Volunteer as a Visitor Center Docent in Montana


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Mon May 01, 2017 08:30 AM - Fri Sep 08, 2017 05:15 PM


Big Hole National Battlefield16425 Hwy 43 WestWisdom, MT 59761

Several Nez Perce warriors captured and disasembled this Mountain Howitzer cannon during the battle. It is now displayed at the site of its capture.


Big Hole is one of the battles that occurred between the Nez Perce and the U.S. military during the summer of 1877. The park is recruiting for volunteers willing to live in park housing and volunteer as visitor center docents for 19 weeks sharing events that led up to the Nez Perce flight, the details of this battle, and the story of the Nez Perce once the conflict drew to a close. Couples, singles, students, graduates, and retirees are all encouraged to apply!

Location: The Big Hole Valley in southwestern Montana is home to large working ranches. It is surrounded by the Beaverhead National Forest, which offers many outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, star gazing, hiking, and camping. Several hot springs are located within an hour’s drive or less of the battlefield. The nearest village providing basic amenities is Wisdom, MT, which is located 10 miles east of the park with a population of 98 people. Several towns with full services are located within 65 - 85 miles of the battlefield. The elevation of the battlefield is just over 6,000 feet.

Duties: The docents’ primary responsibilities will be to staff the visitor center and make bookstore sales. The volunteers will also assist with the annual Coyote Camp event for school groups in May, and will be able to participate in the annual Nez Perce commemoration of the battle in August. Docents may be given extra duties or special projects depending on park needs and volunteer interests.

Dates: The anticipated dates for this position are May 1 - September 9. Each docent will volunteer for the park 32 hours per week. . If a couple is selected, they will be guaranteed to be scheduled the same 3 days off.

Housing and Reimbursements: The park will provide volunteer uniforms and nametags, interpretive training, and free housing on site. Housing consists of a private bedroom and bathroom with a queen-size bed, free Wi-Fi, and access to gym equipment and free, shared washers/dyers. The volunteers will also be partially reimbursed for meals (up to $160/week/each).

RV sites are not available. Pets are not allowed. Telephone and television service is not provided, though the volunteers can pay to set it up. Be aware that cell phone coverage is spotty in the Big Hole Valley, and not available for some carriers.

Skills and Interests: Docents with the following interests and abilities will enjoy their experience the most.

  • Friendly and outgoing people who enjoy helping the public.
  • History enthusiasts, especially those familiar with the Nez Perce Flight of 1877, or the American Indian Wars in general.
  • Confident operating cash registers and providing excellent customer service.
  • Prior experience or interest in public speaking and/or historical interpretation is a plus.
  • Comfortable living in a remote, rural location.

Apply at: http://go.usa.gov/x9eNV

For more information, please contact Rebekah Jones at rebekah_a_jones@nps.gov or (406) 689-3155 x 1023.


  • History
  • Public Speaking
  • Retail / Sales
  • Customer Service

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 32 hours/ week for 19 weeks.

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