Whether watching the bison graze across the pasture, standing in awe of the waterfall rushing through the canyon, or witnessing “Old Faithful” first-hand, Yellowstone will never leave you disappointed.
In 1872, Yellowstone became America’s very first national park and still beckons visitors from all over the world to explore its beauty and wonders. Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, bordering into Montana and Idaho, these 2,219,791 acres captivate audiences with over 300 geysers, thousands of hydrothermal features, diverse landscape, and vast wildlife.
Yellowstone boasts one of the most diverse collections of wildlife of any national park. Here you will find over 60 different mammals including the grizzly bear, moose, elk, cougar, and the largest population of bison on public land in the entire country ranging anywhere from 2,300 to 4,500 bison!
ACMNP in Rocky Mountain and the surrounding Arapaho National Forest provides:
Our Yellowstone teams serve at six different locations: Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, Lake/Bridge Bay, Grant Village, Canyon, and Tower/Roosevelt. There are approximately 30 ministry team members throughout these various locations every summer.
Ministry team members seek employment in Yellowstone National Park through two different concession companies: Xanterra and Yellowstone Park Service Stations (YPSS) at their respective location assignments.
"Before my time in Yellowstone, I didn’t have a clear picture of what relational ministry meant. That changed very quickly. Being in one of the country’s most popular National Parks, I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, who came from all walks of life. I was able to minister to them, hike with them, form lasting relationships, and truly live out God’s mission for my life."
Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY
What to Expect
Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? You have come to the right place. In addition to having a national park as your backyard, you will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful and important ministry efforts. National parks, although beautiful, are remote and challenging locations.
Can I choose my park?
While we cannot guarantee that you will get your top preference, we do consider your requests as we assemble teams. There is a section of the application where you will be able to list your top three park preferences.
If we are not able to offer you the park of your choosing, we will suggest an alternate park location that might fit with your interests and team needs. We ask that you apply to ACMNP for the ministry experience more than the park location, and we will do our best to find a good fit.
As you can imagine, team assembly is a complicated process. Every team member placement has to take into account employer needs, team needs, dates of availability, various ministry logistics, and applicant interests. We appreciate your flexibility and openness through this process. Trust us, by the end of a summer with ACMNP, every team member claims their national park as the best national park. There really is no bad placement!
What does a typical week look like?
One of the greatest ministry opportunities you will have is through your seasonal employment. Working 40-hours each week through the local hospitality concessionaire gives you the opportunity to get to know and work alongside those within the community. Not only does your employment provide you with an income, but working in this context gives you credibility for your ministry as you become friends with people who may have negative associations with Christians. That said, a big portion of your week will be your job, which is also a significant part of your ministry.
Can I apply with a friend?
Yes, you can absolutely apply with a friend! You will find a section on the application to indicate who you are hoping to serve with, please be sure to list them there.
If you are applying with a group of people, we would strongly encourage you to separate into pairs, and spread out into multiple parks. The experience is typically much stronger when you are serving on a team with new friends from different backgrounds. Not to mention, groups of friends serving in multiple parks generally enjoy sharing their experiences and encouraging one another from across the parks.
Who are we looking for?
What will this cost me?
Ministry Team Members will actually earn an income through seasonal employment with private park hospitality companies (concessionaires). Additionally, seminarians enrolled in a seminary or theological graduate program will be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship stipend ($2,500 for returning seminarian leaders). Room and board is provided at minimal cost and differs by national park location and employer. You will find quickly that living in a national park is very inexpensive, and most team members usually walk away with $2500-3000 in their pockets by the end of the summer!
ACMNP's ministry in the national parks is a specialized effort and presents unique challenges. Therefore, every ministry team member is required to attend the ACMNP National Leadership Conference. There is a $25 application fee to process your application, and a $275 participation fee to cover training, program, and season expenses. Some team members choose to raise support to help cover these costs.
Please also note that Ministry Team Members are responsible for transportation to/from the leadership conference and transportation to/from the national park where they will serve.
You are just a few clicks away from a life-changing season in a national park! Can you hear the call? What are you waiting for…
The Lord said, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”