We've been looking for a way to SHOW what these gigs are like for awhile. Text is a start. Photos are good. But video ought to be able to bring things to life a bit more.
Kathi just got back from a trip to Alaska and we sent along a shiny new video camera.
We have this idea of getting a "Gig Vid" theme going - where you folks doing the jobs out there show and tell about:
* where are you living and working
* what's your job
* what do you do with your time… Continue
Added by CoolWorks® on July 16, 2007 at 6:45pm —
Well, it's come that time when I started to search for somewhere new to explore. Over the last two weeks, I have made five applications...all to places I have found on Coolworks.com. Each a little different...well two are pretty close...but different than areas I have previously found myself.
There is the possibility that I'll stay put, also. I'm not going to choose another ski resort, when I have the offer of the new restaurant at Mid-Mountain.
There's Chisos Mountain… Continue
Added by Keith Larson on July 15, 2007 at 4:53pm —
A man needs to be educated enough to know that education is not enough.
Added by Tayong George on July 14, 2007 at 3:15am —
Every once in awhile a job hits our site and we have to ask ourselves if it's time to lock the door at Cool Works and pack our bags.
The Nature Conservancy hit us up this week and posted 5 gigs in the Pacific, 1,000 miles south of Hawaii.
These are rotational positions that can be up to 6 months in length,
with the opportunity to return for future employment based on
Added by Bill Berg on July 12, 2007 at 8:24am —
There are 2 bald eagles out there now that I can see. I just saw one "swimming" from mid-stream to the other side. It was sort of a breast stroke, with wings. The eagle finally made it to the other bank (no video camera this time darn it) and hopped up on shore with a fish.
Pretty good show. I headed back out with a camera and then it flew. Got a couple of pics of it before it landed in the eagle tree over there.
Added by Bill Berg on July 11, 2007 at 10:06am —
I have just started at the 49th hotel front desk that I can remember. Suffice it to say, Telluride CO is the premier resort in all my experience.
Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, the Keys, Stowe, Aspen, Vail, Jackson, Steamboat Springs, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Grant Teton National Park, West Yellowstone, Big Sky - none compare. What is it?
What isn't it? The scenery rivals any anywhere -… Continue
Added by Dan on July 7, 2007 at 10:44pm —
I was coaxed into blogging today by my good friend Kari, so here I go blogging. I work in the seasonal hospitality industry. The biggest challenge with my industry for me is working with seasonal staff. Like a bad box of chocolates, you never quite know what you are getting when your seasonal staff arrives. Sure they sounded great over the phone, but phones are dirty liars some times. Phones don't tell you that the person has 40 tattoos and 6 piercings and three noses and, well you get the… Continue
Added by Rick Peterson on July 6, 2007 at 9:17pm —
It was a nice way to start the day. I heard a car brake up on the road and turned to see a bull moose jump the fence into the pasture. I grabbed Jasper to put her inside because the moose was headed our way. Then the moose saw me and turned to the river. I grabbed the Camcorder and shot this footage of it swimming across the Yellowstone river.
He had to work pretty hard to get across. I would guess he ended up a couple of hundred yards… Continue
Added by Bill Berg on June 27, 2007 at 9:05am —
I liked working at Pahaska Teepee Resort. Ditto Glacier Park Incorporated.
I have heard good scuttlebutt about Signal Mountain Lodge and Mammoth
Mountain. Anyone know differently?
Added by Dan on June 27, 2007 at 12:33am —
First, I'd like to thank Bill for inviting me to CoolWorks. I'm very excited to be among people who apparently share many of my own interests. I hope to apply for a season-long position in one of the National Parks for the 2008 year and hope that many of you "seasoned" people will share your ups and downs with me regarding your employment histories. I'm trying to research as much as I can, but you guys have been on the front-lines and can offer a plethura of info that one just can't find at… Continue
Added by Beth Howell on June 24, 2007 at 10:34pm —
I was listening to an episode of This American Life today called Road Trip!
One of the stories was about this guy that travels from dishwashing job to dishwashing job on the Greyhound.
He's written a book called: Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty States
by Pete Jordan
Here's a short excerpt about the book from Amazon:
For 12 years, Jordan (aka Dishwasher Pete) tramped about the U.S.
washing dishes. Despite… Continue
Added by Kathi on June 21, 2007 at 3:12pm —
I thought for my first blog at MyCoolworks I would post a revision of my resume. I've removed most of the personal details here like contacts, phone numbers and salary information. Let me know what you think of it...
Added by Keith Larson on June 20, 2007 at 12:14pm —
We’ve noticed that there are a lot of profiles with the ‘grey
shadow men’ as the profile pic. Our hopeful vision was that MyCoolworks would be
a place where folks could come and share their seasonal lifestyles AND
Everyone would feel comfortable,
we’d all make fun new
friends and learn about cool new places and adventures. And so far most of that
is true!... except the… Continue
Added by Kathi on June 18, 2007 at 4:48pm —
I'm hanging out at a local Douglas spot called Louie's when a man sitting next to me started to ask me about fishing. After explaining to him that I had no commercial experience but I dream of fishing for a living (and that I'm trying for a crab-fishing job for the winter), I was offered a position as a crew member. I found out from several friends that the man has an excellent reputation as fair and very capable.... He is willing to teach everything from the basics to driving the… Continue
Added by akscootr on June 14, 2007 at 9:16pm —
Many people have a hard time believing that someone would actually live out of a car so I have decided to write about it. The responses I get range from "Bloody Hell!" to "you poor thing" ... it cracks me up :0). It isn't so bad living out of a car (only the endless Alaska sunlight shining through the windows makes it hard to sleep). Sleeping in the car is a great way to put away cash by low cost of living combined with tips. Some new pics are on the way to show the car I live out of.
Added by akscootr on June 9, 2007 at 6:56pm —
This is an excerpt of an email a friend sent me this morning - she lives and works in Yellowstone at Mammoth. Made me chuckle and remember a few of my close calls. Thought it was worth a share.
"So last night I head out for a walk and choose the campground thinking I'll avoid the irritable cow elk that are roaming about w/their new calves. I'm just a few minutes up the campground loop minding my own business and out of nowhere! comes this cow elk running at me at FULL SPEED - let me… Continue
Added by Kathi on June 8, 2007 at 4:24pm —
Ashea (my girlfriend) and I went for a hike over Mt. Everts, which is the ridge just above Gardiner. While we were eating lunch, a group of bighorn sheep walked right past us. I got this picture with my little point and shoot camera when they were only about 10ft. away.
Added by Mike Tercek on June 7, 2007 at 10:03am —
We have 2 dogs. Sula is a search dog. We were in West Yellowstone over the weekend for a weekend of testing for search dogs from 3 states. My job was to be a victim. I have experience. Sula passed her tracking test (4 hour track) and failed a cadaver search test. She's close. It takes a lot of work but she'll get there.
I broke free on Sunday to celebrate my birthday weekend with arun around the park with MY dog - the World's best friend, Jasper. I don't get into the park… Continue
Added by Bill Berg on June 6, 2007 at 11:56am —
I just recently returned from Tucson. I went to visit friends and got a taste of what the area has to offer. Now I'm thinking of moving down there in September. Tucson equals a good job, good friends, and opportunity to hike and snowboard. The more I think about it, the more excited I get.
However, prior to the trip, I was contemplating Girdwood, AK. I have a strong pull to get to "the last frontier". The town of Girdwood sounds like a harmonious piece of heaven. I don't know… Continue
Added by Christina on June 2, 2007 at 11:56am —
Mark and I have been traveling the country full time in our 31 foot 5th wheel for 6 years. We now travel with 2 adored feline companions, having lost a 3rd recently.
We haven't made it to all the continental states yet, but we are working on it.
We love our travels and have enjoyed some interesting jobs along the way. We have run rides at an amusement park in Iowa, sold books at Grand Canyon National Park, done housekeeping at a snowbird park in Picacho, Arizona, been area… Continue
Added by Christina on May 31, 2007 at 5:51pm —