Mount Rushmore Resort and Lodge at Palmer Gulch

The grand entrance
5 Rodeos onsite this summer
The Fun Zone
View from the dorms

Summer Jobs in the Black Hills of South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is South Dakota's largest vacation resort and it is just minutes from Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Our family resort caters to vacations built on family fun and memories with outdoor activities and exciting amenities for travelers of all ages.

Nestled at the foot of Black Elk (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.

About Mount Rushmore Resort and Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Work as part of the best team in the business!

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 people we select for our world-class team.  We offer great perks, great dorms, a great location and great fun.

Our Employees

We hire from all over the world. In recent years, staff members have hailed from places like: Poland, the Czech Republic, China, Germany, Lithuania, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico and all over the US.  We believe that when an employee and an employer select each other that a great bond is formed.  We are committed to a healthy, safe, fun work place that is dedicated to excellence and integrity.   We make sure that you are taken care of so you can take care of our guests.  Come join us, it's a blast!

The Employee Experience

Living and working in the heart of the Black Hills is an experience like none other.  Our mountains aren't as big as Colorado or Montana but they are accessible and right across the road.  The average temperatures are in the 70's during the day and 40's and 50's at night and we have few bugs.  The deer and turkeys play in our fields and the nights are the quietest and darkest you will ever experience.  We are surrounded on all sides by US Forest Service which we are free to use for recreation and inspiration. 

We recommend that you put down your phone, take a deep breath and immerse your self in the dream that is now reality in the Black Hills.  Your will leave refreshed and better off. 

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for people that can be committed to a vision, have impeccable integrity, enjoy people and it really helps if you love the great outdoors.  The resort business in very diverse and complex, so flexibility and a desire to learn new things will assist with you having a great experience.  It also helps if you smile, days just go better.

Room and Board

The Palmer Gulch Resort offers dormitory housing for a nominal weekly fee.  Rooms are dormitory style with up to 12 people to a floor with 2 - 3 people per room. Each dorm includes a full kitchen stocked with basic cooking and eating utensils, a living room and two full baths.

Rooms can include three twin beds, dressers, and basic bed linens.  Basic wireless Internet access is available on the property as well as a employee computer that is hooked to high-speed internet.  A landline telephone and basic cable is provided.

Employee Perks

Bi-weekly pay schedule, available housing, staff bikes, store and restaurant discounts, a the Black Hills Badlands VIP pass for free or discounted admissions throughout the Black Hills and full use of resort facilities as well as discounted family camping and lodging is available.  A staff shuttle is available to checkout for runs to Walmart or to see the sites of the Black Hills.  We also have nightly entertainment and church services on Sunday morning.

Getting Here and Getting Around

The employee is responsible for getting themselves to and from their work obligation.  A car is recommended but not imperative.  The Resort offers a staff van for running to town for groceries and supplies.  We do offer a free nighty shuttle to Mt. Rushmore for the night lighting ceremony.  Employee bikes are available on the property.

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.  If you are looking for some single track, there is plenty for all skill levels.

Our staff enjoys easy access to the 50 of miles of trails within the Black Elk Wilderness including a trail to the top of Black Elk (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.  If you like to climb, our granite is second to none.

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.

The Black Hills is home to dozens of wineries, craft breweries, art galleries, great restaurants and even a town to do a little gambling.  there are also numerous celebrations and festivals throughout the season including the independence celebration in Custer and the Hills Alive Christian music festival in Rapid City.  One guarantee is that if you desire you can always be busy.

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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