I visited Yellowstone and Grand Tetons with friends at the end of May. The entire trip I was wondering how I could possibly work there, but in the back of my head was the dreaded thought that I've failed at getting any "cool jobs" that I've seen the young and tragically hip doing. During the trip I found something out there that appealed to me so much, that if I don't at least try to take this opportunity, I'll spend the rest of my life miserable and regretting it. I loved Signal Mountain Lodge - so much that I asked for an application. Everyone there seemed to love what they do and I wish I could have realized this sooner because I feel that it may be too late in the season.
I sincerely hate my degree field and career but will most likely be working here until the end of July. There are too many loose ends to tie up. For the first time in my life I have close friends in an area with few single adults under 40, and I don't want to give that up so soon.
I feel that I'll have to set a date for quitting my job in advance if I'm to apply at Signal Mountain Lodge. This late in the season, I'll have to accept "any" open position and be able to fly out at a moment's notice (2 weeks notice may be too long). I'm afraid of not hearing back, and being stuck without a job here.
Also worried whether I'll "fit in" at SML. I love having fun, love the outdoors, love to work hard, and enjoy having lots of friends. But it seems that people who party have a tendency to shun me. I'm more laid back -- not a loudmouth -- and others pick up on that. I definitely noticed an after-hours party atmosphere among the SML employees. I thought I'd spend one night in the bar and get to know some of the employees but was pretty much ignored. It seemed like a couple of them were trying to get away from me when I tried to make conversation and tell them I wanted to work there. It seemed very cliquey. That left a bad taste in my mouth and after that I wonder what I'm getting into.
I'm afraid that if I make it out there, I'll be in paradise, but I may be lonely and washing dishes 8 hours a day, although in a incredibly beautiful environment. I know I'd love it there, but afraid of loneliness and whether I'll enjoy possible menial work late in the season. Though going to bed early on Fri/Sat nights while everyone else is partying, and exploring the mountains early the next morning while everyone else is hungover doesn't sound so bad.
Are there any SML employees here? What can I expect from applying at SML in late July? Would a young cube rat trying to break into a group of college students and returning seasonal workers ever fit in, and would I have better luck with Xanterra?