from the Chimney Pond to the working site; each trip is estimated to be 4 miles long. Also, 2000 vertical feet is expected. Also, 2000 vertical feet is expected.

Besides, you will need to hike from the base camp to the Chimney Pond Campground on the first day to work, adding 3.2 miles to the journey. Personal gears and food are self-prepared.

To sign up, please fill in and submit this: Volunteer application

BSP Trail Team #4: Hunt Trail – Erosion Control – Labor Day Weekend

Working time: August 29 – September 5 (Wednesday to Wednesday)

BSP Trail Team 4 Hunt Trail – Erosion Control – Labor Day Weekend
BSP Trail Team 4 Hunt Trail – Erosion Control – Labor Day Weekend

This trail project will occur in eight consecutive days since the organization and setup of the rigging system will be time-consuming. There are, at the moment, twelve vacant places for participants in this project. Lean-tos and tent sites at the Abol Narrows Volunteer Facility will be provided for participants of this project.

This project is quite difficult because it requires the volunteer to be well-versed in technical conduct. The tasks include collecting granite materials and transporting them using the rigging system to the trail. This material will be used in the building of rock water bars, staircase steps, and rip-rap.

Participants can choose one from different work stations to assist, namely winch operators, stone processors, stone setters, and rope handlers. You will work on a site that is around one and a half miles from the trailhead of the Hunt Trail at Katahdin Stream Campground.

To sign up, please fill in and submit this: Volunteer application

Trail Stewards

Trail Stewards
Trail Stewards

Baxter State Park offers you the chance to be a volunteer Trail Steward through the Trail Stewards Program. If you are deeply acquainted with the part, this is a short program for you to give back good experiences to the Park without a long-term commitment.

In this project, participants will be able to work from time to time and on the trails all over the season. You will assist the Park in trail maintenance, taking charge of opening and blazing corridors to stop erosions. This will lessen the burden of the Park Trail Crews and let them have time for technical problems.

The Process To Become A Trail Steward

The Process To Become A Trail Steward
The Process To Become A Trail Steward
  1. Training: you will be training with the Trail Crew to learn all the basic knowledge for the work: Waterbar Maintenance, Corridor Definition, Blaze Painting, GPS Use, and Project Documentation. ( National Trails Day – Annual Event)
  2. Assignment: the Trail Supervisor will assign you to the trails needed maintenance from the Park list by priority.
  3. Schedule: you will need to arrange three working trips in the season to complete your task. The Trail Supervisor will schedule other details such as dates and locations to make sure there won’t be any problem concerning accommodations and communications.
  4. Communication: you will keep in touch with the Trail Supervisor to know your reserved camping facility. The accommodations will be stationed as close as possible to your assigned trail work site.
  5. Equipment: you will receive tools, safety gear, and from the area campground rangers.
  6. Safe Registration: you will need to complete registration to announce your safe return to camp every night.
  7. Work Report: you will need to complete and submit your work reports to Gatehouse Attendants when you leave the Park or send them in the mail directly to the Trail Supervisor.
  8. Achievement: your documents and trail assignments will be recorded and kept in files by the Trail Supervisor to check the work progress and updates on the trail conditions.
  9. Guideline: a copy of the BSP Trail Standards will be distributed to each of the trail stewards to help with your work. These will be your references when working on site.
  10. Vehicle Management: to guarantee the traffic load and parking sport, you may need to team up with other participants on the same trail worksite to commute to work in one car or vehicle. Carpool and large-capacity vehicle transportation are recommended for large groups and outing clubs.