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When You Can Brag That Your Life Is Better Than A Vacation

When You Can Brag That Your Life Is Better Than A Vacation

Written by: , January 15th, 2024
Categories: People

Your Life Is Better Than A Vacation

A visit to Yellowstone National Park is a bucket list item on its own. However, when you’re coming to a national park that’s millions of acres in size, a mere visit is barely enough time to scratch the surface of what Yellowstone has to offer.

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.

So, what’s the best way to check everything off your Yellowstone National Park bucket list? Hire on as a seasonal employee with Yellowstone National Park Lodges!

Imagine being able to tell your friends and families that you live and work in the world’s first national park. When you come to Yellowstone for a seasonal job, there is an endless amount of incredible, one-of-a-kind experiences to be had.

Read on for some tips on what to embrace in order to make the most of your time in Yellowstone. Then you will be able to testify to family and friends that your life truly is better than a vacation.

Embrace your community

  • People who work seasonally love being able to call a national park home, even if it’s only for a few months. They love finding a sense of community and belonging with others who also take pride in being ambassadors to the national parks they work at. But it is the sense of community formed with your roommates and co-workers on location that really forges bonds and creates memories that last a lifetime.
  • 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!
  • Read how one group of Yellowstone Staff” formed friendships and memories while working in this special place that lasted a lifetime back in the 1940s. Community is part of our history!

Embrace a positive attitude

  • Working in Yellowstone isn’t always sunshine and roses. The hard work, remote location, homesickness, occasional rude customers, etc., can take a toll from time to time. We’ve noticed that employees who find the positive side in all situations tend to enjoy their work more and are ultimately more enjoyable to be around.
  • 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!). All that hard work and experience only adds to your resume!
  • Read about how some of our employees made the most of their experience with a positive, contagious attitude.

Embrace your time off

  • Yellowstone receives over four million visits throughout the year. The majority of these visits come during the summer. The work in Yellowstone is not always easy. A commitment to service and high levels of performance are a must. Yellowstone employees understand this and that makes their time off that much sweeter.
  • 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.
  • Read about how one of our employees makes the most out of her lunch hour.

Embrace your adventurous nature

  • Those who come to Yellowstone National Park to work typically have an appetite for adventure. Armed with big ideas and some money in their pockets, they set off to various corners of the planet during the “off-season.” When you live and work in a national park, the opportunities for adventure and exploration are virtually limitless.
  • A seasonal job is a lifestyle. While it’s not for everyone, those who 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!
  • If you want some inspiration, check out where some of our Yellowstone staff vacation and volunteer in the off-season.

Check us out on Instagram and follow the hashtags #yellowstonejobs or #xanterralife for a “boots on the ground” perspective.

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.