Working in Yellowstone in the Fall
Yellowstone Fall Jobs
There are few words that can truly encompass Yellowstone at any time of the year; after all, it’s been called “Wonderland” for a reason. But autumn brings its own special allure; a wonderful time of year, when the heat slowly fades, the leaves change colors and a new season begins. When the summer starts to slip and fall takes hold, it’s one of the most amazing times to work in the world’s first national park.
For most people, the job is a means to an end, the end being an extended experience in the world’s first national park. Multiple jobs in Yellowstone are available in the fall and there are a plethora of reasons why working in the park during this blissful season is an incredible opportunity.
For one, if you can’t commit to working for a full summer season, this shorter period of time might be more suitable. The shortened season still offers a sampling of the flavor of the park (and maybe be enough to hook you into coming back).
Also, the park is less busy in the fall. Yellowstone sees millions of visitors in the summer season, but as school starts back up and vacation times end for many, the 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone truly open up. And with those 2.2 million acres as your backyard, there are endless opportunities for adventure.
You will watch the park as it transitions into a different place. You’ll see the aspen trees seemingly burst into a beautiful bright golden hue, and other trees, plants and shrubs offer red, orange, and yellow accents to the evergreen forests. The winds will begin to bring the cooler air and the Autumn sun, as it sets a bit earlier, will set the stage for spectacular night time star shows.
The wildlife are still a centerpiece of the Yellowstone experience. August and early September are time for the bison and elk rut (or mating season). Bears will ramp up their search for food (often in rocky areas as they munch on moths) to get ready for their yearly hibernation. September is the best time to hear the bugle of the bull elk as they enter their rutting period, and battle against each other for dominance of the herds.
Just because things slow down in the park, it doesn’t mean you have to. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for getting active in Yellowstone. Hiking and camping are just a few of the great fall activities. But two things you’ll definitely see during the autumn months are fly rods and long camera lenses! If either or both of these items are part of your essential travel gear, Yellowstone is probably a very good fit.
The fact is, there is no bad time to come live, work and adventure in Yellowstone, but there is definitely something magical about being here in the fall.
As the seasons change, Yellowstone National Park changes with them. Living and working here enables one to experience the park as it transitions through the seasons. The fall is one of the best times to be in the park; don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself.
Karley Nugent graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a major in journalism and a minor in English. During the summer of 2015, she worked as a Senior Guest Service Agent (GSA) at Lake Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. Nugent is a photographer, avid hiker and lover of all things Yellowstone, especially the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (look for her at Artist Point).