Are you passionate about wildlife and wild places, and want to experience for yourself not only nature but also science in action? There are often times when we can use an extra hand around the office or in the field, not necessarily for tasks requiring professional ecology training but that do require attention to detail, a good attitude and work ethic, and a willingness to get involved and get your hands dirty, as well as the variety of unique skills and experiences available in the workforce beyond ecologists. 

What skills are we looking for?

  • IT experience

  • Accounting

  • Grant writing

  • …and more!

In the office:

Even though our thoughts, imagination, and sometimes even workdays are spent in Yellowstone, the day-to- day business operations necessary to sustain YERC keep us grounded in Bozeman. But this provides an opportunity for folks with office and business skills to branch out into ecology by applying those skills to our needs here at the office. If this sounds like you, stop by and visit or contact us at the office.

At the field station:

Cooke City, Montana—home to YERC's field station—at over 7,600' is the highest elevation town in the state. Winter temperatures regularly drop to - 40, and more than 10 feet of snow buries the isolated town with around 50 year-round residents during winter. All this, on top of the three hour drive from Bozeman, makes maintaining our field station a daunting task. But for those with the skills and tools to help with these repairs, this provides an opportunity to volunteer and stay in such a unique place right on the doorstep to Yellowstone National Park.

In the field:

When funding and time is available, we do our best to maintain our presence in Yellowstone and continue the legacy of our long-term data-sets by hiring field crews. But since there is safety in numbers, we welcome the opportunity of volunteers joining those crews, assisting them in the field, and keeping an eye out for bison, bears, and billowing thunderheads. If you would like to spend some time helping out in the field, please contact us.

Words From Volunteers

In my lifetime, some of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had have been in the field of biology, and I’m not a biologist.
My goal was to choose a profession I was interested in and had a passion for, I wanted to make a contribution.
Who knew my skills as an OR nurse could be helpful in Yellowstone?