DAN

When I was preparing for my senior year in college, I definitely didn’t have “become a raft guide” in my five-year plan. In fact, it had been my intention to start life after school by joining up with the National Park Service as an interpretational ranger. As I poured over the applications for these jobs, I…

CODY

As my college graduation date loomed closer and closer, the idea of staying in Washington, DC any longer than necessary weighed heavy on my mind.  While I loved my time in our nation’s capital, I was thoroughly burnt out and seriously missed the great outdoors. In a rare moment of clarity, the solution seemed so…

CAITLIN

Do you ever have the sensation of time standing still? It only seems to occur during one of two moments: either you’re blown away with surprise, inspiration, and wonder – that rare moment when the Earth stops turning for just a brief second and nothing else in the whole world matters but what is directly…

CHARLIE

A year and a half ago my boyfriend, our cat, and I left New York City after 10 years and hit the road in an RV.  It has been an exciting and challenging lifestyle.  Much of the challenge has come in the form of seeking work that we can do on the road or while living…

MEL

When contemplating whether or not to begin on a path of seasonal work, it became clear to me that I wanted to travel and work with like-minded people that speak my language – the language of wanderlust.  In 2010, a life-changing opportunity occurred that I couldn’t ignore. I won the Green Card Lottery providing the…

NATE

I left Indiana in the spring of 2006 at 20 years old. I am from South Bend, which can be a rough place if you lived in the sort of neighborhood that I grew up in. Poorly educated, underserviced, below the poverty line, seemingly forgotten by the wider world. Being from a place like that…

JASON

I often think back to that summer day in 2008.  I was on a walk around the neighborhood with my mom, talking about life, the future, and where I see myself in 5 years.  I was in my third year working for an insurance company, sitting in a cubicle approximately 8 hours a day, staring…

MARGARET

I will be ever grateful for the opportunities that seasonal work has offered me. I discovered CoolWorks.com and started my adventures in the seasonal world by working at restaurants in Glacier National Park and Denali National Park during my summers in college. After I graduated and started work in the real world, I realized that reality was not that great. I wanted to…

GOYO

I have had two seasonal jobs, and they have changed my life a lot! I want to share my experiences with everyone and explain how seasonal jobs impacted my life path afterwords. While I was a university student, I discovered that Taiwan has a student work and travel program with the USA. We can apply for an…

SHERRI

I am a tour guide and driver in a National Park.  PINCH ME! Guests aboard my tours are always asking how I got into this line of work.  Look around next time you’re in a park – generally, there’s the college students and retired folks.  Then, there is one middle aged woman – me!  This really…

ASHLEY + ADAM

Staying at home, living with family, and working at local malls as college students is never how we pictured spending our summer break from college seven short years ago. Having just spent the past six months working on Mackinac Island, Michigan, flipping burgers, selling fudge, and exploring the state park, we were already itching for a new adventure. We applied…

DENISE

Valdez, Alaska is a place I never could have dreamed of. People spend thousands on vacations to visit this place and I am fortunate enough to have a job paying me to be here. After college I lived and worked in California for about 3 years. I wanted to travel, but I didn’t know how…