Historical Interpretation Intern

Expected Dates
April 10, 2022 to October 8, 2022
Big Hole National Battlefield
Position ID
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

Join a small team of dedicated park employees working to help visitors remember the events surrounding the Nez Perce Flight of 1877, and the lasting effects on both the Nez Perce and American societies. Focus will be on the battle that occurred in the Big Hole Valley of southwestern Montana. The intern will receive training in formal and informal interpretation, become familiar with operations at a visitor center in a small national park, and gain knowledge on a variety of topics and issues regarding Nez Perce history and present day culture.

During they peak visitation season the incumbent’s primary responsibilities will be working the front desk at the visitor center and presenting history-based interpretive programs. At the visitor center the intern will greet and orient visitors, answer questions, provide information and materials, update displays and bulletin boards, and assist with stocking and sales of items in our partnering Glacier National Park Conservation bookstore. Interpretive programs may include introducing the park film, short map talks, 30 minute deck talks, 1.5 hour guided walks, tipi demonstrations, and assisting with programming for school groups including the week long Coyote Camp. Other duties may including roving park trails and completing a project, the nature of which depends on the intern’s skill set and interests.

The park is considered remote and isolated. There are only 6 permanent staff members fewer than 10 summer seasonal staff. The ideal candidate will be comfortable living alongside the few people s/he works with. 

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing

Please note: this internship is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.


  • Big Hole National Battlefield consists of 600 acres located in the Big Hole Valley in southwestern Montana, which is home to large working ranches. It is nestled between three separate mountain ranges in the Beaverhead National Forest and has the North Fork of the Big Hole River running through it. Cell phone coverage is spotty, and is not available to some carriers in this area. The nearest town providing basic amenities is Wisdom, which is located 10 miles east of the park with a population of 98 people. Several towns with full services are located within 65 to 85 miles of the battlefield. A personal vehicle is required in order to access recreational and shopping opportunities. Be aware, the park will not provide a vehicle or bicycle for personal use.
  • Interpretation, cultural sensitivity, Basic First Aid, CPR, & AED.
  • Fishing, hiking, camping, backpacking, hotsprings, and other outdoor recreation opportunities are available in the area. Year-round local events occur in nearby Wisdom, MT. The nearest town with movie theaters and other major services is 65 miles away.
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Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
degree minor or extensive experience
degree major or professional experience
Customer Service
competent with supervision
Social Media
some experience
Money Handling
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
some experience