“I had the best summer in my life-full of memories and full of amazing people that I met.”
Fun Fact: Lu Harlow, Director of Food and Beverage, first came to Yellowstone for a summertime visit 30 years ago. She has spent 24 years helping Yellowstone lead the way in local, sustainable and organic food production.
“I was surrounded by great people, in a great location, and real personal/intimate connections were made.”
Members of our Food & Beverage teams tend to feel more like a community. 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. The variety of positions that can be assigned offer hands-on experiences that will help you decide what role in the Food & Beverage industry best suits you. 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, Food & Beverage can be a very good fit.
Interested? There are a variety of positions in our Food & Beverage department to fit what you are looking for:
Working as a chef allows you to develop, train, and mentor back of the house (BOH) managers and employees to support the goal of providing the highest possible culinary experience for our guests.
Although back of house jobs take place behind the scenes, they are essential to our operation. Working in a large operation like Yellowstone National Park allows you to develop foundational kitchen experience. Whether you are responsible for prep, set-up, service, clean-up, or restocking, the hard work required to be in the back of the house allows you to develop your culinary skills.
When you work as a host or server in the front of the house, you are the one who creates the best experience possible for our guests. From coffee carts to bars and pubs or from quick-service grills to fine dining restaurants, there is a front of house role that is a perfect fit for you!
These important positions are all about building and maintaining mutual trust and friendship among the Food & Beverage department. They encourage an atmosphere of teamwork and strive to develop a “family” environment. Many of our leads, supervisors, and managers started as Kitchen Crew and were promoted from within to their current managerial role (often within a single season).
Cache is a Server at the Lake Hotel. She started as a Rooms Inspector in the Lodging department in 2016 and has worked both summers and winters in Yellowstone across a variety of departments. What she loves most about her job is the ease that you can become best friends with coworkers and the diversity of her team. Her best advice for someone considering a Yellowstone job is “it’s a short commitment and worth it! You can make it whatever you want and build lasting relationships.” In her free time, Cache enjoys backcountry camping in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
Deirdre works in the deli at Lake Hotel. She came to work in Yellowstone because she thought it would be cool to work at the first national park. Her favorite part about working in Food & Beverage is the fact that the people she works with are from different countries and states. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with others “because it is a good way to get to know someone”. What surprised her most about working in Yellowstone was being able to experience the sight of the Milky Way at night.