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Working in Yellowstone in the Spring

Spring is an exciting time in Yellowstone National Park. As winter draws to a close, roads open up and warm-weather lodging is prepared for guests. It’s one of the most amazing times to live and work in the world’s first national park.

Multiple jobs in Yellowstone are available in the spring and there are lots of reasons why working in the park is an incredible opportunity. For one, it is our shortest season (but full of activity!) The landscape is changing almost daily. The days get longer, the park greens up, and wildflowers begin to bloom in the geyser basins. Yellowstone Lake is thawing out and spring runoff turns the waterfalls into truly spectacular sights. Immerse yourself in the beauty and wonders of Yellowstone in the spring.

Spring at a Glance

Positions Available

Interested? There are a variety of positions we are hiring for spring (late March-May):

Food & Beverage Department

-Kitchen crew (prep, set-up, service, clean up, and restocking of food service areas)
-Front of the House – Host, Server, Server Assistant (provide excellent guest service in an efficient manner)
-Cooks (prep, set-up, service, clean up, and restocking of cooks line and appropriate prep areas)

Housekeeping Department

-Room attendant (clean and prepare guest rooms)

Helping Hands (part-time)

-Work 20 hours a week during the month of May. Your job will be whatever is needed for the day. Training will occur for each position. Each day it may be something different, so flexibility is key.


What to Expect During Spring


The park may be warming up but, at certain locations (Canyon and Lake), it can still feel (and look) a lot like winter. There are fewer visitors and the park is quietly readying for a new season. Snow and ice are cleared from roads and parking lots while lodges are deep cleaned and prepared to welcome visitors for another season.


Four of Yellowstone’s campgrounds and all but two lodges open in May. During spring, many of the animals that live in the park are having their young: bison, elk, moose, pronghorn, wolf, and bear all welcome new ones into the world. Spring is prime time for viewing some of Yellowstone’s smallest and friskiest inhabitants. Plus, it is the best opportunity for seeing bears as they come out of hibernation in search of winter-killed carcasses.


Living and working in Yellowstone is not for everyone but for those who seek a simpler way of life, Yellowstone can be the perfect landing spot. Learn more about the dorms, cafeterias, recreation opportunities, and more.

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