“The Transportation Department is providing world-class interpretation and commentary to Park visitors. Yellowstone deserves no less.”
Fun Fact: Less than 50 Transportation Department guides provide interpretive experiences to more than 65,000 visitors during the summer season in Yellowstone National Park.
“Our colleagues in transportation (guides, bus washers, administrative assistants at bus barn) are top notch.”
The Interpretation/Transportation Department is a constant hub of mobile activity. All of Xanterra’s Interpretive Tours in Yellowstone originate from the Interpretation/Transportation Department. If you’d like a position with lots of variety, plus the opportunity to work outside and see much of the Park, this may be the department for you.
The Bus Driver/Interpretive Guides operate the Class B CDL required vehicles and host excursions for Yellowstone guests while safely navigating Yellowstone roads and offering interpretive information to participants. Touring Car Drivers do not need CDLs. In addition to hosting excursions, guides may conduct Step-On guiding functions where they accompany outside tour groups as they travel through the park, conduct walking tours of historic structures and geyser basins, or lead multi-day inclusive packages and other interpretive duties during the course of their season.
Keeping the transportation department up and running is no small task for our team of Bus Washers, Service Center Laborers, Dispatchers, and Assistants. The primary responsibility of Bus Washers and Laborers is cleaning the exterior and interior of our vehicle fleet. The Dispatcher and assistants perform the administrative duties such as scheduling, training, timekeeping, reporting, budgeting, and coordinating maintenance of various vehicles are just a few of the responsibilities of these positions.
Meet Yellowstone bus washer Elsa Baltz. Elsa is an outdoors enthusiast who has worked in Yellowstone 4 summers and 3 winters. On a typical day, she’ll clean 6-10 buses. “There are two parts of my job. Cleaning busses and dropping off or picking up drivers as needed. It’s a lot of physical work but lots of fun.” Xanterra has 7 Historic Yellow Buses (HYBs). Each summer the HYBs clock 80,000+ miles on the road and share the wonder of Yellowstone with over 12,000 visitors!