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A call out to all Chefs
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Started this discussion. Last reply by akscootr Mar 2, 2011.

"What is it about 20 - somethings?"
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Started this discussion. Last reply by jon youngblood Aug 26, 2010.

Anyone worked an Americorps position?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Cashea Arrington Oct 2, 2007.


'If you enjoy what you do, you will never work another day in your life' - Confucius

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Kenneth Bireta liked Kathi's blog post If you want to be a Wrangler on a guest ranch, you'll need to...
Aug 18, 2018
Kathi replied to Courtney O'Neill's discussion Has anyone been a server in Yellowstone??
"Courtney, Is the position at Lake Lodge or Lake Hotel? This is the Lake Hotel dining room: This is the Lake Lodge…"
Apr 5, 2018
Kathi replied to Jason's discussion My Seasonal Resume
"Good for you Jason! It will be a summer you will always remember, and it will mean so much to them. "
Mar 30, 2018
Kathi replied to Richard Spear's discussion Estimated Income for First Timer
"Thanks Keith. That's super helpful!"
Mar 13, 2018
Kathi left a comment for Denise Evans
"Hi Denise. I'm curious if you ended up working a seasonal job this past summer, and if so, where and how did you like it?"
Oct 4, 2017
Kathi replied to jason turnage's discussion winter jobs in warmer climate... any ideas?
"Hey Jason, Sorry for the tardy reply. Elkhorn Ranch generally starts recruiting for their winter season on CoolWorks around the beginning of July sometime. However, if you're interested, you can apply directly to them…"
Jun 22, 2017
Kathi replied to jason turnage's discussion winter jobs in warmer climate... any ideas?
"Also consider Elk Mountain Ranch, the Arizona one. (There's one in Montana too.) They'll start recruiting around July 1st. They have a smaller staff than Rancho and are southwest of Tucson at a higher elevation so a different ecosystem…"
May 29, 2017
Kathi replied to Priscilla's discussion Grand Caynon
"Hey Priscilla Check out these search results. Even some photos of the dorm rooms!"
May 3, 2017

Profile Information

Born and raised in Pennsylvania - drove west at 18, never looked back.
Where have you lived and worked?
PA, UT, WY, OR, MT, Mexico, AZ
About Me:
been on the CoolWorks staff since 1997 - a year after it's birth. Before that, worked seasonally for 15 years or so in and around Yellowstone.
Last Seasonal Job:
Waiting tables at the Sacagawea Inn - an historic hotel in Three Forks, MT
Favorite Seasonal Job:
Had some fun times at Pahaska Tepee Resort, next to the east entrance of Yellowstone, but the best experience I had during my seasonal career was getting to volunteer in the Yellowstone backcountry.
Dream Job:
This. Is. IT!

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." - Mother Teresa

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Solo female travel - Nine myths and one truth

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 12:22pm 0 Comments

Thought some of you adventurous women out there would like this blog post by Stephanie Yoder on the Hostelworld Travel Blog:

So you have this great trip planned out, to a place you've really been longing to see, but you can't seem to convince anyone to come with you. What's a girl to do? Wait? I don't believe in waiting around for other people to make your travel dreams come true. I've travelled solo through a slew of countries from China to Cambodia and Scotland to Slovenia and…


If you want to be a Wrangler on a guest ranch, you'll need to...

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

I recently returned from the Dude Ranch Association's annual convention at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch outside of Tucson. Going to association conventions is a great way for us to find out how CoolWorks is working for our employers. (And it's TONS of fun!) Guest ranches have used our site for years, (my first seasonal job was actually on a guest ranch) and we hope some of you have had great experiences working on guest ranches.

Many people who want to work on a guest ranch want to work…


Check out Dawns Bloggy Blog - full time RVer for nine years

Posted on October 1, 2010 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Thought some of you would enjoy this...

To all you RVers that are out there living the life, we'd love to hear some of YOUR stories! Just click on the blog tab above and then the 'add a blog post' link. Your stories help others to take the leap.

To all you first timers...

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 1:30pm 7 Comments

I heard this song the other day and I thought HOW PERFECT for the first time seasonal workers - all on your way to a new adventure.

So this one's for you.… Continue

Please help with CoolWorks fundraising efforts for Mercy Corps in Haiti

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 11:38am 1 Comment

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At 12:02pm on April 4, 2011, Trista Garrity said…
Wow! You have some amazing photos. I'm still figuring out how to use this site and I've really enjoyed looking at your profile. Thanks!
At 12:11am on March 30, 2011, Franklin said…

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You know what that is not a bad idea!


I hope your day is well,



At 1:05pm on October 31, 2010, A. J. Henderson said…
Hello Kathi, nice to meet you. To answer your question yes Silver City is my home base or I end up here every fall during down time. It's a nice place to visit and a nice place to live if you didn't grow up here but I'm sure most people say that about there home towns. How did you like Togwotee?
At 8:19pm on August 3, 2010, Rusty Grizwald said…
Thanks Kathi, the little ground squirrel popped up when I was trying to take a picture of some elk at Mammoth. He looks alot like I felt during my first season in Yellowstone.
At 6:27pm on March 5, 2010, Clayne Wheeler said…
Thank you Kathi for the add,

And I have to agree with the last post by Peter B. "Your pictures are fantastic and what a great smile".
Wow, you've been doing this some time, your so lucky!
I have spent a couple of summers in SW Arizona, almost bought a home in Bisbee.

I've been loving the area myself for about 3 decades, Yellowstone that is, I've lived in Gillette, WY, Drummond, MT, and Spencer, ID without a choice at first but grew to love each area for different reasons.
Now, Yellowstone Park! I've made allot of new friends here at coolworks, and look forward to the new season to make more.
Last year was pretty cool, I had told my roommate that I was going to know everyone's name at Canyon Lodge, and I did, within 3 weeks, I think I've made more international friends then American, but it's close.
Sorry to ramble on your page.
Hope to meet you sometime this summer, and keep doing what your doing.

With warm regards,
At 6:16pm on January 18, 2010, aggie71 said…
Hi Kathi .... Thanks! for the note. Looks like I'll be sticking with my Hershey's gig this summer. They invested some time and effort in training me to sell chocolate, so I feel I owe them some of my time. I will definitely miss working in a Cool spot this summer .... I had my heart set on Alaska. But I think I'll have more chances in the future. I really enjoyed Yellowstone last summer, and all the great people I met (including YOU!) I do hope to go to New Zealand later this year to see my son ... might be going near Mt. Cook again in fact. I'll be thinking of you if I do.
At 11:18pm on November 21, 2009, Levi said…
I was born and raised in and around bozeman. My parents live in Manhattan. Right now I am in San Francisco on vacation for a bit. Headed back to Boz Dec 16th. I am trying to move to missoula. Heard any word on any cool jobs?
At 10:58pm on November 21, 2009, Levi said…
Hey Kathi!!! Thanks. Jigsaw is my dog, he is a pitbull rodesian ridgeback mix. I live in Bozeman, where are you at?
At 9:18pm on September 28, 2009, Cherie Damron said…
Yes...home of the infamous Laid Back Larry's (and I can't wait to tell them you said that...they will love it)! Kanab is a great place to live. I absolutely love it here. There is beautiful scenery every way you turn, it's close to Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell... I'm a little spoiled now, I think!
At 5:44pm on September 11, 2009, Peter Goodspeed said…
My oldest is. She is in YNP now and going to Grand Targhee for the winter. The other 4 either don't care or rather I stay in Dallas

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