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All Xanterra operations in Yellowstone are being suspended from Friday, March 20 – through Sunday, June 14 due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Learn more here.

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Yellowstone Jobs Summer 2020

This page was updated May 19, 2020 and will be updated as necessary going forward. This information is subject to change – check back regularly for the most up to date info.

Working in Yellowstone Summer 2020 - What You Need to Know

All Xanterra lodging operations in Yellowstone are currently scheduled to remain closed through June 14, 2020. We anticipate opening limited food and retail operations beginning Friday, May 22, 2020.

When we open, we plan to offer lodging and services based on regional guidelines and conditions at that time. We are working closely with local National Park Service staff to ensure our facilities provide a safe and healthy experience for visitors and our employees.

Please click on the tabs below to get an overview of CURRENT protocols for Summer 2020:


Social Distancing and Prevention Hygiene

  • We are taking all reasonable efforts for social distancing. However, we are not able to always assure an environment where that is possible at all times.
  • Team members are encouraged to help maintain social distancing efforts when they are able to, and are expected to observe community safety standards including, but not limited to: refraining from large gatherings, and any gatherings in common areas/dorm rooms; hiking only on open and maintained trails; frequent hand washing and sanitizing; covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting your residence.

Face Coverings

  • Effective Thursday, May 7 – face coverings will be required in the following areas:
    • Employee buses
    • HR check-in
    • Uniform room
    • Employee dining room (EDR)
    • Employee training
    • Areas as deemed necessary which are not identified here
  • You are welcome to bring your own (CDC) approved face coverings.
    • Homemade face coverings (bandanas, buffs, etc) should not contain any offensive language or images. Human Resources and Operations personnel will help give guidance on this if there is a question.
    • Cloth face coverings should be clean for each shift. They should be doubled over and cover both nose and mouth.
  • Employees without their own (CDC) approved face coverings will be provided surgical masks as a temporary use. These will be available in HR upon the employee’s arrival. They will also be distributed via the Housing office to those already in company housing.
    • If you are in need of a face covering and do not receive a mask in either of these cases, please ask your supervisor and they will be able to obtain one. Again, these are intended to be used when you are in one of the areas listed above.
    • These masks are not intended to be re-used multiple times. They will need to be replaced as they become wet, soiled, or hard to breathe through (as per CDC guidance).
  • Please remember to reference the CDC guidance on wearing face coverings, and understand the intent for wearing them. Social Distancing and frequent hand washing are the biggest line of defense. Face coverings do not take the place of either of those important components. We must also resist the temptation to touch our face or the face covering. Thank you for helping us all do our part!

Additional Resources

Arrival Safety Standards

At Xanterra your safety is, and always will be, a top priority. That priority is more important than ever in the face of concerns posed by COVID-19. We are very excited for your arrival at Yellowstone National Park and have been working hard to make sure you are provided with safe working conditions. To that end, we would like to share some of the expectations that have been put into place to help maintain a healthy working environment for all.

  • We are asking our new hires and returning employees to complete a Health and Travel Declaration prior to departing for the park and at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival date. 
    • The Travel and Health Declaration form will be emailed to you in advance of your arrival.
  • Travel to Yellowstone National Park must be done in a safe and health-conscious manner. Please practice social distancing and prevention hygiene while you travel. Individuals considered at higher risk for severe illness as defined by the CDC should consider their risk factors before traveling to the park to work in the hospitality industry during a pandemic.
    • When requested, transportation between Bozeman to Gardiner will be provided. We will require employees to wear face coverings and we will practice social distancing of 6 feet so, we are limiting the number of employees per transportation vehicle.
    • Those traveling via our transportation will be required to pass a temperature screening prior to boarding.
  • A temperature screening will be conducted prior to check-in at Gardiner Human Resources. Face coverings are required while processing through Human Resources and the Uniform Room, while at work, and while on property in communal areas.
    • We encourage you to bring and utilize your own face covering.
    • Employees without their own (CDC) approved face coverings will be provided surgical masks as a temporary use.
  • 2020 Employee Seasonal Vehicle Stickers
    • Please do NOT go to the Visitor Services Office to get your vehicle sticker.
      • On May 21st, 22nd  and 28th, NPS will have a representative down at Gardiner Human Resources from 10 am – 11 am.
      • On June 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, NPS will have a representative down at Gardiner Human Resources from 9 am – 12 pm
      • In addition, on all check-in arrival days someone will be available in Human Resources to assist employees with obtaining their vehicle stickers.
    • The process will include the following:
      • Employees will fill out a registration card/application form and present driver’s license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance.
      • NPS / Issuing official checks application against documentation then write permit serial number on the application, and issue sticker.

For more information on arrival and check-in procedures, please reach out to Human Resources.

Training is a critical component of your experience as an employee in Yellowstone.  Our training can be described in two areas: universal training and job-specific training.  Universal training covers a wide variety of topics that are common to all departments.  Job-specific training will go into the nuts of bolts of your daily work in Yellowstone, which will include the processes and procedures that have been developed for your specific area with your safety and the safety of our guests, in mind.

  • Face coverings will be required to be worn during training.
  • Class size will be limited to what current regulations allow and participants will be spaced appropriately. Where possible, online training will be made available in an effort to reduce class sizes.

For more information on training, please reach out to your manager or the Property Trainer.


  • The National Park Service has mandated that, for the time being, company housing will be limited to one resident per room.
  • No more than 2 people may be in a dorm room at a time.
  • No guests will be allowed in employee residences.
  • Groups of 10 people or less will be allowed in public spaces if there is adequate space for 6 feet of separation between them.
  • At this time, we will not be utilizing public restrooms in employee housing.

For more information on housing, please reach out to your Residence Coordinator or HR/Housing Manager.


Employee Dining Room

On Thursday 5/7/2020, the EDR opened for seasonal employees to come and get their meals to-go.

  • Everyone must wear a mask while picking up their food in the EDR. This includes while waiting in line, at the service counter, in the beverage area, and while exiting.
  • Social distancing must be maintained while in the EDR.
  • Until further notice, only seasonal employees living in company housing or paying for the meal plan will be allowed in the EDRs (unless their job requires it i.e., maintenance).
  • All meals will be served as take-out, until further notice.
  • EDR Hours will be:
    1. Breakfast: 6:00am- 8:30am
    2. Lunch 11:00am- 1:30pm
    3. Dinner 4:30pm- 6:30pm

For more information on employee dining, please reach out to your Employee Dining Room Manager.

Employee Pubs

When open for the season, Mammoth, Canyon, Lake, and Old Faithful Pubs will be take-out only.  Hours and menus will vary by pub.

 Rec Centers/Exercise Facilities

  • Mammoth, Old Faithful, Lake, and Canyon will be open for limited hours 5- 6 days a week
  • Fitness classes may be available at some locations
  • No team sports or tournaments will be offered this summer

Recreation Offices & Services

  • Mammoth, Old Faithful, Lake, and Canyon Rec Offices will be open for limited hours 5- 6 days a week (the rec offices will be open whenever the rec centers are open)
  • YNP Staff items will be available for purchase – shirts, Nalgenes, hats, stickers, etc…
  • Camping and backpacking gear will be available for rent
  • Participants can sign up for a variety of challenges and contests throughout the season
    • 100 Mile Hike Club, Birding Challenges, Trivia Contests, Yellowstone Scavenger Hunt, Exercise Bingo, etc…
  • We are currently working on ways to be able to offer educational seminars and the employee photo contest.

At this time no van trips, pub tournaments, movie nights or other group activities will be offered this summer season.

  • Recreation is allowed on a limited basis within your assigned location/village. Employees are allowed to exercise outside, walking or biking within the village where they live. (Don’t forget the bear spray.) Backcountry use is prohibited and open interior roads are for administrative travel only. Regardless of the activity, employees should always adhere to social distancing,  cleanliness/sanitation guidelines, and other best practices outlined by the CDC and health department.

The Recreation Department is developing a comprehensive set of policies and protocols to enhance safety for employees while they are using recreation facilities and services. For more information on employee recreation, please visit YCERPs website.


Post Office

  • The Post Office in Mammoth is currently open.


  • The Medcor clinic at Mammoth is currently open.
  • The Medcor clinic at Old Faithful is planning to open June 1.
  • The Medcor clinic at Lake will be closed for the 2020 season.

  • Employees enrolled in a Xanterra medical plan have 24/7 access to the NurseLine at (800) 337-4770 and LiveHealth Online where you can visit with a doctor online. Employees enrolled in Aflac have 24/7 access to Telemedicine, where you can request a medical consultation via webcam, app or phone.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers employees and their household members free and confidential resources 24/7 to help balance work and life. EAP is available to all Xanterra employees. Call (800) 272-2727 or visit for online resources.

Yellowstone National Park Operations

  • Yellowstone National Park reopened on a limited basis on May 18. Visitors can now access the lower loop of the Grand Loop Road coming in and out of the South and East entrances only. The Montana entrances (North, West, and Northeast) will remain closed.
  • New protocols were implemented at Entrance Stations. You should be prepared to stop and speak with the ranger at the entrance station when you are driving through. Rangers will ask all cars, even those with employee stickers, why they are coming into the park.
  • The latest information on the National Park Service operations can be found here.