Oxbow Bend, Snake River

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

What is CoolWorks?

Kelcy Fowler

Since 1995, has been connecting adventurous job seekers of all ages and backgrounds with exciting seasonal and year-round job opportunities in wild, beautiful places around the world.

Many of the employers listed on CoolWorks are hospitality and guest service industry-oriented – and what we consider to be “Jobs in Great Places®”. This list includes, but is not limited to: national parks, resorts and guest lodges, ranches, restaurants and breweries, summer campscampgrounds, ski resorts, retreat and conference centers, outfitters, and outdoor adventure companies.

Non-service industry employers who use our site include: Conservation CorpsFarms and Gardens, Fisheries, Wilderness Therapy ProgramsOutdoor Educational Programs, Government Agencies, and Non-Profit Organizations.

Working a seasonal job in any of these wonderful and unique settings can be a life-changing experience. Getting out of the environments that we’re accustomed to and exploring new environments widens our horizons. Seasonal work allows for travel and immersion in places that most people only get to experience briefly on vacation. An entire season spent living in and learning about a place awards a one of a kind, rich immersion experience.

Making new friends from different backgrounds and cultures, trying new foods, experiencing new activities, and learning new job skills: these opportunities provide opportunities to grow in ways we couldn’t have imagined, no matter where we are in our life’s journey. With these experiences come insights into ourselves and our lives that we may not have ever considered without an adventure to plant the seed that gave us a whole new perspective.

A seasonal job full of adventures, sunrises, activities, challenges, new pals, and mother nature’s changing seasons offer up the flavors of life experience that everyone should get a taste of at least once. And that’s a huge part of why we’re here. The majority of the folks who make up team CoolWorks have had our lives changed by a seasonal job, and we want everyone to be aware of the transformational opportunities that they can offer. So we urge you to check out the job seeker’s guide, explore the employers and opportunities presented, read the journals of people who have lived it – then take the plunge and try it yourself!