Interact with visitors. Greet them, provide information and ensure all their needs are met.
Become familiar with the many recreational, natural and cultural resources of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, and share this knowledge during visitor contact.
Monitor traffic at the boat ramp and help alleviate congestion when necessary.
Water areas around vault toilets.
Use riding lawn mower around personal trailer area and walking paths.
Answer telephone and base station radio and provide information service.
Keep the boat ramp and campground area free of litter.
Clean and maintain vault toilets as necessary; sweep sidewalks.
Provide emergency assistance as necessary.
Post notices on bulletin boards as required.
Organize maps and brochures; request new stock as needed.
Wear BLM uniform.
Check fire rings for unattended fires.
Replace trash bags at main kiosk area.
Be prepared to live in a very isolated area with minimal contact with BLM personnel.
Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
Must be able to deal with the public in courteous manner and present a professional image.
Must be able to keep accurate site visitation records.
Dates Needed: Approximately from mid April – late November.
Work Schedule: Four days a week to alternate with other hosts. However, host is expected to provide visitor assistance seven days a week when on site. Schedule to be worked out with Outdoor Recreation Planner or Work Lead as necessary.
Housing: Must be able to house him/herself in a self-contained camping unit. Water, electric, sewer and propane are provided at the site.
Reimbursement: To offset expense of working at a remote site, the host position will receive a fixed-rate of $34/day for a four-day work week. In addition the volunteer will receive $0.14 per mile for travel to and from home site to the BLM site. Propane is provided.
Location: James Kipp Recreation Area is located where US Highway 191 and the Fred Robinson Bridge cross the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River in the northeast portion of Fergus County, Montana. The communities of Roy, Landusky, Zortman, and Hayes are approximately 25 miles away and have limited facilities which include grocery store, gas station, and several eateries. The town of Lewistown is approximately 65 miles to the south of James Kipp and provides most services.
The BLM manages 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River along the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail and is a popular destination for western history enthusiasts. James Kipp Recreation Area lays at the eastern boundary of the 149-mile UMNWSR and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. It is entirely surrounded by the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and covers about 80 acres. The site’s remoteness and ease of access from US 191 make it a popular rest area for travelers and picnickers. It is also used by local rural farmers and ranchers as a place for family gatherings and relaxation. It has become a popular camping spot for paddle fishermen, warm water fishermen, big game and bird hunters, and elk viewers.
Work Environment: Duties require frequent exposure to a variety of weather conditions with temperature extremes from the low teens in early spring and fall to triple digit heat in mid-summer. Snowfall is not uncommon any time of the year. Host duties may also include fair amounts of walking, standing, bending, stooping and lifting of objects up to 40 pounds.
For more information please contact:
Sean Reynolds, Park Ranger (406) 622-4025, Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 1389, Fort Benton, MT 59442
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Host must own RV camper. Full hookup RV site and propane provided.