Baxter Park Trail Crew Member - 2024 Season

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

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$15.00 - $19.67 Hourly 

Seasonal - May through October 2023

Are you a motivated individual wanting to become part of a dedicated team?  Do you like challenging hikes and steep mountain climbs? Are you looking for a challenging experience in trail work? You’ll find working at Baxter State Park is not just a job, it’s an adventure.

As a Baxter Park Trail Laborer, a typical season might include the following:

  • Assisting in trail repairs including deck bridge, bog bridge and trail construction/restoration in order to ensure Baxter State Park trails are properly constructed and maintained.
  • Assisting with backcountry rock projects such as construction of waterbars, rock staircases, check steps, stepping stones and rip-rap layout in order to control erosion
  • Assisting with new trail construction including grubbing out tread way and refining conditions up to the Baxter State Park trail standards.
  • Cutting and clearing brush along trail corridors in order to remove hazards.
  • Maintaining tools, equipment and facility in order to maintain and improve trails.
  • Assisting with the creation of hiking trails on washed out sections.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Education and/or experience providing knowledge trail construction, maintenance and the proper use of tools/equipment associated with trail construction and maintenance.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills or experience: 

  • Knowledge of Advanced Wilderness First Aid techniques.
  • Knowledge of chainsaws and previous training felling, limbing, and bucking trees.
  • Knowledge of backpacking, camping, and hiking techniques.
  • Knowledge of modern Search and Rescue techniques and practices.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage– The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($9,893.52-$11,057.52 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit– Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance– The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan– The State of Maine contributes 13.00% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement– Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts– Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness– The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation– Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness


To Apply:

Please submit the following documentation through this post –

  • Cover letter
  • Resume


Questions may be directed to Brennan Turner at

Are you ready to begin your adventure at Baxter State Park, the iconic four-season wilderness park, as a dedicated and hardworking trail laborer?


As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. 

If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.


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