NOW HIRING FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SPEND WINTER WORKING, AND PLAYING, AT MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK!
A season working with the Rainier Guest Services team is a great way to gain experience in hospitality while meeting guests and employees from around the world. In your time off you can explore a magical place of pristine mountain meadows, majestic waterfalls, peaceful old-growth forests, and much more! The rewards of working at Mount Rainier will stay with you for your entire life.
Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mt. Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mt. Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mt. Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.
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ABOUT RAINIER GUEST SERVICES
Rainier Guest Services manages the Paradise Inn, National Park Inn, Jackson Visitor Center, and Sunrise Day Lodge as an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service. While we operate year-round, our primary season is the summer months, with most employment opportunities available between April and October.
Serving the visitors of Mount Rainier National Park requires a team of dedicated, talented, and friendly people. Our 240 employees are amazing! Wouldn’t you love to join the team and experience what many people describe as “the best summer” of your life?
Rainier Guest Services is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity.
THE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE
The opportunities for exploration of this beautiful park are limitless. As the tallest volcano and the most glaciated peak in the continental United States, it draws mountaineers, hikers, photographers, and lovers of beauty from around the world.
World-famous wildflower fields, over 150 waterfalls, dozens of alpine lakes, groves of old growth forest, and incredibly vivid fall colors will astound you. And of course, the opportunity to make lifetime friends from around the U.S. and the world is something you will treasure. All of this is waiting for you.
We can accommodate RV units at two locations: One location is inside the park in a beautifully wooded campground, and the other is just outside the park in a quiet and scenic location near our administration office. As we do not offer shower and bathroom facilities, all RV's must be fully self-contained - no camper shells, etc. Well-behaved cats and dogs less than 30 pounds are allowed but must be on a leash whenever outdoors, may not be left outside unattended, and must be cleaned up after. Limit of one pet per RV space. Sites in both locations operate on 30amps.
INSIDE the park: Longmire Campground is located within the park near National Park Inn. All sites in this beautifully wooded campground have soil pads and include garbage, water, sewer and electric on site. Wi-Fi and laundry facilities are approximately 1/2 mile away. Sites vary in length and generally cannot accommodate large RVs. Number of sites varies by year but we typically have 6-8 available for our employees. There is no cell service in this location ($30 weekly).
Outside the park: Ashford housing is located next to our administration offices approximately 5 minutes’ drive from the main park entrance in a quiet and scenic location. Here there are 13 sites on cement pads. Includes full hook ups: water, sewer and electric (30 amps). Free Wi-Fi, garbage and laundry facility. ($60 weekly)
GETTING HERE AND GETTING AROUND
Have your own vehicle? You’ll love the flexibility and freedom to explore! Please note though that employee parking in the park is extremely limited. Employees choosing to bring their own vehicle into the park must purchase an annual park pass at their own cost.
The possibilities for outdoor recreation are incredible, with hiking, backpacking, climbing, fishing, and photography being popular outdoor pursuits. Year-round skiing and snowboarding is available to those able to hike to the snowfields. Nearby lakes outside the park offer opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. For those who are less active, simply watching the sunset (or rise!) on the mountain is a fantastic way to enjoy your time.
Employees tend to be a tight-knit group, regularly organizing group hikes, soccer games, and trips to town. Housing staff provides activities throughout the season to meet many interests, including movie nights, ping pong tournaments, Seattle Mariners games, 4th of July fireworks viewing, and day trips to Mount St. Helens National Park.
Large portions of Mount Rainier National Park are surrounded by National Forest, providing even more recreational opportunities. Other recreation opportunities outside the park include Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Area, the Columbia River Gorge, and the entire Puget Sound region.
HOW TO APPLY
Some things to consider:
A summer job in a National Park is special partly because of the different lifestyle it provides. If accepted for employment, you will be working in the mountains over 60 miles from the city. Our facilities are more rustic than those in the city and, because of the remoteness of our location; we have fewer of the conveniences to which you have become accustomed.
Most towns just outside the park are quite small, with limited services. Ashford, at the main Nisqually entrance, has just 220 residents, a convenience store, general store, and small Post Office with limited hours. Larger cities like Puyallup, Tacoma, and Seattle two or more hours away.
Paradise Inn and Jackson Visitor Center are at an altitude of 5400 ft., and Sunrise Lodge is at 6400 ft. While most people adapt easily, some find the elevation can affect heart and respiratory conditions.
As the tallest mountain in the Cascades, Mt. Rainier experiences heavy precipitation. In fact, for decades Paradise held the world record for most snow in a 12 month period. Please be prepared for a variety of weather throughout the season.