• Campground Host • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Duties: Host will serve as an official representative of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the Coal Banks Landing Campground. Specific duties the campground host will be expected to perform are:
Staff Coal Banks Landing Visitor Contact Station.
Collect registration and exit data from boaters.
Interact with visitors. Greet, provide information and ensure their needs are met.
Become familiar with the many recreational, natural and cultural resources of the Upper Missouri, and share this knowledge during visitor contact.
Promote Leave No Trace Principles.
Monitor traffic at the boat ramp and help alleviate congestion when/if necessary.
Conduct daily communications check with Fort Benton River Management Station and maintain a daily log book of site activity.
Monitor base station radio for message traffic from River Ranger patrols. Monitor site telephone and provide information service.
Keep the boat ramp and campground free of litter.
Monitor public water supply and conduct daily chlorine residual testing. Clean, stir and maintain vault toilets as necessary.
Clean ashes out of fire rings and maintain BLM equipment, property and facilities.
Provide emergency assistance as necessary and post notices on bulletin boards as required.
Wear BLM uniform. Operate a government vehicle as needed.
Be prepared to live in a very isolated area with gravel road access and minimal contact with BLM personnel.
Must possess a valid state driver’s license.
Must be able to interact with the public in a courteous manner and present a professional image.
Must be able to keep accurate site visitation records.
Work Schedule: Four days on and three days off each week. However, the host is expected to provide visitor assistance seven days a week, when on site, if contacted by the public, or when the public is present at the site. The contact station will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closely monitored throughout the remainder of the day.
Housing: Must be able to house him/herself in a self-contained camping unit. Water, electric, septic and propane are provided at the site.
Reimbursement: To off-set 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, to offset the cost of travel to and from their home site volunteers will receive .14 cents per mile.
Location: Coal Banks Landing is located on the banks of the Missouri River approximately 12 miles south of Big Sandy, MT. (population 657) and approximately 36 miles northeast of Fort Benton, MT. (population 2,500). On a Montana highway map follow US Hwy 87 north from Great Falls, MT to mile marker 66.7 and take Gardiner Road east for 7 miles. Turn left on Virgelle Ferry road and travel north 1.5 miles to the campground.
Limited facilities available in Big Sandy and Fort Benton include: grocery store, gas station, full service medical center, banking services, several eateries and three motels.
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. Coal Banks Landing (river mile 41.5) to Judith Landing (river mile 88.5) is the most popular stretch of the river for boating, thus making Judith Landing the busiest take-out site along the river.
Visitors to this section of river can view/hike the white sandstone cliffs described in the journals of Lewis & Clark, visit other Corps of Discovery campsites and explore many other sites of cultural importance located along the river corridor.
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 questions, contact:
Sean Reynolds, Park Ranger (406) 622-4025
PO Box 1389
Fort Benton, MT
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Trailer/RV Pads Description: Volunteer must possess own RV. Full hook-up and propane provided.