Essential to keeping the vision for Medora alive.


Volunteers are an integral part of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and its operation. We could not do what we do in Medora without our volunteers. From inventory and painting to planting flowers, greeting guests at the Medora Musical, and more!


If Medora is a special place to you—and if you want to connect to that special place in a whole new way—we’d love to hear from you.

Meet Nicole Pinner

NEW – Director of Volunteer Programs.

Originally from the sunshine state of Florida, Nicole recently moved to North Dakota to join the ranks of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) as our new Director of Volunteer Programs.


With a commitment to volunteering and non-profit work, she brings a wealth of experience. She’s been all around the country, organizing events for Feeding Children Everywhere, managing volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and even serving as the Volunteer Services Coordinator at Give Kids The World, a Make-A-Wish partner, where she had an amazing team of over 300 volunteers every day, helping fulfill children’s wishes in the Orlando area.


Nicole’s initial interest in Medora was motivated by her love for history, horses, and the Western way of life. But, it was the genuine warmth and kindness of the North Dakota community and the unbeatable beauty of the badlands that sealed the deal.


Nicole is eager to make a real impact here. She is most excited to help our volunteer department evolve to better support Medora’s year-round operations and to continue growing the volunteer program’s impact.


Whether you cross paths with Nicole online or on the streets with her two dogs, please extend a warm and friendly welcome.

"From the moment I met her, I sensed that she was a person that liked a challenge, had a sense of what TRMF was and was excited to be a part of that.  On a personal level, I have found her to be a compassionate, sensitive yet self-assured person who I feel confident will become someone the volunteers will trust and like.  It feels good to have someone who I feel will be a competent and caring leader for the TRMF Volunteer Program."
Peggy Gunther
Outgoing Director of Volunteer Programs


Your volunteer experience can take many shapes. Social butterfly? You’ll love summer sessions of greeting guests across Medora. If you’re a green thumb, our flower crew might be just for you. And if you’re a born salesperson, you could become Medora’s number-one teddy bear seller.


Meet Lonnie Bonner, a TRMF volunteer of 15 years who overcame a stroke to return to Medora for another summer.

Meet Mike Johnson, a 15-year volunteer whose passion for Medora is simply contagious.

How do we select our volunteers?

The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation seeks a rich blend of new and returning volunteers. We look for geographical diversity, promoting a wide array of cultures and experience. We consider prior years of service and quality of past efforts. And we seek a blend of couples and singles that can be accommodated in our lodging facilities.

The more flexible and available you are, the more likely you are to be selected to volunteer.

Volunteering comes with perks!

You give so much to Medora, and we are so grateful. So it’s only appropriate that we can take care of you!


By volunteers and for volunteers, the Spirit of Work Lodge is an exclusive housing destination for those who generously give of their time and efforts to help Medora thrive. It’s a place where our volunteers can commune at the end of the day. And it’s just steps away from the Life Skills Center, which provides meals and more to our volunteer friends. All linens and amenities are provided.


All meals are provided free of charge at the Life Skills Center cafeteria.



  • Volunteers may receive up to a 25% discount for meals at other TRMF restaurants or food venues.
  • Volunteers are able to attend the Medora Musical, the shows at the Old Town Hall Theater and several other activities free of charge.
  • Volunteers may receive a 25% discount at all TRMF gift shops.
  • Volunteers may play the Bully Pulpit Golf course at the employee rate for green fees/cart. WOW!
2024 Volunteer Application Now Open!

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2024 Volunteer Application Now Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for 2024. 2024 Summer Waitlist applications will open in late May.

2024 Volunteer Application Waitlist

Our 2024 applications are closed. But if you’re keen on lending a hand when the trail gets tough, hop on the waitlist by filling out the form below.