Crazy Horse Employment

Who we are:

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is a non-profit (501c3) cultural, educational, and humanitarian project with three major goals: the mountain carving, the Indian Museum of North America, and the Indian University of North America which is currently a summer program in partnership with the University of South Dakota. The main visitor complex consists of several buildings where Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation operates a welcome center, theaters, galleries, museums, and special guided trips to the top of Crazy Horse Mountain. At this main complex, Korczak's Heritage, Inc. operates a gift shop, Laughing Water Restaurant, snack shop, and bus rides to the bottom of the mountain carving. A short distance south of this location, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation operates Heritage Village Campground.

Crazy Horse Memorial accepts employment applications year-round.

Currently Available Positions:

Museum Curator and Director of Cultural Affairs

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, a public charity and educational and humanitarian effort in the Black Hills of South Dakota is seeking applications for the position of Curator and Director of Cultural Affairs for its Indian Museum of North America and Native American Educational and Cultural Center.

This full time, exempt position oversees the Museum’s collections and will lead accreditation and policy development efforts and serve as a cultural resource and public presence for the Foundation.

The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in museum studies, art, history, arts administration or Native studies or a related Master’s degree with direct experience. Staff supervisory experience and at least three years of experience as a Museum Curator or related role working with Native American art and artifacts required. Strong organizational, communication, and writing skills are essential.

Interested individuals should send a letter outlining how they meet the qualifications, a resume, and the names, addresses, and contact information for three professional references. Click Here to Apply.

Media and Marketing Department

Job Title:  Graphic Illustrator and Social Media Coordinator

This individual will be responsible for working on new and existing printprojects, creating specific illustrations, producing original designs,revising layouts, generating mockups, creating and maintain design specs, and preparing projects to release in various formats. The position will prepare and monitor social media platforms and serve as the lead write for news releases. Please send a cover letter, resume, three references and examples of your work.
Human Resources
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse SD  57730-8900
Phone Number:  605-673-4681
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2017 Seasonal Positions:

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation

Korczak's Heritage

 Van DriverVan Driver - Manage guided tours to the top of Crazy Horse Mountain. Click Here to Apply. HostHost/Cashier - Seating and preparing dining area for guests and large groups & running cash register. Click Here to Apply.
 Cultural Center AttendeeCultural Center Attendant - Staffing Cultural Center, answering questions and assisting guest with hands on displays. Click Here to Apply. CookCook - Preparing meals for restaurant visitors. Click Here to Apply. 
 Info BoothInformation Booth Attendant - Answering guest questions & sharing information. Click Here to Apply. Cook AttendantCook's Attendant - Prepping food for cooks & maintaining food safety regulations. Click Here to Apply. 
Maintenance PhotoMaintenance - Maintaining grounds and facilities. Click Here to Apply. WaiterWait Staff - Serving guests meals & drinks in the restaurant. Click Here to Apply.
Visitor HostVisitor Host - Greeting guests, answering questions and directing them to areas of the facility. Click Here to Apply. Gift ShopGift Shop Sales - Assisting visitors with purchasing decisions & transactions. Click Here to Apply.
Admission StaffAdmission Staff - Staffing our ticket office, greeting visitors as they enter the Memorial. Click Here to Apply. DishwasherDishwasher - Washing dishes in the restaurant kitchen and maintaining cleaning and safety guidelines. Click Here to Apply.
campingsmallCamping Attendant - Assisting campers at Heritage Village Campground. Click Here to Apply. CookLine Cook - Preparing meals for restaurant visitors. Click Here to Apply.
emp laserLaser Light Show Technician - Assists with the nightly laser light show. Click Here to Apply. Bus DriverBus Driver - Manage guided tours to the base of Crazy Horse Mountain. Click Here to Apply.
  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681


Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 26-29

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 26-Oct 1

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here:
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 9

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.