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We cast our our nets via applications to a multitude of places. Sometimes even places that don't sound that appealing, just to get an offer, any offer!

Notebook in hand, we record the day, place, perks, location, any other notes that may help in making a decision or aiding the interview.


Then, all the employers cast a net:  listing perks, offering enticements to get the best on board for the summer, the net stays out there long enough to fill the ranks, and then some. Not everyone will show up, not everyone will last.


At some point, the nets must connect. A seasonal worker will accept a work agreement, figuring whats on the paper is a true representation of what they will find when they arrive.

The employer will hope the worker will not have added new tatoos, comes sober and with a decent attitude.


We cast the net early, hoping for good return for the effort. They cast the net early, interviewing often, not trying to prolong the pain. Trying to avoid trouble.


I can see why this gets old. Workers returning to the same place, having lots of returning employees simplifies the process. You know what you get.






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Comment by Carol on January 30, 2011 at 2:00pm

Wow, JP, stay safe, and good luck! Sounds like you're loving the challenge as well.

If you do get back this summer, hope to meet you.


Post when you can. All good Karma sent your way.


Comment by JPH on January 30, 2011 at 10:48am
My contract for Yellowstone has been gone for about a week . So I had settled in and was excitedly waiting for Spring . Until a new opportunity came along skills are needed . I was going to take the year off and relax at home after returning to the States last fall . An EDR job at Mammoth seemed just the ticket .Now however I'm headed to a different type of seasonal work . My friend a director with a NGO aid org needs a Ramrod to sort out their logistical mess in Haiti . That's me to a T . Hopefully I'll be back in time for YNP , we'll see . He assured me I can retreat once I've straightened out the nightmare . So , I'll be back in 2 days , 2 months or 2 years !  
Comment by Carol on January 29, 2011 at 2:12pm

I agree with you Rob, I'm about done with this search thing. Where ever I end up this year, I'll work each coming year, and play tourist at the other wonderful places, like Alaska.

Best wishes to my Alaska Bound friends! Hope you have a great season, you deserve it.


I do believe I'll be in the Grand Tetons. Have a solid contract now, and I'm very happy and excited about the work I get to do there. May thru October :D


Comment by 40Rob on January 29, 2011 at 12:52pm
Carol, hi!  Your blog here has really made me think.  I'm of the opinion that another reason that I am going back to the North Rim other than the ones I have stated is just that - to avoid the hurry up and wait to some degree.  Also I have a good idea of what the company I will be working for is like, what the food and housing are going to be like, I have my secret places to go to picked out already when I need to be alone - in short, I'm not going in blind.  Good luck with your search, Carol!  Hang in there, you're good and I'm sure you'll get something good and post it with joy soon.  Rob
Comment by Carol on January 26, 2011 at 8:13am

You all are great! What a support team.

I think thats one of the sweetest phrases a seasonal worker can hear, aggie...whoever gets you are the Lucky ones :)


Terry, thats it in a nutshell ! Hurry up and wait. LOL. And it gets Painful.


Yes, Anneliese, that first seasonal hire seemed easier, but then, I was sorta entry level. I guess when we look for something a little better, its harder, but going to be worth it.


What would we do without the commiseration  here?



Comment by Anneliese on January 26, 2011 at 4:37am true. I was spoiled last year by Yellowstone's quick response to the only app I filled out for 2010. I was hired several days later after a short interview by phone. My contract came a few days later and I was all set. This year I think I started filling apps out to early and have expected results too early. I have a lot of apps in and have been doing a lot of waiting. Thanks to MCW the waiting is bearable.
Comment by Terry Meyer on January 25, 2011 at 9:27pm


Great blog subject!There’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait in the seasonal job world. Great analogy too as there is a lot of waiting around when you are fishing, just ask Aggie! You wait for the jobs to be posted so you can hurry up and apply for them and then, you wait for them to call you for an interview and then, you wait again for a solid job offer from someone. All the waiting is totally nerve-racking.


Even after you get a job you have to wait again……for several months at least, before the job even starts!


Comment by aggie71 on January 25, 2011 at 8:49pm
Carol .... who ever gets you are the lucky ones :-)   Ya know I still haven't tried any of your cooking! (but I read your book)
Comment by Carol on January 25, 2011 at 7:17pm

I've heard from Yellowstone, and have another offer elsewhere, so, once somthing solid is settled, I'll post my

decision. Going to stick to my New Years Resolution to not settle for anything inadequate, and to trust my instincts in this choice.


Thanks Leo,

we pace this floor with patience 


Comment by Leo Anderson on January 25, 2011 at 3:58pm



This is a great blog. It is very true and sums up what all of us potential seasonal workers are experiencing right now as we hurry to apply and wait for good news about being hired!!!





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