Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Tonti Canyon's waterfall!
The home sits on a beautiful property
A room set up
Outside of the home
Lounge area
Living area
Kitchen area
Front Porch of the home
Amanda (Veranda Server/Outdoor Dining)
Mia giving her job a big thumbs up!
Alec working in our cafe!
Helping to pick out delicious fudge flavors!
Employees enjoying a hike while helping to keep our trails clean!
Employees enjoying sumo wrestling during employee appreciate week!
The kitchen crew getting a department photo at the Christmas Party!
Kirby visiting a beautiful waterfall!
Zack enjoying his shift at Trailheads Concessions!
Tersea (A hostess for our dining room)
Chef Scott & Chef Ian showing off a delicious lunch special they made!
External view of the one and only "Starved Rock"!
Main entrance into our hotel lobby and cafe!
A trolley getting ready to head out on a trolley tour!
Our hiking guide Joe enjoying the waterfall of St. Louis canyon during a guided hike!
A couple looking down into Wildcat Canyon!
Veranda Crew at the Back Door Lounge/Starved Rock Lodge

Work Where You Hike

Nestled among tall pines and towering oaks are charming log cabins, tucked away in the heart of Starved Rock State Park. We are a full-service, four-season hotel and banquet facility and offer full-time, seasonal and part-time employment.

Starved Rock State Park and Lodge is located less than two hours from Chicago, near Utica, Ilinois

About Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Starved Rock State Park & Lodge located in Oglesby, IL is surrounded by trees, waterfalls, and canyons! Starved Rock Lodge has a variety of great career opportunities available in every facet of the hospitality industry. Whether you are looking for an entry-level hospitality job or simply want to enhance your professional skills, we are always looking for employees who truly want to be Trailblazers! Come join our talented team of hospitality associates, where you will truly find yourself being able to work where you play!

The Employee Experience

The Lodge is a special place to work, just as it is a special place for our guests. We are committed to creating a supportive environment and a rewarding work experience for our staff. While we have high expectations of staff, successful staff members love working at the lodge and don’t want to leave. We are looking for warm, friendly people with high standards and high integrity who have been top performers in their previous roles. 

Ideal Candidate

The Lodge may be a good fit for you if you are:

  • Hard-working and flexible
  • Self-motivated with high standards
  • Team-oriented
  • Personable and service-oriented
  • Honest and responsible

Whether you are looking for an entry-level hospitality job or simply want to enhance your professional skills, remember that there are always great opportunities just waiting for you at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center.

Room and Board

Victorian style home built in 1996. This comfortable home has appropriate furnishings & artwork, seasonal fireplaces, and more! Casual dining area, library, gathering room with wet bar, basement with exterior stairs, 2 stair cases up & plenty of storage rooms. Ornate mahogany woodwork, french doors to decks. Outside, one can enjoy the herb garden, Elderberry bush orchard, prairie grass mediation maze & gazebo. Located 5 miles away from Starved Rock and a short drive from I-80. Very quick commute to Peru, Ottawa, Oglesby and many other popular cities. This home is located on a peaceful and beautiful property. There will also be a $250 security deposit that will be taken out of the first 2 paychecks. The weekly cost of housing is $88.00.

Employee Perks

Besides being able to get off work and having the chance to walk through beautiful trails with waterfalls and canyons, we love appreciating our employees! We offer discounts on food, gifts, and rooms! For our full-time staff we offer health care packages and paid vacation! Everyone is a part of our company-sponsored events - holiday parties, appreciation week, potlucks, and more! We value giving back to the communities where we live and conduct business. We do this through various fundraising activities throughout the year such as “Jeans for a Cause,” “Hike for a Cure, and “Clean up the Park Days.” We encourage all of our employees to become “Trailblazers for a Cause.”

Getting Here and Getting Around

Starved Rock Lodge will provide a shuttle for individuals to and from work and for surrounding activities, if you do not have a personal vehicle. There is no extra cost for the shuttle to individuals.

For Fun

Being surrounded by 13 miles of trails and canyons isn't just the only thing this beautiful area has to offer! There are several miles of area bike paths, more ideas of hiking trails, summer festivals, delicious restaurants and so much more!

How to Apply

Please submit your application online via the link below. We are always accepting them!


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