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A Naturally Different Employment Experience at Yellowstone National Park

A Naturally Different Employment Experience at Yellowstone National Park

Written by: , May 17th, 2018
Categories: Working

Yellowstone is known as a world-class vacation destination, but did you know it’s also an amazing place to work? As the primary concessionaire in Yellowstone, and a part of the Xanterra Travel Collection family, we invite you to embrace a “naturally different” lifestyle that allows you to live, work, and explore in one of the most beautiful places on earth! Our team members are part of a welcoming community who work hard, share a passion for the environment, and enjoy creating memorable experiences for guests.  In addition, we are a company based on values that reflect an environmental ethic and social conscience – for the long-term.

Want insight on being Naturally Different? Read on to see if seasonal work is a good fit for you.

Do you have an adventurous nature?

Woman watching waterfall at Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

One of the bragging rights of working in a National Park is you get to say “I live where you vacation!”  At Yellowstone, you live in the middle of over 2 million acres. Most visitors spend their time rushing through the park to hit the highlights: Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Mammoth Hot Springs. When you work here, you have an entire season to explore these treasures. You can see the cycles of life from baby bison being born in the spring, to wildflowers blanketing the mountains in summer, to hearing an elk bugling in the fall.

Make the most out of your time in the park by taking advantage of employee perks like discounts, free passes, and recreation programs! Through your many adventures, you’ll develop pride in being an ambassador of Yellowstone.

Do you have a desire for community?

For those seeking a simpler way of life, a job at Yellowstone is the perfect landing spot. You’ll find a sense of belonging living in a community and make lifelong friendships. Your friends, co-workers, and neighbors come from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Not every day will be a “walk in the park”. There can be challenges to living in a remote, close-knit community. Be prepared to have a roommate in a dorm and eat in a cafeteria-style setting. But that’s not such a bad tradeoff to make;  you measure your daily commute in terms of steps, not miles and you don’t have to plan and prepare meals or wash dishes!

Do you have a strong work ethic?

By its very nature, seasonal work can be busy and demanding. But you don’t choose a seasonal job because it’s easy, you choose to be one of the lucky people who can call Yellowstone National Park home (seriously, that’s your mailing address!)

  •  It doesn’t matter what your experience level is.
    • Positions are available even if your only qualification is a passion for Yellowstone. When you work hard, there are opportunities for growth. Much of our leadership team came to the park as seasonal employees with no experience. Our executive chef started on the kitchen crew at the Old Faithful Inn and our director of Human Resources started as a room attendant.
  • It doesn’t matter what your job title is.
    • What’s important is you are helping to create memorable experiences for our guests and exceeding their expectations in one of America’s most beautiful places. Don’t get fixated on a certain job title you want. Rather, be willing and open to accept a job that gives you an opportunity to live, work, and explore in Yellowstone.
  • It doesn’t matter what your availability is.
    • Working in a National Park is not “just a summer job.” Yellowstone’s operating season runs from April through October. While preference is usually given to hiringpeople who can work the entire season, there are still plenty of opportunities to work spring and/or autumn seasons. These 6-12 week positions allow you to try seasonal employment and see if it’s right for you. If the lifestyle isn’t a good fit, it’s only a few months, and then you can move on.

Do you have a positive, contagious attitude?

Old Faithful Inn Personnel

A seasonal job is a lifestyle. While it’s not for everyone, those that experience it often consider it one of the best experiences of their life. It is a bold step to decide to travel across the country (or around the world) to arrive in a place you likely have never been before. But that adventurous attitude will bond you with other people seeking the same thing and you will help each other through the day-to-day. You’ll experience limitless opportunities for personal and professional growth in this new adventure!

Next Steps

The key to starting your seasonal adventure is preparation and research. The first step is reviewing our website. Not only will you find employee-specific information (housing, pay, recreational opportunities, etc.) but you will also be able to review our industry-leading sustainable business practices.  You can also check Xanterra’s website for more information on our values, lifestyle, and personality.

Check us out on Facebook and follow the hashtag #yellowstonejobs for a “boots on the ground” perspective. In addition, you can also join a number of Facebook groups (not affiliated with Xanterra or Yellowstone National Park Lodges) to connect with others working in Yellowstone. Yellowstone National Park Employees and Working in Yellowstone 2019 are public forums where prior, current, and future employees share stories, questions, pictures, and more.

So, are you looking for an employment experience that is Naturally Different than many other traditional companies?

Want to experience Yellowstone in-depth? See what makes Yellowstone National Park a great place to work for a season or longer!