Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On March 18, 2024, the Bitterroot National Forest announced that they are seeking volunteers to serve as onsite camp hosts this summer. According to Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay, the Darby-Sula Ranger District is looking for a camp host for Spring Gulch Campground.  In addition, the Stevensville Ranger District has openings for camp hosts at Charles Waters Campground and Blodgett Campground.  However, the Blodgett Campground has no water or septic hook-ups. 

“Campground hosts play an important role in assisting with the management of these areas and working directly with the public,” said McKay. “Volunteers are rewarded with a nice place to stay during the summer, a modest daily stipend to cover living expenses, lasting friendships, and a sense of pride in keeping the sites safe and communicating with the public about our National Forests.” 

McKay said opportunities range from office settings to field going.  Additionally, the Bitterroot National Forest has many developed campgrounds situated in beautiful settings.   

“Typical duties include informing visitors of recreational opportunities, answering questions from visitors, monitoring campground sites for fee compliance, recording daily occupancy levels, maintaining campground facilities and more,” McKay said. “Hosts are provided a designated camping spot.  Depending on the site, water, sewer, and electric hook-ups may be available.” 

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If you are interested in serving as a campground host on the Bitterroot National Forest, click here for more information. For those interested in campground hosting opportunities please return the Campground Host Volunteer Application to Erica Strayer at the Darby Ranger District, P.O. Box 388, Darby, MT  59829 or email the form to erica.strayer@usda.gov 

Here is the volunteer application form you may print out and submit if you are interested in volunteering.  Please return this form to Tod McKay at the Bitterroot National Forest Supervisor's Office, 1801 North 1st, Hamilton, MT  59840 or email the form to tod.mckay@usda.gov.   

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