Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

Great photo opp at the entrance
Kick your feet back & stay a while!
Sunrise & wildlife
Guest Room at Cedar Pass Lodge
A photographer's paradise
Welcome to the Badlands Inn
Have a seat & take in the view
Rainbow over the desert
Stop in to find the gift for friends & family!
Our retail store has gifts that you'll remember forever!
Sunset over the desert landscape

The Land of Stone and Light: The Perfect Place to Explore a Career

Located 50 miles east of Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills, Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed-grass prairie in the United States. Live and work alongside bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and pronghorn, while exploring the rugged beauty of South Dakota. Find your passions here (and maybe a fossil or two).

With 64,00 acres of wilderness, hiking trails, colorful buttes, towering spires, & fossil deposits, the Badlands of South Dakota are one of the most awe-inspiring places in North America.

Jobs in the Spotlight

Chef Manager

Cedar Pass Lodge

Interior, South Dakota

Join Badlands as a Chef Manager: Lead, create, and inspire culinary excellence!

  • spring
  • summer
  • fall

About Badlands Cedar Pass Lodge

Cedar Pass Lodge offers careers across hospitality, retail, culinary, operations, food service, and maintenance. It’s the perfect place to pursue what matters, whether you’re looking for a seasonal opportunity or ready to build a long-lasting career. 

 Located on South Dakota Highway 240, South of I-90, our seasonal operation includes 26 guest units, a restaurant, a gift store, and RV lot, and campground. Aramark also operates Badlands Inn, located three miles west in the town of Interior, SD. 

The Employee Experience

No two days are the same with Aramark Destinations! Employees come to the Badlands from all over the world; with such a diverse staff, you’ll be part of a community that encourages cultural exchange and knowledge sharing.

You’ll have the opportunity to spend your days building a career in hospitality and your free time enjoying the outdoors. Employees also can join planned recreational activities and outings to other national and state parks. 

Ideal Candidate

Our employees work together to create great experiences for our customers and guests! If you have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and are seeking the experience of living, working, and learning in a beautiful setting, Cedar Pass Lodge is the perfect place to pursue what matters to you and your career. Here, you’ll be surrounded by supportive leaders and passionate teammates, all while having access to amazing career opportunities.  

Badlands employees love where we work, share a passion for hospitality, and believe in the mission of the National Park Service. Our summer season runs from mid-April through mid-October, so our ideal candidates are available for the full span of our operating season.  

Room and Board

Cedar Pass Lodge offers shared employee housing with laundry onsite. Rent is $105/week, which includes full access to the Employee Dining Room. Wi-fi is also available for staff use. Housing is within walking distance of sports courts & other activity areas. The property also has RV and trailer sites with full hook-up available. 

Housing and RV sports are located at Aramark’s Minute Man location, just 11 miles north of Cedar Pass Lodge. There is a free shuttle to work and back to housing.  

Employee Perks

Working at Cedar Pass Lodge is a special experience, and we want to make sure that our employees are able to make the most of living, working, and learning here for the season. As part of the Aramark team, you’ll have access to: 

  • Low-cost housing in a remote setting that provides a great opportunity for savings 
  • VIP passes and group trips to local attractions and parks 
  • Internet access and wi-fi 
  • Discounts at stores and restaurants on site 

Getting Here and Getting Around

Cedar Pass Lodge provides transportation to and from the airport and bus depot for pick up and drop off at the beginning and end of every work season. The airport closest to the property is Rapid City Regional Airport, and the Jefferson Bus Depot is located at the Milo Barber Transportation Center in Rapid City. Additionally, a vehicle is not a necessity at Badlands, but it is convenient due to the remote location of the lodge.

For Fun

In South Dakota’s Badlands, you’ll have the unique opportunity to explore and experience one of the most beautiful places in the world, surrounded by nature with miles of geographic splendor and unrivaled scenic vistas. Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mt. Rushmore are all enjoyed by employees during their time at Cedar Pass Lodge, as well as Rapid City - located just an hour and a half away. 

The Cedar Pass Lodge team offers planned recreational opportunities, and teammates can enjoy game rooms, group sports, picnics, and shopping trips.  

How to Apply

*All Summer 2024 positions are now posted & hiring!*

Use the link below to complete and submit your online application. Thank you for your interest! 

Open Positions at Badlands

International Application Information:

Aramark is proud to partner with J-1 Visa sponsor programs. Interested international applicants should apply directly with their host country sponsor to begin the process. 

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