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Interpretation & Transportation

Coming to Yellowstone is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many visitors. And at over 2 million acres, it’s hard to know where to even start. That’s where our guided tours are the perfect solution. Our Interpretive Guides take guests to explore the incredible natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park.

Why Choose an Interpretation & Transportation Job in Yellowstone?

  • You have a passion for teaching. Guests look to our guides as the definitive source for all things Yellowstone. Not only will you provide interpretation to guests, but you will also answer their questions.
  • You are a road warrior. Whether you are driving or guiding, you will spend the majority of your day covering parts (or even all) of the 142-mile Grand Loop Road through Yellowstone.
  • You have high standards. We take pride in providing world-class interpretation. Some of our interpretive guides have worked with us for over 35 years!
  • You are detail oriented. It takes a village to run the Interpretation/Transportation Department-whether you are studying up on the material, safely navigating the roads, cleaning the fleet, or maintaining vehicle and driver’s logs, attention to detail is necessary.

“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.”

Yellowstone Jobs: Find Your Role

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.

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Meet Elsa Baltz

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!

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Yellow bus driving past firehole lake

Historic Yellow Busses

The yellow touring buses are as big a hit as they were when they first rolled onto Yellowstone’s byways in the 1920s.

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