Volunteer for BSP


Volunteer in Baxter State Park

Geologist, Walter Andersen volunteers his
expertise during a FBSP outing.
Photo by Bill Bentley

Alison Violette coordinates all volunteer programs for Friends of Baxter State Park, including a wide range of volunteer activities in the Park each year.
The Park welcomes volunteers who can accomplish a variety of helpful tasks, from litter patrol, to trail maintenance, wildlife studies, painting buildings and more. There are opportunities for all ages, interests and abilities. The current schedule of volunteer activities for 2015 is listed below. Please check back often, as we are adding volunteer programs on a regular basis.

2015 Volunteer Opportunities:

Note: Dates may be subject to change. Contact Alison to confirm current schedule and conditions.

General Projects:

May 2:  Earth Day Roadside Cleanup
May 5: Invasive forest Insect Outreach
Volunteer Training @ BSP Headquarters
May 9-10: Chainsaw Training @ Hidden Valley Nature Center

Campground Projects:

Weekend of May 10 -16: Campground Opening (weather dependent)
Saturday, June 20: FBSP Volunteer Day – Rain Date: Sunday June 21st
Saturday, July 11: FBSP Volunteer Day – Rain Date: Sunday July 12th
Saturday, July 25: FBSP Volunteer Day – Rain Date: July 26th Saturday, September 26: FBSP Volunteer Day – Rain Date: September 27th
Saturday, October 17: End of Season Campground Closing (Location TBD) Rain Date: October 18th
Weekend of October 19 – 22: Campground Closing  @ South Branch Pond (Rain or Shine)
Weekend of October 24 – 30: Campground Closing @ Kidney Pond & Daicey Pond (Rain or Shine)

Trail Projects:

June 6: National Trails Day/Trail Steward Training (Rain date June 7)
July 6 – 10: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail
July 13 – 17: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail
July 20 – 24: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail
July 27 – 31: Alpine Trail Construction – Hunt Trail

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Alison Violette at volunteer@friendsofbaxter.org

More information is also available on the BSP website: http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/volunteer

Volunteer Applications

The park requires individuals or groups & families to submit an application in advance. This helps the park understand who to expect, what their capabilities and interests are and plan appropriately. You can download the forms from the links below.   Or you can contact Alison and she will mail you a form.  Submit applications to: Baxter State Park, 64 Balsam Drive, Millinocket, ME 04462
(individual volunteer form) (group form).

Chainsaw Training:

If you would like to volunteer as a chainsaw sawyer in Baxter State Park, you must be certified by a course recognized by the Park. FBSP organized a two-day training course with Trail Services LLC in June 2014, and we hope to offer another course next spring. We offer full and partial scholarships to cover the cost of this training. Chainsaw training is also available through the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. Please check their website at www.matc.org for information and updates.