Vermilion Valley Resort

Our water taxi sitting on lakes edge
Beautiful Views of the Sierra Ridgeline
Mono Creek great for hiking and flyfishing!
Heading across the lake to do some hiking.
Our storefront, a welcome sight for hikers.
Milling wood to create picnic tables, another day at the office.
Loving the wilderness!
Just another beautiful sunset in the Sierra.
No city light pollution here!
Yurt cabin for guests.
Yawn! End of day relax time.
Nothing but big skylines!
Our famous Saturday night barbecue.
Campfire where guest gather to share their stories.

Be a part of this High Sierra back country base camp and lodge that supports the JMT/PCT hikers and their trail adventures!

The Vermilion Valley Resort is a remote, mountain, off-the-grid successful seasonal resort that caters to the PCT and JMT thru-hikers as well as day-use and campers who fish for the trophy German Browns and Rainbow trout in the area. The VVR features a restaurant, store, motel, tent cabins, yurts, water taxi service and marina.

Located 80 miles from Fresno, CA and deep in the Sierra National Forest - John Muir Wilderness. This facility sits on the shores of one of the Sierra Nevada's largest lakes; Lake Thomas Edison. Our back of the lake water ferry landing is just a mile off the JMT and PCT National Scenic Trails.

About Vermilion Valley Resort

The Vermilion Valley Resort (VVR) is a unique opportunity to taste life off the grid in an incredibly beautiful and scenic region of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Employees live and work on-site in this high sierra camp style setting as part of the Sierra National Forest. Employees must be able to thrive at 7700' in elevation. Family owned and operated since 2001 the owners take pride in their employees and their value to those visitors from around the world that come to be part of the JMT and PCT trail adventures.

The typical season for most employees is Memorial weekend through Oct 1st. Our staff becomes close-knit as they work, play and live on-site together. Both our customers and staff share a common passion for the great outdoors and approach life with a positive can do attitude and enthusiastic personalities.

If you're a hiker, climber, fisherman or photographer then we have something for you!

The Employee Experience

Our successful employees are enriched in knowing that they actively participated in many of our guests bucket list goals and hiking aspirations. A successful employee leaves the VVR at end of the season knowing they were challenged in ways they never could have imagined, were given the opportunity to take ownership of their position and be an active and recognized participant in the success of the VVR and our customers' dreams and challenges.

We are a close-knit staff and have a lot of fun, but we work hard during the season. Our staff learns to rise to the challenge, be it a forest fire, losing a power generator, the communications satellite ... problem solving is not an option or an art, but a must. Employees become adept at accepting challenges and finding solutions and solving problems. And, isn't that much of what living life is?

The owners take pride in empowering the staff to work independent of supervision and trust that its small team of employees share those goals of getting things done for the better good of all.

Ideal Candidate

Customers always remark about how friendly and helpful our staff is, whether it is our front-line counter staff, the ferry driver or an outside maintenance person. Our staff is committed to excellent customer service skills, coupled with a shared positive attitude and packaged with a lot of dynamic fun energy.

We believe that all of our positions are key to a customers or hikers experience with us. We are proud that our staff asks for a drug- free, and sober working environment. And, we do our best to provide such a work-place.

Having the following attributes will also make for a better employee experience: the ability to multi-task, and that pleasant attitude; well, it's a must. And, be a sponge, the wealth of knowledge from our senior staff is incredible. You can learn to diagnose problems, prioritize and handle situations, deal with inter-personal relationships, there is so much here that can add to your life and career skills.

We are a close-knit staff and share in the experience, so, if you are into an off-the-grid back country challenge we may be a good fit. Work weeks are 40 hours or more. Take advantage on your days off, and get out to experience and enjoy this spectacular part of the John Muir Wilderness.

Room and Board

In the past few years we have made significant improvements to staff housing, we have added an employee break room with a complete kitchen, and big screen TV. We have converted employee trailers into tiny houses and have added RV trailers to the employee housing inventory as well. We have two dedicated employee bathrooms and showers as well as the public restroom/shower building.

We provide three meals a day, seven days a week. You will be asked to participate in keeping the break room clean and doing your meal dishes.

We provide free access to the laundry, including wash and dry.

The employee is charged $13.50 a day, ($95.00 a week) for room and board.

There is no charge for propane or other utilities.

Employee housing can be anywhere from a Tiny House, RV trailer or Yosemite styled large tent cabin.  

Getting Here and Getting Around

If an employee doesn't have their own transportation or arrives via bus, train or airport, we provide free transportation from Fresno, CA to the VVR.

Many employees do bring their own cars or trucks but there is no real advantage to having your own vehicle because of our distance from Fresno to the resort. Three hours, plus, the road getting into the resort is quite strenuous, bumpy, narrow, with steep ups and downs.

If employees don't bring their own vehicle with their belongings, then most will have their needed posessions shipped via UPS or Fed-X.

For Fun

I always like to tell people; if you are bored it's because you want to be!

There is so much to do on the outside, we have great summer weather here in the Sierra, so hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, the natural hot tubs at Mono, the photography opportunities it's unlimited! Also, the nights around the hikers/public campfire so much fun talking to people from around the world. You never know who you are sitting next to.

What we don't have is night clubs, the bar scene, the city lights ... and yes, our stars are actually bright and beautiful!

Our Jobs

Front Desk - General Store

Experienced, seasoned individual or couple to handle multiple Front Desk and General Store chores at our main Lodge. Working knowledge of computers, ability to multi-task, and pleasant attitude is a must. The ability to diagnose problems, prioritize and handle critical pressure situations is required. This is an active front-line position. Mature couples are encouraged to apply and preference will be given to applicants that have their own lodging (trailer/motorhome). we require our front-line staff to have excellent customer service skills, a nice appearance coupled with a positive attitude and packaged with a lot of fun energy. The individual(s) chosen for this key position are drug- free, non-smokers and will report directly to the manager or owners.

Housekeeping Team

Thomas Edison Lake - Sierra National Forest - John Muir Wilderness

Competent, mature, self-starting housekeeping couple or individuals that are able to work closely together are wanted for our small but busy back-country lodge. This position begins immediately and will go into Oct. You will be assigned building or lodging assignments which become your responsibility, while taking ownership of those responsibilities you must be able to work independently of supervision, and maintain your area. You will report to the on-duty store manager. Our employees take pride in their positions which requires a good can-do and collaborative work attitude. Our housekeeping team shares and is responsible for: 4 - motel rooms, 5 - tent cabins, hiker hostel tent, 2 - RV trailers, 2 - cabins and shower/restroom building.

Prep Cook/Apprentice

Line Cook position: We are looking for anyone with at least 1 year cooking experience to apply. Whether you are pantry, fry, sautee or breakfast you will leave with solid experience in all aspects of a breakfast, lunch and dinner operation. Given that we are in such a remote area, we give preference to individuals with specific thru hiking/off the gird experience. If you have experience working a line and are looking to come out to a beautiful place to enjoy with the rest of us for the summer... Please feel free to reach out! We look forward to speaking with you! Ideal candidates will have working knowledge of all line positions, broil, fry, pantry, as well as egg skills. Ability to cook and plate 50 to 60 covers per shift. $13.50 an hour to start


Our scenic back-country and rustic restaurant features a full service menu offering creative daily specials, hand-cut steaks, fresh out of the valley veggies, and a large selection of CA micro-brews. The VVR is a top layover spot for PCT thru-hikers which requires our staff to have excellent customer service skills, a positive helpful attitude and an enthusiastic approach toward cooking and serving. We need an experienced and mature wait staff person to work with our two current wait staff individuals this summer to feed all our hungry hikers and a staff of 15. Hearty, fresh home-style food is what we serve. Our meat and vegetables are sourced locally and we give creative license to our cooks. We are known up and down the trail for our good grub, including fresh baked pies, our Saturday night BBQs, and hearty breakfasts. We are a close- knit staff and have a lot of fun, but we work hard during the season. If you are into an off-the-grid challenge we may be a good fit. Work weeks are 40 hours and you take two days off a week. Qualifications desired: This position begins immediately and will go into Sept/Oct. You must be able to work as the sole wait staff on duty and handle 50 -60 customers comfortably. Breakfast and lunch are off a menu, dinners are 6 - 8 choices created by the Chef/Cook on duty. Our cooks work closely with the wait-staff to keep the cafe clean, stocked and orderly. You will also be responsible for maintaining the restaurant during your shift. The right person is flexible and will handle either breakfast/lunch shifts and or the dinner shift. Note, we do provide transportation from Fresno to the lodge for those employees who arrive by public transportation. For the right person we will also assist in their transportation costs. Wages are $10.50 per hour plus tips.

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