Baxter Youth Conservation Corps
The Baxter Youth Conservation Corps is a job training and service learning opportunity for youth from the Katahdin Region. This program gives youth the opportunity to work with professional leaders on trail projects in Baxter State Park. Participants will gain valuable training, job skills, and work experience in a spectacular wilderness setting. Participants will earn an hourly wage (currently $14/hour) and may also receive community service hours for potential school credit. Students currently enrolled in one of the following Katahdin region high schools are eligible to apply for the program:
Katahdin High School
Schenck High School
Stearns High School
Southern Aroostook High School
Homeschool students residing in one of the school districts listed above
Please note: Applicants under the age of 16 must obtain a stamped, approved work permit from the State of Maine before they may participate in the program.
Friends doubled the size of this program in 2018, offering 20 full-time positions for local youth and adding a northern crew based in Patten. Our crews accomplished a staggering amount of work during a month in the Park - including installing 100 stepping stones and seven bog bridges, blazing 6.2 miles of trail, and completing more than 14 miles of corridor work. To top if off, they constructed an entirely new 1.5 mile trail on land owned by BSP in the town of Mount Chase. This new trail is already open to the public.
In 2019, the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps expanded by an additional 50%, to six weeks in total. This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Thanks to a new partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, crew members spent a week working in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in addition to five weeks in Baxter State Park. The additional week working in the national monument was made possible by generous support from The Wilderness Society. Over the course of the summer, crew members completed about 2,800 hours of trail work, earning nearly $50,000 in payroll, and learning how to care for the spectacular wilderness areas in their own backyards. In addition to trail work, the program also included career workshops, job skills training, a resume workshop with our friends at the Katahdin Higher Education Center, and a celebratory hike on the last day.
Apply for the 2021 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps
** The application for the 2021 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps, as well as updated eligibility guidelines and program description, will be posted by April 20, 2021. Please check back soon for updates. **