I am the Cool Works Pied Piper'ess, which means I moderate this network and keep up our presence on the Interwebs. I also help employers post their jobs on our site and write our Seasonal Human Resources Blog. So, if you have questions about anything Cool Works, please ask!
I live, play and work in the Pacific Northwest. After college, I took IMHO the requisite trip abroad spending time in Europe and then New Zealand and Australia. Upon my return, broke and needing a job, I went to an open house for Driver/Guides with Gray Line. It sounded intriguing enough and I figured if I could drive my dad's old '68 Chevy Nomad, I could drive a 40ft. motorcoach. Well, this experience lead me to the cruise and tour world and I spent 11 years in the "seasonal" world on a FT basis doing safety, recruiting and human resources for both Holland America and Princess Cruises.
Since 2007, I have been one-fifth of the Cool Works crew helping folks find seasonal jobs, and I couldn't be happier. Hearing from people who, through seasonal jobs, find experiences that set the stage for their growth and happiness in life is a fantastic feeling.
That's a tough one. I once worked concessions for the Everett Giants, now called the Everett Aquasox and that was a ton of fun. The people I worked with were energetic, fun and we got to share in the ups and downs of a minor league baseball team. Real grass! However, through my job as a Driver/Guide I saw lots of things that I never would have had the opportunity to do so if not for that experience. For example, I once drove the generals of the navy to every port and base around the Puget Sound including Bangor Sub Base. I got to carry national sports teams to and from the airport, dodging plane wings. What a trip! Quite literally.....
Where have you lived and worked?
Everett, WA - YMCA, Panagopolous Pizza, Catholic Community Services, Everett Giants
Pullman, WA - Regents Dining Hall, SALC (tutored students)
Seattle, WA - Gray Line of Seattle, Gray Line of Alaska, Princess Tours, and Cool Works
Bellingham, WA - Cool Works
Jokingly, Anchorage, AK for Gray Line of Alaska where I drove one airport transfer and a cruise ship transfer from ANC to Seward. : )
Make enough money from taking photographs to support my habit.
"jon youngblood, sasquatch adventures, silver lake Washington, kayak guide and rental supervisor, right now to November. this is a new venture with a couple friends and I, so the goals are to make money to get to Utah in November and hopefully…"
"Sounds good Kari ... you can borrow my truck to get around if need be :) bring your license. I'm going to try to exchange days off with a co-worker so I can join the bus ride on June 9 into the Park ...... that should be the highlight of…"
"Hey Aggie - I think I'll make my way down to Anchorage on the 11th. I'm going to try and visit some clients in the area and will need that extra day to do so. Conceivably some of that could happen on the 8th, but we'll see…"
It is a restaurant in Mt Rainer National Park. The one in AZ is at the Grand Canyon, which would be my job of choice. I have always been attracted to the desert life but either job would be just as rewarding I'm sure!
Haha, loved your bit about the ups and downs of a minor league baseball team. I used to go to Kane County Cougars games in Illinois, and every game there was this really huge lady sitting in the same seat along the third base line, and she always had this gigantic cowbell that she would chime on every time a Cougar came to bat. Seriously! So weird and awesome! :D
My retirement dreams with my husband are to travel and work as many national park jobs as possible or at least until we find we just cant part from one of them. We love all of nature and cant wait to begin. First we need to sell our house and belongings and after 25 years stable and 16 years in the same house and 13 years at the same job its hard to get it rolling. I know i can live fine in a camper home. I was hoping to get someone to give me some good hints on steps i may use and I would love to here how they [whomever] likes lifestyle also.
Thank you for friending me I am only on the computer every other weekend or so... I will reply it may just take a little while.
Hi Kari, I had forgotten you left us for coolworks. We had a great recruiting and hiring meeting yesterday at FPL where the my coolworks was mentioned. I never heard about the site so I thought I would hop on and see what it was all about. Good to see your name once again in my in box!
In The Middle Every breath; Heartbeat; a rhythm of a step in time; Direction! One step forward or two steps back; In the end becomes the begining; But who really knows where a circle starts or where a circle ends? Except its creator! email@example.com well it is snowing here in syracuse,ny.hope you had a nice holliday i wish you had a sister?anyways still working on geting better but it is hell geting old!lol have a nice christmass?i hope to email you before then?do you like camping in the snow?