Mount Rushmore Resort and Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Black Elk Peak
Mt Rushmore Memorial
Crazy Horse Monument
Elkhorn view
Beautiful Vista
The grand entrance
View from the dorms
5 Rodeos onsite this summer
The Fun Zone
Top of the World

Summer FUN while working in the Black Hills of South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Our vacation resort is just minutes from Mount Rushmore National Memorial & Crazy Horse Monument. Hiking & exploring opportunities are abundant. 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!

Explore and Play in the Beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, while working at the Mount Rushmore KOA Resort and Lodge at Palmer Gulch. The Norbeck Wildlife Preserve, Black Elk Wilderness and Black Hills National Forest surround Palmer Gulch.  The Resort is in proximity to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Monument. Experience an abundance of natural beauty, wildlife and adventure during your season at the Resort. 

Join our dynamic team providing Entertainment and Recreation to our Guests while building long lasting Friendships and Memories for Ourselves. Nearly ONE hundred years ago Palmer Gulch was founded on a reputation of hospitality and warmth, which still spreads throughout this peaceful valley today.   We need your help to continue this heritage.  

Our Employees

We hire from all over the world. In recent years, staff members have hailed from places like: Columbia, Ecuador,  Mongolia, Lithuania, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico and all over the United States.  

We are committed to a fun work place that is dedicated to excellence.    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.  Hiking, Biking, Rock Climbing, Fishing, Cave exploration and our beautiful Hills are easily accessible.  Wildlife play in our hills and valleys.  And the Nights are peaceful with a brilliant night sky. Magnificent Stars.  We are surrounded by Black Hills National Forest which we are free to use for recreation and inspiration. We recommend that you put down your phone, take a deep breath and immerse yourself in all the area has to offer.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for people that can be committed to hospitality, have 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.  

Room and Board

The Palmer Gulch Resort offers dormitory housing for a nominal weekly fee of $30.  Rooms are dormitory style with 2 people per room. Each dorm includes a full kitchen stocked with basic cooking and eating utensils, a living room and restrooms/showers. 

Rooms can include twin beds or bunks, dressers, and basic bed linens.  WiFi 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.

We also have 50 amp sites available for a nominal fee for employees that have their own campers.

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 operated 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 or 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.  At Palmer Gulch you can do as much or as little as you please. 

How to Apply

Please complete and submit our online application via the link below.

We do hire International students who have a J1 Work & Travel visa, please contact the sponsoring agency we use: Janus International, Spirit Cultural Exchange, or InterExchange

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