Job Overview


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This position is located at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Great Falls, MT.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Jeff LaRock at 406-727-8733 or 

Temporary Appointment: Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).

Positions may be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months.

Hourly wage as shown is Rest of U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement.


Implements the ongoing, day-to-day interpretive and public information services at the Center. Prepares and presents a limited number of interpretive programs, guided tours, outdoor hikes and programs, and living history presentations. Assists in the design and development of temporary exhibits and audio-visual programs. May prepare and present programs at off-site locations for a variety of groups. Serves as one of the Center's collection officers. Collects appropriate fees following established accountability guidelines for handling government funds. Operates an electronic cash register, performs opening and closing shift functions, issues entrance receipts and federal recreation passports, verifies various entrance passes for validity. Shift reports verify money collected, accountable stock sold and all machine transactions from the shift, using journal and receipt tapes, registers and other sources. Safeguards funds collected and personal accountable stock while on shift. Assists in the operation of the visitor information desk. Visitor services at this station include greeting visitors, providing prepared orientation, information and directions, answering visitor questions, dealing with visitor complaints, suggestions or problems. Performs daily operational routines such as opening and closing the Center and maintaining facilities and grounds. Periodically fills the rack of brochures from associated facilities. Makes suggestions and may develop drafts of brochures or handouts incumbent feels will aid visitor enjoyment and understanding of the Center. Monitors daily functioning of the facility to assure optimum operation as well as visitor and staff safety and comfort. Administers basic first aid to visitors as needed. Maintains interest in and application of safety measures in all phases of the Center's operation. Attends safety meetings and suggests ways to maintain all equipment and facilities in accordance with health and safety regulations. Encourages other staff to provide for employee and visitor safety, and reports any hazardous conditions encountered. Uses the Center's A-V equipment to present daily orientation and featured programs to the public. Refers equipment failures and problems to trained staff. Provides minor facilities maintenance such as spot-cleaning, restroom monitoring and supplying, lightbulb changing and minor repairs. Responsible for answering routine visitor information requests by phone or correspondence. Refers technical requests to other staff. Updates calendars of events, or other changing information posted for visitor convenience. Takes reservations for tours by school and other groups, under guidelines set up by either the Education Specialist, or the Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation). Assists in daily oversight and supervision of volunteers who are working at the desk or providing prepared tours of the Center. Assists Supervisory Park Ranger (Interpretation) in coordinating events, activities, programs by such activities as drafting news releases, organizing volunteers, preparing or gathering program materials. May write letters in response to inquiries about the Center and its resources, basing responses on knowledge of the site, its themes, Forest Service policy as well as personal research in the site’s library, files and documents.