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Laundry Crew

Bison, wolves and geysers are what bring people to Yellowstone. But to serve the million-plus overnight guests takes a lot of behind-the-scenes efforts. With more than 2,300 rooms and 5,000 beds, ensuring clean linens, bedspreads and towels is no small load (pun intended.)

 

Yellowstone has come a long way since the old days of the laundry workers known as “Bubble Queens.” These days all of our laundry is washed, dried, folded, counted, mended, and sorted out of one facility in beautiful Gardiner, MT.  The team consists of 55 seasonal workers, four seasonal supervisors, five maintenance staff, and two seamstresses (to keep the thousands of uniforms sized properly.)

While all that dirty laundry could create a huge environmental impact for the park, we employ a variety of sustainable practices and equipment that minimize the use of critical resources. In Yellowstone, the tunnel washer has been designed to use only one-third gallon per pound (traditional ones use 3 gallons of water). That’s water savings of about 12 million gallons annually, or enough water to fill more than 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In addition to that there are a variety of other sustainable initiatives.

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A Day in the Life of the Laundry Crew

Early Morning

Rise and shine! Laundry starts bright and early. The washers start up at 6am.

Mid-Morning

Get into the groove with some jams while folding, feeding sheets, and making sure things are sparkling clean. Head up to Mammoth at lunch to the Employee Dining Room or bring a lunch to eat at the picnic table while overlooking the Gardiner River.

Afternoon

Things start to wind down in the afternoon as the piles of laundry start to get smaller. Get off by late afternoon and have plenty of time to take advantage of the rest of your day to explore the area!

Evenings

This is your time to relax, enjoy the area, and socialize with new friends. Take part in one of the evening recreation activities like a sport, hike, movie, or game!

Behind the Scenes

Find Your Role

Interested? There are a variety of positions in the laundry crew to fit what you are looking for::

Laundry Help

The Laundry Help – Wash Deck/Tunnel Operator positions in Yellowstone provide guests with fresh, clean linen product used throughout the park. Teamwork and positive communication with all supervisors and co-workers are essential in this fast-paced, high heat environment. This job is very physical requiring you to stand for long periods of time in an industrial setting.

Laundry Truck Driver

Truck Drivers in Yellowstone ensure the movement of linens and other Laundry Operations products around the park. Drivers operate vehicles up to 62-feet in length over narrow park roads late at night, in various weather conditions.

Seamstress

The Seamstress keeps it all together, with alterations and clothing repairs that ensure Yellowstone staff look good in their uniforms! Other duties include issuing and receiving uniforms.

Laundry Office Coordinator

The Laundry Office Coordinator is the central point of contact for external laundry customers, coordinating with all departments to meet their linen needs. The Coordinator is responsible for all office functions in the laundry operation.

Uniform Clerk

The Uniform Room Clerk issues and receives uniforms, checks returned uniforms for quality, and re-hangs cleaned uniforms in correct order. Quality customer service skills and attention to detail are essential for this position.

Laundry Management

These important positions are all about developing and maintaining strong teams.

 

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Meet Our Team

Meet La Rue Weiland

The laundry crew is a close-knit team that works together to accomplish a big task! Meet the year-round manager behind it all. La Rue came out to Yellowstone in 2014 and never left because she fell in love with the mountains! Her first year she hiked close to 200 miles in the park. Her second, she explored and camped the surrounding areas of Yellowstone.  Her third year, she kayaked all the lakes in the area. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and you’ll see her every day working hard alongside the laundry crew.

 

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At Yellowstone National Park Lodges, we are a welcoming community who work hard, share a passion for the environment, and enjoy creating memorable experiences for our guests. We are the primary concessionaire in Yellowstone National Park. As part of the Xanterra Travel Collection family, we embrace a “naturally different” lifestyle that allows you to live, work, and explore one of the most beautiful places on earth.

We are a company based on values that reflect an environmental ethic and social conscience – for the long-term. “Our Softer Footprint” focuses on how we reduce our environmental impact through our comprehensive environmental initiatives. Our business practices exemplify environmental stewardship, and a desire to protect and preserve our public lands.