HELENA — Although the air is frigid and there is snow on the ground, the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is looking for campground hosts for the summer.
"Basically, if people are looking for that traditional rural Montana setting, this is definitely the area for it, especially in the summertime," said Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest recreation specialist Danillo Figueroa.
Figueroa says the campgrounds in the Logging Creek, Many Pines, Dry Wolf Campgrounds, Thain Creek Campground, and Crystal Lake Campground are in need of campground hosts.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, hosts are no longer required to perform any cleaning or maintenance.
The campground hosts will have to reinforce rules to stay at the site for the whole summer, which runs from before Memorial Day until Labor Day weekend.
The hosts will also answer any questions that campers may have.
"They're just going to be on-site to meet and greet a customer, and then some of the benefits (for) the campsite hosts is our sites are provided for them to hook up their camper," said Figueroa.
The hosts are volunteer-based and can leave for a few days during the week, but they have to be back at their site by the weekend.
Hosts will be able to bring their campers and will have access to water, but they will need to stock up on food, and fuel for generators.
"It's a really kind of unique way to spend a summer, and we are looking for folks who share our values as an agency, and one of those values is diversity, and so someone who's welcoming and can make people feel the connection with these special places," said Chiara Cipriano with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
People who are interested in becoming a campground host can contact Figueroa at 406-547-6011.