Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is a non-profit cultural and educational humanitarian project dedicated to the Native Americans of North America. The foundation has three major goals: the mountain carving, the Indian Museum of North America and the University and Medical Training Center for the North American Indian. The main visitor complex consists of several buildings where Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation operates a welcome center, theaters, galleries, museums, and van rides to the top of Crazy Horse Mountain. At this main complex Korczak’s Heritage, Inc. operates a gift shop, Laughing Water Restaurant and Snack Shoppe, and bus rides to the bottom of the mountain carving. One mile south of Crazy Horse Memorial, at the Heritage Village complex Korczak’s Heritage, Inc. operates a gift shop featuring Native American, South Dakota and Western-made products, a kid’s free “Old West” village, and Rodeo Clown & Bull Fighter Museum. A short distance north of this location Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation operates the Heritage Village Campground.
What We Expect Of You
If you are a team player who wants to work and share our dedication to exceed our guests’ expectations, we encourage you to consider a seasonal or year-round position at Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation or Korczak’s Heritage, Inc. We hope that you will enjoy the Black Hills of South Dakota on your days off, but we expect you to be committed to your job responsibilities at work. We are committed to providing great service in all areas of our facilities. In order to achieve this, you as an employee, need to make a similar commitment to excellence and achievement in your own personal standards and work habits. We are looking for employees with previous experience in the restaurant, gift shop and other guest services, and employees who may have little job related experience, but are willing to work hard, enjoy working with and for people, and take pride in a job well done.
Basic Employment Requirements
Availability Dates: Our season begins in early May when we begin gearing up for the upcoming season and extends into November. Some positions are year round. Your employment chances improve if you can arrive early and work late in the season. Be REALISTIC and SPECIFIC about the exact date you will be available to start and the last day you can work, as these dates will become part of your employment agreement.
Age: All employees must be age 14 or over upon reporting to work.
The personal appearance of all employees is very important in presenting a positive and professional image of Crazy Horse Memorial to visitors and guests. In this regard, the following standards are imposed as a basic condition of employment for all employees:
Drug Free Work Place
Our goal is to provide a drug free work-place that is free from the effects of illegal or non-prescribed drugs and alcohol. By signing your employment agreement you consent to a blood, breath or urine test if you are involved in a work related accident.
Work Schedule and Compensation
All seasonal employees are paid an hourly rate. Most seasonal employees will work 5 days a week with 2 days off per week. Shifts can start any hour of the day and split shifts are possible. During periods of slow business, schedules may be shortened. Sick days and vacation days are only earned by year round, full-time employees. It is important to note that pay periods run on a two week cycle with pay day being every other Friday. Therefore, it would be advisable to bring some additional money to cover your expenses until your first paycheck. Seasonal employees who complete their employment agreement with a satisfactory end of season employment evaluation will be eligible to receive an end of season bonus up to 25 cents per hour for every hour worked. Any employee who begins as seasonal and becomes year-round will receive a bonus during their first year only for hours worked through Labor Day Weekend of that first year.
Living in the Custer community requires that housing be an important part of your plans. Crazy Horse Memorial and Korczak’s Heritage, Inc. do not have housing available. Our employees are encouraged to take advantage of rental opportunities in Custer, Hill City, and surrounding communities. The area’s local newspapers are a good source for up-to-date rental information.
The Campground/RV Park at Crazy Horse/Heritage Village has special monthly rates available for employees who have an RV or a Motor home.
Employees who show their Identification Card will receive discounts on meals at Laughing Water Restaurant. Discounts are also available on all but certain excluded merchandise at Korczak’s Heritage, Inc. gift shops. Please check with the restaurant and gift shops for more details on the discounts.
Employees must provide their own transportation to and from work. Arrangements can be made with us for transportation from the bus depot or airport in Rapid City to Custer.
Print out this PDF application form and send it to the following address:
Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900
Fax Number: 1.605.673.2185
Phone Number: 1.605.673.4681
Your chances of being selected increase if you are flexible and realistic about your job choices. Please indicate SPECIFIC dates of availability. To expedite the employment process, please include letters of recommendation from past and present employers (references are checked.) Our hiring decisions are made starting in February. If you are selected for employment, an employment agreement will be sent to you for your review and signature. Our receipt of your signed agreement indicates your acceptance of the job offer. Please be courteous enough to inform us of your decision in a timely manner. PLEASE NOTIFY US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, IF YOUR SITUATION CHANGES PRIOR TO YOUR SCHEDULED START DATE.