• Construction/Maintenance • Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
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Pompeys Pillar National Monument is located along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trails on the banks of the Yellowstone River, 28 miles east of Billings, Montana. U.S. history at the site began in 1806 when members of the Corps of Discovery, led by William Clark, stopped at this “remarkable rock.” Captain Clark carved his name in the sandstone formation, leaving his mark literally and historically. Pompeys Pillar is one of only a handful of sites that one can stand in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery, and see evidence of the expedition where they left it. As important as Clark’s signature is to our understanding of the Louisiana Purchase, William Clark was actually one of the more recent wayfarers to stop at the site. Human history at the site predates William Clark’s visit by millennia. The cultural significance of the site is demonstrated by the rock art still extant on Pompeys Pillar: the unique geology and natural history of the site combined to make the Pillar a beacon and landmark on the northern plains.
There is an outstanding history of volunteerism at our site. Beginning in the late 1980’s, local citizens concerned about the fate of “Pomp’s Tower” began to coalesce into a powerful force of preservation and change for the Corps of Discovery site along the Yellowstone River. Through the efforts of The Committee for the Preservation of Pompeys Pillar, the sandstone formation bearing William Clark’s signature was returned from private ownership to the public domain as a National Historical Landmark administered by the Bureau of Land Management. This legacy continues as volunteers continue to be a driving force at Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Today, Pompeys Pillar volunteers perform a wide range of duties caring for and connecting visitors to the site including gift shop operation, interpretation/environmental education, maintenance, and fee collection/visitor use.
The primary duties for this position involve meeting and greeting visitors and operation of the interpretive center gift store. Additional duties may involve greeting/fee collection, facility and grounds maintenance, or delivery of interpretive programs, depending on experience and desire of the volunteer(s).
A a minimum 2-month commitment is required for housing. The site is open seven days a week from the end of April to the end of October. Flexibility to work weekends and holidays is strongly encouraged.