Baxter Park Campground Ranger 2022 Season

Millinocket, Maine, United States | Parks and Recreation | Full-time

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Range 15   Hourly, $15.00 - $19.67

Baxter State Park: a wilderness mission, a dynamic team

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.

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.

As a Campground Ranger, you'll develop your skills in campground maintenance, participate in search and rescue, and interact with thousands of people who are looking to connect with the natural world in positive and respectful ways. 

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


DESCRIPTION:  This is maintenance and personal services work in meeting the public and performing various tasks necessary to properly maintain and protect land, buildings, facilities, and the natural resources within Baxter State Park at campgrounds (roadside/backcountry) and surrounding areas.  Work includes performing park conservation, search and rescue activities, and informing visitors of weather conditions and rules and regulations.  Work is performed under limited supervision.

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).

Repairs buildings, tables, fireplaces, tools, and equipment; and maintains grounds, swimming areas, roads, trails, rest rooms, and water systems in order to maintain campground facilities.

Meets the public as required, giving information on facilities, trail and weather conditions, regulations, park flora and fauna, appropriate use of park resources, and related information in order to perform public relations and safety duties.

Collects necessary fees, assigns areas, and provides fuel and other services as required in order to administer campground.

Patrols park in order to detect and extinguish fires, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, and protect natural features.

Applies appropriate level of first aid to injured persons in order to provide emergency medical assistance.

Records statistics and makes periodic reports in order to fulfill administrative responsibilities.

Oversees the work of volunteers and others on a project basis in order to provide direction and ensure project is completed properly and in a timely manner.

Backpacks food, personal supplies, work gear, and equipment to remote sites to provide needed resources at work stations.

Hikes on hazardous, steep, rugged, rocky, muddy, and remote terrain to transport supplies to outlying locations.

Initiates search and rescue activities in order to assist in locating lost or injured park visitors.

Opens and closes campgrounds, orders supplies to prepare facility for operation and visitors, and to ensure campground infrastructure is properly protected during off season.

Works with other staff on projects in a safe and efficient manner. 


KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:  (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

Knowledge of the operation, care, and repair of park facilities and equipment.

Knowledge of animal, fish, and plant life found in the areas.

Knowledge of Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), including maintaining continuous medical care and using survival gear.

Knowledge of trails, topography, and accessible routes.

Knowledge of wilderness and backcountry backpacking, camping, and hiking techniques and practices.

Ability to respond to emergencies and apply the appropriate level of first aid in remote backcountry situations.

Ability to use a compass, develop hiking maps, and operate other navigation equipment.

Ability to use a variety of tools and equipment in the maintenance and repair of park facilities, equipment, grounds, and buildings.

Ability to work alone for extended periods of time in remote backcountry areas.

Ability to represent the Park professionally, to give information regarding park facilities and regulations, and to promote the safety and welfare of visitors.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions and keep simple records.

Ability to patrol park and enforce regulations with firmness and tact.

Ability to collect fees, make reservations, compile statistics, and prepare reports.

Ability to perform mechanical maintenance on automotive and power equipment.

Ability to use park radios, hand tools, and other field equipment.

Ability to frequently hike long distances to transport goods to remote mountainous areas.

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).

High school diploma or equivalent and two (2) year experience in park maintenance and operation or equivalent.

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.

Must obtain certifications in Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA), Baxter State Park Class B Chainsaw, and Baxter State Park Intro Search & Rescue.


Baxter State Park, while independently funded, shares 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 answers to following Supplemental Questions and apply through this post.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Supplemental Questions:


  1. Describe your maintenance skills and any experience you may have repairing buildings-give specific examples.
  2. Describe your experience with non-powered tools.
  3. Describe your experiences with hiking/backpacking/camping and any other recreational activities.
  4. Describe your experience communicating and working with the public.
  5. Tell us any financial experience you have with handling money, cash-ups, deposits etc.
  6. Describe your experiences with volunteerism.
  7. Describe any relevant training and certifications, i.e. WFA, WAFA, WFR.