Oxbow Bend, Snake River

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


Kelcy Fowler

Applying for a job on is a bit different than applying for a job in one’s hometown. Seasonal employers recruit and make the majority of their hiring decisions months in advance of the position’s start date, which generally corresponds with the location’s operating season. Each employer has a unique application process, usually requiring the completion of an online application.  Once the application is submitted there is a wait time – sometimes days or weeks before an applicant may hear anything from an employer. 

Some employers rely completely on the information submitted in the application, including references and former work history, to make a hiring decision. Others will conduct phone interviews, and some conduct video interviews over Skype or other video conferencing platforms. Job offers can come in the form of a phone call, email, or postal mail, and will typically include a start and end date. The hiring paperwork will also give information about the location of the job, where to report for work, and on what date to arrive, along with information about necessary hiring paperwork, uniform/appearance requirements, and suggestions for transportation and packing.  Once the applicant accepts the job offer, there is often some final paperwork to complete, and then the adventure planning begins!

There are a few different ways to research using the site. Search by State/Location, Category (National Parks, Guest Ranches, Summer Camps, etc.), or Season. The search box also allows searches for a specific position like camp counselor or cook.

The site is completely self-serve. Job seekers read through the information the employers provide and then apply, following the employer’s application instructions. Many have online applications; some have applications that need to be printed, completed, and mailed; some want a resume with a cover letter. Some might be remote and require a phone call in order to start the process.

Dream up a place, a type of job, or a particular interest, and dive in!