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32 applications, five different states, 46 emails, 15 interviews, 12 offers, and one very hard decision to make. When applying for seasonal jobs, especially in the summer, everyone has their first choice of position and location, but if you are anything like me when you get multiple National Park offers, it is extremely hard to decide.

So some things to remember when deciding:

What are the perks? Now of course, being able to live and work in an amazing location like a national park is perk enough, but when having difficulties choosing what offer to accept  I like to break it down to what each location has to offer beyond what meets the surface. For instance, housing is a good place to start; how much is rent, how many roommates will you have. I have worked seasons where they pack you in like sardines with eight other girls (and that was awful!), some places will offer free housing, or extremely cheap, some even include meals in the cost. Another thing I like to consider is discounts, and family discounts. When saying goodbye to friends and family, I have learned that it is easier for your momma to let you go when she knows she will be able to come visit you and an awesome place (and even at 25, its hard for my mom to say goodbye), especially if it doesn't break the bank. Most lodges will offer family discounts during certain times of the season, don't forget to ask during your interview. There are a million different things you can factor into deciding where you will be for the summer, and if you are new to working seasonally you should consider everything, because the last thing you want is to not have a good experience.

All of my very skilled deciding factors, I finally settled on a choice that I am really excited about. I will be spending April-October in beautiful beautiful Grand Teton National Park, Wy at Signal Mountain Lodge. I can't wait for this season, and of course to share everything with all of you! Perhaps, even meet a few of you if you are spending the summer in such a lucky place as the Tetons.

Lots of love!!


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Comment by Bruce and Rose Eddy on February 23, 2014 at 4:12pm

That's great.  Looking forward to meeting you.

Comment by Kathryn on February 23, 2014 at 4:08pm
Thank you!! I will be cooking in the EDR. I am very excited!!
Comment by Bruce and Rose Eddy on February 23, 2014 at 4:03pm

Welcome to the Signal Mountain Lodge family.  My husband and I will be on our 8th summer at Signal this spring.  What department will you be working?  Rose

Comment by Deborah Price Fuchs on February 2, 2014 at 5:31am

Looking forward to meeting you "in person"! I will be there until September 12th!!

Comment by aggie71 on February 2, 2014 at 4:26am

Nice blog.  The Tetons is a favorite of mine.  Try to get over to the Lawrence D. Rockefeller Preserve while in the area.  This amazing area was the last parcel donated to the National Park Service by the Rockefeller family.  Hopefully it's open this year (closed in 2013 due to the sequester). 

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