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Posted: 02/22/2018

City of Missoula

MOON-RANDOLPH HOMESTEAD Located in the Rattlesnake foothills, less than two miles from downtown Missoula, MT, history and culture intertwine at one of the regionís oldest intact ranches (ca. 1880s). The City of Missoula purchased the 470-acre Randolph property in 1996 to preserve open space for animals, plants and people. The ranch, situated in the northwest corner of the property, had been continuously cultivated for over 100 years by the Moon and Randolph families, and gradually drew the attention of curious and concerned citizens. In 1998 the North Missoula Community Development Corporation (NMCDC) sponsored a community campaign to preserve the Homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC). Since 2000, Missoula Parks and Recreation has managed the site through a cooperative agreement with NMCDC. The property was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010, with 26 contributing buildings. In 2015, Missoula City Council approved a new Strategic Plan for the Homestead. The Moon-Randolph Homestead is unique from other museums, parks, open spaces, or places of recreation. It represents a delicate relationship between the built and non-built environment as a working agricultural site with hiking trails and summer camps. With the interplay of layered use within such a storied landscape, interpretation at the Homestead is an active and participatory process; less a period historical display or set of descriptive plaques. The power to collectively engage, inspire and connect to this place is, above all else, what makes the Homestead an invaluable and cherished resource within the intermountain West, and more specifically, Missoula.

Historic Preservation Intern - Moon Randolph Homestead
Internship Opportunity
Missoula, MT
$2000 stipend for 180 hours of work


The City of Missoula and the NMCDC seek one historic preservation intern to provide support for the continued maintenance, rehabilitation, interpretation and outreach for the Moon-Randolph Homestead Historic District. This position will be exposed to the many facets of a community-based historic preservation program -- conducting surveys and documentation, hands-on carpentry, archiving and curating, interpretation, outreach and tour leading.

The intern will work in a collaborative setting through a partnership consisting of municipal agencies, City Parks & Recreation Conservation Lands Management, City Planning - the Historic Preservation Office, and the NMCDC, a nonprofit devoted to community development, and will work with an enthusiastic staff of preservation and conservation professionals.

On-site housing is offered with access to fruits, vegetables, eggs and pork raised at the Homestead. Housing consists of a wall tent with a river kitchen set-up in a bucolic setting. Internet and limited cell service are available. A working office space and computer will be available for non-field days at the Historic Preservation Office in Missoula City Hall, just a few miles from the Homestead.


-Conduct HABS-like measured drawings and photography for the Homestead barn

-Conduct photo documentation of all historic resources on site

-Compile measured drawings and photo documentation as a reference for future preservation related efforts

-Assist staff in curating displays for the recently rehabilitated winch shed

-Research, build new and add to existing interpretation curriculum

-Aid in archiving and organizing historic material

-Assist the Conservation Lands Manager and parks crew in hands-on preservation carpentry

-Assist the Moon-Randolph Caretakers in planning and leading community tours, summer camps and hosting fundraising and volunteer events

-Aid in daily Homestead duties such as maintaining the historic fruit orchard and garden, caring for Homestead livestock and other related tasks as needed


-Attend Homestead Steering Committee meetings, Historic Preservation Commission meetings, and other agency meetings as appropriate

-Opportunity to participate in a variety of preservation-related activities and initiatives within the broader Missoula community


-Currently enrolled in, or having recently graduated from, a program in historic preservation, American history, architectural history, archeology or a closely related field

-Knowledge of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and National Register of Historic Preservation nomination standards

-Knowledge in the Historic American Building Survey, measured drawings and recording historic structures

-Knowledge in assessing and reporting conditions of historic structures

-Ability to operate a digital camera and compose quality architecture and landscape photographs

-Applicant should have excellent interpersonal communication skills, the ability to participate successfully as a member of team-based environment, and work with and educate the public

-Applicant should be comfortable around children and livestock

-Applicant should be comfortable working and residing in a rural and natural setting, and must have the ability to perform some physical labor and hike up and down hills as needed

-Some familiarity of western settlement and vernacular architecture is preferred but not required

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How to apply
Email a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript, as well as any questions to Emy Scherrer, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Missoula, escherrer@ci.missoula.mt.us. Please explain your interest in the position, describe your educational background and work history, and discuss your qualifications for this internship.
Emy Scherrer
435 Ryman
Missoula, MT 59802

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