Volunteers are needed at Garnet Ghost Town from June through the middle of October to assist with a variety of tasks including providing visitor information, leading tours, and assisting at the visitor center, including handling the sales of souvenirs and other items. Depending on the volunteer’s interest, other opportunities may be available such as area maintenance, assisting with special events like the annual Garnet Day, and development of signs and exhibits.
Volunteers are asked to commit for a minimum of one month, but longer stays are encouraged. The BLM may also provide a food stipend and lodging in one of the ghost town’s historic cabins which have no electricity or running water. A background check is required for all applicants.
Garnet Ghost Town is located 40 miles east of Missoula off a gravel road and is managed by the BLM. Mining began in the community in the 1860s and continued through the 1930s. Now, more than a century after Garnet was a thriving community, only remnants of the town remain. The BLM and the Garnet Preservation Association have worked to stabilize and preserve the buildings for the enjoyment of the public.
Those who are interested in volunteering should contact Nacoma Gainan at the BLM Missoula Field Office by calling (406) 329-3735 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Garnet, visit the Missoula Field Office’s website at http://blm.gov/j5ld or the Garnet Preservation Association’s site at http://blm.gov/k5ld