Ref. the dog sled ... Actually Marie, when it comes to you I'll believe just about anything! Thanks for the friend invite as I am really looking forward to following your adventure in Yellowstone this summer. Please don't get eatin too early in the season, as I really want to read at least a couple of your blogs before you become some bear's dinner. Write again soon and often.
So this is your first year at ynp too. I hope you have a wonderful time and maybe we will get to meet ..I would like to hear how you are doing from time to time...Ill be there 25 May...Good luck and hope to hear from you soon..
Marie: Sounds like Laura is giving you good information. You will enjoy it. Mammoth gets pretty hot in the summer though so be aware. When you go thru the entrance station they will give you a paper guide which has ranger led hikes. It is updated 2 times a summer I think and one in fall. Start your own hiking group on your days off; I did that and it worked out well. Always hike with someone, preferably 3 or more. Stay close and make lots of noise. Have a great time.
No, you don't earn any extra for working Sundays. As far as Ranger-led hikes, I mostly remember them being thru the week. There is a NPS visitor center there at Mammoth. You could stop by your first day or during lunch your first couple of days of training (I think they close at 5) and talk to the rangers that work at the desk there. I'm sure the hikes change year to year, but they could probably give you a better idea.
There is an Employee Recreation Deparment that arranges activities and offer transportation and guided hikes for employees. Their hikes were mostly during the week. My days off last year were Sunday and MOnday and there weren't very many group/employee hikes on these days. I'm pretty sure they didn't do any on Saturdays either.
I am bringing bed linen this year. I didn't last year because the info packet said HR would provide them and I didn't want to pack extra things. What I found was that there are no fitted sheets - they were all flat sheets and a pain to keep straight and on the bed!!!
There is no filtered water. There is a water fountain in the break room in the reservations department as well as a refrigerator to store any drinks or snacks you want to bring with you. In the EDR (Employeee Dining Room), there is a soda fountain and I always got water from the soda foundtain - I assume it was tap water. Not really sure!
To start, your hours will be 8-5, 5 days a week. Last year, the first 2 weeks were training and the days off were Saturday and Sunday. During training, they gave us a form to request our days off. You can choose any days off that you want, but it is subject to staffing/availability. They try their best to give you the days you want.
I never needed an extra blanket in the dorm. MOst of the time, my room was too hot. The heating system there works well. DEFINATELY bring a warm winter coat. THe nights and early mornings are cool (cold to us southerners!) all during the summer. I'd pack a sweatshirt or light jacket as well!
I believe there is at least one, maybe two computers for the employees to use. I never used them as I brought my laptop and i'm not sure where they are located.
Cell phone service depends on your providor. Last year, I had ATT and had NO service in Mammoth Hot Springs. I believe Verizon works well in Mammoth so I am bringing a pre-paid Verizon cell phone. Also, each dorm will have a pay phone so I would recommend bringing a calling card. I did this last year and it worked well for calling back home a couple times each week.
A clarification on my packing list from last year - don't bring EVERYTHING on my list! I eliminated many of these items before I left last year because I realized it was too much - especially if you are flying up there. I took a pickup truck and fit everything into a footlocker, and an under-the-bed container from Target. Besides those two items, I had two medium size duffle bags - that was it.
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