Virgin Islands National Park - seasonal and career work opportunties
At Cinnamon Bay Resort and Campground, we provide a variety of services to our guests and day visitors to Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay, with miles of white-sand beaches, coral reefs, archeological sites, and hiking in tropical forests.
Cinnamon Bay is located on the north shore of Saint John. We are the official concessioner to the National Parks Service inside the US Virgin Islands National Park. Access to the park is primarily via car and hiking from trailheads along Centerline Road.
About Cinnamon Bay Resort & Campground
Cinnamon Bay Resort offers a variety of lodging options, from bare site camping in tropical forests to beachfront cottages and eco-tents. Cinnamon Bay Watersports offers visitors opportunities to go beyond the beach with snorkeling, sailing, kayaks, and paddleboards. The Raintree Café offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to patrons in underneath the canopy of a spacious rain tree. The Snack Shack and Bar at Trunk Bay provides lunch and drinks at the trailhead of the Trunk Bay Underwater Trail. Our Beach Shops sell island essentials like beach towels, ice cream, and reef friendly sunscreen!
We are committed to providing our guests, visitors, and island community with the highest standards of hospitality and service. We endeavor every day to give access to the best of the Virgin Islands National Park with an intimate view of the park from world famous beaches, ruins, and trails.
The Employee Experience
Life in the Virgin Islands is a departure from life in the United States - that's why it's called America's Paradise!
The island is 28 square miles, with two-thirds of the island consisting of the National Park. Many St. Johnians head to a beach every chance they can, and everyone has an opinion on their favorite.
Centerline Road separates the two enclaves of the island, Coral Bay and Cruz Bay. Cruz Bay is bustling with shopping, food, and rum bars, while Coral Bay has a slower island feel.
The wildlife of the Virgin Islands is everywhere and it's not uncommon for most "traffic jams" to be from wild donkeys, deer, or iguanas.
A qualified candidate is:
- 18 years old at time of employment
- US Citizen (proof of eligibility to work required)
- Available for entire season
- Positive, with a genuine concern for the happiness and well-being of the customers
- Flexible and able to adapt to sudden changes in routine
- Team oriented, with a strong work ethic
- Punctual, with a neat and well-groomed appearance
- Able to take direction and work independently of direct supervision
Room and Board
No on-property housing is available at this time. Most seasonal and full-time employees live in Cruz Bay on Saint John or take the ferry from Red Hook on Saint Thomas. The best time to find housing in the Virgin Islands is in late September to mid-October, before the season begins. On Saint John, "Connections" in Cruz Bay is the best place to find leads and many employees find roommates and opportunities by word of mouth.
Regular shuttles run to Cinnamon Bay and Trunk Bay and we offer employee shuttles to and from Cruz Bay in the morning and evening.
- Live and work at the beach
- Discounts on lodging at Cinnamon Bay
- 30% Discount at the retail store for friends and family
- Free watersports equipment rental for friends and family
- 50% Discounts on food for friends and family
- Staff Meals each shift
- Employee shuttle from Cruz Bay to Cinnamon Bay
Getting Here and Getting Around
Arrival to the Virgin Islands is via St. Thomas (Cyril King Airport or STT airport code.) Once you arrive at the airport, find taxi service to the Red Hook ferry terminal and take the ferry to Cruz Bay. From Cruz Bay, you can take a "safari" taxi to Cinnamon Bay for $7 per passenger.
When trying to travel around the island there are lots of options such as taking a taxi, there are taxis in Cruz Bay and they come to Cinnamon Bay very often. There is limited public transportation between Cruz Bay to Coral Bay along Centerline Road. Other options include hiking, paddle boarding, and we highly encourage carpooling on the island.
On Saint John, you have the opportunity to live and work on one of the most beautiful remote islands in the world. St. John is a very welcoming island and provides locals and visitors with lots of places to explore.
Enjoy the hiking trails, history, local art, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, exploring the nightlife in town, and much more! Rent a boat out and check out the surrounding US Virgin Islands or bring your passport and hop over to the British Virgin Islands just off the North Shore.
Our peak season runs from November 15th to April 15th, with some busy times during Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July (also Carnival!,) and Labor Day. The campground is closed from the day after Labor Day until the 1st of November. Cinnamon Bay Watersports, Trunk Bay Bar and Snack Shack, and the Cinnamon Bay Food Truck are open year-round for beach-going guests.
All employees undergo a background check and drug test, along with basic resort procedures at the time of hire.