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Hello, Everyone,

Hope everyone is having a great summer in wonderful jobs.

I plan to retire in about 2 1/2 years and then want to work in some of the parks, or perhaps just in the surrounding areas -- whichever you tell me is better and where ever I can find work.

I have my eye on Alaska to start, and that is a very long way from Tennessee.

I will be working on getting my body whipped into shape (I have a sedentary job and have for many years now so I have to start building up my stamina and lose several pounds), my living arrangements set up and worked out.

So, I would appreciate input from those of you who have already done this.

would it be a good idea to get a bartending certification?


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I have not yet seen a place where it has not been someone's all-time favorite...and someone else's all-time worse place the same season.  The biggest factor by far is the interactions among the few people you usually work with and any roommate.  Since that is always changing, there are people who love a place one year and cannot stand it the next.  Management changes are not infrequent, physical buildings sometimes change too.  EDR food is a mix of the management (budget), the f&b team (direction to take the menu), but most of all it's the individual EDR cooks themselves...which may change often.  Any information that is more than two years old is suspect.

It also varies by your own past experiences and what you are looking to find.  I wrote a blog entry several years ago: Ketchup on Waffles , this the latest version that maybe illustrates that more in depth.

Good Morning, Keith,


I agree with what I believe you are saying here, life is pretty much what you make it -- however, occasionally yuck just happens.

Think I'll continue with syrup on my waffles, though.

Appreciate your sharing your insight.

Unfortunately, life is pretty much what other people make it, which is why, as Keith said, the few people you are in close, repeated contact with during a season--co-workers and roommates--can make a season either pleasant or awful.

Unfortunately, since who you work and live with in any given season is a total crapshoot, you have to be prepared either to grit your teeth and endure, or to bail, if the people around you make your life miserable. I personally have voted for "bail" in the past. Life's too short to deal with inconsiderate jerks any longer than you absolutely have to.


Hi, Kevin,

I'd wondered some about that. Having had my own space for so long, just wonder how I wlll be without my privacy . . .

Something to think about for sure.

Privacy is one thing you are pretty much expected to chuck out the window, if you take a seasonal job such as the ones listed/discussed on this site.The rationale is that many of the workers the companies hire are students, who presumably are used to communal (dorm) living.

If you can snag a management position, those often come with private housing. Competition is fierce, though.

Even if you think you would be comfortable with other people in close proximity, keep in mind that most of those people would be teenagers. In employee housing, there's usually a lot of drinking, and people quite often don't respect others' right to peace and quiet. Usually, there are people who work odd shifts, and the assumption everyone should make is that there's somebody who is trying to get some sleep, even if it's the middle of the afternoon.

One saving grace is that the larger operations will often dedicate one or more dorms/housing areas for older folks. I strongly recommend getting as much info on the employee housing as you can, wherever you want to work, because it's so critically important to your experience.



Ah, so much to research and learn.

Thanks, Kevin

Other ideas and suggestions are welcomed.

Two years ago (as soon as I became old enough to get Medicare) I happily left my city career behind and became a seasonal worker in mountain resorts. I have been very happy in my seasonal work career and I think part of the reason is because I did not try to move too far away from my established comfort zone on my first foray into seasonal work. Example #1….I was not sure how far away from civilization I actually wanted to be so I chose a resort that was within an hour’s driving distance (40 miles) from a small town with a library, a movie theatre, restaurants and a place to buy necessities. Example #2… I applied for a job that I knew I could do and wasn’t too different physically from what I’d already been doing for a living (i.e. - A job sitting down working at a computer all day).

I have known several people who took jobs requiring them to stand all day when they are not used to it (bad idea). They loved their jobs but found out that they could not stand on their feet all day and had to quit the job (really bad idea). Another big issue is that a lot of older people do not adjust well to dorm living. Dorm living means sharing a small room with a stranger (dorm living is a big part of the seasonal lifestyle). Older people getting into seasonal work frequently choose to get some kind of motorhome and live it so they don’t have to have a roommate (good idea). My advice is to do a lot of research on what kind of work you can reasonably do and research where you would like to spend 4 to 6 months and then, go for it!! I have met many wonderful friends doing seasonal work and I love the lifestyle. Good luck! Terry 


Don't worry. For privacy you can do a couple things. Get an RV (many places rent spots), get a (mini)van and be stealthy when you sleep in it. Take a small tent, get a camo tarp and slide it invisible into the landscape.

Also, coolworks and workamper are the 2 main sites to check out where to get a job.

It might help you to write a list of things you personally enjoy and then find a nice job fit.

For example: Do you like office work? Admin would be a good fit then. Do you like to speak in public? Be an interpreter. Do you like to cook? Join the kitchen? Are you tidy? be a housekeeper or an inspector.

The food can be rough. Some places it can be very good. Just make healthy choices. For variety you'll have to go to the actual restaurant or go into town.

I always found a couple favorite things and kept them on hand.

Yes. Serving and bartending is a decent option if you like cash.

Have fun. Keep us posted.


Thanks, Mac.

Some very good information there.


Office work for me yes...LOL .. I didnt know about so thank you for that. City life and work is hard to put up for most people I know. Work Experience is good, also job references are good too but I was not enjoying the city life or stressful city jobs I had in the past.. I think I made my point... LOL... Oh well, hopefully I get accepted to work at the Yellowstone so I can finally enjoy my job and also relax outdoors for a couple of months :). I am also a newbie on this site.. I just applied for front desk support and spa concierge job. I will let you know if I get accepted maybe some of you ladies can accept me as a older room mate ( I have 42 years old by the way) at your housing unit if you are living and working at the Yellowstone where I am hoping to be approved for employment.

You will deal with all sorts of people in the seasonal realm and some people will be friends for life and others you will want to avoid like the plague. I have worked at mostly all good places and summer used to be my favorite season before I started seasonal work but now winter is. I just love the ski resort vibe.

You will find so any resources here to find your perfect fit of where you want to work. I have worked in like 10 states in the last 6 years and they have all been a good experience and I had a good time at each place.

Most ski resorts if you do that in the winter do not provide an EDR but they do have good discounts on places for food. Housing will always vary on the places that you end up going. From a shared room to several people in one room, if you purchase an RV that is your best bet for sure. Noise can be found anywhere that you go and if you are strong willed you can confront the youngsters and they will actually respect you for that in the long run.

Some people in the industry of seasonal jobs like to play power trips on others but once you weed past those people its a great place to be. Most employers will treat you very well if they are a great company while other places will just treat you like a number that can be easily replaced. I have yet to work at a seasonal job where I have felt like a number but have had co-workers that have felt that way.

Good luck in whatever you find in the seasonal world. Just study all the job locations and the jobs and the details and all that, even go to Yelp and see how people rate that resort or job that you are going to or thinking about going to. Do your homework and you will be set.


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