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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 didn't collect alot of stuff and you never got to know anyone long enough to miss them after you left.

From April 2005-march 2007, I found myself in situations where I did not have to pay any rent at all. Good thing seeing as a few temp jobs never lasted long enough to pay rent anywhere. Believe me there are alot of sites online to look for room-mates and not all roomies expect alot of rent..some just want a house sitter, or a home health aide, or a dog-walker or whatever...course some are just plain creepy too. Pretty sure that the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter was better then my "Live-In Nanny" job.

So when I got accepted for a job the first time at GCSR, I didn't have an 'end-of-contract' date. So when the initial 3-4 months were up....the time alot of seasonal jobs end; I was surprised that I was still there. Surprised that I hadn't messed up and gotten fired and surprised that I hadn't gotten ticked off at someone and quit. I consider myself very lucky to have gotten the job at GCSR. Somehow I found a way to fit a location that most of you call "seasonal". It's a location that I call HOME!

Now alot of you will work a 3-4 month season and then spend the rest of the year at home waiting for your next working season. Obviously as I get older, I am not as good as finding a place to live after leaving a seasonal job so I guess I like having my home & my season all in the same place. I may hate the heat, I ain't to crazy about all the managers, I don't like having a roomie...BUT I love the security of knowing I can afford rent so I know where I will be sleeping for the night, week,& month.

So say what you want about Xanterra and sure I might have my complaints too..but the fact is without Xanterra, I would not have been a very happy camper these last 5 years. So I start back with Xanterra on July 16th. (even though I did apply to DNC also but have not heard back from them..DNC has better housing) And thank God my brother is paying for my plane ticket too :)

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Comment by Carol on June 20, 2012 at 2:02am

Thanks Sunni!

Comment by Sunni on June 19, 2012 at 10:15pm

Ask for Michael Lumenti...he is the staffing manager in HR :) He used to be my manager in the cafeteria years ago.

Comment by Carol on June 19, 2012 at 8:28pm

Well, Sunni, If I don't go to Yellowstone, I'll be giving HR a call in the Canyon. I find that talking to HR brings results. My application is in for Phantom Ranch.  Just waiting to see. I loved being in the Grand Canyon and could see being there for awhile.   You are obviously a great employee and they're happy to have you return! That says it all.



Comment by Sunni on June 19, 2012 at 5:57pm

Carol, I would love to have you join me for a Winter season (or whatever season you could make it). Usually HR tells everyone that it takes 4 weeks to even hear back on whether they got a job there or not. It took me 4 days :) :) Fastest reply ever!!

Comment by Carol on June 19, 2012 at 5:30pm

I'm glad you're going to make it back home, Sunni. I hope to be in Yellowstone soon, or maybe joining you there in the Grand Canyon. Xanterra is fine with me, I've worked for them and they've always treated me right.

Friends, keep your fingers crossed for me!


Comment by Sunni on June 17, 2012 at 1:07pm

You know, the short visit I had in Seward for 1 day was great...I loved that area; and I had applied to jobs there but like everywhere else here in Alaska, I got rejected or ignored for them all. Guess the next time I have a 3-week vacation from GCSR I will just take 3 weeks and go visit Seward again.

Comment by Anneliese on June 17, 2012 at 1:00pm

Hey Sunni! So the Grizzly chased you out of Alaska. Good to hear you will be safe and sound back at your home stomping grounds @ GCSR :)

Comment by aggie71 on June 17, 2012 at 5:09am

Hi Sunni!  I'm sorry that Alaska did not turn out as you had hoped, but at least you got it out of your system.  I'm confident you'll get re-established at GCSR pretty quick.  Keep us posted.  Ranger Rich

Comment by reggiecohen on June 16, 2012 at 3:11pm

amen to that  the thing that matter the most is that your happy

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