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…

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…

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…

TYLER

My love affair with the American West began in 2009 with a cross country road trip after college. That summer, I traveled through 27 states and covered over 10,000 miles in six weeks with a friend in a car far too small for my 6’3″ frame. We visited seven national parks that summer. I was…

BECKY

As a born-and-raised Texan, I knew a lot about Texas. When I finished my first year at The University of Texas at Austin, I was ready to know somewhere else. I read a story about a man gutting fish in Alaska for a summer, and I wanted in. I literally googled, “gutting fish in Alaska…

BROOKE

I’ve been sick with it for as long as I can remember. I was stricken with the fever as a tiny child and have been plagued by its symptoms ever since, which range from the mild and manageable to the cruel and unusual: I can name every single flavor of tree shaped car air fresheners….

KEITH

I had been cooking for more than 10 years when I first heard of people that would work seasonally. I was a sous chef at a local resort in Wisconsin and was training a cook for the summer. He told me about how he had worked at Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park. A couple of…

BILL

I was the first person to get a job from Cool Works.  It definitely changed my life. I got the first inkling for what became Cool Works 20 years ago this month.  In January of 1995 I was halfway through the first year of an Environmental Management MBA program at the University of Washington (UDub)….

SUSAN

Looking back, I never thought seasonal jobs would play such a huge role in my life. When I set off for Colorado after college graduation, I imagined I would spend a year working as a ski bum before returning to the “real world.” What happened couldn’t be more different. One season quickly turned into three,…

LUKE

I was 20 yrs old and hittin’ the road. Excited would be an understatement, though I won’t discount the nerves. The American journeyman, adventurer, and wanderer has usually followed some kind of internal compass which more often than not has pointed west. Growing up in Western Oregon, I had little option but to head east….