Acadia National Park at your doorstep in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine!
Cool As A Moose is Bar Harbor's premier retailer, with 3 fun and exciting locations right on Main St. Maine owned and operated for over 30 years, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional customer service and quality apparel and keepsakes. Employees can expect a fun and respectful work environment, with lots of giggles and long lasting friendships.
Surrounded by Acadia National Park and the Atlantic Ocean, Bar Harbor is a 4-season playground for those seeking new adventures and lifelong memories. With hundreds of miles of hiking, walking, and biking trails, and endless scenic vistas, there is always an adventure waiting for you. The streets of Bar Harbor offer a variety of world-class bars and restaurants and shopping experiences.
About Cool As A Moose
Cool As A Moose® is the cool place to shop in Maine for apparel, gifts, souvenirs, and sunglasses. Since 1986, we’ve treated our customers to the very best service and merchandise in a friendly, fun, and professional atmosphere. With 3 shops on Main St. in Bar Harbor surrounded by Acadia National Park, we've got something for everyone.
Our season runs from the beginning of May to the end of October. We hire a fun mix of local high schoolers and adults, young adults in college, and foreign workers from all over the world. Our group is eclectic and changes every year, but we always know how to laugh and have a good time while working hard.
Our positions don't require previous customer service experience, but you should be outgoing and willing to help the thousands of visitors who visit our locations every day. Teamwork is key as things can get a little crazy in July and August. But with group hikes, outings, and meals we build great relationships that make it a fun and exciting season year after year.
The Employee Experience
Work doesn't always have to be just that, it can also be fun and fulfilling! After a summer at Cool As A Moose, you will remember the great friendships you've made and the multitude of people you've helped serve from around the world. Customer service is what we sell, not t-shirts and other souvenirs. Be respectful and honest, and you will be respected and a trusted part of the team.
Our day starts around 9 am with a quick, thorough cleaning of each store. We open the doors around 9:30 am and the fun begins. There are lots of projects to do during the day, including folding and tagging clothing, merchandising new products, inventory maintenance, and helping customers with purchases. Our stores close around 10 pm, offering opportunities for flexible hours and shifts. You can expect your work days to be busy and fast-paced, but fun!
Employees are encouraged to get outside and enjoy everything Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, and Acadia National Park have to offer.
We are seeking employees with a friendly, can-do attitude, who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and help the team wherever needed. Our stores are busy and fast-paced, so our people must be able to multitask and see a job through to completion. Customer service is key, but so is a big smile and willingness to learn and have fun! No candidate is perfect, but the right attitude and a good dose of enthusiasm will go a long way!
Room and Board
For the 2024 season, we will be offering housing to candidates who can commit to staying through the end of October. Our housing is limited, so we need to be sure we get enough help to keep things going strong until the end of the season.
Our duplex is located on a quiet street in Bar Harbor, just a 5-minute walk from our stores and everything this quaint town has to offer. Each unit will house 4-6 employees, each sharing a bedroom with one other person. There are 2 full baths and a fully equipped kitchen in each unit as well, along with a shared common area. Weekly rent is $150 per person, which includes all utilities along with free WIFI and laundry facilities. A potentially refundable deposit of $150 is required prior to your move-in date. Limited parking is available for cars and trucks only, no campers.
All housing is supervised, and housing residents are required to sign a housing agreement including the length of stay and agreeing to all housing rules. Violation of these rules may result in the loss of housing. You must be at least 18 years of age to live in our housing.
Our employees enjoy a 40% discount in all of our stores. Many of our vendors will also provide clinics to learn about their products, and often offer online discounts to purchase their goods. You can even buy 1 pair of high-quality sunglasses for 50% off.
Food is a great motivator, and we like to make sure everyone is VERY motivated. From our annual BBQ cooked by our very own manager to weekly ice cream treats, pizza parties, candy buckets, and group outings for meals, we make sure everyone stays happy.
Many local tour operators offer free or discounted tours for local employees, just show them your paystub, and away you go! With your Acadia park pass and the Island Explorer bus system, you'll have complete access to all that Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island have to offer.
Getting Here and Getting Around
If you're not bringing a car, there are several options to get to Bar Harbor. Boston is the closest metropolitan airport. From there you can take a Concord Coach Lines bus to Bangor. From Bangor, you can take the Bar Harbor Shuttle to get to Mount Desert Island, and Bar Harbor. We may be able to pick you up in Bangor as we have employees who drive there on occasion, but that would need to be arranged well in advance of your arrival.
Getting around MDI is a breeze with the free Island Explorer bus system that covers the whole island, and runs from late May to early October. All of Bar Harbor, and much of Acadia, are accessible by walking from our housing. Biking is also an option, but please know there is no convenient bike parking close to our stores.
Mount Desert Island is home to Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor is the gateway town to the park, offering access by bus, bike, or even walking. Hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails can take you to mountain peaks with ocean vistas as far as the eye can see. Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak on the Eastern Seaboard at 1530 feet, offers adventurous hikers a glimpse of the first rays of the sun to hit the US at certain times of the year. Other outdoor opportunities include swimming, kayaking, sailing, fishing, canoeing, paddle boarding, rock climbing, and beautiful star gazing.
There are also cultural opportunities including 2 movie theaters, several museums, along with small concerts and theatrical performances, and even ghost tours! Nightlife is more subdued than in many big cities, but there are several bars and breweries in town. The 4th of July celebration in Bar Harbor is legendary, with day-long events including a parade, concerts, food vendors, and of course, a HUGE fireworks display to end the night.
How to Apply
Please follow the instructions on the Apply Now link. We look forward to reviewing your application and will contact you if we would like to discuss the opportunity further.