Living & Working in Great Places
Thanks for being here! The six of us at CoolWorks welcome you and wish you success in finding your Jobs in Great Places®!
I am beyond annoyed with our supposed representatives in D.C. They need to get to work- for we, the people. This is the letter I sent to both my Senators and my Congressman this morning.
This whole sequestration matter is ridiculous. I am sure there are thousands of ways to cut the budget without affecting services to our veterans and certainly without delaying the opening of the summer season for our National…
I'm still in the interview process, but have a final phone interview tomorrow with the fine people up at Coldfoot. I've done some pretty intensive research about the place, working there, and all the likes, but I would love it if someone who has worked a summer up there could fill me in on what it's really like. I am beyond excited, and keeping my fingers, toes, and eyes (lol) crossed for a job offer tomorrow. Anyone who hasn't…Continue
I am wondering, at what point should I make a final selection about summer work? I have not received any papers in the mail to sign yet--but places keep calling asking about what I want to do for the summer...I don't want to lead anyone on but I also do not feel like getting left out in the rain if one or two places fall through. Any experiences? Advice? Opinions?
Well - I have been off the blog for a LONG time!!
I moved from Ketchikan to Kenai, Alaska. Got a job at the Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau as the assistant to the executive director. That was so fun, since the Kenai Visitors Center is not just an info spot but also the city museum, a meeting space and a gift shop. I learned so much more about tourism and the tourism industry at the job. I stayed there for 1.5 years then it was time to relocate again to Anchorage! To the "big…Continue
Brooke put together a slideshow from collected photos from staff.
I'm planning on returning this summer.
Added by Keith Larson on November 19, 2012 at 3:19pm — No Comments
Well I handed in my 2-week notice at work last night :) Manager was a bit surprised and co-workers are all asking "why???"
Not sure why everyone is so surprised cuz I have been searching for new jobs for months, so all this should not be new news to anyone...least not anyone who has heard me talk at work or seen my postings on facebook for the last few months.
I will be moving back to Kingman,AZ (3 hrs West of GCSR). This morning Anne, made a comment about Alaska turning me…Continue
We launched this webmail service more than 10 years ago as a free service to provide a non-work email account to job seekers who used Cool Works. We hope it's been a valuable service to you.
We will be…Continue
Added by CoolWorks® on October 31, 2012 at 6:08pm — No Comments
Although I have 8 days remaining as "Ranger Rich" I figured now was as good a time as any to make this summer a wrap. All my big adventures are now behind me - and what a summer it was :-) Hovenweep, Moab UT, Canyon De Chelly w/ an Annular Eclipse, San Juans/Telluride, Pagosa Springs, Arches National Park, Aztec Ruins and Chaco Canyon. Plus a super fun meetup with Q and Oliver. What a special time in my life! I lost some heros too ... Neil Armstrong, Andy Williams ... I guess the…Continue
In Jan 2005, I made a decision to step out with a wing and prayer and discover some of our national parks before I got to old. That first step led me to a job with Glacier National Park and six months of living pretty much on Going to the Sun Road. After that, I left for a another position at Big Bend National Park where I learned, you really can’t get to anywhere unless you drive 70 miles one way at 45 mph. And, if you drive a two wheel drive vehicle, it is probably a good idea if you do…Continue
Just curious, for everyone at various different locations, what are the best pet-friendly places to work and why? .... I'm debating on saving up so I can work next summer with perhaps a camp trailer so I can bring my dog along!
In honor of Coolworks 24/7 on July 11, I carefully documented everything I did (and anything unusual) on Wednesday, July 11 :-) So for all you CW fans wondering what a Park Ranger does each day ..... here ya go! First off I got outa bed and made coffee (of course!)...
Then it was time for breakfast. I normally have the days schedule in front of me just so I…Continue
This summer I'm in Cooper Landing, Alaska. I work as the Lead Breakfast Cook for Alaska Wildland Adventures (AWA). My day starts at 1:40 am, it's now starting to get darker in the middle of the night so I need a flashlight in my tent cabin. They are similar to the tent cabins that I have seen pictures of in Yosemite employee housing. Outside, it's not astronomical twilight yet, so I can see clearly enough to get to the bathhouse first to clean up a bit before heading to the main lodge…Continue
Now the first time I got a job @ GCSR(Grand Canyon South Rim...for all you newbies) I had been living in a strangers house with no real job at all, in Tampa,FL. I had been bouncing around from place to place & state to state for awhile. Which was fine with me back then. I usually only stayed somewhere for 2-3 months at a time. Something always came up and I was forced to move on. But moving on so much had it's advantages...you didn't collect alot of stuff and you never got to know…Continue
This picture was taken the 2nd time it came wandering through the property at Gwin's Lodge, since I have been here. It was just after lunch time. The bear came back a 3rd time in the same week, after dinner but unfortunately I did not have the camera with me. Actually a 'fish & game' officer was here then and shot rubber bullets at it.…Continue
Has anyone ever worked or been to a HAUNTED PLACE?
Each year the Mesa Verde Institute offers special hikes to areas inside Mesa Verde National Park that are not generally available to the public. Last year I was able to visit a cliff dwelling called Square Tower House and it was a real highlight of my 2011 summer. This year I got another treat by going to a place called "Mug House". The interesting name was coined when one of the early explorers found three puebloan mugs, connected by twine, inside the cliff dwelling. He named the…Continue
Added by aggie71 on June 8, 2012 at 7:56am — No Comments
Tonight after dinner I went down the road around the corner where the river comes right up to the road. Sat down on the guard-rail for awhile watching these birds "doing their thing".
I had already gotten some pictures of ducks, earlier in the…Continue
Here's my next installment regarding the ongoing adventures of Ranger Rich :-) Went on a road trip to Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Tsai in Navaho....or shey in English). Some spanish guy spelled it c-h-e-l-l-y ..... go figure. On my way there I passed real close to one of our most famous landmarks ... Shiprock.
Shiprock is actually the core of a small…Continue
Added by aggie71 on May 27, 2012 at 11:28am — No Comments
I've had alot of crazy stuff happen lately, among them a serious surgery which totally prevented me from taking my job in Yellowstone. HR understood completely, staying in touch with me as my doctors put me on 6 weeks medical leave, which includes no bending or twisting my back, and no lifting any weights over of 10 pounds. A gal can't cook under those restrictions.
I missed working preseason at Snowlodge, and now, I'll miss Lake Lodge, and I do mean miss.If…Continue