Carlsbad Trading Company at Carlsbad Caverns

Find Your Next Adventure.

Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company, (CCTC), is located in the spectacular Chihuahuan Desert in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. CCTC offers award-winning and sustainably-sourced southwest cuisine in our newly renovated Cafe and locally inspired custom merchandise awaits the world-wide traveler. Come and find your next adventure in the heart of the Southwest!

CCTC is home to one of the most amazing cave systems in the world and you may even catch a glimpse of a wild javelina darting across the road on your daily commute. You can catch the free employee shuttle for the thirty minute ride south from Carlsbad to the Caverns.

About Carlsbad Trading Company at Carlsbad Caverns

This is your chance to experience the true southwestern part of the United States.  With amazing sunsets and desert landscapes, you will create unforgettable experiences working at Carlsbad Caverns and living in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  Authentic cuisine, genuine people, and meaningful experiences await you!  Never been in a natural cave, it's AMAZING!  You will get to work in one and not many people can ever boast of that!!!

Pack your bags and get ready to find your next adventure in New Mexico!

The Employee Experience

Our employees get to experience the amazing wonders of the cave, shopping and dining discounts, recreation activities such as boating, hiking and sightseeing, and heck, if you're interested, a trip to Roswell's International UFO and Research Center!  This is a once-in-a-lifetime work/play opportunity.  

Our free employee shuttles transport all team members to and from the workplace and you will get to live in a 3-bedroom home in Carlsbad.  Our employees are like family and we treat them as such.  We are a small family-owned company committed to providing a meaningful work and life experience.

Your best takeaway will be adventuring in the Southwest and working in a non-traditional environment led by a strong team of leaders committed to ensuring you have a fun and successful work experience. 

Ideal Candidate

Are you motivated to help others?  Do you want to experience things that you never have before?  Are you willing to learn new things and share your knowledge with others?  Do you enjoy working as part of a team?  These are the qualities that make for a happy CCTC team member.  

We train together, we work together, we help one another and then we provide the best customer service experience we can to our guests.  When we do that, we make a profound impact and that's what we're all about!

Room and Board

We offer a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home that 5-6 employees will share in Carlsbad.  The furnishings are new and there will be 2 people per room.   

The housing costs range from $75-$85 per week and depending upon your shifts, you will receive at least one complimentary meal at the Cafe daily.  Other meals may be discounted while working at the cave.

Complimentary daily shuttle to and from Carlsbad is included.

Employee Perks

We pride ourselves on offering fun, off-the-clock, activities for our employees.  Sightseeing, boating, hiking and general exploration activities are offered to all seasonal employees during the summer months and you will not be bored.

Getting Here and Getting Around

One of the unique aspects of Carlsbad is its "off-the-beaten-path" location.  Carlsbad is laid back and quaint. The city is not a large, hustle-bustle type of place. 

The nearest international airport is in El Paso, Texas, which is a 2.5-hour drive.  The Company can assist with Greyhound bus transport from the airport to Carlsbad.  The cost is usually ~$45 one way and if you complete your work commitment dates, the company will pay for your return bus trip to the El Paso airport. 

Bikes are only encouraged if you like to pedal around town.  You will not be able to bike to work.  Taxi transportation is available in and around Carlsbad.

For Fun

You might be surprised at how many cool things there are to do in Carlsbad, New Mexico, but check out these hot ticket activities to choose from!!

Fun activities to do in and around the cave:

  • Guided tours in one of the most visited and dazzling Caves in all of the country to utilize your "spelunking" skills
  • Nightly bat flight shows to watch the mass exodus of bats from the natural entrance of the cave as they go out to eat dinner
  • Full moon hikes to star gaze and enjoy the peaceful desert sky
  • Hiking trails throughout Walnut Canyon and nearby Guadalupe mountains to take in the beautiful desert landscape and wildlife

Once in a lifetime adventures in Carlsbad and the surrounding area:

  • Paddleboard, kayaking, jet skiing and swimming at the "Beach" on the Pecos River
  • Movies at the Drive Inn Movie theatre, a popular American pastime, and favorite of all the locals
  • The Living Desert Zoo & Garden State Park.
  • The Alien and UFO Museum in nearby Roswell, NM
  • Team BBQ get-togethers
  • Spectacular 4th of July Fireworks on the Pecos River
  • Shopping, concerts, and museums within driving distance
  • Day trip to White Sands National Monument  to sled down the white gypsum sand dunes, the desert's version of snow 

How to Apply

Please click "Apply" for a direct link to our online application. At that point, you can also add your resume, cover letter and any notes you would like us to consider in the interviewing/hiring process.


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