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Where You Will Work: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is an unparalleled World Heritage Site and renowned vacation destination. The lucky few who work here can tell stories of adventure, life-changing experiences, professional evolution, and lifelong friendships. It is a truly inspiring place to live and play.

With visitors and staff from every country and every state, you’ll have a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with various cultures, gain invaluable career experience, and be challenged to create the life you want to live. Maybe you’ll stay for a couple seasons, a couple decades, or find another adventure along the way. In Yellowstone, you have the chance to create profound experiences with special people who share the same passions, values, and interests.

A full listing of available positions can be found on our Careers page.

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If you have a question about applying for a position or working in Yellowstone contact us at (307) 344-5324 or e-mail us at

We offer positions in the following departments:


The Accounting department is based in Mammoth Hot Springs and has department staff at each location around Yellowstone National Park. Most positions require experience in bookkeeping and cash handling. Some positions require travel around the park.

Since before Yellowstone was a park, people from all over the country, and the world came to this incredible place.  With the diversity of our guests, so comes a wide range of tastes and preferences when it comes to food.  And since we’re the primary provider of in-park meals, we’re always busy providing visitors and guests great service and great food, often made with locally sourced ingredients.

We offer food service outlets that vary from quick service to full service, from delis to fine dining.  But this can’t be done without a great team. Perhaps even more than a team, kitchen crew members tend to feel more like a community.  Kitchen positions vary in such a way that they can be great fits for those who want to stay behind the scenes, or those who’d prefer working directly with guests.  Since restaurants typically open for breakfast and close after dinner, early birds and night owls can find their preferred work schedules. For those interested in starting or enhancing their food and beverage careers, the kitchen crew is a great way to go. The variety of positions that a kitchen crew can be assigned offers hands-on experiences that will help one determine what avenue in F&B industry best suits her or him. For those with the interest and ability, the road to promotion is paved with opportunity. Whether you’re more interested in schedule options that support off-time experiences, or a path to a career**, Kitchen Crew positions can be a very good fit.

**Our culinary training program, combines on-the-job training with technical classroom instruction. Whether you are just out of high school or an experienced cook, this program will allow you to work full-time under a qualified, supervising chef while gaining the needed skills to be a successful culinarian. There are also opportunities for culinary staff to participate in the Yellowstone Chapter of the American Culinary Federation to help further their careers in the culinary arts and culinary intern and extern programs are also available.

Calling all happy campers! If you love the RV life and want to share Yellowstone with our camping guests, we have the job positions you may be interested in. Campground staff works in one of the five Xanterra operated campgrounds around the park.

Corral positions are filled by experienced horse men and women willing to work hard and care for our guests and our horses. Wranglers lead park guests on one and two-hour guided horseback rides on established trails through Yellowstone’s backcountry while providing these guests with engaging commentary on the areas they are passing through, its history, and the wildlife that live there.

Recreation is big in Yellowstone National Park. The Employee Co-Op Recreation Program (YCERP) is a large part of that.

Most locations have a Recreation Hall and staff that work in them. Recreation staff plan, schedule, advertise and host many activities during the summer and winter seasons. These activities include interpretive hikes in the park, shopping trips to town, movie nights on location, league sports, and more. If you are studying for a recreation degree, or have a background in recreation, we want to hear from you.

To learn more about what the Employee Co-Op Recreation Program does, visit their website at:

Our Engineering and Maintenance department plays one of the most important roles in Yellowstone. From famous historic lodges to modern hotels, our crews rise to the challenge of opening, maintaining, and closing facilities in all seven park locations that welcome three million annual guests. Engineering and Maintenance does it all, from troubleshooting to repairs to installations of fixtures and equipment, as well as keeping facilities maintained to our highest standards. Hands-on skills are needed to get the job done right. If the idea of being one of the people who keeps Yellowstone up and running seems right, this may be the department for you.

The Front Desk at each hotel and lodge in Yellowstone National Park is a hub of guest activity. Guest Service Agents spend their days helping park guests experience Yellowstone. Guest Service Agents register guests for their accommodations or make reservations for them at one of the other park locations. It continues as they explain the services and activities at their own location and throughout the park. This means answering a lot of questions and providing a lot of information. Guest Service Agents must be able to learn and work with a reservation/lodging computer system, become familiar with basic park information, the activities available to guests throughout the park, and the services provided at that location. Most importantly, they must thrive on working with people, as they deal with guests daily in a wide variety of situations.

Many Yellowstone National Park guests spend time in our nine park hotels and lodges with many staying overnight in one of 2100 rooms and cabins throughout Yellowstone. The inviting lobbies, clean restrooms and spotless accommodations that welcome guests are the result of this department’s hard work. Housekeeping is a physically demanding job but the camaraderie and help from fellow team members makes the day go by quickly.

The Personnel Department in Yellowstone keeps each location going. From training employees, to maintaining comfortable housing, to making sure someone is there to help, the personnel staff works behind the scenes to help each employee have a great season both at work and at home.

The Interpretation Department is a constant hub of mobile activity. All of Xanterra’s Interpretive Tours in Yellowstone originate from the Interpretation/Transportation Department. If you have the skills and the desire to help people fall in love with Yellowstone, have a good driving record and hold a valid driver’s license, we may have a position for you.

The Laundry Operations Plant is where all the lodging and dining linens are processed for use at all nine locations. The plant, located at the north entrance to Yellowstone in Gardiner, Montana, is one of the largest facilities of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Employee living quarters for laundry employees include kitchenettes in each room and a private bath.

Reservations agents are our guests’ first impression of the company and park, and they’re key to launching our guests’ incredible (and possibly life-changing) experiences. It’s not just about reserving a room, it’s so much more. Since most guests have never visited Yellowstone, they need caring and knowledgeable guidance from us in order to best plan their visit. (We train the system and park knowledge part, agents just need to bring the caring nature.) The best fit employees for the reservation department are those who genuinely care about people, and want to deliver the highest levels of service.  Successful reservations agents enjoy the diversity of our guests and staff, and have a desire to explore and share their own enthusiasm about the park. Agents must also must be comfortable sitting for extended periods and talking on the phone. Agents in Yellowstone’s reservations department will need an inherent desire to have fun, as this department likes to celebrate notable achievements (like exceptional guest comments, exceeding expectations, exemplary teamwork) with treats like ice cream, pizza, and special days of casual/themed dress.  Reservations agents begin each call with, “Welcome to Yellowstone.” From there, we build dreams.

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most memorable places on earth. Retail Associates in nine gift shops around the park help guests choose items to take home as reminders of their own amazing adventures. Previous cash handling experience is required, along with excellent guest service skills and attention to detail. If you have retail experience, this could be the job for you.

Yellowstone Lake’s Bridge Bay Marina is the only marina in Yellowstone National Park. Daily activities include: 41 passenger Scenic Cruise tours, Guided fishing/sightseeing tours, Backcountry Shuttle excursions, motorboat rentals, rowboat rentals, and dock slip rentals. Yellowstone Lake is the largest lake in North America above 7,000 feet in elevation. With 132 square miles of surface area, there is plenty to explore. All positions at the marina are high guest contact positions. The goal is to keep Guests safe and provide a high level of guest service. The marina remains open in all weather conditions: sun, rain, snow, etc., and employees must be comfortable working outside in all conditions.

Security Personnel patrols buildings and grounds to observe and identify potential security and safety risks or undesirable conditions such as fires, theft and vandalism.

The Support Services Department provides settings for special venues around Yellowstone. Support Services staff must be physically able to move furniture and other heavy items.

The Vending Department stocks snack and beverage machines around Yellowstone. Staff must be physically able to lift and carry crates of beverages out of the truck and to stock multiple machines in multiple locations each day. Vending Drivers must be over 21 years of age, have a good driving record and a valid driver’s license.