Anthropology Department

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Opportunity for Anthropology Students with Montana State Parks!

Montana State Parks is pleased to announce that we are recruiting for eight individuals to serve at seven different anthropologically significant State Parks, six of which are National Historic Landmarks. We would appreciate your help in spreading these opportunities to among your students and colleagues at Reed College.

Students enrolled in Reed College’s Department of Anthropology may be very interested in this wonderful opportunity to apply their anthropological background while gaining experience and training in the fields of outdoor recreation, parks management, interpretive services, education, community outreach, and volunteer management. This opportunity will take place amid the natural wonders and rich cultural heritage of Montana State Parks and these members will complete projects that have lasting impacts which benefit both the parks and the communities where they exist. Whether they are teaching kids about nature or history, or organizing a group of volunteers for a tree planting project; our members lead the way in our communities by exhibiting stewardship principles and a strong conservation ethic through hands on engagement.

Montana State Parks is home to seven National Historic Land Marks, and our AmeriCorps program is looking to place national service members at six of those. These state parks are extremely relevant anthropologic sites that have shaped the American West. The Bannack Townsite was the location of the first gold strike and was Montana’s first territorial capitol, and has over 70 historic structures remaining. Traveler’s Rest State Park is the only archeologically verified stop of Lewis and Clark on their journey to and from the west coast. Chief Plenty Coup was the last War Chief of the Crow Tribe, and his homestead was left to teach about the transition of a nomadic people to the tribes living on reservations.

Members will also have a chance to serve shorter positions at five anthropologically significant parks. The Giant Spring was recorded by Lewis and Clark in their journals and retells their journey along the Missouri River. The headwaters of the Missouri river has served as a major travel corridor for people since time immemorial, and the Madison Buffalo Jump was used by tribes as a major source of food collection prior to the introduction of horses or rifles to the American West. Pictograph Cave contains over 30,000 prehistoric artifacts and over 100 pictographs from as far back as 2,000 years. The Battle of Rosebud was the precursor to the Battle of Little Big Horn, and it too contains a buffalo jump, pictographs, and petroglyphs.

These sites need to have their story told to the public, and who better than an Anthropologist?

Full Time Positions (January 15 to November 19, 2018)

Bannack State Park

Position Description

Dillon, MT

Chief Plenty Coups State Park

Position Description

Pryor, MT (Near Billings)

Traveler’s Rest State Park

Position Description

Lolo, MT (Near Missoula)


Half Time Positions (April 9 to September 14, 2018)

Giant Springs StatePark

Position Description

Great Falls, MT

Missouri Headwaters State Park & Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

Position Description

Three Fork, MT (Near Bozeman)

Pictograph Cave State Park

Position Description

Billings, MT

Tongue River & Rosebud Battlefield State Parks

Position Description

Decker, MT

Traveler’s Rest State Park

Position Description

Lolo, MT (Near Missoula)


Individuals serving with our program will complete either 1700 hours (11 months) or 900 hours (5 months), and will receive biweekly living allowance and a Segal Education Award of $5,185.00 (675 hours) to $2907.50 (900 hours) upon successful completion of a term of service. The Segal Education Award can be used towards college tuition, paying off student loans, or for Members who are 55 years or older can transfer the Education Award to a child, grandchild or foster child. All Montana State Parks AmeriCorps members will receive a modest living allowance and are also eligible to place their student loans in deferment during the term of service. Members beginning in April will also receive valuable trainings such as a Certified Interpretive Guide certification; and all members are eligible to be trained in Heart-saver First Aid/CPR/AED; Volunteer Management in Montana State Parks; Traditional (Native) Games Training.

To qualify, members must be a legal U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident who is at least 18 years old and has a high school diploma or GED, though some college experience is preferred. These positions are filled on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged. Applications are accepted through March 16th, 2018. 

To learn more about our program and to view application instructions, please visit:

We appreciate your help in circulating this opportunity, which in turn will aid Reed College students in making the next step into their career in Anthropology.

Joe Naiman-Sessions

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Montana State Parks

1420 E. 6th

Helena, MT  59601

P: (406) 444-5275

C: (406) 439-8050

The Bulletin Board is for informational purposes only. The Anthropology Department does not explicitly endorse any of the particular events or opportunities listed here.