Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Live in the shadow of a tribute to democracy!

For people throughout the world, visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial is the dream of a lifetime.  For many, the chance to live and work at Mount Rushmore during the summer is also a dream come true. Working at Mount Rushmore is a special experience.

In the Black Hills region of South Dakota

About Mount Rushmore National Memorial

While here, you'll become closer to the wilderness, closer to different people and closer to yourself. When you leave you take the spirit of the Memorial with you; not just photographs, souvenirs, and addresses, but something of far greater value - a special awareness about yourself, the United States, and your future.

Xanterra is the concessionaire in charge of operating the public, non-government guest services at the Memorial. The hospitality services we provide include: a cafeteria, ice cream and fudge shops and a world class gift shop. As Mount Rushmore receives millions of visitors each summer, you can imagine the need for many employees; each working with one goal in mind; to make sure every visitor enjoys their stay. Not all the jobs are glamorous and, make no mistake about it, they all require work. But, a summer living and working in the Black Hills can provide memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. We encourage you to continue reading, and discover how you can become a part of Mount Rushmore history!

As an employee of Xanterra, you will be able to enjoy your days off to spend as you choose in the magnificent Black Hills. Your "Mount Rushmore experience" will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to meet a wide cross-section of visitors and fellow employees from all over the world. For some, a summer at Mount Rushmore is a step on the road to other careers and different places; for others, it is the first step in a career in the hospitality industry.

Ideal Candidate

We expect that you will work hard when you are scheduled to work. Each of us at Xanterra is committed to providing first-class service for the more than three million people who visit Mount Rushmore each year. In order to accomplish this, employees  who are willing to make a similar commitment to excellence in their own personal standards and work habits are needed. We are looking for employees, who are willing to work hard, who enjoy working with and for others, and who take pride in a job well done.

Room and Board

Your Home in the Hills!

Housing at Mount Rushmore is one of the best employee accommodations in the National Parks. The dormitory style residence, Kay Riordan-Steuerwald Hall, offers housing for more than 120 employees. Completely carpeted, furnished with a desk secretary and bed, each room has a private bath/shower and secure closets. 

A family style common room contains a TV and there is an on-site fitness room.

Wi-fi and laundry facilities are also provided.

In addition to these amenities, a shuttle operates during peak season to transport employees to work or meals.

Employees are responsible for personal conduct and cleanliness in assigned residences. The dormitory is a SMOKE FREE building.

Employee meals are served in the employee Dining Room, The Blaster's Grubstake Dining Room. Please note that because of the number of employees that are fed each day, restricted diets, including strict vegetarian diets, are very difficult to accommodate.

Lodging and meals are provided at a cost of $98.00 per week (plus applicable sales tax) which is deducted from each paycheck.

Dormitory housing for married couples is available only when the Company employs both. Xanterra is not able to provide housing for families with children, and no guests or family members may be accommodated in employee quarters.

Trailer sites are available at a cost of $50.00 per week, which includes water, sewer and, electricity.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Employee Perks

If hired, the work you will be doing will be highly customer oriented. The privilege of living for a summer at Mount Rushmore is an experience unmatched elsewhere.

As an employee of Xanterra, you will be able to enjoy your days off to spend as you choose in the magnificent Black Hills. Your "Mount Rushmore experience" will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to meet a wide cross-section of visitors and fellow employees from all over the world. For some, a summer at Mount Rushmore is a step on the road to other careers and different places; for others, it is the first step in a career in the hospitality industry.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Employee must provide his or her own transportation to and from Mount Rushmore. Please consider the cost of round trip transportation before submitting your application. The nearest airport is Rapid City.

For Fun

What's it like to work at Mount Rushmore and live in the Black Hills area?

You may never tire of seeing The Memorial ~ each day the faces will change with the weather and the sunlight. A short stroll along the Presidential Trail will provide close access to the sculpture. More intimate views of the artwork are available along the way as either a self- guided or ranger-guided walk. Two other trails lead to Borglum View Terrace and the Sculptor’s Studio: One is a nature trail that starts from the main entryway; the other is a steep trail with uneven steps that starts from Grandview Terrace.

We hope that you will also enjoy exploring the Black Hills area, including Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park, Badlands National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument, Crazy Horse Monument and Rapid City. Camping, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are just a few of the things you can do outdoors. Rapid City is close by when you need something civilization can provide.

Our Jobs

The Mount Rushmore Gift Shop is just one place you may be assigned to work. Guests can find the perfect gift or souvenir, or browse our specialty items, including handmade Native American pottery and artwork, Mount Rushmore apparel, books and DVD's, sandstone Mount Rushmore replicas or, choose from our selection of beautiful Black Hills Gold. 


Accounting / Audit Clerk

Assists with Accounting function. Balances cashier reports and compiles daily reports. Keypunching, basic office and computer skills and 10-key experience required. ($8.65 per hour)

Cafeteria Attendant

Responsible for any of the following: food preparation, cafeteria / fast food operation, dish / pot machine operation and/or maintain sanitation standards in kitchen, dining room and/or snack bar. Heavy lifting required. (Minimum $8.65 per hour)

Cook II

Assists cooks in food preparation, organizes food items required for shift and maintains sanitation standards. Heavy lifting and previous cooking experience required. (Minimum $9.05 per hour)


Responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of both the Memorial View Building and dormitory. Extensive janitorial duties involved. Heavy lifting required. (Minimum $8.65 per hour)

Houseperson I

Assists Environmental Manager with daily operation of programs. Duties include collection and transportation of recycling material to designated collection depots; operating and maintaining compost bins; and greenhouse preparation/maintenance. Heavy lifting required. (Minimum $8.65 per hour)

Retail Associate

Extensive guest contact; retail sales, cash handling, department maintenance, completing reports, ability to acquire & use product information, assisting with inventory, receiving, marking, packing & distributing merchandise. Heavy lifting, long periods of standing (Minimum $8.65 per hour.)

Retail Associate / Driver

Receiving, pricing and distribution of merchandise. Assists with driving non-commercial shuttle. Heavy lifting and valid driver's license required with clean driving record. Must be able to certify with health card requirements according to DOT requirements. Minimum age 21. (Minimum $ 8.65 per hour)

Security Guard

Minimum age 21. Night Shift. Responsible for overseeing concession building and dormitory, and for reporting unacceptable practices to the National Park Service. (Minimum $9.05 per hour)

How to Apply

Employees must be 18 years old to live in the housing facilities at Mount Rushmore.

AVAILABILITY DATES: Our busy season begins in May and lasts into September. Some positions start in early April and last until mid-October. Your employment chances improve if you can arrive early and work through September or later. Be realistic and specific about the exact dates you will be available, as these dates become part of your Employment Agreement.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Applicants must have a J-1 visa and a Social Security card. We are unable to sponsor applicants for employment.

HIRING DECISIONS start in January and continue throughout the season. If you are selected for employment, an Employment Agreement will be sent to you for your signature. Our receipt of your signed agreement indicates your acceptance of a job assignment, pay rate, employment dates and other stated conditions.

If you need to contact us in writing, our mailing address is:

Xanterra Employment Office
13000 SD Highway 244, Building 81 
Keystone, SD 57751 

If you are unable to use the on-line application, please click here to e-mail us.

Should you apply by mail, a resume may be included with your application, but is not required. It is helpful to include letters of recommendation from past and present employers, as well as from any personal references listed on the "Application For Employment". References will be checked – no application will be processed unless reference information is complete and the application is signed.

We provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, those who need further assistance or any other legally protected status under applicable law. AA/EOE/M/F/Disabled/Veteran