Live your best life in the Grand Tetons this summer and experience first hand what all the buzz is about!
GRAND. TETON. NATIONAL. PARK. We may be a little biased, but we think our corner of Wyoming is an incredibly special place to spend a summer.
Signal Mountain Lodge is located right on the shores of Jackson Lake in the heart of Grand Teton National Park and offers one of the most unique employee experiences the seasonal circuit has to offer.
About Signal Mountain Lodge
Signal Mountain Lodge is a small, privately-owned company with ample opportunity for the seasonal worker. Our seasonal operation includes guest lodging, restaurants, a bar, retail shops, a marina and a campground. We also operate Leek’s Marina & Pizzeria and Lizard Creek Campground just north of our main property. At the peak of our season we have a staff size of 160 - the perfect size, in our opinion. Being part of a smaller staff means that upper management will know your name, strangers will quickly become new friends, and you'll have time and space to yourself whenever you need it.
Here at SML, we're highly focused on the environmental preservation of Grand Teton National Park and our planet. In 1990, a staff-led initiative to recycle aluminum cans at Signal Mountain Lodge took shape and became the spark that lead to the "greening" of our operations. You could say the rest is history. We were the first National Park concessionaire (and business west of the Mississippi) to become Green Seal Certified and are 3-Star Certified by the Green Restaurant Association - we even compost! For applicants who value quality management, a comfortable living environment, and the preservation of our national parks and planet, a summer at Signal Mountain Lodge is an easy and exciting choice.
"One of my favorite places in the world is the GTNP and no lodge company or single person respects the mountains like Signal and the people there." - Brad, Restaurant
The Employee Experience
START A NEW SUMMER TRADITION...
With endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, a quality Employee Dining Room and managers who truly care about your success, it’s no wonder we have a staff return rate of 50% year after year. As a seasonal employer, Signal Mountain Lodge has it all. Your job, housing, meals, recreation, and administrative support are all right here. Your living expenses are minimal and your opportunities for adventure are boundless. At SML, we like to say that our staff are our #1 guests - and we mean it. We believe that staff satisfaction is the most important factor in our overall success as a business and, therefore, we invest in it accordingly. We aim to provide a safe, comfortable and fulfilling environment for our staff so that they are able do their best at work as well as maximize on their opportunities to explore while off the clock. In that spirit, we offer clean, modern housing, plenty of delicious food in our Employee Dining Room, and two consecutive days off every week.
Our summer season runs from early May until mid-October. Applicants with the longest dates of availability are given first consideration, but we also offer opportunities for those with limited availability. We look for applicants with experience in retail, food services, and the hotel industry, but a genuine and enthusiastic desire to work with the public may also get you top consideration in our hiring process. We expect all applicants to possess a willingness to work hard and provide the very best guest service to all visitors.
In addition to seeking candidates that are guest-oriented, we look for those that are community-oriented as well. Here at Signal Mountain Lodge there is very little separation between work and home. Your fellow staff members will quickly become your closest companions while on and off the clock. For this reason, it's imperative that our staff be flexible, communicative, emotionally mature, and able to solve interpersonal problems effectively. It's also important that our staff are able and motivated to take time for themselves when needed.
In short, if you are respectful of others and know how to balance working and playing hard, you'll be a great fit at Signal Mountain Lodge!
Room and Board
HOUSING AND MEALS ARE INCLUDED FOR EVERY POSITION
Our modern college-style staff dormitories are clean, comfortable and only a 5-minute walk from work! Normally, each staff member will share a dorm room and private bathroom with one other person, although the opportunity to room with two other people at a reduced housing rate may be available. Single-occupancy housing is available only for department managers. We also have a limited number of employee RV spots. Laundry facilities are provided free of charge. No pets are allowed in the dormitories.
Quality is of the highest priority when it comes to the food our staff eat. You can expect a menu and recipes that are constantly changing, fresh and local ingredients whenever possible, and staff that aim to please! Located just a 5-minute walk from the staff housing area, the Employee Dining Room serves three hot meals per day and offers self-serve snacks and beverages in between mealtimes. Lunch and dinner are always accompanied by a fully-stocked salad and sandwich bar. We offer a vegetarian option with every meal and try our best to cater to specific dietary needs. Sack lunches are available for off-property adventures at no extra cost and there is a refrigerator and microwave for staff use.
Double-occupancy room: $99.00 per person, per week
Triple-occupancy room: $70.00 per person, per week
RV spaces: $70.00 per person, per week
Room and board charges are taken as a payroll deduction every other Friday.
RECREATION AND DISCOUNTS GALORE!
As ambassadors for Signal Mountain Lodge and GTNP, we want our employees to have access to all of the activities our guests enjoy...and more! As a member of our staff you get:
FREE canoe and kayak rentals from the SML Marina
FREE scenic float trips on the Snake River
40% off motorboat rentals before July 1st and after Labor Day; 20% off between those dates
20% off food at all SML restaurants and Leek's Pizzeria
40% off most purchases in our Gift Shops
$.20 per gallon off gasoline
30% off eco-friendly products at the General Store
- Discounts on rooms for friends and family in May and October on a space-available basis
Getting Here and Getting Around
About 40% of our staff get here via plane, bus, or some combination thereof...
PLANE: The nearest airport, Jackson Hole (JAC), is located inside the park about 30 minutes from Signal Mountain Lodge. We are happy to pick you up at the Jackson Hole Airport if you notify us in advance. This is the most convenient option if you don't have your own car, but it can be expensive as it's a small, regional airport. Past staff have found it's cheaper to fly into Salt Lake City and then catch a bus to Jackson. Keep in mind, this option makes for longer travel time.
BUS: There are two shuttle bus companies that serve the town of Jackson: The Salt Lake Express (www.saltlakeexpress.com) and Mountain States Express (www.mountainstatesexpress.com). Both originate in Salt Lake City. If you're taking a Greyhound, you can transfer to the Salt Lake Express in Idaho Falls, ID. There are drop-off locations at the Jackson Hole Airport as well as at the Albertsons grocery store and Maverick gas station in Jackson. We are happy to pick you up at any of these locations as well.
CAR: About 60% of our staff bring their own vehicles. We have parking for employee vehicles in the staff housing area, though spaces are often limited.
Once you're here, you don't need a vehicle on a day-to-day basis. The staff dorms are just a 5-minute walk from most of the guest services and work areas as well as from the EDR. However, exploring the area and going adventuring is certainly easier to do when you have your own transportation. That being said, most without cars have found it to be pretty easy to get a ride from other staff members when they need one.
ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS
In addition to discounts and free recreational opportunities, our HR department organizes staff activities and excursions throughout the summer - many are free of charge and transportation is provided whenever possible!
- Staff Activities
- Intramural softball league
- Park cleanup days
- Tie dye day
- Milkshake days
- Annual staff art fair
- Christmas in August
- Pumpkin carving
- Staff hikes
- Summer BBQ’s
- Open mic nights
- Movie nights
- Trips to Jackson
- Trips to Yellowstone
- Tram rides
- White water rafting trips
- Horseback riding
- Disc golf
- Mini golf
How to Apply
PLEASE, NO RESUMES WITHOUT APPLICATIONS.
Feel free to call or email Human Resources for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!