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…

ADAM + GABBY

Where I grew up, seasonal work meant “6 months of hell at the local Six Flags.” It was a last-resort type job reserved only for those high school kids with no work experience, and adults who one-way-or-another ended up as career ride operators for half of the year. The biggest drawback being that at the…

KRISTA

When strangers ask me how I came to work in Death Valley, I lie. I’m not ashamed of the truth; I just know that it’s not what a family of bright-eyed tourists wants to hear over breakfast. Like a lot of parkies, my pilgrimage to the middle of nowhere wasn’t inspired by memories of a particularly pleasant…

#CoolWorksJobs Kickoff To Summer Photo Contest

It’s nearly summertime, and if you’ve got JOBS IN GREAT PLACES® – you’ve got a HUGE summer ahead, filled with the wonder and magic that the rest of us try to pack into our one week vacations. We wish we could’ve packed ourselves in your suitcases. We wish that we could apply for that last…

KATIE

There are some people that have absolutely no desire to leave the city they grew up in, or the couch they sit on. And then there are those of us that haven’t slept in our own beds in a year and call a new place “home” once a month. For me, the adventure started when…

ANNE

Denali stole my heart: wide open vistas, alpine tundra slopes, Dall Sheep grazing on rugged mountain peaks.  Wilderness.  Wolves.  Grizzly bears.  The challenge of it all.  The freedom.  The evolution of the short summer season, from an eager and intense spring to the snowflakes and stillness of fall.  The hard work & the camaraderie.  One…

BETTE

Have you ever dreamed about running away? Or, maybe you have fantasized about moving to a majestic, unspoiled part of the world that you have longingly gazed at in magazines – a place where you don’t know a soul and long to live an uncomplicated, sparse lifestyle; all the while earning your room and board…