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I'm passionate about being out of doors, working hard, and keeping things simple.  

Work experience

Nov 2016Present



Strategically load hundreds of boxes into 18' box truck. Efficiently plan out route that spans up to 70 cumulative miles, daily. Posses DOT medical card. 

May 2016October 2016

Shore staff, Guide assistant

Portland Paddle, Portland ME

prepared all gear for outgoing tours and boat rentals, processed customer payments and scheduling, provided customer service, assisted guides on the water. Trained in capsize recovery, self rescue, weather judgement/risk assessment. Entertained guests with aquatic acrobatics. 

Nov 2015May 2016

Carpenter's Helper

Douston Construction Inc. Arundel, ME

I currently Work on a team with professional carpenters doing remodels/renovations and new construction in residential and commercial settings along the southern coast of Maine. My typical duties range(sometimes daily) from 

  • Demolition
  • Exterior work (walls/trim/siding/roofing)
  • Interior work (framing/sheetrock/insulation/etc)
  • Close attention to detail
  • Following instructions clearly
  • Showing up on time, every time
Feb 2015Nov 2015

Crew Leader

Maine Conservation Corps Hallowell, ME

Led crew of 6 on 9 day recreational trail construction/maintenance projects throughout the State of Maine. Was responsible for safely facilitating all aspects of trail building including:

  • Rigging of rocks and supplies up to 1 ton up/downhill using GAC wire, pulleys, slings and a TU-17 Griphoist system.
  • Live and Hazard tree removal using chainsaws and axes
  • Paying attention to trail grade/trail trajectory
  • Trail planning to project sponsors specifications
  • Operating vehicles, backing/loading/hooking up trailers
  • Training team members on all aspects of trail building/backcountry living/first aid/workplace safety.
  • And many other duties.

May 2012Aug 2014

Trip Leader

Adventure Camp Hancock, NH

Worked as a kayak trip leader driving 12+ kids/boats on multi-day/night kayak trips in Northern New Hampshire

  • Provided direct supervision/leadership
  • Planned 4+ days worth of food/supplies/logistics for 12+ kids
  • Performed maintenance on boats/bicycles
  • Created Emergency Response Plans


Trail work

Experience in new trail construction including ACA aproved trails, recreational, and bike trails. Experience in all aspects of trail maintenance and rehabilitation; stone steps, stone retaining walls, side hill, water bars, drain dips, turnpikes, bog bridges, benches, wooden bridges, corridor work. Experience with chainsaws, tampers, weed whips, brush saws, along with any other power/hand tool associated with trail work. 


Demolition, framing, making precise and accurate cuts, interior/exterior trim, siding (plank/vinyl/cedar), roofing(shingling/underlayment), insulation, interior/exterior walls(sheathing,underlayment,blocking, strapping), reading prints, painting, taking/reading measurements accurately, using levels, speed squares, compasses, etc. 

Outdoor Education

Certified Wilderness First Responder. Leave No Trace Trainer certified. Have taught camp life skills (fire building, tarp set up, camp site set up, hygiene, etc), blacksmithing, orienteering, bike maintenance, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and other outdoor topics to children and adults alike. 


Sep 2012Jan 2015

Liberal Studies

Eastern Maine Community College

Took General Education Requirements, did not decide on trade. Have not yet graduated.

Aug 2004May 2009

High School Diploma

Hampden Academy

Hampden, ME


Aug 2014Aug 2018

Wilderness First Responder


First Aid/long term care for backcountry settings away from quick help.

Aug 2014Aug 2018


American Red Cross

Adult/Infant CPR and AED

May 2015May 2016

Leave No Trace


Trained in the educating others of the 7 principles of LNT,  and thus certifying them as having received LNT training. 


Shawn Douston

Owner at Douston Construction INC.

207-283-0110 (Office)

Sara Knowles

Program Coordinator at Maine Conservation Corps

207-624-6086 (Office)

Ben Woodard

Chief Ranger, Baxter state park