Meet the Team

Mark King

Mark A. King

Environmental Specialist-Director of Maine Compost School

Mark is a native of Winthrop, Maine, where he enjoys spending time hunting and fishing. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Maine and a Master’s Degree in Zoology from Southern Illinois University.

In 1991, Mark started working with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as an Environmental Specialist. In 1993, he joined the Maine Compost Team ( a collaborative interagency group consisting of representatives from the Maine DEP, Department of Agriculture, State Planning Office, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension) where he developed an expertise in composting.

In 1997, Mark served as one of the founders of the internationally acclaimed, “Maine Compost School”, and currently serves as Director, as well as actively participating in course instruction.

Mark provides on-going technical assistance to new and existing compost facilities through facility siting and design support, operations assistance, and compost process trouble-shooting.

Mark has worked with all levels of compost facility size and design, and has developed an expertise with medium and large-scale facilities. Currently, he is promoting statewide composting of pre and post-consumer food residuals as an alternative to costly landfill disposal.

Dr. Bill Seekins

Dr. William (Bill) Seekins

 Agricultural Resource Management Coordinator

Bill is a native of Searsport, Maine, where he grew up on a small family farm. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine; a Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Doctorate from the University of Maine at Orono.

Over his 31-year career, Bill has served as a Researcher with the Maine Department of Agriculture, and for over twenty years, his work has focused primarily on waste utilization and composting issues.

Bill is one of the original founders of the Maine Compost Team which began operations in 1990. Bill provides the team with the technical expertise to develop compost recipes, to devise management systems and to troubleshoot problems encountered in implementation of projects.

In 1997, he helped to develop the internationally acclaimed, “Maine Compost School”; where he currently serves as an active faculty member as well as serving on its Board of Directors.

In February of 2011, Bill retired from his position with the Maine Department of Agriculture, but still remains active with the Maine Compost Team and Maine Compost School.


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 Mark Hutchinson

Extension Professor

As a graduate, twice, of the University of Maine, Mark is proud to be a Professor at his alma mater for the past 19 years.  Baseball is a passion for Mark. Starting in Little League, he has played or coached baseball for the past 45 years.

He and his family also enjoy hiking. Over the years they have climbed many peaks in Maine and New Hampshire.

Vacations are often focused around places to hike and explore. Professionally, Mark is please to be associated with the Maine Compost Team and their education and research successes.