Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Mt. Rushmore provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Rushmore Amphitheater: 8:30 AM

Ministry Team Member Information

Our team in Mt. Rushmore is typically four ministry team members, all of whom serve in the same park location.

  • Summer placement only
  • Mentors available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass not available

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from Xanterra at Mt. Rushmore restaurants and gift shops


  • Preferred availability of mid-May through end of August or early September

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • Married housing available

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service


  • Bringing a car is necessary at Mt. Rushmore!

* If you are interested in serving in Mt. Rushmore as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Mt. Rushmore, (including employee housing costs), please visit

How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Mt. Rushmore

Information About The Park

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, is a testament to America’s past, present, and future. This country’s rich heritage comes to life on the colossal faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln – forever carved into granite atop the mountain. This park sees millions of visitors each year and provides the opportunity to interact with guests from all over the world.

Surrounding Mt. Rushmore are South Dakota’s rugged Black Hills and the nearby Custer State Park. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and climbing are just a few of the many activities popular throughout the nearby cliffs, mountains, and pristine lakes.

Popular Destinations

  • Presidential Trail
  • Sculptor’s Studio
  • Custer State Park
  • Jewel Cave National Monument
  • Wind Cave National Park
  • Badlands National Park


Rocky Mountain goats inhabit the steep cliffs within Rushmore’s Black Hills, as do deer, chipmunks, and turkey vultures among others.

Outside Resources

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, SD, 2007

As a ministry team, we faced a number of challenges including reconciling different approaches to ministry, dealing with personality quirks and leadership styles, and managing time and organization issues.Read More

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"We used fun sports games such as Ultimate Frisbee and Capture the Flag to reach out to the non-Christians in the dorm."
– Lis, Mt. Rushmore 2004