I first visited the Coolworks site several years ago. Have been on an adventure, mostly, for several years. Have lived and worked in Yellowstone, Tetons, Glacier, and on San Juan Island in Pudget Sound. Live at home near the Gulf in Florida in the winter. Love this type of lifestyle, the great people you meet and the scenery isn't bad either. I highly recommend it. Started on a front desk at a lodge, became a manager and later a park (gate) ranger.
Last Seasonal Job:
Park Ranger, Yellowstone National Park
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Assistant Location Manager (or Park Ranger - hard to say)
Where have you lived and worked?
Yellowstone (4 summers)
San Juan Island, WA (1)
I've done it - and hope to keep on doing it
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I've been exploring this site for a few months now. I came across your page and we have some things in commonon. I'm 57 yrs old and live in Ft Myers. My two grown daughters graduated from Venice High (we lived in North Port at the time). My question is how were you able to make this all happen? I'm so jealous!!! I would love to be doing the same thing you are doing...living here in the winter and anywhere else from about April thru October. Unfortunately, like a lot of people in FL, the condo I bought 6 years ago is way under water. If it wasn't I would sell and by something much smaller. What do you do about health insurance? Ran out of room to write more.......
Christina- I really want to try working in a National Park and I plan to apply in several National Parks from Glacier to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. I heard that things were a little crowded this year probably due to so few jobs in the "Real World". I hope that things will be a little bit better by next summer season. I have a good friend who worked at Old Faithful for the summer season in 2008. she said that if she went back she would like to work at the lake. My first year, I probably will be happy to land work anywhere in the park!
Hey Christina .... have fun at Bridge Bay. Say Howdy for Richard to Jo Hendricks at the General Store there and tell her how I miss her and the whole crew including Tom, Gordy, and Delores! Guess you'll be at the Ranger Station there this summer? I went by there many times last year, and always enjoyed talking with the staff - very nice people. Guess you know you picked the best place in the park :-)
I will contact you at your email address. thanks so much for taking the time.. i have to go now and will be back on line tonight sometime with more questions..I hope you don;t mind, mary hudson retired from Carnegie library last april.. so im in theolder and bolder group .
wow sounds like you found your niche in life.. my daughter lives in lakeland fl. and i spent dec and jan down there, but it sure was a cold winter...anyway what is a location manager and doyou work for xanterra or the national park.
do you drive from florida ?? my daugher and her florida neigbor are coming out to yellowstone in june.. they will be camping and bringing 2 dogs with them... do you know if they can stay with me at the dorm for a discount;::?? no dogs of course.. let me know hw long it takes you to drive out??.
hey thanks for the information... i orginally was to work on the front desk at Grant village, but they call yesterday and asked if i would like to work at the lake from 10 pm to 6a.m and i said yes.. but now im having second thoughts only because i like dealing with the public and im not sure thats its very busy at 2am in the morning..i don;t mind sleeping during the day,but i just want to make sure i have enough time to hike and do a million things at yellowstone.. i might have to stay later than sept 26, thats my last day. then i could be a tourist for a couple of days before going home...did you say you will be working at the lake this summer??
Hey Christina, Sounds like you have been at this for awhile. I am 59 and laid off from my project managment consulting job. I just heard from friends here in Ohio about this travel and work in seasonal jobs thing and I am reall excitied to get to it. However I am a planner and would like to know more about how you get the job and the place you want to do an go to and then how do you prepare leaving your home. Is there a place to get info or a book I can read about this?