Badlands/Cedar Pass Lodge

Summer Paradise located in the Badlands National Park

Working and playing in the sights of the Badlands promises to leave you with memories you won't soon forget.

We are looking for enthusiastic, out-going people with a good work ethic and who can work well with other staff members. Seasonal employment (mid-April to mid-October) 25 - 40 hours per week. Some positions are available for shorter commitment.

Becoming an employee at Cedar Pass Lodge will prepare you for a world of prestige jobs. Working with the public from all walks of the world will provide you with great customer service experience, and lead to endless opportunities in a hospitality career.

And enjoy your days off by hiking and exploring the sights of the Badlands. These amazing views will leave you breathless.

Cedar Pass Lodge is a privately owned company, managed by Forever Resorts, that operates visitor services under a concession agreement with the National Park Service. Located on South Dakota Highway 240 south of Interstate 90 our seasonal operation includes 26 guest units, a restaurant, gift store, and RV / Campground. We also operate Badlands Inn, which is 3 miles west of our main location in the town of Interior. In addition, we operate Circle 10 which is approximately nine miles from Cedar Pass Lodge and directly across from the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. You’ll feel comforted to know that Circle 10 is also the location of our housing and employee dining room for the majority of our staff. (And, yes, we do feel protected.)

"My summer at the Cedar Pass lodge taught me how to balance my work ethics, and to perform to my futhest working with a 'family' orentented team and working with tourists from all over the world.  I know my growth from this experience will be with me forever in the work force!"  Amber - Restaurant

Our Jobs

Front Desk/Office, Retail, Reservations, Housekeeping, Kitchen Staff, Cooks, Dishwashers, Waitstaff, Bussers, Maintenance and Campground Attendants. Supervisors with experience also needed.

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Ideal Candidate

Our summer season runs from mid-April until mid-October. Our expectations for applicants are a willingness to do their job well and to give the visitor the very best guest service in Badlands National Park. Applicants with the longest dates of availability will be given first consideration. We look for applicants with experience in retail, food services, and the hotel industry. Those with a genuine enthusiastic desire to work with the public are also given top consideration in our hiring process.

Click to read about spending a summer in the Badlands.

Cedar Pass Lodge is operated by Forever Resorts. Forever Resorts manages over 70 resorts and recreational properties in the United States, Europe and Africa. Find out more about Forever Resorts  

Room and Board

Shared room is $2/day for each individual;
$2/day for RV site (electricity is included);
$35/week for employee meals or $4/meal (lunch & dinner).

Meal package is optional and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week

Use of pool at Circle 10 and use of employee recreation area. Free Wi-Fi is available in designated areas for your use.

Employee Perks

Competitive, market based pay, housing, RV hook ups, VIP passes provided to most area attractions, Wi-Fi, pool, 40% discount every day at gift shop and restaurant.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Housing is within walking distance to the Lodge. Other transportation (including transportation to and from our location at the beginning and end of the season) will need to be provided by you. Rapid City is the nearest airport (72 miles west).

For Fun

The Badlands are near many other sights that are a must to see.  Mt. Rushmore, Wind Cave, Custer State Park, The Famous Wall Drug, and Crazy Horse are among some the sights and activities that are a must to visit.  And Rapid City is an hour and a half away, for those who need a little city lights.

You will experience the opportunity to live, work, and play in one of the most beautiful places on earth surrounded by nature and peacefulness with miles of trails to hike, geologic splendor and unrivaled scenic vistas to view. Other recreational opportunities vary but include exercise and game rooms, group sports, picnics, and shopping trips. There is no public transportation, but we do have scheduled company van trips throughout the season.

How to Apply

Before deciding to apply please read and understand the following rules and regulations for dormitory residents:

  1. Possession of firearms of any kind is prohibited.
  2. Cedar Pass Lodge is a DRUG FREE WORKPLACE. Possession of illegal drugs is prohibited.  All employees are subject to pre-employment drug testing and once employed are subject to both random and for cause drug testing.
  3. Underage drinking is prohibited and will not be tolerated. 
  4. Dormitory quiet hours are 10 PM until 7 AM.  All other hours are “subdued noise”, to respect those employees whose working hours require sleeping during daylight hours.
  5. Non-employees are not allowed in housing areas unless registered with the management and are accompanied by the employee that they are visiting.  Overnight guests are not permitted in the housing area unless they have the approval of the general manager and human resources.

Smoking will only be allowed in designated smoking areas.

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Clicking on APPLY NOW (below) will take you to our on-line employment application. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Cedar Pass Lodge/Badlands Inn
20681 SD Highway 240
Interior, SD 57750

Phone: (605) 433-5460
Fax: (605) 433-5560

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Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall

Housing: Dorms and RV Space - Full Hookups

Staff Size: 110

Age Requirement: 16 to work, 18 to live & work on property

Location: South Dakota