Preserve and Protect Glacier while exploring its abundant beauty
The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the philanthropic and outreach partner to Glacier National Park. The Conservancy operates several retail stores, and all proceeds support our work in Glacier Park.
Glacier National Park, Montana
About Glacier National Park Conservancy
The Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official non-profit fundraising partner for Glacier National Park. We provide funding for vital Park projects and programs related to preservation, education, and research. The Glacier Conservancy operates retail stores in and around the Park, and all proceeds from sales support our work in Glacier Park.
We operate four retail stores, and we're seeking seasonal employees for Summer 2019 to provide exceptional customer service and to share a true love for Glacier Park with visitors from around the world. We offer a wide range of products: books, maps, t-shirts, bear spray, postcards, ornaments, magnets - you name it, we sell it! Our products are carefully selected for authenticity and interpretive value.
Your commute to work is getting paid to drive the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Out your 'office' window at Logan Pass Visitor Center, you'll be awed by spectacular views of Mt Clements. You might even catch a glimpse of mountain goats, big horn sheep, or grizzly bears wondering by!
Not only will you have the opportunity to work in the heart of Glacier Park, but you will also have the satisfaction of giving back to Glacier Park in a meaningful way. In 2018, our seasonal staff raised over $100,000 simply by asking visitors, "Would you like to donate to Glacier Park today?" Conservancy staff also educates visitors about our mission, our projects, and how they can help.
Come be instrumental to our mission and enjoy the spectacular landscapes, hiking trails, and recreation opportunities that make Glacier National Park a truly special place.
The Employee Experience
Working for the Glacier Conservancy feels different than working for a larger company operating in the National Parks. We are a small non-profit organization, and we hire about 25 seasonal employees to work in our 4 retail locations. We get to know each other very well, and we like to work hard and play hard. With an organization like ours, you will not get lost in bureaucracy, and we will strive to make your summer employment a meaningful experience.
Most seasonal employees work about 40 hours / week, but we do hire some part-time employees. We value your time away from work, and we strive to schedule two consecutive days off per week and do our best to accommodate scheduling requests.
Our retail store locations include the Historic Belton Train Depot (West Glacier), Apgar Visitor Center, Logan Pass Visitor Center, and St Mary Visitor Center. Some employees work primarily at the Logan Pass Visitor Center store with some shifts at the Apgar and Belton stores. Employees hired for the St Mary Visitor Center work primarily at St Mary with some shifts at Logan Pass. Our employees value a varied schedule, working in several different locations with varying crews of co-workers.
The ideal candidate for the Glacier Conservancy must care about our National Parks! We are the fundraising partner for Glacier Park, so all our hard work ultimately helps preserve this unique place for generations to come.
Our season runs from mid-May to early October, so our ideal candidate is available to work during that time frame. Applicants with retail, hospitality or customer service experience are given top consideration in the hiring process. Warehouse experience is also a plus.
Applicants should have a willingness to learn new skills, work hard as part of a dedicated team, and strive to provide excellent customer service.
Having strong computer skills is an asset. Our busiest store is in our most remote location, so technical difficulties are a reality. We value the ability to keep calm under stress and troubleshoot technical problems onsite.
Flexibility and a positive attitude are keys to success! During any given summer in Glacier Park, we face challenges due to snow, wildfires and everything in-between. We often have to adjust our well-laid plans to accommodate Mother Nature.
Last but not least, our ideal candidate is passionate about customer service. Our seasonal staff interacts with most of the 3 million visitors to Glacier Park in just 4 short months! We have a unique opportunity to connect with visitors and educate them about the Glacier Conservancy - our mission, our projects, and how to help!
Room and Board
The Glacier Conservancy can help with housing options for your summer in Glacier Park.
We have an employee house in Hungry Horse (on the west side), and employees can live there for a modest rent deducted from your paycheck. Accommodations at the house are shared rooms with shared bath. The house has two shared kitchens, and there is a grocery store just a block from the house. There is also some space available at the employee house for small trailers or camper vans.
RVers are encouraged to apply, and we can help connect you with RV parks in the area to secure sites for the summer.
If you are interested in working at the St Mary Visitor Center (on the east side), you will need an RV. There is limited housing in that area, but again, we can help secure RV sites.
Please note you will need provide your own transportation. Public transportation in the area is very limited, and it would be challenging to manage here without a vehicle.
Unfortunately, GNPC does not offer meal plans.
The Glacier Conservancy offers some great perks for our employees.
- Employee vehicle Park Pass (which gets you into the fast lane at the Park entrance)
- End of Season Bonus for completion of employment agreement
- We strive to schedule 2 consecutive days off per week to maximize your free time
- 40% employee discount in our park stores
- Discounts with other local outfitters/concessionaires
- Coupon book for restaurants, accommodations and activities in and around the park
- Working at the top of the Going-to-the-Sun Road with spectacular views of Logan Pass!
Getting Here and Getting Around
Unfortunately, there is not good public transportation here, so bringing a personal vehicle is highly recommended. Employee housing is not located on-site, so a vehicle is necessary to drive to and from work.
Although biking to work might not always be practical, we definitely recommend bringing a bike - there are some great cycling opportunities here!
We're happy to help with transportation to and from Glacier International Airport (FCA) or the Amtrak Stations (Whitefish, West Glacier or East Glacier), but we cannot provide transportation on a daily basis to and from work.
Glacier National Park is known as a hikers’ and peak-baggers’ paradise. During your summer here, you will have easy access to an incredible system of trails that can lead you to remote alpine lakes, through beautiful forests, and to the top of rugged peaks. There are also great opportunities in the area for mountain biking, fishing, camping, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, golf and more. Remember to bring your camera!
When you need a rest day from outdoor adventures, the local communities around Glacier Park host of number of Farmer's Markets and festivals.
Throughout the summer, we love to organize fun activities for our seasonal staff, and we're always open to suggestions!