Baxter State Park Lands Manager (Public Service Manager I)

Millinocket, Maine, United States | Baxter State Park | Full-time

Apply by: July 8, 2022

Salary Range: $61,019.71 - $82,831.44 (includes 16% non-standard stipend)

Value Of State-paid Health Insurance: $412.23-$460.73 | Dental: $14.60 biweekly

Baxter State Park: a wilderness mission, a dynamic team

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 wonder 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.


Job Description:

Baxter State Park is a 209,644 acre public trust located in north-central Maine and headquartered in Millinocket. The Park seeks a professional manager to join our dedicated staff to preserve, protect and effectively manage Maine’s largest wilderness park, leading the management of the roughly 30,000 acre Scientific Forest Management Area (SFMA) and 57-mile primitive Park Tote Road System.  

This position is a professional field and administrative position dedicated to conservation, environmental protection, and land management activities in the Park. Principal responsibilities include annual and long-term land use and environmental planning, project development and coordination, supervision of timber harvesting and road construction operations, application of Best Management Practices, contract administration, technology evaluation, development of natural resource monitoring initiatives, public outreach and education, and development of Park standards, practices and policies. This position reports directly to the Natural Resource Director, and will interact regularly with the Park Director, SFMA Advisory Committee, and Baxter State Park Authority.

The successful candidate will enjoy one of the most interesting and varied forest management jobs in the Northeast.


Representative Tasks: (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

  • Manages all aspects of an on-going long-term forest management system with a focus on integrated and scientifically comprehensive sustainability and silvicultural practices consistent with the Demonstration Forest outlined by former Governor Baxter in his Deeds of Trust and Trust Communications
    • Includes but is not limited to: annual and long-term planning, supervising staff and administering/managing contractors, and work/plan evaluations.
  • Develops, coordinates, and oversees annual road maintenance and large-scale capital improvement projects on the Park Tote Road System with a focus on water quality protection and climate resiliency
  • Manages and develops the Park’s Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Develops, evaluates, and implements various ecological and environmental analytical procedures including forest inventories, infrastructure conditions monitoring, and other ecological assessments in coordination with Park Management and Staff
  • Coordinates and performs significant education and outreach efforts to other governmental agencies, forest product industry and conservation organizations, and the general public to demonstrate the Park’s natural resource management
  • Supervises Forester I and contracted logging and/or construction crews 
  • Develops, evaluates and administers all contracts related to land management, including harvest services, wood sale agreements, and infrastructure maintenance, improvement and construction
  • Develops, in concert with Park Management and other Park Staff, policies and procedures related to natural resource issues
  • Develops, in concert with Park Management, Park budgets
  • Completes all work proactively under limited supervision and direction


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

  • Strong knowledge of forest management and timber harvesting principles, practices, and procedures
  • Strong knowledge of silviculture, forest operations, entomology and plant pathology
  • Strong knowledge of state laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to natural resource management
  • Knowledge of Acadian Forest ecology, history, and management
  • Knowledge of silvicultural systems and their application
  • Knowledge of forest road construction, monitoring and maintenance
  • Knowledge of natural resource management technology including GIS and forest modeling technology
  • Knowledge of safety protocols and procedures
  • Knowledge of wildlife and recreational management
  • Knowledge of statistical and other analytical methodologies
  • Knowledge of climate science related to natural resource adaptation and resiliency efforts
  • Knowledge of budgetary policies and procedures
  • Proven ability to learn new concepts
  • Proven ability to creatively and comprehensively solve complex problems
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to plan, assign, train, and supervise professional, technical, and clerical personnel
  • Ability to develop, prepare, and implement complex forestry management and utilization plans
  • Ability to speak before general audiences
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to supervise, train, and motivate others
  • Ability to safely work in remote wilderness settings in challenging and demanding environmental conditions
  • Must be self-motivated, passionate, humble, and creative 


Minimum Qualifications: (Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience).

A bachelor’s degree and three years experience in forest management, ecosystem management or a directly related natural resource field. Directly related experience may be substituted for educational requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Supervisory experience and experience in wilderness resource management are strong assets to this position. 


Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Candidates must have or be able to obtain licensure as a Licensed Forester from the Maine State Board of Licensure of Foresters within one (1) year from date of employment.


Supplemental Questions:

1. Summarize your experience with silviculture and harvesting operations.

2. Summarize your experience with cruising and forest inventory.

3. Summarize you experience with growth and yield modeling.

4. Summarize your experience with GIS data management and analysis.

5. Summarize your experience managing or maintaining road infrastructure.

6. Describe your philosophy of and experience in forest management planning.

7. Describe your experience working with public and private groups and organizations to explain and promote forestry, forest management, and forest conservation.

8. Summarize your experience marketing forest products.

9. Describe your experience as a member of a team.

10. Please provide examples of how you have achieved innovation in past work experiences.



Please apply and submit a cover letter, resume, and responses to Supplemental Questions through this post. Questions may be directed to Desirae Mishou at   Applications are due by 11:59pm June 17th, 2022.  




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 209,644-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 in the gateway town of Millinocket.

As an independent public trust, donated to the state of Maine by former Governor Percival Baxter for the benefit of Maine’s people, Baxter State Park is a distinctive and special place.  The Park has its own unique governance structure, is self-funded, and boasts an incredible landscape, recognized for its sanctity and power since humans first walked Katahdin’s rugged slopes.  Park staff manage this iconic topography according to Governor Baxter’s wishes as he described them in his Deeds of Trust and other writings, which together shape a complex conservation vision.  Central to the Park’s foundational principles is the directive that opportunities for recreation remain subordinate to the protection of the Park as “Forever Wild”.  The Park is managed with a limited and concentrated use model, mainly as a wilderness with a patchwork of recreational and land management uses draped over portions of the landscape. 

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

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