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Greetings all.

I'm in a dead end job. My stress level is at a boiling point.

Could a person survive working only seasonal jobs.

I'm not retired and I don't have a pension to fall back on.

Please advise



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yes and no, yes if you can find season to season jobs, which at some point you cant, no cuz the wages aren't really that good

If you've done seasonal work where have you worked at?

That's what I thought. I have not work seasonally.
I think some of these companies take advantage of people.
Just because you located in a beautiful area doesn't mean you should pay your staff dirt wages.
Seems to me seasonal jobs are more suited for student on summer breaks and retirees with 401ks and pensions.


It depends on what u need to survive. I have no car, no phone & no TV so no cable bill. My paycheck does get garnished though for child support. But whatever $$$ I bring home is basically for food and whatever I want to shop for on amazon.

I have been at GCSR for almost 5 years (its open year-round) and I say...YES, u can survive

Hi Sunni—

Do you live on site or do you pay for housing. That would  be an issue If most of my pay was spent on housing. Wouldn't leave much for other expenses. From what I've seen most of these place offer dorm like living quarters. I would find it very difficult to share a space with a roommate...someone that I don't know.


As I said in my original post. My current job is killing me.
I need to break away...cut the cord. I've even considered going into trucking.

Being on the road and seldom home doesn't set well either. I'm too much of an outdoorsman.
As long as I could make enough to survive I think I would enjoy full time seasonal work.

Any suggestion??

why not try trucking . it pays good ( average is .48 cents a mile and the miles are quite a lot ) and some pay even better , besides the sign on bonus some give . one of the best companies to drive for are Schneider ( John Schneider fromDukes of Hazzard tv show ) England , Knight , etc ..... , oh , and the chance to see places you may have never been to .

After about 7 years of doing seasonal off and on (mostly working in kitchens/BOH), I'm about to go into trucking.  I've been reading about that industry for a few years now, not to mention the Williston, ND area.  I've read good things about Schneider, but not so much about Knight, and definately nothing good about CRE.  I don't want to ramble on here, especially since it's a bit off topic, so Thomas, would you like to continue this discussion via message, especially if you've done OTR?

In terms of this topic, this driving job I had this current, soon to end season in Alaska was the best paying seasonal job I've had, rent was very affordable, and is also a tipped position.  If I wasn't considering trucking, it'd be a no brainer to keep driving in a seasonal capacity....maybe when I have a pension to fall back on...hmmmmm.....heh.

Most people that work here at the Grand Canyon live on site. A few have their own RV's which is nice for privacy but they have to pay more rent and their own utility bills. Xanterra's dorm housing only pays .40 for every hour you work (up to 40 hours) lets say you worked a 40 hour week--that would be $16 a week, or $64 a month for rent. If you work less the 40 hrs then you pay less for rent. Only problem with that is you get stuck with a room-mate and you don't get to pick your roomies. Now for people that are here for a few years (or if they are lucky enough to get a managers job) then they can move into 1 or 2 bedroom apts...but you pay ALOT more rent and utilities.

Employees @ DNC get apartments with kitchens and their own bathrooms. Pretty sure their apartments come with 2 bedrooms. So even though you share an apt, you get your own bedroom. They pay $15 a week rent no matter how many hours they work. Their utilities are included with their rent :)

So I am pretty sure that most of your paycheck would not go towards housing least not here at GCSR.

Thanks for the information. Appears to be quiet a few maybes with seasonal jobs.
I'm reaching the conclusion that seasonal jobs are more suited for folks who are retired and have a pension and SS to supplement there income or students looking for an adventure. Seems really lousy for a company that pays you slightly more than minimum wage would charge for rent and utilities.

Aggie71 mentioned Park Ranger jobs. Seems like a better option.

well I am not retired, don't have any pension or 401K. You would have to pay rent & utilities anywhere u lived (outside in the real world) even if your real-world job only paid minimum wage. You can't nix rent payments just because you don't think u get paid enough. The $64/month rent here at GCSR is a helluva lot cheaper then most anywhere in the whole country. And if you worked anywhere else in the couldn't just take a "LOA" for 1-2 weeks without having to worry about rent...remember if u don't work here then u don't pay rent here. Quite a few people here get an extra weeks vacation every Winter doing that.


Park Ranger jobs can be nice in alot of places...not all parks are the same though and aggie has only been a ranger in 1 park. The pictures that he had of his housing in Mesa Verde are better then Ranger housing here at GCSR. So u would have to check that out for watever location you want to work at.

and there are some places that charge up to 91.00 a week , but that includes three meals a day , no utilities , and depending on the shift ( nights especially ) you may not have a roommate at all . i have worked nights and end up with a room to myself . outside world , you will pay WAAAAAy more than that . in fact , this is my 6th park i have worked in . ive been to Yellowstone , Death Valley ( Furnace Creek Ranch is year-round ) , Lake Powell , Grand Canyon ( North Rim ) , Mt. Rainier ( Paradise Inn ) , and Olympic National Park ( Lake Crescent )

I guess I have another yes/no answer.  A big part of it is how much you spend.  I have worked at places where someone roughly was earning the same as myself and I left with a few thousand while he wasn't sure if he had enough to get home.

Another part is where you are in the entry to management scale. Management is usually paid better with some extras thrown in too.  Tipped positions, especially serving and bartending can do very well.

In has been my experience that smaller outside park seasonal work pays better than the corporate park concessionaires.  Ski resorts sometimes are on the low end...but most offer that expensive season pass gratis.  Room and board can be picked up free at most ranches and remote fishing lodges...sometimes at some other usually remote opportunities too.

Overall wages may not be that fantastic, but they are not significantly different than "real world restaurant/hotel/resort" wages.

If you're thinking about your own housing, is an RV possible.  That is somewhat limiting (especially during winter), but doable.  In many places, finding your own housing is either not possible or extremely expensive....that's why they provide a choice in the first place.

So back to the original question...Yes, it is possible to survive and actually do quite well working seasonally.  But that is probably the exception and not the rule.


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