Come Live, Work, and Play in Big Bend!!
From the Rio Grande River to the mountains, have a grand adventure at Chisos Mountains Lodge.
Chisos Mountains Lodge, operated by Forever Resorts, Inc., is located in the Chisos Basin at 5,400 feet elevation, inside Big Bend National Park. The lodge offers a variety of rooms and cottages, plus a gift shop and dining room. Several stores are also located throughout the park at Rio Grande Village, Castolon, and the Service Station at Panther Junction.
Big Bend National Park encompasses over 800,000 acres and contains three natural divisions: the Rio Grande with its meandering 118 miles of lush, green floodplain, the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert, and the majestic Chisos Mountain Range.
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About Chisos Mountains Lodge
The National Park was established in 1944 and has historical sites, unique desert plants, spectacular vistas, and lots of wildlife. Be sure to watch for bear, javelina, mountain lion, bobcat, deer, and road runners. The park has a wealth of geology and during the change of seasons (spring and fall) guests will come to look for the many different wildflowers and migrating birds.
Forever/NPC Resorts, LLC operates Chisos Mountains Lodge and has established a goal of providing the best possible park experience for our guests and employees. Chisos Mountain Lodge is open year-round. The busiest time of the year is spring (March, April, and May)
The Employee Experience
We're all here because we love Big Bend National Park! One of the most important characteristics we look for in our staff is passion for the natural world and a belief in the conservation mission of the National Park Service.
We live in close quarters here and there's very little separation between work and home. You clock out, head up to the housing , and see your coworkers. For this reason it's very important that staff be flexible, communicative, emotionally mature, community oriented, and able to solve interpersonal problems. It's also important that our staff are able and motivated to take time for themselves.
We work hard and play hard! The ideal candidate is flexible and willing to do whatever is needed to get the job done, personally invested in the success of the organization, and has a positive attitude. Someone wanting to experience nature at its best. As we all say, "It's always a beautiful sunset at Chisos Mountains Lodge"!
Room and Board
Room and meals are provided to staff at a reduced employee rate. Charges for Room and Board are handled as a Payroll Deduction.
The charge for housing is $4.00 per day (double occupancy). Housing is shared with fellow employees. Two people share a room and share a common area with other employees. These common areas include a full kitchen, washer, dryer and satellite TV. We have limited availability for couples. Linens, blankets, etc. are furnished by the Company upon request. Employees are responsible for the cleanliness of their quarters. Housing is offered both in a dorm within walking distance of the lodge and in Panther Junction. Most employees live in Panther Junction which is about a 20-minute drive from the lodge and the Employee Dining Room. Kitchens are also provided in all housing units. Shuttles are provided several times daily from staff housing to and from the lodge.
A limited number of RV sites are also available for employees at $4.00 a day. Please let Human Resources know if you plan to bring an RV or trailer.
Meal charges are $3.00 each and employees are charged only for the meals they eat. The Employee Dining Room is located at the lodge. Employees may request their meal from the employee menu (12-20 options) during set hours. Each meal is made fresh for each employee. There are a limited number of vegetarian options and a salad bar is available for both lunch and dinner. During the busy season, employee breakfasts come from the breakfast buffet that serves our guests.
- Free river, jeep or ATV excursions through Far Flung Outdoor Center - On space available basis
- Free jeep tours through Overland Tours - On space available basis
- Free nights stay at Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa - On space available basis
- 40% off on all regular priced merchandise in our gift shop / 15% off on books and maps
- 15% off on taxable and non-taxable grocery items
- 20% off meals when eating in the dining room
- Friends and Family room discounts at the Chisos Mountains Lodge and Big Bend Resorts & Adventures
- During slow periods
Getting Here and Getting Around
Employees are responsible for their own transportation to and from Big Bend National Park. Pick-ups in Alpine from the bus station or train station can be arranged in advance. Shuttles are provided several times a day from housing to/from the lodge. Several day trips to town are offered to staff each year.
A personal vehicle is not required but highly recommended. There is no public transportation in the park or to/from any local communities. The closest town is Terlingua/Study Butte just outside the west entrance of the park. It is about a 30 minute drive and includes a small grocery store, the Terlingua ghost town and several local restaurants. The closest place to find fast food is in Alpine a two hour drive. Alpine also has a two screen mini theatre, two grocery stores, hardware store, and several art galleries. A Super Wal-Mart is located in Fort Stockton. Fort Stockton is a two and half hour drive. Many employees will go to town together or offer to pick groceries up for others.
Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to mountain peaks nearly a mile high. Here, you can explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights and solitude. There are over 200 miles of hiking trails throughout Big Bend National Park. Ranger Programs are offered daily during the busy season and are free. They include walks/hikes and presentations about geology, animals, night sky, and so much more.
The night skies are some of the darkest in the country. Big Bend National Park received the International Dark Skies – Gold Tier recognition. This means you can see tons of stars and on some nights the Milky Way will be so bright it will take your breath away. River trips, horseback riding, and ATV trips are available through local outfitters just outside the park. A 72 par desert golf course located in Study Butte just outside the park will give you a unique golfing experience. Study Butte and Terlingua also host several restaurants and a few bars. Photography, birding, hiking, reading, and writing are some of the popular activities among current staff.
How to Apply
Please complete our online application via the link below. We look forward to hearing from you!