volunteer

 

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Volunteers at Baxter State Park help to improve the resources that make the visitor experience at the Park so enjoyable while participating in the stewardship of the Park in accordance with Percival Baxter’s mission. Individuals and groups of all ages are welcomed, and it is important to Park staff that the volunteer experience is mutually positive.

If you are already in the park and have not completed a volunteer form as stated above, the park ranger will provide you with an application to complete prior to volunteering if there are projects available. Applications are reviewed, safety talks are provided relative to the project at hand, and work is performed under the supervision of Park personnel. Park Rules and Regulations apply. Anyone 18 years or older who enjoys the wilderness environment, especially anyone with a love for Baxter State Park, is offered an opportunity to assist the Park staff. Those under 18 years of age may participate under the direct supervision of an adult family member, or as a member of an organized group with adult leadership.

Volunteer projects may include:
  • Monitoring and reporting trail conditions
  • Trail maintenance and/or stewardship
  • Facilities and grounds maintenance (sanding, painting, staining, cleaning cabins during opening and closing of the park campground season, raking)
  • Campground assistance
  • Earth Day Litter Patrol
  • Light carpentry
  • Gate attendant assistance during spring meetings
  • And volunteers with special knowledge about the Park’s history or natural science may be asked to help with the Interpretive Program (including youth programs).
  • Larger group projects may also be available
  • Other miscellaneous projects will also be identified

Tools and equipment necessary to perform the volunteer project will be provided. Volunteer projects are identified prior to the Park’s opening day, and the project list is updated periodically and available on the website.

Campsite space, rustic or primitive housing may be provided for volunteers. However, all personal gear, food, bedding, and drinking water shall be the responsibility of the volunteer. If the specific project warrants the use of BSP vehicles or chainsaw, related certification will be determined and/or made available, and authorization forms will be completed.

Volunteers will be asked to spend 50% of time spent in the Park on volunteer projects. First Year volunteers with 28 hours of service or more will receive a volunteer patch, and yearly rocker bars are available upon request. Volunteerism at Baxter State Park is an important tradition and one that benefits Park resources beyond measure. Thank you for your service!

Baxter State Park
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME 04462
(207)723-9500
Georgia.manzo@baxterstatepark.org

Adopt-A-Trail

Thank you for you interest in the 2019-20 Adopt-A-Trail Program!

Click this link to fill out our application: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1It5QgUpLTGnxVZTsQ0izGC0DCwDLBUAzBlluLvmpDps

The Baxter State Park Adopt-A-Trail Program is a great opportunity for both volunteers and the Park. There are many volunteers that would like to give back to the Park that has brought them many great memories and this program gives the volunteer ownership of the maintenance of a selected trail. Trail Adopters have the opportunity to work more independently on an adopted trail of their choice during multiple visits throughout the season. The contributions that Trail Adopters bring to the Park allow for the necessary basic maintenance of trails to keep corridors open and blazed, and to prevent further erosion. These types of contributions and support allow our trail crews time to concentrate on other technical projects.

The Process

  • Volunteers spend one-day training with the Baxter State Park Trail Specialists on June 1, 2019, National Trails Day, for a training program.

  • Chainsaw training will NOT be provided, however, participants with a current and recognized sawyer certification will be permitted to use a chainsaw in the Park.

  • Volunteers select one trail, or one section of trail, to adopt from a list of available options.

  • Commitments are made by each Adopter to volunteer a total of 24 hours over no more than 3 trips meaning an average of 8 hours per trip. Trail Adopters request trip dates at least two weeks in advance to prevent accommodation conflicts and to ensure all park can be notified of the volunteer.

  • The Trail Specialists will reserve volunteer housing for Adopters and leave one of our Trail Adopter Kits, filled with the appropriate tools, at the nearest gatehouse.

  • Adopter commits to maintain their adopted trail for at least two years. (2019-2020)

  • Trail Adopters sign trail registers to account for their safe return at the end of a workday.

  • Trail Adopters submit their work reports, filled out during a trip, to the Trail Specialists as soon as possible.

The Trail Specialists keep a file for each Trail Adopter and their adopted trail to document progress on trail sections and for detailed, updated trail condition reports.

  • Volunteers each receive a copy of the BSP Trail Maintenance Standards that are relevant to their expectations as a Trail Adopter. This will serve as their guideline to reference to when out on the trail in addition to the training day. To deter excessive vehicle traffic and ensure that other Trail Adopters will have parking at park facilities, individuals may have up to a party of four to help on a section of trail, and should make plans to arrive in one vehicle.

For more information, please email trails@baxterstatepark.org