Yellowstone is America’s first great national park. The park is shared between Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho and was created by an act of Congress in 1872. The park is now a refuge to wildlife and wilderness but it has always been revered for its impressive geothermal activity. Millions of tourists flock to Yellowstone every year for a chance to see wolves or to gaze into it the hot geysers. Here’s how to land a job in one of the World’s most spectacular parks!
The first thing you need to do is apply online. Yellowstone has several concessionaires you can work for. Delaware North Company and Xanterra handle most of the tourist activity while the National Park Service cares for the park itself. Each of the concessionaires has application forms that can be found online. There are many job positions available ranging camp-site attendants to guest service agents.
The park hires for the summer and winter season. Fill in the dates you are available to work on the application. The companies favor people who will be able to work for three months or more, but it isn’t necessary.
It will be several months before you are notified of your employment. Make tentative arrangements for your absence. The companies provide housing and meals but not transportation (there is a bus that runs from Bozeman into the park which you can ride). Plan for your way there and back. Many airlines fly into Salt Lake City, UT and you can take a connecting flight to one of the smaller airports in Bozeman or Jacksonville.
No matter which season you apply for, pack warm clothes. Even during the summer, it can snow. Bring comfortable hiking boots and if possible, a sturdy comforter. If you are hired, you will be sent a list of things to bring such as a camera, laundry detergent, a flashlight, and other items.
Once you are hired and have made arrangements to and from the park, get going! No matter if you’re flying or driving, it’s a long distance and you should avoid stressing yourself out.
On the day of your employment, you will be directed to Gardner, Montana (the bus from Bozeman will take you here). This is the headquarters for the companies. From here you will be given a debriefing about what to expect and you will receive your uniform. This process is exciting and you will learn about the opportunities to experience the park on your days off. You will also be informed of the surrounding wildlife and how to act appropriately around the animals.
Bring an open mind, a sense of adventure, warm clothing, and you will have an amazing experience in one of the United State’s natural wonders. Good luck!