Summer 2021 Retail and Warehouse positions are available. Help preserve & protect Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park Conservancy is the official non-profit fundraising partner of Glacier National Park. Operating four retail outlets is one of the ways we raise funds to support park projects. Three stores are located in the Apgar, Logan Pass, and St Mary Visitor Centers. A fourth store, warehouse, and office are located at the Historic Belton Train Depot in West Glacier, MT.
About Glacier National Park Conservancy
We're seeking motivated employees to play an integral role on our retail team, who share a desire to spend a memorable summer together exploring the beautiful landscapes of Glacier Park. As we plan for Summer 2021, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and customers during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Our retail staff provides exceptional customer service and shares a true love for Glacier Park with visitors from all corners. We offer a wide range of products in our stores: books, maps, t-shirts, bear spray, postcards, ornaments, magnets - you name it! Our products are carefully selected for authenticity and interpretive value.
Not only will you have the opportunity to work in the heart of Glacier Park, but you'll also have the satisfaction of giving back to the park in a meaningful way. In 2020, our staff raised over $50,000 in donations to fully fund an important Bighorn Sheep research project. They accomplished this simply by asking visitors, "Would you like to add a donation for Glacier Park?"
Your commute to work is getting paid to drive the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Out your 'office' window at the Logan Pass Visitor Center, you'll be awed by spectacular views of Mt Reynolds, Clements, and Oberlin. You might even catch a glimpse of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, or grizzly bears wandering by!
Come be instrumental to our mission and enjoy the spectacular landscapes and hiking trails 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 medium-sized non-profit organization, and we hire about 25 seasonal employees to work in our four retail locations and warehouse. With an organization like ours, you cannot get lost in bureaucracy, and we strive to make your summer employment a meaningful experience.
We take Covid-19 precautions seriously, and we expect our employees to do the same. We require employees and customers to wear masks, we installed Lexan barriers at our registers, we regularly sanitize high touch surfaces and wash our hands, we limit the number of customers in our store spaces to allow for social distancing, and we reduced the capacity of our employee house to offer residents a private bedroom.
Most seasonal employees work about 40 hours/week, but we do hire a few 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 special 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 the varied schedule - working in several locations with different teams of people.
The ideal candidate for the Glacier Conservancy cares deeply about our National Parks! We are the official fundraising partner for Glacier Park, so all our hard work ultimately helps preserve and protect this unique place for future generations.
Our busy season is from May to October, so our ideal candidate is available to work during that time frame. Applicants with retail, hospitality, warehouse or customer service experience are given top consideration in the hiring process.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, we are not able to offer sponsorships for J1 or H2B applicants.
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 pressure 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 global pandemics, snowstorms, 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 many 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 Conservancy can help with housing options for your summer in Glacier Park.
We have an employee house in Hungry Horse, MT (about a 15-minute drive from West Glacier). About 6 employees can live there for a modest rent deducted from your paycheck ($75 / week). Accommodations at the house are private bedrooms with shared bathrooms. The house has two shared kitchens, and there is a small grocery store just a block away. The house offers onsite laundry. Utilities, internet, PO Box, and basic supplies are provided. There is also space available for small trailers or camper vans to park. Our employee house is comfortable and well-kept. We're carefully screening residents to make sure everyone in the house takes Covid-19 precautions seriously to help keep residents safe and healthy.
RVers are encouraged to apply, and we can help connect you with RV parks in the area and help secure RV sites at reasonable monthly rates. If you're interested in working at the St Mary Visitor Center (on the east side), you will need an RV or your own housing in St Mary. There are very limited housing options in that area, but again, we can help secure RV sites at reasonable rates.
Please note that you will need to provide your own transportation. Public transportation in the area is VERY limited, and it would be challenging to manage here without a personal vehicle.
Unfortunately, GNPC cannot 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 the employment agreement
- We strive to schedule 2 consecutive days off per week to maximize your free time
- 40% discount in our park stores
- Discounts with other local outfitters/concessionaires
- 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, backpacking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, horseback riding, golf and more.
Throughout the summer, we love to organize fun activities for our seasonal staff, and we're always open to suggestions!