Volunteer

Volunteer

Every year, MOR volunteers contribute an amount of work that would equal 14 full-time staff members! We could not provide many of our museum services without our talented and dedicated volunteers. They provide vital support to the museum and our community as a whole.

MOR volunteers value education and identify deeply with the MOR's mission to bring the world to Montana and share Montana with the world.

While most of them are also all over the age of 18, we do have some roles for younger education enthusiasts! Some have extensive academic backgrounds, others, none at all. MOR welcomes a wide range of skills, interests, talents, and experiences; we'd love to learn more about yours from your application to join our volunteer corps.

Whether your preference is helping visitors to explore our exhibits, leading tours for people of all ages, working in our research collections, or preparing our fossils for research, we offer a wide array of opportunities for you to consider. Please explore our list of volunteer roles to see if one inspires you!

How do I become a MOR volunteer?
Volunteers can dedicate their time to many areas at Museum of the Rockies. They are continually learning new skills and taking on new experiences and challenges. Maybe some of the tasks shown below will catch your eye and interest! Use this link to learn more and apply.

How do I access the current volunteer login portal?
Use this link to log into the MOR volunteer portal.

For additional information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Department at 406.994.6611 or museumvolunteers@montana.edu.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Please note that while we welcome all volunteer applications, our in-person volunteer program remains suspended due to COVID-19. 

Greet visitors and demonstrate the day-to-day life on an 1890s homestead. Volunteers on our farm, work inside the Tinsley house, out in the heirloom garden, or inside of our blacksmith shop. Volunteers must commit to one, four-hour shift a week.

The Living History Farm is open from Memorial Day to mid-September. Volunteers must commit to at least one summer and six to eight weeks of annual training in the spring.

If you are interested in continuing education and would like to give tours to groups of all ages in the museum, you may wish to become a docent.

Docents provided close to 1,000 guided tours for over 13,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to school tours, public and special tours are also conducted daily during the summer months.

MOR offers docent lead tours through many of our changing exhibits, the Siebel Dinosaur Complex, and the Paugh History Hall.

Volunteers prepare fossils in our Viewing Lab on a set team. Extensive training is required for work in this area. Volunteers are required to provide paleontology interpretation for visitors during work one three-hour shift per week and learn many new skills. These opportunities are very limited and generally filled by MSU Paleontology students.

Early learning programs and Family Festivals and Family Days provide many opportunities to work with families and younger children.

Volunteers typically volunteer one Saturday morning a month, helping to lead our educational crafts and activities.

Volunteers use carts with hands-on materials to provide interpretive experiences for visitors in the Siebel Dinosaur Complex or our history halls. They interpret real dinosaur fossils or artifacts and answer visitor questions.

Training and education are provided. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one two-hour shift per week.

Volunteers are often our first ambassadors to the museum. In the summer months and on busy weekends in the winter, volunteers greet visitors, answer questions, and make every museum visitor feel welcome.

The time and or physical demands of docent work may not fit everyone who wants to participate in continuing education. Our exhibit hosts attend the docent tours training for our changing exhibits and offer on the spot interpretation.