Custer State Park Regency CSP Ventures

Spend a summer working in the heart of the Black Hills

As an authorized concessionaire of South Dakota’s Department of Game, Fish & Parks, Regency CSP Ventures Limited Partnership operates 4 major resorts: State Game Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge, Legion Lake Lodge, Sylvan Lake Lodge

Within the beautiful, 73,000 acre Custer State Park in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota

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About Custer State Park Regency CSP Ventures

The State Game Lodge was built in 1920-21. The unique architecture, woodwork and stonework of the building, along with its stature as the "Summer White House" for Presidents Coolidge and Eisenhower have combined to give the State Game Lodge a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The setting of the State Game Lodge is a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by ponderosa pine forest. Grace Coolidge Creek winds through the valley offering excellent trout fishing and the refreshing rewards of a babbling brook.

Blue Bell Lodge, situated along Fresh Creek at the base of Mt Coolidge, offers a quiet, relaxing atmosphere amidst the towering ponderosa pines. Blue Bell Lodge was built in the early 1920's by an executive of the Bell Telephone Company and is named after the symbol of that company; a blue bell. Rustic cabin accommodations combined with guided horseback rides from our Blue Bell Stables, and Hayride/Chuckwagon Cookouts give you a true Western flavor.

Legion Lake Lodge dates back to 1913 when Custer State Park was a Game Preserve in Custer State Forest. The area was leased by several American Legion Posts and a house was built along the creek to accommodate their visits. The lake quite naturally affords excellent fishing, swimming and boating (rentals available). It is a water stop for many of the wildlife in the Park. The lake mirrors the ponderosa pine forest and sheer rock walls that surround it, affording wonderful photo opportunities.

Sylvan Lake Lodge  The original hotel was opened in July of 1895. In 1937, the current hotel was opened. An additional 12 rooms were opened in 1991. Fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, snowmobiling and rock climbing in and around Sylvan Lake make it the hub of the active adventurers in Custer State Park. Sylvan Lake's designation as the "Crown Jewel of the Black Hills" is quite befitting this spectacular corner of Custer State Park.

Ideal Candidate

We are committed to providing first class service in all our resorts. To achieve this, our staff members need to make a similar commitment to excellence. Previous experience in the guest service industry is a plus. However, a willingness to work hard, a sincere enjoyment in working with people, and the ability to take pride in a job well done can make up for limited work experience.

Resort work is often demanding and very challenging. hours can be long and hard. Sometimes, schedules or job assignments must shift to accommodate last minute needs. We need people who learn quickly and who perform responsibly. And, if you are dependable, sensible, respectful, respectable, and flexible, we want to talk with you!

If you are a student looking for a great place to spend the summer, this may be it, but only if you remain aware that you are not on vacation, you are here to work. Supervision and discipline are as much a part of being here as are freedom and privileges.

You must be 16 years of age or older upon the day you report to work. Staff members who live in dorms should be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Because we have a commitment to maintaining a drug free workplace, employment with the Company is conditional upon your agreement to submit to random and/or reasonable cause drug and alcohol testing.

You must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the US. most staff members meet this requirement with a combination of original Social Security card, copy of their birth certificate, driver's license or state ID card, and/or passport.

International students must apply through a student exchange program, and must have a valid J-1 visa, Form IAP-66, and a Social Security card before arrival.

Room and Board

Due to Custer State Park’s location and the distance to outside housing, most of our seasonal staff is housed within the Park. We also provide three meals per day to all staff members.

The combined calculated value of lodging/RV sites and employee meal allowance is $20 per day. Because of the limited number of RV sites available in our employee housing areas, we strive to occupy all RV sites with two (2) persons per site with both persons being employed by Regency CSP Ventures Limited Partnership.

Although this amount is not deducted from your pay, and is not subject to federal or FICA taxes, the Company does consider it a value to you and as part of your compensation. There is a small deduction from your check for South Dakota sales and use tax only on the amount allocated to meals (currently 4% or $14.40 per month).

Meals are served daily in employee dining areas. Due to the large number of meals prepared each day, we cannot promise to accommodate vegetarian and restricted diets.

Employee lodging facilities vary widely from one location to another; some are new and some have been in use for many years. While not elegant, staff quarters are adequate.

Employees will provide and maintain their own bedding and towels. Seasonal employees will be assigned quarters to share with one or more roommates. Residents are expected to respect visitation restrictions, night-time quiet hours, and to maintain cleanliness of the facilities. The Company is not liable for loss of personal effects and we recommend that you do not bring items of extreme value.

Dormitory housing for married couples is limited and available only when both work full time. We do not provide housing for families with children, and non-staff guests or family members may not stay in staff quarters.

Pets, firearms, and alcohol are strictly prohibited. All dormitory complexes are designated “Drug Free Zones” and are smoke-free. Management reserves the right to inspect any dormitory room at their discretion.

A $25 uniform and a $25 dormitory cleaning and damage deposit will be required from all employees. This amount will be deducted from the employee’s FIRST paycheck and will be refunded if housing is undamaged and all uniforms are checked in upon departure. It is the employee’s responsibility to have their room inspected for damage and cleanliness both on arrival and departure to be assured this refund.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Employees must provide their own transportation to and from Custer State Park. Seasonal employees will be provided a vehicle park permit that is good only to get to and from their work areas. A vehicle park license, which would be needed to drive in the park in areas other than your work area, will be available.

Please consider the cost of your round-trip transportation before submitting your application. The nearest large airport is in Rapid City, South Dakota. At the beginning and end of your employment, we will be happy to provide transportation from the bus depot or airport in Rapid City to your work location. 

Our Jobs

  • Food and Beverage
  • Chef/Sous Chef
  • Cooks
  • Dishwasher
  • Food Service Staff
  • Accounting
  • Buildings & Grounds
  • Customer Service
  • Driving Jobs
  • Entertainment
  • Front Desk/Reservations
  • Gift Shop Staff
  • Groundskeeper
  • Guest Services
  • Guides
  • Housekeeper
  • Security

Food and Beverage

Sous Chef For Blue Bell Lodge

Custer State Park

POSITION: Sous Chef Seasonal Job at Blue Bell Lodge, Custer State Park, SD


INTERESTS :  Lodging and Meals provided. Season ending bonus offered ! Must be willing to relocate to picturesque Southern Black Hills region of Custer State Park near Custer, South Dakota. Seeking individual to work during the busy tourist and conference season at Blue Bell Lodge, one of four historic lodge properties in the Park. Find out more about Blue Bell Lodge and Custer State Park at


QUALIFICATIONS:  Prefer candidates available from May 1- Oct 25. Work commitment times can be somewhat negotiated. Seeking candidates with solid line cooking and some prep kitchen experience. Need supervisory experience. Able to do some purchasing and inventory. Able to do scheduling. Need ability to be self-directed and to accomplish assigned tasks.  Must have some knowledge of food safety practices. Need good team skills, able to train and coach staff on the spot, high energy and quality food orientation.


BENEFITS :  Up to $ 2800 / mo. wage. Based upon qualifications. Lodging and meals provided free

( as $ 500 / mo. package ) with applicable taxes. Season ending bonus up to $400. Park activity discounts; all set against the backdrop of one of the most picturesque areas of our country. Opportunity for full time employment with award winning 17 unit WR Hospitality at end of season.


LOCATION : Custer State Park is nestled in the Southern Black Hills National Forest Region.  The Black Hills are a busy tourist destination for horseback trail rides, old west cookouts, hiking, climbing, biking and fly fishing. Breathtaking Forest backgrounds, panoramic mountain views and abundant wildlife such as Deer, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats and the nation’s largest free-roaming buffalo herd are all a part of the scenery.


RESTAURANT / LODGE/ CABIN INFORMATION : Restaurant is casual restaurant with early century Rustic Cowboy / Mountain / Lodge design, dark hard wood accents, massive custom stone fireplace, with separate bar area. Seating up to 120. Patio seating for 40 with mountain creek view. Party rooms for 80 and 30 seating. The log sleeping cabins have vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces. All cabins are climate controlled, fully furnished, and include daily housekeeping service. They also come with telephones, flat screen TVs, coffee pots, and kitchen or kitchenette equipment and outdoor firepits. There are larger cabins for up to 16 people perfect for reunions and gatherings


The menu offers serves up true Western flavor, with cattle-drive classics featuring bison and even some rattlesnake sausage, steaks, burgers, sandwiches and western comfort food. Our chuck-wagon cookouts, a Blue Bell tradition, is a hay-wagon ride through the scenic backcountry of the park into a secluded canyon with an old-fashioned chuck-wagon dinner, complete with Western entertainment.


CONTACT: For more information contact Terry Van De Walle Recruiting Director WR Hospitality 3211 W. Sencore Dr. Sioux Falls, SD. 57107.  605 – 965 -1472. See email address on contact page at View more details about our restaurant equity and management company at




How to Apply

Our season runs from May through Mid-October. Preference is giving to applicants who are available to work the entire season. We expect most of our employees to work at least through Labor Day weekend. Some positions start in April and last until November.

Please be specific and realistic with your starting  and ending dates on the application - these will become your contracted dates.

It is helpful to include two letters of reference on letter-head from past employers. Whether or not letters are available, be sure to fill out the work history section of the application as completely as possible. Applications that do not contain complete reference information will not be processed.

Selection is based upon availability dates, flexibility, previous work experience, and past performance as noted in reference checks. Our hiring decisions begin in January and continue throughout the season. A contract will be sent to those applicants offered a position, along with more information about the Company and the Park.

Submit any supporting documents to:

Regency CSP Ventures Limited Partnership 
13389 US HIGHWAY 16A

CUSTER, SD 57730

PHONE: (605) 255-4772
FAX: (605) 255-4706 

We appreciate your interest in becoming part of our team!

We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a non job-related medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected status.