- Mike Martin
We are pleased to announce the selection of Ranger Mike Martin as Senior Field Supervisor. This position replaces the former Deputy Chief Ranger position and is responsible for the direct supervision of our Ranger staff and the field coordination of various Park operations. Mike epitomizes our skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated Ranger staff and we are fortunate that he is continuing his long career with the Park in this important position.
- Nathan Ventura
We are pleased to announce that Nathan Ventura will be assuming the position of Backcountry Ranger at Russell Pond. Nate worked in an acting capacity at Katahdin Stream Campground in 2013 and has an impressive backcountry resume including thru hikes of the AT, PCT and the CDT as well as experience on trail crews. Nate will be replacing veteran Backcountry Ranger Brendan Curran, who has retired from Park service.
- Stewart Guay
The Baxter State Park Authority is pleased to announce the selection of Stewart Guay as Baxter State Park Chief Ranger. Ranger Guay will join the Park’s administrative team and will oversee the operations of the Park’s ranger, trails and maintenance staff.
Stewart has applied the education from an A.A.S. degree in Forest Recreation from Paul Smiths College to 24 years of service to Baxter State Park in a variety of field ranger positions, including more than 11 years as Deputy Chief Ranger. In addition to his operational knowledge, Stewart’s time in the Park includes significant experience in supervision and the management of search and rescue incidents.
Stewart will formally assume his Chief Ranger duties beginning February 2, 2016.
Wilderness Educators 2016
All interns have been selected as six-month Wilderness Educators and will arrive on Sunday, May 15th and stay until the end of October
- Justine Rumaker
Justine Rumaker recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She also has an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology from Camden County College in New Jersey. Justine has extensive knowledge of both customer service and animal care from working at a Veterinary Hospital and a local zoo in Maryland. As a child, she spent many summers camping with her family at Abol Bridge Campground, and her memories of exploring the Park instilled a desire to return to Maine. Her “strong passion and calling to wilderness” has led her back to Baxter State Park where she hopes to fulfill her dream of working in the great outdoors.
- Kashmere Sam
Kashmere Sam will graduate this May from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Earth Science and a minor in Biology. She is eager to apply her skills from college to educate visitors about the “physical geology and the environment around us.” In the past, she has worked at Baraga State Park in Michigan where she delivered educational programs to visitors that focused on science and natural resources. Kashmere brings her optimism to “learn more about Maine's beautiful biology and physical features” and is eager to learn new skills as a Wilderness Educator.
- Elise Panzner
Elise Panzner graduated from Salem State University in Massachusetts with a degree in Biology and a concentration on environmental conservation. Her commitment to environmental biology is evident in her work experience for organizations that include the Audubon Society, Cat Cove Marine Laboratory, and Wolf Hollow, and non-profit educational facility. In many of her positions, she has taught children of all ages about wildlife and ecology. During her internship at Baxter State Park, Elise hopes to “educate and inspire others” about the importance of wilderness and the protection of Park resources.