Steamboat Lake Outpost

Now hiring for summer/fall positions. Live an exciting lifestyle in Steamboat Springs, home to world class outdoor adventure!

Steamboat Lake Outpost is a one stop shop offering lodging, a restaurant, a store, and outfitter rentals and tours. The Outpost is a place where we get to create a space for the community to come together, share meals, and tell stories about their life and adventures in the mountains of North Routt. It's what get's us out of bed, puts a smile on our face, and keeps us coming back.

We are located on the doorstep on the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness in the rural mountains North Routt County, Colorado. Steamboat Springs, CO is a beautiful 45 minute drive with access to everything you need.

About Steamboat Lake Outpost

Come spend a fun and memorable summer and fall living, working, and playing in a beautiful part of Colorado! Steamboat Lake Outpost is an exciting, fast paced one stop shop consisting of a restaurant, general store, lodging accommodations and outfitter activities. We are committed to providing personal and professional growth opportunities with potential for full-time employment, too. We are located just a few miles from the rugged Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area which offers world class hiking and backpacking trails. The Elk River and Steamboat Lake offer fishing and boating activities. 25 miles away, Steamboat Springs offers incredible mountain biking along with ample nightlife and entertainment opportunities like the rodeo circuit.

We are now hiring for the summer season. Our starting training date is May 16, 2022, with the business opening on May 23, 2022, and running into November. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit to the entire length of the season.

The Employee Experience

Steamboat Lake Outpost is a place where you will have many opportunities to experience new things and learn new skills. At the Outpost you will be surrounded by people who care about you enough to challenge you to grow. Our organization is centered around inviting others in and serving them. All employees should expect to jump in to help housekeeping, clean dishes, and help in any area where there is a need. Working here requires a certain level of understanding, flexibility, and initiative. A positive, can-do attitude with an innovative approach and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and hop in whenever is needed will go a long way towards making your experience unforgettable.

Our community culture is the single most important factor in our guest’s experience, and we are committed to maintaining a positive and healthy staff while avoiding drama.  To this end, there is a code of conduct that all of us who work here agree to.

There will be some days where you fall asleep as your head hits the pillow. Other days, as the sun sinks behind the mountains, you sit by the campfire with new friends, tell stories, and laugh far into the night. At the end of the day, we want to find ways to connect with people, provide compelling Rocky Mountain experiences, create a space where people can get away from distractions and be together in an authentic, life-giving way.

If this seems like a great fit for you, please apply!

Ideal Candidate

Join us for an exciting opportunity at Steamboat Lake Outpost. The team at SLO is focused on providing the highest quality service and experience in North Routt. We are committed to building a staff that embodies our mission and values and encourages others in that direction too.

Qualities of Ideal Candidates:

  • Humble, hungry, and smart
  • Problem solving skills
  • Takes ownership, and has a good sense of when to call in a team member or manager to help
  • Positive attitude
  • Resilient
  • Hungry for personal and professional growth
  • Service oriented
  • Should exhibit a high level of self-awareness and a passion for connecting with people
  • Committed to excellence and displays attention to detail
  • A team-oriented mindset

Room and Board

The bunkhouse style community housing contributes to the unique experience offered here. Living and working in the same space presents an opportunity to create deep bonds in a relatively short time which can lead to lifelong friendships. The housing is gender-based, and we protect the privacy of the individual by limiting access to our housing to the residents of that unit. Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided. Free onsite laundry, community kitchen and lounge area is provided. Storage space is very limited, so please pack appropriately. We will supply a suggested gear list for new employees. 

Employee Perks

Our compensation packages consists of a base hourly salary and an equitable share of the tip pool depending on your department. We attempt to have equitable payrates with tips taken into account so that there is no extra financial benefit for working in one position or another. We want to promote a true team approach to this business and understand that we all succeed working together.

Outpost employees enjoy living and working in a beautiful area with access to extensive recreation opportunities in the Routt National Forest. We allow employees to join our guided tours at no cost. Days that you work, you get a complimentary shift meal and always 20% off our store items (excluding fuel and alcohol).

Getting Here and Getting Around

Steamboat Lake Outpost is located approximately 25 miles from Steamboat Springs. Staff are welcome to bring a vehicle. Please be advised that if you are coming in winter, your vehicle should be equipped with AWD or 4WD and have appropriate winter tires. Snow removal is one of our biggest challenges in winter and your vehicle must be able to be relocated during this process.

If you choose to fly, our closest airport is in Hayden, CO (Yampa Valley Regional Airport). It’s approximately one hour from SLO and we would be happy to pick you up there upon your arrival for work. Otherwise, you can take a shuttle from the Denver airport to Steamboat Springs, CO and we would pick you up in town.

Note: We do not offer personal use of company vehicles. We do weekly town runs that you may be able to join. 

For Fun

Steamboat Springs boasts a world class skiing resort and top notch mountain biking at Emerald Mountain. In addition, the Yampa and Elk Rivers provide premium fly-fishing opportunities. Steamboat Lake State Park offers Blue Ribbon waters for ice fishing in winter. The city of Steamboat Springs provides many festivals and events throughout the year. There are plenty of opportunities to keep yourself busy when you are not working!

How to Apply

If Steamboat Lake Outpost seems like a great fit, please fill out our online application here!


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