• Conservation Education • Office/Clerical • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Location: The Ninemile Ranger District, of the Lolo National Forest in Region 1 is looking for volunteers to staff the Ninemile Visitor Center. Located in the beautiful Ninemile Valley, our duty station is approximately 30 minutes west of the cultural hub of Missoula, Montana.
History of the area: We are located at the Ninemile Ranger Station which is the Historic Ninemile Remount Depot. The pace is slow with roughly 500 visitors a month, but history is alive! We are a working ranch, boarding most of the Forest Service Northern Region's horses and mules during the winter and growing hay in the summer. The stock continues to assist backcountry and wilderness work projects throughout the country. North of the station as two historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps where the remnants are still visible today. Foundations and walkways are present, but buildings, as with most CCC camps. are gone with the wind. The CCC camp closest to the Ranger Station, one mile to the north, was the main training center for the early smoke jumper training program from 1941 to 1954
Other Information: Many traditional activities are still alive at the Remount Depot. We manage the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center, which provides trainings to teach people traditional skills such as Crosscut Maintenance and Sharpening, Complete Axemanship, Defensive Horsemanship and Horse Handling and Training Techniques just to name a few. More information on the Ninemile Wildlands Training Center can be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/f1/lolo/resources-cultural/index-nwtc.shtml
Duties: From our volunteers, we need the following general visitor center duties.
Office/clerical work such as selling merchandise and keeping tabs on the merchandise on hand, and informing staff when supplies need to be reordered.
Accounting skills for keeping merchandise books in order.
Visitor information: Interpreting the Ninemile history with the stories of livestock and fires.
Tour guiding: We have a small tour loop approximately 200 yards in total length at the station.
Stocking brochures at the Visitor Center and at the trailhead at Grand Menard Picnic area.
Other possibilities include some ground maintenance work around the Station, depending on the discretion of the Facility Manager.
May have the opportunity to feed our retired mules in the corrals with the discretion of the Government Animals Manager.
Accommodations: The Volunteer will need to provide their own transportation and camper trailer.
The Forest Service will provide a campsite location just 1 mile from the duty station in the Historic CCC Camp Menard, now a day use area. The volunteers will have a locked gate at their location, keeping their area more secure. Forest Service will provide electricity (50 amp), sewer, landline phone, and water at the site.
For more information: please contact Leigh Wexler at the Ninemile Ranger District at 406-626-5425 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Start date: Memorial Day; End date: Labor day weekend.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: The Volunteer will need to provide their own transportation and camper trailer.
The Forest Service will provide a RV pad/campsite location just 1 mile from the duty station in the Historic CCC Camp Menard, now a day use area. The volunteers will have a locked gate at their location, keeping their area more secure. Forest Service will provide electricity, sewer, and water at the site. Telephone hookups are available at the campsite.