As the MPA continues to grow and expand, we are looking to grow our network of volunteers in a variety of ways. Some of the most exciting work that happens here is completed by our loyal volunteers. No matter your interests or how much time you have to offer, the MPA can put you to work preserving Montana history. Training and resources will be provided for all activities.
Guidebook Writer - Tourism Volunteer
The MPA Path Less Travel: Guide to Hidden Rural Heritage has received an incredible response and people from all across Montana are asking for more! We need a handful of capable writers who can help research and create entries for our guidebook and map. This is a perfect position for anyone looking to hone their writing skills or learn more about all the wonderful historic sites that are off-the-beaten-path in Big Sky Country.
Recording Sites - Photography Volunteer
There are amazing historic buildings and sites in every small town and down every back road. Though the staff would like to visit each one, it just isn’t possible. Therefore, we are asking for a couple of people to photograph the historic places, traditional landscapes, and cultural heritage they pass during their summer road-trips, outdoor excursions, or family vacations. Volunteers will need their own camera (or camera
phone) to participate. Images collected could be published on our
website, social media accounts, or formal reports.
Schoolhouse Survey - Historical Research
When it comes to historic preservation there are always endless piles of records and books to sort through. The MPA is looking for volunteers to help research the schoolhouses of eastern Montana as part of our Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey. This will require detailed research at the historical society and communication with locals who may have oral histories or information on schoolhouse locations. Anyone with a few extra hours, a natural sense of curiosity, and passion for Montana's iconic schoolhouses would be a perfect fit.
Schoolhouse Survey - Field Volunteer
Our Big Sky Schoolhouse Survey continues this summer, and the MPA is searching for volunteers to help document schoolhouses in the eastern counties of our state. Because Montana’s eastern counties are sparsely populated there are many miles to cover between schools. If you live east of Billings, have a family history, or just a love for the high plains of Montana we have a job for you!
Window Restoration - Carpentry
The ideal volunteer project serves both as an opportunity to give back to your community and to learn new skills. During this project volunteers will get hands on experience repairing historic windows with our Restoration Director, Dustin Kalanick. Along the way they will learn and practice traditional woodworking skills and carpentry methods.
Did we miss something?
If you possess a valuable skill or knowledge base that could be valuable to the MPA, please feel free to contact our Outreach Coordinator (Madeline Westrom) to discuss further volunteering options.