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. We are so proud of the hardworking teens who were part of the 2019 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps! This was our third year of offering this summer employment and service learning program to high school students from the Katahdin Region. Our 20 youth participants earn $14/hour and up while working full-time on trail crews led by experienced adult leaders. 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.
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. These young people are proof that youth development, economic development, community revitalization, and conservation can go hand in hand.
The program was held from July 8 - August 16, with crews based in both Millinocket and Patten. Thanks to a new partnership with Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters, the northern crew based in Patten will spent one of its weeks working on the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument.
Apply for the 2020 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps
The application deadline for the 2020 Baxter Youth Conservation Corps is April 1, 2020. The 2020 application will be posted here after the first of the year.