Steamboat Lake Outpost

Live an exciting lifestyle in Clark, Colorado, home to world-class outdoor adventure! Now hiring for fall/winter positions.

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

We are surrounded by the Routt National Forest, right on the doorstep of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness in the mountains of North Routt County. It is the outdoor recreationalist's playground, with unparalleled hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more. Steamboat Springs, CO is a beautiful 45 minute drive away with access to everything you need.

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About Steamboat Lake Outpost

Come spend a fun and memorable fall and winter living, working, and playing in a beautiful part of Colorado! The 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 seasonal personal and professional growth opportunities with potential for full-time employment as well.

We are located in the rural mountain community of Clark, Colorado, 40 minutes from the closest town of Steamboat Springs (which has the nearest grocery store!). We're far from civilization and we love it! Surrounded by the Routt National Forest, there are endless adventures awaiting you whether you are into hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, hunting, snowmobiling, or backcountry skiing. We are not far from the rugged Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area with its world-class hiking and backpacking trails and access to the Continental Divide. The Elk River and Steamboat Lake offer fishing and boating activities. Steamboat Springs offers incredible downhill skiing, along with ample nightlife and entertainment opportunities.

We are now hiring for the fall and winter season. Ideally, we would love it if you could commit to at least six months, but we can chat about other arrangements! 

The Employee Experience

The 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 creating a space where people feel known and valued, while also delivering excellent service. All employees should expect to jump in to help housekeeping, shovel snow, wash dishes, or anywhere else 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 wherever needed will go a long way towards making your experience unforgettable.

Our community culture is a crucial 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 and community standards 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:

  • Smart, kind and driven
  • 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

We provide free housing as a part of our compensation package. 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. Each room typically houses two employees, and has it's own private bathroom. Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided, as well as a microwave and mini-fridge in each room. Free onsite laundry, community kitchen and lounge area is also provided. Storage space is very limited, so please pack appropriately. We will supply a suggested gear list for new employees. 

Employee Perks

Our compensation package consists of free housing, 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 most of our guided tours at no cost. Days that you work, you get a complimentary shift meal and you always get 20% off our store items (excluding fuel, tobacco, and alcohol).

Getting Here and Getting Around

The Steamboat Lake Outpost is located approximately 25 miles from Steamboat Springs. It is highly encouraged staff bring their own vehicle. There is no public transportation between the Outpost and Steamboat Springs. Please be advised if you are coming in the 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 moved during this process.

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

Please note: Once you are on property, we do not offer personal use of company vehicles. We do occasional runs to town for company needs, so it is possible you would be able to hitch a ride, but it is never a guarantee. 

For Fun

Surrounded by over 2 million acres of national forest, including the nearby Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area, the opportunities are endless for outdoor recreation and adventure! From hiking, backpacking, flyfishing, hunting and mountain biking in the warmer months, to world-class backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling in the colder months, you will never be bored! Steamboat Springs (25mi away) boasts a world-class downhill ski 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 local restaurants, 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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