KINGFIELD, Maine - Maine Huts & Trails is beginning a search for a new executive director. Current Executive Director Charlie Woodworth has announced that he will be stepping down August 31 after three and a half busy and productive years at the helm. Maine Huts & Trails is seeking a strong and dynamic leader who will work to enhance the organization's reputation for offering world-class outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism experiences in western Maine.
Since opening in 2008, Maine Huts & Trails has earned a national reputation as a premier New England adventure tourism destination drawing close to 10,000 overnight guests annually. Maine Huts & Trails maintains 80 miles of free, backcountry trails, providing opportunities for human-powered recreation including groomed hut-to-hut skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, paddling, and mountain biking, and operates four award-winning, accessible, off-the-grid lodges that have earned a widespread reputation for their backcountry hospitality, eco-friendly sustainable practices, and healthy, locally sourced meals.
A search committee led by John Witherspoon, board member of Maine Huts & Trails and president of Skowhegan Savings Bank, is looking for a candidate whose leadership will take the organization to the next level through transformative growth.
"We are looking for an inspiring leader and proficient fiscal manager who will work closely with staff, board, partners and western Maine communities to demonstrate that nature-based tourism and outdoor recreation are ways of protecting access to special places, encouraging stewardship, and stimulating Maine's rural economies all at the same time." said Witherspoon.
Both Witherspoon and Bob Peixotto, board chair of Maine Huts & Trails, commended Woodworth for his many achievements while in this role, including 89-percent visitor growth in the past three years, consistent top TripAdvisor rankings in the area, the establishment and growth of youth programs, major trail upgrades, improved signage, increased staff retention, new guided trips, and a new website and marketing plan.
For additional information about this position, and to apply, please visit www.mainehuts.org.