Seasonal Openings Abound at US National Parks

Published: By

Ever want to be a park ranger or help take care of any one of our national parks? Well, many are hiring, so here is an opportunity!

A quick search on and you will find that Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has several seasonal jobs available. There are opportunities for grill cooks, kitchen assistants, food service associates and, believe it or not, a painter. It’s a great opportunity to pack up your RV (there are dorms available too) and spend the summer in a national park, touring Wyoming and all while making a living.

Kitchen assistants help cooks with food preparation, making salads, garnishes and desserts along with setting up and preparing food items for the salad bar. Food service associates take food orders, assist grill cooks in keeping food supplies replenished, making baskets, washing dishes, bussing tables and counters, preparing salads and garnish vegetables, serving ice cream and other duties.

The painter will prepare surfaces, paint and finish buildings and other structures. Candidates must be able to clean, sand, scrape and brush surfaces in preparation for painting, staining and varnishing using brushes and rollers, repair surfaces to be painted including plastering and sheetrock finishing.

At Yosemite National Park, there is an opening for a Sous Chef at Tenaya Lodge, located an hour outside of Fresno, California. The sous chef must have experience with planning, direction or supervision of food preparation or cooking activities of multiple kitchens or restaurants in an establishment such as a restaurant chain, hospital or hotel. They will also analyze recipes to assign prices to menu items, based on food, labor and overhead costs.

Yosemite National Park is also looking for a Supervisory Forest Technician, a highly qualified job where you perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

Glacier National Park in Montana has openings for maintenance workers as well.

The National Park Service also has openings for park rangers at a variety of destinations. Keep in mind that almost all of these positions are seasonal, require you to stand on your feet for long periods of timer and require heavy lifting. They require background checks and/or security investigation as well.

In addition to working in a national park, you can also enjoy hundreds of miles of trails when you’re not on duty. Here you can hike, bike, camp, fish, take a walk and more. It’s one of the best perks that come with the job.

Back to listing