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…

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…

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…

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…

BECKY

I moved around a lot when I was a young single woman, which is where my love for road trips and new places was born.  I went on to raise 3 wonderful children (mostly by myself) but the road always whispered to me and I would whisper back, “Soon.” When the last chickie left the…

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)….

WILLIE

The Universe: it’s a funny place. It throws you some curve balls, it can make you see double, makes you wish you had never been born some days. But with all that ebb there must be flow. The Universe and I have been going round and round for quite some time now; you could say we’re familiar dance partners. She’s taken me to…

JULIETTE

Anyone who’s lived through a Michigan winter knows that the brutal temperatures, ice storms, lack of Vitamin D, and hermitting attitudes of the mitten’s population can take a toll on one’s motivation and zest for life. At nineteen, I had stuck around my home town for too long after high school and found myself slipping…

CHRIS

I’m proud to be from New Jersey. Like most proud Jerseyites, I’m a big Bruce Springsteen fan. Every Springsteen song worth its salt is about escaping New Jersey, which I’m also proud to have done. After college, after a brief and wholly unexciting stint as a financial advisor, and after a good deal of menial…

KAYLA

It was my second summer working in a National Park. Acadia National Park wasn’t filled with the expected wilderness I wanted like in the Tetons, the first park I worked at. Naturally, I was originally disappointed, but then gave myself a goal of hiking each of the “peaks” in the park and to try and…