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Baxter State Park Trail Supervisor


Posted by Baxter State Park on 07/14/2020

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Trail Management

Company Type: Conservation, Govt gency/USFS/NPS, BLM etc, NaturalResources, Recreation

State: ME


Country: United States

Required Experience: 3 - 5 years

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate:

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

JOB CODE:  9435  POSITION 009000940

SALARY  RANGE:    $40,747.20 -  $55,702.40

PAY RANGE:    22  SPEC:  9 

An amazing experience awaits you here. Baxter State Park is an iconic four-season wilderness park, home to Katahdin, the tallest peak in Maine. Some of the most remote, rugged country in the Northeast US lies within the 200,000-acre park, including 47 mountain summits, more than 50 pristine lakes and ponds, and over 200 miles of hiking trails. The park offers over 300 sites for camping and primitive lodging in rustic private cabins, shared bunkhouses, lean-tos, and tent sites. Our headquarters is located in the nearby town of Millinocket.

The park was designated ‘forever wild’ by Percival Baxter, a former Maine Governor, who bequeathed it to the people of Maine. Our primary focus is wilderness preservation, while providing unique opportunities for visitors to closely experience and appreciate a landscape that is truly wild.

You’ll find working at Baxter State Park is not just a job, it’s an adventure. We want you to bring your skills, experience, and your sense of awe to Baxter State Park. By joining our hardworking team, you can inspire current and future generations to love and appreciate spending time in the wilderness.

Join us to preserve the wildness and protect the experience in this wild, rugged landscape.

Click Here for a Map of Baxter Park

 Job Description:

This is a maintenance and personal services work of a supervisory nature in planning, organizing, and implementing Baxter State Park trail maintenance operations.  Responsibilities include: leading the development and execution of long-term management planning processes and strategies related to the maintenance, improvement, and sustainability of the Baxter State Park Trail program; designing specifications and developing work plans for major trail work initiatives such as bridges, trail relocations, and new trails; directing employees, organizing volunteers, and administering contracts with various trail contractors; planning and supervising the on the ground work performed by multiple trail crews across the Park’s 200+ miles of trails; representing the Park’s trail Program and taking part in trail-related initiatives outside BSP. 

 Baxter State Park seeks a Trail Supervisor to: 

  • Hire, train and supervise Trail Specialists.
  • Bid, award, administer externally contracted trail work projects.
  • Assess trail conditions and set priorities for in-house, volunteer and contracted work projects.
  • Determine project details, design & plan for logistics, materials, labor & timeline within approved budget.
  • Make recommendations to management on trail closures and relocations.
  • Develop and facilitate Trail Program Advisory Committee.
  • Represent BSP within regional trails community

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Supervision & Training

Responsible for hiring, training and supervising the  activities and performance of the Trail Specialist(s), contracted trail crews, and volunteer groups in the repair, construction, and maintenance of foot trails in Baxter State Park in order to ensure work meets industry standards for quality and sustainability and is accomplished in a timely fashion. 

  • Establishes a rotating work schedule for trail crews in order to provide coverage in needed areas.
  • Hires trail crews and contractors to carry out the maintenance and construction goals of the BSP trail program.
  • Monitors and evaluates Trail Specialist & trail crew performance and identifies strengths and weaknesses in order to determine subordinate employee training needs and job proficiency.
  • Designs and oversees construction projects in order to ensure the success of all trailwork projects including but not limited to repair of bridges, alpine zone stabilization, treadway reconstruction, trail relocation and erosion control systems.
  • Responsible for the coordination of volunteer trail work in the Park.
  • Develops and presents training materials and workshops in order to train volunteers, interns, and employees.

Planning & Organizing

Oversees strategy, planning and implementation of BSP’s 220+ mile trail network and develops short and long-range plans and ensures compliance with BSP Trail Program policies, procedures, and industry standards for repair, construction, and maintenance of trails and trail bridges.  

  • Patrols, reviews, and reports on Park foot trails in order to ascertain condition and prioritize work projects.
  • Develops and coordinates protocol for natural resource monitoring and impact mitigation related to trail infrastructure.
  • Develops, coordinates, reviews and reports on all trail infrastructure prioritization assessments and monitoring efforts.
  • Evaluates Trails Program needs, equipment, and materials in order to make budget and operational planning recommendations to management.   
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive inventory of materials, equipment, and supplies in order to ensure accountability and availability of required items for the Park.
  • Organizes and performs winter snowmobile hauling operations and special projects, and works with available employees and volunteers in order to maintain adequate and safe Park services during the winter season.  
  • Coordinates and supervises the inventory, maintenance, and replacement of informational road and trail signs in order to ensure established sign policy and standards are met.

Trails Outreach & Leadership

Maintains professional network as a collaborative partner and leader in the Maine trails community.

  • Leads maintenance and development of collaborative partnerships with other trails organizations and contractors in order to infuse BSP trails program with current best thinking on trail development and maintenance.
  • Form and facilitate Trails Advisory Committee to provide guidance and advice to the BSP Trails Program and ensure consistency with industry standards and best practices.

Search & Rescue and Wildland Firefighting

Assists Rangers, volunteers, crews, and others in responding to Park emergencies including search-and-rescue and fire control.


Skills, abilities and knowledge relevant to this position include: 

  • .....Knowledge of modern trail maintenance techniques including water bar and bog bridge construction.
  • …..Knowledge of inventory and planning methods and strategies.
  • … Knowledge of supervisory methods and techniques.
  • … Knowledge of volunteer recruitment methods and techniques.
  • … Knowledge of chainsaw and hand tool maintenance and use.
  • … Knowledge of equipment and construction safety standards and practices.
  • … Knowledge of wilderness first responder procedures.
  • … Knowledge of safety protocols for situational awareness including job hazard analysis and risk management of the work environment.
  • … Knowledge of backpacking, camping, and hiking techniques.
  • … Knowledge of building rough backcountry foot bridges up to thirty feet in length.
  • … Knowledge of erosion control methods.
  • … Knowledge of basic drafting.
  • … Knowledge of budgetary policies and procedures.
  • … Ability to understand and apply GPS data collection and GIS trail mapping systems.
  • …. Ability to develop and maintain detailed inventories of trail conditions, attributes, and improvements.
  • … Ability to supervise, train and motivate others.
  • … Ability to maintain work records and prepare reports.
  • ...Ability to plan and organize the work of others.
  • ...Ability to maintain and account for inventories.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Natural Resource Management, or related field including trail & bridge maintenance, design and construction techniques, and one (1) year experience in a supervisory capacity.  Directly related work experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Valid Class C Maine motor vehicle operator’s license.

Wilderness First Responder

Baxter State Park Class C chainsaw


Baxter State Park, while independently-funded, does share the same benefit packages as the State employee system.  For this position, that includes health and dental contributions, contributions to Maine Public Employees Retirement System and vacation and sick time which accrue at increasing rates with seniority in the state system.  



Please submit a cover letter, resume, and apply through our website:

The State of Maine does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities in the provision of services, programs, activities, or in employment.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), any qualified individual with a disability is eligible to participate in or benefit from any service, program or activity provided by the State, or any of its departments or divisions.  Likewise, the ADA requires equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Baxter State Park is an equal opportunity employer.    

About Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park was designated ‘forever wild’ by Percival Baxter, a former Maine Governor, who bequeathed it to the people of Maine. Our primary focus is wilderness preservation, while providing unique opportunities for visitors to closely experience and appreciate a landscape that is truly wild.


Baxter State Park is home to Katahdin, the tallest peak in Maine. Our headquarters is located in the nearby town of Millinocket.