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Going Deeper

I've been watching the cool works page for years; applying here and there when my current job is being particularly soul-sucking. In the last couple of months, I've started a serious job search. But first, back story. 

I've worked as a swim instructor for four years. Before that, I was a wrangler at a summer camp. Before that, I was a full time college student majoring in Follow Your Heart and not caring what my future looked like as long as it "felt right". Let me tell you. That…


Added by Nicole Barrett on September 26, 2016 at 7:06pm — 2 Comments

Nailed it!

I know its been to long since I've been on here, just thought i'd give a quick update! 

I made it to Skagway, AK!!! yay! Have been working as a Adventure Guide and have totally loved every second of it! Not only have I been blown away by the pure beauty of SE Alaska, but also by all of the amazing people I have gotten to know & love. 

Seems like I every now and then I catch myself thinking, "holy moses! I'm actually in Alaska!" Cant believe I finally made it here. One thing…


Added by Kelsey Kerr on July 2, 2016 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments


Did you realize there is a surreal, magical place right under your nose?  Did you know that Coolworks provides you an opportunity to go there every Spring?  Of course I am talking about Acadia National Park and "Downeast" Maine.  Considering how many folks apply at Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon and other popular Parks in the West I am kind of amazed so few people attempt to go to Maine.  I have only been here a month and I just can't get over what a special place this truly is.  It is…


Added by aggie71 on June 18, 2016 at 6:21pm — 8 Comments

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Off to Maine I Go

All my scheming has paid off :) I have been hired as a VUA Ranger at Acadia National Park, and my Maine adventure begins on May 22.  I will be there right through the peak foliage in mid-October with my last day being November 5.  Honestly, I'm excited.  This is one of the few things left on my original bucket list and Maine is definitely a place I have wanted to experience for a long time.  One small regret is I can't seem to connect with anyone else who is traveling up there this Spring.…


Added by aggie71 on March 1, 2016 at 7:03am — 4 Comments

And miles to go before I sleep...

What. A. Year. 

There's a solitude that comes with finishing a contract with any seasonal employer. You can't expect someone who has not been through the same program to fully appreciate it from only an explanation of the experience. The connectivity, the challenges, the humor, and the responsibilities combine to create an other-worldly experience for those in the "bubble". That's hitting me right about now as my fall adventure at Camp Summit in Argyle, TX is finally coming to a…


Added by Billy Angel Sandoval on December 21, 2015 at 9:03am — No Comments

Day 1 - A Week in the Life Summer 2015

This summer I am working, living and exploring Mackinac Island, Michigan. Sanders on Mackinac is where I am employed as a Fudge Maker.  And people that come to the island eat a LOT of fudge.  So much, in fact, tourists are referred to as fudgies.

My housing is a little…


Added by Keith Larson on July 12, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Job Hunting After Seasonal Work

   As a some of you know I have worked at Grand Canyon South Rim (GCSR) 3 times. In between my time there I have gone to 2 locations in AK, Phoenix AZ, and back to stay with family in NH. 

Before starting work @ GCSR, I have lived for short periods of time in Kingman AZ, UT, CA, NH, TN, KY, & FL.

Now it seems to me that whenever I apply for jobs, the person doing the interview will glance through and then look at me saying you move alot (that happened again today). My last…


Added by Sunni on January 14, 2015 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

Aaaannnnnnnd I'm gone!

Wow. Just wow. This season has flown by. I just noticed I did not post a single thing the entire time except the first piece where I told about my initial impressions. How did I not post anything?

I'll tell you how. I have been having the best time of my life, bar none. I absolutely love it up here and I do not want to leave. Of course, I have to, on October 1st, because my contract is up, but, I did get picked up for the winter season and I will be returning on December 16th till…


Added by Milton McKinney on September 25, 2014 at 8:18pm — 3 Comments

A Week in the Life -- Alaska Wildland Adventures

This is my third season with Alaska Wildland Adventures at their Cooper Landing location, the Kenai Riverside Lodge.  It's the center of their three lodges, and the location of all the Sportsfishing activities.  In 2012, I blogged about a day in the life.  My position is the same, and a good day is about the same too.  That one is here: …


Added by Keith Larson on August 2, 2014 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Looking Forward

I have just under two weeks left of what is quite possibly the last seasonal job I will work.  After about nine years of seasonal work off and on, I have to say, it's been fun, challenging, interesting, educational, and overall life changing in a positive way.  I have coolworks to thank for the majority of the job leads I pursued.  I will miss seasonal work, but I've come to a point in my life where it's time for a different kind of change.

I like to check weather forecasts a lot,…


Added by Brendan on April 5, 2014 at 11:27am — 2 Comments

And the winner is...

Hey CoolWorks Fam,

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…


Added by Kathryn on February 1, 2014 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

I hear the migration call

It is funny to think that for the past several years, I have heard the call of migration of seasonal work when I've been sitting at my desk watching the ducks and gees flying overhead.  Now, I can join for the coming year and I find my heart is singing with excitement.  Where to go? what to choose? should I go back into desk sitting, or drive a big old coach, or choose something different?  I think I'm just happy to know that when people start heading out to the various places, I will be…


Added by Ann Carr on January 24, 2014 at 6:04pm — 7 Comments

Sick, Sick, Sick :(

It is funny the things that first pop into your mind about leaving the comforts of home for a summer or winter season. I would say for most it is things like: "Will there be wi-fi in the employee house?" (got to Skype mom back at home), "What is cell phone coverage like in West Glacier?" (seriously call your mom, she misses you), but, I am sure that the top comforts most people don't think about (as silly as they sound): "Where is the nearest Costco?" You might laugh, but when I did a season…


Added by Kathryn on January 15, 2014 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

A Month in the Life: Work Exchange Program at Concordia Eco Resort

For a couple of years now I have been looking at the Employment Opportunities page of Maho Bay Camps. I had heard about them through meeting a few people here and in the life.  They had an interesting Work Exchange Program listed. The program was also happening at their sister resort, Concordia Eco Resort. For a month, either beginning to end or mid to mid, you agree to work 4-hours for each day....a 30-day stay means 120 hours. The program runs from the beginning of June until mid-November.…


Added by Keith Larson on October 11, 2013 at 6:57pm — 1 Comment

Number 15 Completed and It's On to the 16th

This morning I completed my summer season at Alaska Wildland Adventures at their Kenai Riverside Lodge in Cooper Landing.  It was another fantastic season and flew by a bit too quickly.  It was my second season there as the Lead Breakfast Chef, the same as I had last year.  I was going to write a "Day in the Life" blog...but realized it was almost the same as last year's: 2012's…


Added by Keith Larson on September 10, 2013 at 12:31am — No Comments

Denali Wrap Up ... another amazing summer

It is just a few days now before I leave Alaska, perhaps for the last time.  It's made me reflect on all the experiences I've enjoyed over the summer.  I asked myself, "Self.....did you make the right choice?" in coming to Alaska, and specifically Denali National Park.  When I think back over all that has happened this summer I am certain I did make the right decision.  Alaska is a tough, hard, rugged place at it's core.  Come visit it as young as you can ... as it takes extreme exercise and…


Added by aggie71 on September 11, 2013 at 9:28am — 8 Comments

The Alaska Marine Highway

First let me say that was the fastest 2 1/2 days of my life!  I also need to add what a way to travel!   I thoroughly enjoyed my trip from Bellingham Washington to Haines Alaska on the 50 year old Alaska Marine Highway.   Now, mind you, it is not cheap.  If you take your vehicle you will drop a cool $1,000 for the privilege of riding the ferry.   The only consolation is that the driver is "free" :-) It is expensive, but so is gasoline along the Alcan Highway. If you drive, you do the driving…


Added by aggie71 on April 22, 2013 at 9:50pm — 2 Comments

A Week in the Life -- Rancho de los Caballeros

Day 1- Wednesday 27 March 2013

This winter/spring season, I am working at Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Arizona.  Those of you that have read my blog in previous years know that this is not my first time in the town.  I had worked at a small dude ranch on the other side of town, the Kay El Bar, for a few seasons.  Our work week runs from Wednesday to Tuesday…


Added by Keith Larson on April 4, 2013 at 8:19pm — 6 Comments

My Great Adventure has Begun

So do you remember growing up there were always things you wanted to be sure you did sometime in your lifetime?  For me traveling to Alaska was always a fantasy of mine.  Not really sure why ..... heck it gets really cold in Alaska and I've been living in Texas for the last 40 years.  My wife and many of my friends frankly think I'm nuts.  Why travel 4000 miles, risking life and limb, so you can (1) cope with sub-freezing temperatures, (2) enjoy a communal bathroom at 2am, (3) haul water…


Added by aggie71 on March 31, 2013 at 5:52am — 2 Comments

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