Yellowstone General Stores

Your Summer In Yellowstone Will Be Incredible!

Yellowstone General Stores (YGS) brings together individuals from all over the world to come and enjoy Yellowstone National Park while working in one our stores. As a partner with the National Park Service, we deliver an extraordinary retail experience to more than 4 million guests that visit the park every year. Creating special experiences one guest at a time – it’s what we do. Come join us!

12 Retail Stores located from Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful and everywhere in between in the 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park.

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About Yellowstone General Stores

As a partner with the National Park Service, we strive to deliver an extraordinary retail experience to more than 4 million Guests that visit the park every year.  Our Guests enjoy an amazing array of gifts and keepsakes to take home from their trip as well as serving meals in our Fountain Grills prepared by our hard-working Associates.  In addition, our General Stores do offer groceries, equipment and supplies for camping and travel snacking.  We want all of our Associates to be able to give our guests an experience in Yellowstone to remember.  

We welcome all to spend their summer exploring the more than 1000 miles of hiking trails.  In Yellowstone National Park, there are over 40 waterfalls with Canyon Lower Falls being the tallest at 308 feet.  Yellowstone has close to 70 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish and at least 10 amphibians and reptiles species. And...there are over 10,000 hydro-thermal features to visit in the form of hot springs, mud pots, steam vents, and geysers with Old Faithful geyser being the most famous. You may not be able to see all of these extraordinary sites, features & creatures of the Park but in a just might see A LOT of them!

Our Associates enjoy living and working in the Park and while we ask our Associates to work hard as part of the Store team in greeting & serving our guests, we do offer lots of opportunities to get out in the wilderness to explore.

Come live the adventure and join us for an exciting, fun-filled summer in the oldest and most dynamic national park – Yellowstone! Read on for more info on Yellowstone General Stores and our Yellowstone Locations!

The Employee Experience

To see what it's like to spend a summer working for us and living in Yellowstone check out our video! 

Ideal Candidate

Our ideal Associate is someone who is outgoing, friendly, flexible and not afraid to work hard.  We hope all of our Associates bring a strong work ethic, the ability to learn our processes, and a desire to do their job very well. We have a melting pot of workers from all over the world, different social and economic backgrounds, and different beliefs.  It's truly an opportunity to experience different cultures where everyone has two things in common...a sense of adventure and, of course, choosing Yellowstone National Park as your backyard.

Room and Board

Dormitories - The dorms are rustic with centrally located shared bathrooms & showers and we provide free laundry facilities. All Associates will have at least one roommate in the same room and all dorms are non-smoking. While our dorms do not have air conditioning or kitchen facilities, A/C is not necessary and meals are served in the Employee Dining Room. Overnight guests (family & friends) are not permitted in the dorms. Dorm housing costs start at $29.50 per week. West based associates will be charged $74.00 per week.

RV Sites- For Associates planning to bring their own RV, we provide sites starting at $35-75 per week.  RV site cost depends on your assigned location. Electric and propane is paid by the Associate(s). Most Employee RV areas have onsite coin-operated laundry facilities as well as common bathroom/shower house available. Due to unpredictable weather, RV associates arriving before May 1 may be placed at a temporary site without hookups/utilities.

Meals - All Associates in the Park interior are provided meals in the Employee Dining Room (EDR). Dorm residents are required to participate in the meal plan & RV residents have the option to participate. Each EDR operates on a menu cycle and provides three meals a day, seven days a week. The menu is designed to offer a variety of food choices, but unfortunately, we are not normally able to accommodate special dietary needs. The cost for the meal plan is $63.50 per week. We do not offer pay per meal plans.

Internet - Most dorms have both a computer with Internet access and a television with satellite service. Internet service is provided via satellite and is extremely limited. It is slow, unreliable, and has a daily threshold of information that can be downloaded. There is a 24-hour reset period if the daily download threshold is crossed and during this time the Internet connection will not work. It's sad to say but, if you "need" daily access to the Internet...Yellowstone may not be the best fit for you.  Yellowstone National Park is remote and the draw to the Park is nature.

Telephones - Cell phone service is intermittent or non-existent at many park locations. Verizon and AT&T tend to have the best reception in West Yellowstone, but reception is further limited in the park with no service in many locations. We recommend bringing a pre-paid calling card as there are pay telephones in each dormitory.

Employee Perks

In addition to living and working in Yellowstone enjoy some of these benefits!

  • 30% off most items in our General Stores!
  • Free entry to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
  • $3/day completion bonus
  • Discounts from various vendors in gateway communities

Getting Here and Getting Around

Check In Day (first day of work) -  Check In is at our Human Resources Office in West Yellowstone, Montana. Those without a car or personal transportation will be transported to West Yellowstone for check-in. Our office is off of Yellowstone Avenue just before the west gate of Yellowstone. Our address & directions will be provided with new hire materials.

Arriving by Car - U.S. Residents with their own transportation can travel straight to West Yellowstone on Check In Day. The check in time will be provided in new hire materials.

Arriving by Air - The nearest airport is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).  Bozeman is 90 miles north of West Yellowstone. We provide transportation to those arriving by air in Bozeman (BZN). We ask that you arrive the day before to be ready for pickup very early on your Check In Day. International J1 Work & Travel Students are required to arrive at the Bozeman Airport (BZN).  

  • U.S. Residents can fly into Salt Lake City (SLC). We do not provide transportation to West Yellowstone but you can schedule bus transportation with Salt Lake Express
  • U.S. Residents can also fly into West Yellowstone Airport (WYS) from May through September on Delta Airlines. We will pick you up from the airport.

Arriving by Bus - Greyhound is available from most cities in the U.S. to Bozeman The Bozeman stop is located at the Walmart Supercenter at 1500 N 7th Ave., Bozeman, MT 59715.  The stop is located just outside of the Lawn & Garden Center on the grass area. You cannot purchase tickets here.

Hotel Accommodations - Bozeman offers many hotel choices providing free airport shuttle. To allow for a more efficient pickup on Check In Day, we will provide a list of preferred hotels with new hire materials.

Hostel - Treasure State Hostel is a low cost alternative to high cost hotel accommodations.  Treasure State Hostel starts at $28/night.  Please check their website for up-to-date room pricing.  Treasure State Hostel is located at 27 E. Main, Bozeman, MT 59715 (406) 624-6244.

Transportation within the Park - Yellowstone does not have a transit system.  We do offer free van trips within the Park and to neighbor towns from June to August. 

For Fun

Whether you like to enjoy solitude by hiking, fishing or backpacking your way through Yellowstone or you prefer to socialize and participate in group activities, Yellowstone has something that will make you smile.  In addition to the 900+ miles of trails to explore, the abundant park wildlife and scenic wonders to view, there are also plenty of organized activities to keep you busy all summer!

We offer van trips from June through August and Yellowstone National Park has it's own Employee Recreation Program offering trips, fly fishing lessons, hiking trips, and lots of great opportunities to recreate.

How to Apply

The employment page of our web site has many more details, which should help answer most of your questions.  We offer the ease of an on-line employment application, linked below.

Thank you for your interest in joining us for a great summer in Yellowstone!

Additional info for international applicants

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