I recommend this book to anyone who wants to work in a national park. I found parks that I did not even know existed, and parks that I have heard of but didn’t know much about.
First figure out which season you want to work…a busy Summer or a slow snowy Winter season. Do you have a favorite state that you want to explore? You will find maps and lists of airports near each park along with some driving directions to get there. There is info about camping, hiking, & seasonal activities.
When you live/ work a few months at a seasonal location, it’s nice to know where to shop for things. Well this book has a list of local grocery stores and restaurants, and festivals for each area.
Then after you figure out which park or region of the country that you want to spend time in, I suggest that you check out a site http://www.coolworks.com . You can browse job listings there to see what employers offer for housing, employee benefits, food, and pay. Be realistic on what you can live with (or without) for the entire season.
This week my roomie, Kim, has applied to 7 jobs in Glacier (MT), Yellowstone (WY), Crater Lake (OR) and a little community outside of the Grand Canyon (AZ). The couple that invited a group of friends into their RV for christmas dinner will be returning to Yellowstone, in May. I have never seen Yellowstone even though it was the first seasonal park job that I ever applied to, when I attended a recruiting event in 1999. I turned the job down after I got it because of family issues.
New job locations that I am researching for the Summer season:
1. Yellowstone (WY)
2. Mt Rainer (WA)
3. Acadia (ME)
4. Denali (AK)
5. Theodore Roosevelt (ND)
6. Badlands (SD)
7. Crater Lake (OR)
K.M: if you read this and wonder “But what about the Grand Canyon, why isn’t it on your list?”
Well I still call GC home, housing at Desert View was the best. But my list was for NEW places.