Yellowstone National Park Lodges

LIVE. WORK. EXPLORE. as a Cook at Yellowstone National Park!

Escape to the mountains & geysers of the world's first national park!

  • summer
  • fall
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
$17.50 - $18.50 / hour
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in about 2 months. (Apr 14, 2024)

Live. Work. Explore. as a part of our Food & Beverage team in Yellowstone National Park!

We operate 47 dining venues, including dining rooms, fast-casual, cafeterias, bars, employee facilities, delis and snack shops. It's high volume, fast-paced and fun! Almost half of the Yellowstone summer staff work for the Food and Beverage Operation! If you are interested in starting or enhancing your food and beverage career, the kitchen is a great place to start.

We’re hiring Cooks to Live. Work. Explore. this summer!

Job Summary:
As a Cook, you will be working in either our Employee Dining Room or one of our many restaurants throughout the park. You will be responsible for all basic food preparation, performing cooking functions, and prep production. 

The Details:
Position Type: Seasonal
Season Dates: Late April 2024 - Late October 2024
Pay:$17.50/hr - $18.50/hr (DOE)
Schedule: Typical schedule is 40 hours, 5 days/per week (may include weekends, evenings, and holidays)

Why Yellowstone National Park?
We are a welcoming community who work hard, share a real passion for the environment, and enjoy crafting memorable experiences for our guests. As part of the Xanterra Travel Collection®, we are the primary authorized concessionaire in Yellowstone, and proud stewards of the park.

Life in Yellowstone:

  • Employee housing (dormitory-style) and on-site employee meals (cafeteria-style). Room & Board costs equal to $17.00/day and are deducted bi-weekly (approximately $234.00) from your paycheck
  • Free on-site laundry facility, Wi-Fi (limited bandwidth), and utilities included
  • No Wyoming state taxes deducted from your paycheck
  • A fast-paced, exciting work environment with plenty of upward mobility and growth opportunities
  • Meet people of all ages from all over the country and world!

Benefits and Perks:

  • Free Employee Recreation Program (recreation centers, athletics, gear rentals, seminars, van trips, hiking, and more).
  • Employee discounts on retail, food & beverage, lodging, and activities in Yellowstone
  • Employee discounts at local gateway communities
  • Access to maintained campgrounds and back country campsites inside and around the park
  • Over 1,000 miles of hiking trails inside the park itself
  • Fresh air, breathtaking views, and clear night skies
  • World-class wildlife viewing of bison, elk, moose, wolves, bears, and more
  • Approximately 500 geysers (the largest concentration in the world) and hot springs, including Grand Prismatic, the third largest in the world!


  • Responsible for the preparation, set up, service, clean up, and restocking of cook line and appropriate prep areas.
  • Expected to adhere to all sanitation requirements including product rotation, temperature maintenance and record keeping, storage procedures, cooking requirements, and handling techniques.
  • Job duties of the position vary by location and function. Placement will be in one of the following areas - ala carte operation, employee dining operation, or a  quick service operation.


  • 2 years experience in a cook position needed for senior level cook position
  • 6 months to 1 year cook experience needed for quick service cook position
  • Perform all duties toward the goal of providing excellent guest service in an efficient manner.
  • Ability to follow all policies, procedures, and service standards.
  • Ability to adhere to all sanitation requirements including product rotation, temperature maintenance and record keeping, storage procedures, cooking requirements, and handling techniques.
  • Ability to work from prep and par lists and follow standardized recipes and commit food specifications to memory.
  • Develop and maintain positive communication and teamwork with all co-workers and supervisors.
  • Ability to work quickly, efficiently, and safely with all kitchen equipment.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize under pressure while maintaining a pleasant demeanor. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, approximately 8 hours. 
  • Must be able to walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to bend, stretch, and reach for extended periods of time.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

How to Apply

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