Rainier Guest Services
Spend Your Summer in Paradise!
Rainier Guest Services operates Paradise Inn, Jackson Visitor Center, National Park Inn, and Sunrise Day Lodge as an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service at Mount Rainier National Park. Each summer approximately 240 employees provide meals, lodging, and retail services to an average of 1.5 million park visitors. Our main operating season is the middle of April through early to mid-October, with the majority of positions starting in May.
If you are new to Rainier Guest Services operations, we encourage you to read on. If you are familiar with us, and are ready to apply for Summer, 2015, click here.
A season (or longer!) is an excellent way to work in an area of pristine mountain meadows, streams, canyons, lakes, rivers, old growth forests, and glaciers. Opportunities for hiking, backpacking, photography, and just soaking up the beauty are seemingly endless. Fit and committed employees can summit this glacier-covered mountain, one of the premier mountaineering destinations in the United States. It is also an opportunity to meet employees and guests from all over the world. The rewards of working at Mount Rainier will stay with you for your entire life.
We fill numerous hourly, supervisory, and management positions each season, including Food and Beverage, Retail, Bell/Porter, Front Desk, Driving, Accounting, Security, Laundry Operations, and Housekeeping.
Our Ideal Candidate
Do you naturally reach out to help others, including guests and co-workers? Are you excited by the opportunity to live in a remote and beautiful location? Are you willing and able to work hard? If so, we want to hear from you!
Room and Board
INSIDE the park: Rustic dorm rooms are available at a payroll deduction of $40 per week per person for rooms with 2-4 persons. A few rooms house 6 people; those residents pay $30 per week. Bathroom facilities range from private, to semi-private (between two rooms), to common area. Due to our room setup, we are unable to offer mixed-gender housing, with the exception of managers with single housing privileges.
Employee meals are served in Employee Dining Rooms (EDRs) at each location at a cost of $55 per week. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate strict vegetarian diets. All employees living inside the park are required to participate in the meal plan; no exceptions may be granted. There is no cooking allowed in the dormitories.
OUTSIDE the park: Limited modern apartment-style housing is available outside the park at our warehouse/office location at a weekly cost of $40 per person. No meal plan is available at the housing outside the park. Employees must be able to provide their own transportation to and from grocery stores, etc. as there is no public transportation. There are no facilities for children or pets in company-provided housing.
Please note that we are unable to house children or other family members.
All housing is non-smoking and no pets are allowed. Wi-fi is available in common areas of all housing; please note though that wi-fi at Mount Rainier is slow and unreliable by modern standards. Laundry facilities are provided at each unit at no cost to employees.
RV OWNERS: We can accommodate self-contained RV units at two locations. As we do not offer shower and bathroom facilities, all RV’s must be fully self-contained – no camper shells, etc. Well-behaved cats and dogs less than 30 pounds are allowed but must be on a leash whenever outdoors, may not be left outside unattended, and must be cleaned up after. Limit of one pet per RV space.
Ashford: Located next to our offices just outside the park in a quiet and scenic location. 13 sites on cement pads. $60/week per site. Includes full hook ups: water, sewer and electric (35 amps). Free Wi-Fi, garbage and laundry facility. Employees may choose to contract with local providers for their own phone, wi-fi, and satellite TV service.
Longmire: Located within the park near National Park Inn. All sites in this beautifully wooded campground have soil pads, most include a picnic table. Includes garbage, water, sewer and electric on site. Wi-Fi and laundry facilities 1/2 mile away. $25/week. Sites are small so cannot accommodate large RVs. Number of sites varies by year but we typically have 6-8 available for our employees.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Getting Here: Employees without their own vehicle or other transportation to the park will be picked up at one of two designated locations in the Seattle area. These pickups are on designated dates, and must be requested in advance with the Human Resources office.
Have your own vehicle? You’ll love the flexibility and freedom to explore! Please note though that employee parking in the park is extremely limited. As part of the park transportation plan, we request that employees park their vehicles at our Ashford office and take the free employee shuttle. Employees choosing to bring their own vehicle into the park must purchase an annual park pass at their own cost.
Getting Around: Please note that there is no public transportation to or within the park. Employees may ride the free company shuttle that travels between Ashford, Longmire, and Paradise throughout the day, however, employees riding to/from work have priority over employees on personal time.
The possibilities for outdoor recreation are incredible, with hiking, backpacking, climbing, fishing, and photography being popular outdoor pursuits. Year-round skiing and snowboarding is available to those able to hike to the snowfields. Nearby lakes outside the park offer opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. For those who are less active, simply watching the sun set (or rise!) on the mountain is a fantastic way to enjoy your time.
Employees tend to be a tight-knit group, regularly organizing group hikes, soccer games, and trips to town. Housing staff provides activities throughout the season to meet many interests, including movie nights, ping pong tournaments, Seattle Mariners games, 4th of July fireworks viewing, and day trips to Mount St. Helens National Park.
Large portions of Mount Rainier National Park are surrounded by National Forest, providing even more recreational opportunities. Other recreation opportunities outside the park include Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Area, the Columbia River Gorge, and the entire Puget Sound region.
A summer job in a National Park is special partly because of the different lifestyle it provides. If accepted for employment, you will be working in the mountains over 60 miles from the city. Our facilities are more rustic than those in the city and, because of the remoteness of our location, we have fewer of the conveniences to which you have become accustomed.
Most towns just outside the park are quite small, with limited services. Ashford, at the main Nisqually entrance, has just 220 residents, a convenience store, general store, and small Post Office with limited hours. Anyone searching for the amenities and services of larger cities should recognize that options are limited, with larger cities like Puyallup, Tacoma, and Seattle two or more hours away.
Paradise Inn and Jackson Visitor Center are at an altitude of 5400 ft., and Sunrise Lodge is at 6400 ft. While most people adapt easily, some find the elevation can affect heart and respiratory conditions.
As the tallest mountain in the Cascades, Mount Rainier experiences heavy precipitation. In fact, for decades Paradise held the world record for most snow in a 12 month period. Employees arriving in April and May (and sometimes early June) should expect a deep snowpack. 15 feet on the ground in May is not uncommon! And of course, it can snow at any time in the mountains. Please be prepared for a variety of weather throughout the season.
How to Apply
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- Fill out the application completely and accurately
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