Job Opportunity: Baxter State Park Director, Maine

Feb 24, 2022

Baxter State Park Director

Public Service Manager III

Opening Date:
February 24, 2022
Closing Date:
April 8, 2022
Position Type:
Permanent Full Time
Class Code:
Pay Grade: 34 ($74,588-$101,836)

Baxter State Park is a wilderness park located in Northern Maine. Baxter State Park was given to the people of the State of Maine by former Maine Governor Percival Baxter and is administered by a three-person Authority according to Governor Baxter’s Deeds of Trust. The Park is a public trust managed separately from the Maine State Parks system. It is funded by trust funds from the donor, user fees, other donations, and forest management income from the 14% of the Park where the Deeds of Trust allow forest management. The Park is managed as a wilderness area, a sanctuary for wildlife, a demonstration forest, and for the use and enjoyment of the people of Maine. The Park’s administrative headquarters is in Millinocket, Maine.

The Director of Baxter State Park is responsible for directing all activities of the Park consistent with the Deeds of Trust and the direction of the Baxter State Park Authority. Director responsibilities include developing and implementing short- and long-range plans for park development, operations, and administration. Direct reports include the Chief Ranger and Natural Resource Director, who are members of the leadership team, as well as the Human Resources Administrator, Management Analyst, and Office Specialist. The position is responsible for developing and implementing budgets, directing operational activities of approximately 22 full-time and 47 seasonal employees, and managing natural resources in 209,644 acres of wilderness, 29,537 acres of which is dedicated to scientific forestry management. The Director also oversees the planning, construction, and maintenance of Park facilities and recreational areas and represents the Park in relations with outside entities. The Director position often requires flexible hours and immediate availability to the Park.

Skills and abilities integral to the Director position include park administration and planning skills, including technology skills; exemplary interpersonal skills and personnel management skills; and the ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with the Authority, Park staff, Park advisory committees, and the public.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience including knowledge of wilderness recreation issues, natural resource protection planning, and experience with outdoor recreation management, forestry, wildlife management, or a related natural resource field and six years of supervisory experience. Additionally, the Director should be familiar with the Park, the Deeds of Trust, and the Park’s unique management model. Application material including a resume and cover letter should be directed to Amanda Beckwith, HR Director, Natural Resources Service Center.

The closing date for applications is April 8, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Baxter State Park, while independently funded, does share the same benefit packages as the State employee system. For this position, that includes health (state pays $460.73 biweekly with health credit, employee contributes $24.25) and dental (state pays $14.60 biweekly, no employee deduction) as well as contributions to Maine Public Employees Retirement System at a rate of 17.96% of pay. Vacation accrues at increasing rates with seniority in the state system.

Baxter State Park is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

Apply by: April 8, 2022