Palmer Gulch Resort/Mt. Rushmore KOA

Summer Jobs in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Our lodge, mountain cabins, and camping facilities are South Dakota's greatest accommodations for lodging near Mount Rushmore National Memorial on the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Our family resort caters to vacations built on family fun with outdoor activities and exciting amenities for travelers of all ages.

Nestled at the foot of Harney Peak in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota near Mount Rushmore National Memorial and only a short distance away from Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, and the lakes and trails of the Black Hills National Forest.

Kick off the summer with KOA employment!

Working in the heart of the Black Hills and introducing visitors to this wonderful area is what we love to do. We strive to make this a great place for Black Hills seasonal jobs, and part of this is due to the talent we hire for KOA employment.

Our Employees

We hire from all over the world. In recent years, staff members have hailed from places like: Poland, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Jamaica, and all over the US.

Ideal Candidate

We are always looking for energetic, outgoing, personable people who want to live and work in what we consider to be the best place on earth!

Room and Board

The Palmer Gulch Resort offers dormitory housing for a nominal weekly fee.  Rooms are dormitory style with up to 10 people to a floor with 2 - 3 people per room. Each dorm includes a full kitchen stocked with basic cooking and eating utensils.

Rooms can include up to three twin beds, dressers, and basic bed linens.  Employee can use the wireless Internet access as well as telephone and basic cable.

Employee Perks

Bi-weekly hourly pay schedule, housing available and the Black Hills Badlands and Lakes pass mentioned in the Recreation section.  Use of resort facilities, discounted family camping and lodging available. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

The employee is responsible for getting themselves to and from their work obligation.  A car is recommended, however the Resort offers 2 trips a week to town for groceries items and supplies.

For Fun

Along with being centrally located to major area attractions, the Black Hills offer blue ribbon trout fishing in numerous streams as well as other game fish in the many lakes within the hills. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of whitetail and mule deer, elk, turkey antelope and bison, as well as a variety of birds, which call the Black Hills home. The Mickelson Trail offers a scenic but not too strenuous opportunity for cyclists of all skill levels.

Our staff enjoys the easy access to the 50 of miles of trails within the Black Elk Wilderness including a trail to the top of Harney Peak. The Centennial Trail, a continuous 111-mile trail which winds its way through the hills from Hot Springs in the south to Bear Butte State Park in the north.

Employees receive the Black Hills and Badlands VIP pass, which entitles them to free admission and discounts to over 80 attractions in the Black Hills, Badlands and throughout South Dakota.

Our Jobs

At the Mt. Rushmore Hill City KOA and Palmer Gulch Lodge, we are very proud of our employees. Our Black Hills seasonal jobs encompass a staff of ninety-plus employment opportunities.


Welcomes Guests. Outgoing, positive attitude, friendly resort host focus on surpassing guests' expectations. Effectively communicates with guests & other departments. Escorts guests to accommodations, pumps propane, delivers fire wood & messages. Informs guests of happenings at the resort.


Greets Guests. High energy, bright, friendly personality. Efficiently prepares guests' beverages, processes purchases while engaging guests, performs Wine tasting & creatively crafts fudge. Must be highly organized, culinary inclination & able to maintain a clean food prep area. Stocks inventory.

Campground cleaning

Cleans resorts common areas, facilities, shower houses, restrooms & laundries. High energy, positive mind-set, creates a pleasant working environment while surpassing guests expectations. Duties include all aspects of cleaning while adhering to safe use of appropriate cleaning chemicals & equipment.


Concierge's focus is great customer service providing detailed information to guests. Requires an Individual with high awareness to detail, a positive & friendly attitude is attentive & willing to answer questions. Tasks include reservations, registration, processing rentals and guest correspondence

Housekeeping and Laundry

Cleans Guest accommodations, common areas & laundry. Must have an eye for detail to ensure highest standard of cleanliness exceeding guests expectations. Pleasant attitude, high energy, able to complete repetitive tasks, detect & report maintenance issues. Safe practice of chemicals and equipment.


Guest Experience Presentation. Comfortable working outside, minor repairs, plant, water, fertilize, weed, maintain flowers, shrubs & vegetation, focus on presentation of resort facility. Flexible, willing to help out where needed, eye for detail ensuring the highest standard of cleanliness & beauty.


Mechanically inclined, flexible, maintains an upbeat attitude & willingness to help out wherever needed. Committed to Guests services. Repair, upkeep & preventive maintenance of buildings & grounds. Performs physical labor, plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical repair, removal of trash & debris.

Pool Maintenance

Mechanically Inclined. Takes water samples of pools, hot-tubs, splash park & waterslide. Adjust chemical levels, clean, change & back-wash filters, vacuum & brush pool to remove debris, repairs pumps. Cleans pool areas. Takes pride in maintaining sparkling clean water features. Experience required.


Gets to play!! Staffing our FUN ZONE must have Enthusiastic & animated personality. BE Exciting, entertaining & FUN! Superior Involvement with guests implementing safety practices. Set up/tear down inflatables & climbing wall. Supervise water slide, mini-golf & jumping pillow. Maintains clean area.

Registration/Front Desk

First line of contact, provides a WELCOMING atmosphere. Must have strong dedication to guest service, high attention to detail, friendly, helpful, willing to answer questions, resolve issues & communicates guests' needs to other departments. Duties include Reservations/registration and guest contact


Guest services specialist. Establishes a delightful connection with guests via telephone, email & in person. Friendly, positive attitude, excellent listening skills, great verbal & writing abilities for guest correspondence. High attention to detail, with strong dedication to guests service.


Greets Guests. Friendly, cheerful, positive attitude. Ability to efficiently process guest purchases, handle money accurately while engaging guest, answering questions & upselling. Has an eye for detail & presentation ensuring fully stocked & clean store. Cleans, faces shelves & stocks inventory.

How to Apply

Please complete and submit our online application.

We do hire International students who have a J1 Work & Travel visa, but you will need to go through the sponsoring agency we use: Janus International.

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