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Big Hole National Battlefield

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Big Hole National Battlefield is currently recruiting for two volunteers. These volunteer positions are ideal for a couple whom travel with their own motor home. The Battlefield is located in an isolated valley, high in the southwestern Montana Mountains. The Battlefield commemorates the conflict between bands of Nez Perce Indians and the U.S. Military in 1877.

A Maintenance Volunteer is desired to help with remodeling efforts of offices and park housing requiring strong skills in general carpentry. The volunteer will assist with framing, dry walling, wiring, and painting. If leadership is more of a strong suit for an individual, a lead working with three area youths doing general grounds work and special projects may be more suitable. These duties will include janitorial work cleaning the visitor center and public washrooms each morning and then lawn care, watering re-vegetated areas, and other special projects each afternoon.

There is an Interpretive Volunteer needed to assist with staffing the Battlefield Visitor Center providing general information, interpretive talks, and collection of park fees. In addition the volunteer may lead guided walks and educational programs in the battlefield or present daily tipi demonstrations. Topics of history include Nez Perce Culture, Military History, Lewis and Clark, and the Natural and Cultural history of the Big Hole Valley.

A recreational vehicle pad is available with water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. In addition a stipend is offered to cover expenses for food. In return a couple would work three to four days a week and stay for two months or more. Individual volunteers would work four to five days a week and receive a similar stipend.

Volunteers are especially needed anytime from May 1, 2006 through September 30, 2006. The Battlefield is located in the Big Hole Valley at 6,100 feet above sea level. Even though summer days can be warm, 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit, it is not unheard of mornings starting below 32 degrees Fahrenheit throughout June, July and August. The valley offers abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts including: hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or floating the Big Hole River. Nearby are historic ghost towns, camping, and digging for crystals. Craters of the Moon, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks are within a half days drive.

To apply for one of these Volunteer in Parks positions please submit a resume with a short letter explaining the experience you hope to obtain and the dates of when you are willing to participate in this program. Send resume and letter to: Big Hole National Battlefield, PO Box 237, Wisdom, MT 59761 or electronically to timothy_fisher@nps.gov.



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