Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

Summer Paradise located in the Badlands National Park

Working and playing in Badlands National Park promises to leave you with experiences you won't soon forget! A season spent working at Cedar Pass Lodge delivers memories to last a lifetime.

64,000 acres of wilderness, hiking trails, colorful buttes, towering spires, and fossil deposits. The Badlands truly offers a summer work experience like nowhere else!

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About Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

Working alongside team members from all walks of life while serving guests from all over the world will provide you with great customer service skills, solid hospitality industry experience, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work inside a national park! 

Cedar Pass Lodge is a privately owned company, operated by Forever Resorts. Forever Resorts manages over 70 resorts and recreational properties in the United States, Europe and Africa. We provide visitor services under a concession agreement with the National Park Service to the visitors of Badlands National Park.

Located on South Dakota Highway 240 south of Interstate 90, our seasonal operation includes 26 guest units, a restaurant, a gift store, and an 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.

We are looking for enthusiastic, outgoing people with a good work ethic and who can work well with other staff members.

The Employee Experience

" As a new retiree, and widow, I was ready for a new adventure. Forever Resorts, Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge, Retail Manager was the perfect solution for this Florida girl!  Sharon in HR did a fabulous job keeping me staffed in the most beautiful gift shop ever.  I received great training and follow-up through Forever resorts Marketing. My two 'roomies' were such fun! Interior Community Church became my awesome church family and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime!"  -
Cheryl Palm Harbor FL - Retail Clerk

"My summer working in the Badlands National Park was, without a doubt, the best summer of my life!!  And it quickly became one of my favorite experiences due to the wonderful work environment that Cedar Pass Lodge created and supported me in; my coworkers that instantly became friends, the amazing interaction that I was able to have with visitors, and the incredible scenery and crazy adventures that existed right outside the doors of the lodge. I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to spend 3 months in the middle of a national park, and even more thankful that as soon as I became a CPL employee, I became part of a friendly, genuine, and incredibly hard-working family. I can't wait to go back and visit, and possibly work there again!"
Caitlyn - Retail Clerk

Ideal Candidate

Our summer season runs from mid-April until mid-October and our ideal candidate is available for the full span of our operating season. Applicants with the longest dates of availability will be given first consideration.

We seek applicants with a willingness to do their job to the best of their ability while providing the very best guest service in Badlands National Park.

Applicants with experience in retail, food services, and the hotel industry are welcomed. Folks with a genuine, enthusiastic desire to work with the public are also given top consideration in our hiring process.

Room and Board

We offer shared employee housing with in-house laundry.  The rent is $150.00/month.  Free Wi-Fi is available for staff use.

Staff housing and staff RV spots are located at our Minute Man location 11 miles North of Cedar Pass Lodge.  We offer a free shuttle to work and back to the housing. Staff housing is within walking distance to the pool, basketball court, and other employee-active areas.  

We also have RV and trailer sites with full hookups available for those who like to bring their home along with them on their adventures. 

Employee Perks

In addition to affordable housing, we also offer staff VIP passes to most area attractions, Wi-Fi, a pool, and a discount every day at our gift shop and in our dining room.

We plan occasional shuttle rides to surrounding towns for shopping and other activities.  We also take group trips to Mount Rushmore Monument, Crazy Horse, and the Black Hills attractions. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

We provide rides to and from the airport and bus depot for pick up and drop off - at the beginning of work season and the end. 

Rapid City Regional Airport - 4550 Terminal Road, Rapid City, SD 57703  - phone 605-393-9924

Jefferson Bus Depot @ Milo Barber Transportation Center - 333 6th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701  - phone 605-348-3300 

Our remote location is also well suited for those able to bring a vehicle to explore the wonders of our area on days off.

For Fun

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.

There are many other sights nearby that are also 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.  Rapid City is an hour and a half away, for those who like the occasional glimpse of city lights.

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

Use the APPLY HERE button below to view our available positions, and access and submit our online employment application. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us!

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

Phone: (605) 433-5516
Fax: (605) 433-5560

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