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…

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…

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…

5 Outstanding Reasons to Work in a National Park this Summer

Many Americans dream of visiting their National Parks. Cool Works Kelcy brings you the Top Five Reasons you should trade in that visit for a seasonal job in a National Park. With Jobs In Great Places you can spend an entire summer working and living in nature’s masterpieces! 1. You’ll have 3-6 months to #FindYourPark….

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….

AMBER

It was March 18th, 2014. I was sitting at my desk, pretending to be working on a spreadsheet, counting down the hours until 5:00. I was longingly staring at pictures of the mountains on my computer and applying for jobs on CoolWorks.com when I received a phone call from an unknown number. Relieved to have…

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…

RUSS

When you work in a national park, you have to be willing to share your office with all kinds of wild creatures–moose, bears, possibly even people from Idaho. (Don’t worry: they are more afraid of you than you are of them.) But you quickly learn to adapt to your new surroundings. You learn to stop…