ADDRESS: Seeley Lake Ranger Station; 3335 MT-HWY 83; Seeley Lake, Montana 59868
DEPT: Forest Service
DATES: 5/26/2023 – 9/4/2023
The U.S. Forest Service / Seeley Lake Ranger District is looking to fill two vacancies for Campground Hosts at Big Larch Campground in Seeley Lake, Montana for the 2023 season.
Selected candidates will be provided a parking spur with water, electric and septic hookups for the duration of the season. Selectees will need to provide their own hard-sided RV or travel trailer. A stipend will be provided for this position.
Provide information to forest visitors in the campground. Hosts will be provided with a forest map and information about the campground and surrounding area so that they will be knowledgeable about nearby recreation opportunities and activities.
Complete light maintenance, cleaning, and general upkeep of the campground. Duties include cleaning toilet facilities, picking up litter, painting picnic tables, removing excess ash from fire pits, and performing vegetation management.
Maintain consistent communication with District Recreation staff, Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers, and Montana Fish and Game Wardens.
Hosts will be provided with all the necessary training, tools, and supplies to successfully complete duties, as well as a motorized cart to use within the campground only.
Desirable Skills Include:
Interpersonal skills and communication
Experience in developed/dispersed recreation activities
Experience with motorized and hand tools
Ability to work as part of a larger team
Working with People
Big Larch Campground is a favorite of locals and sees heavy use year-round. It’s a great place to enjoy the Lolo National Forest—including 50 first-come-first-serve campsites, 2 reservation campsites, 3 touring bicyclist campsites, a large day-use beach, a boat ramp, an amphitheater, an interpretive nature trail, and plenty of space for picnicking and recreating on the water. The day-use area, open year-round free of charge, provides access to a diverse 4-season recreation areas. The campground is well known for its sweeping views of the nearby Swan and Mission Mountain ranges and for its towering, old-growth western larch trees—some of which are 500+ years old. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the Girard Grove, the home of “Gus” the 1000-year old western Larch Tree.
Seeley Lake, Montana (Located one mile south of the campground) has a year-round population of about 2,500 and offers services including gas, groceries, a post office, a laundry mat, a hardware store, churches, a bank, bars, and restaurants. It is an outdoor enthusiasts’ playground providing plenty of recreation opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, paddling, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and winter recreation including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. The community is home to an elementary school and a high school. There is a family medical center that handles minor emergencies and has a heli-pad (Life Flight) to serve those who need more extensive care at regional hospitals. The foundations of Seeley Lake’s economic base are wood products and recreational opportunities.