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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

ERICA

I was an administrative assistant for a health insurance company with full health benefits, a 401k plan, vacation/sick days and a salary that allowed me to live comfortably.  It was a good life, but I wanted to experience life outside of Corporate World.  I wanted to experience The West – just like in all those…

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….

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…

BILLY

What. A. Year. There’s a solitude that comes with finishing a contract with any seasonal employer. The connectivity, the challenges, the humor, and the responsibilities during the season combine to create an other-worldly experience for those in the “bubble”. That hit me as my fall adventure at Camp Summit in Argyle, TX came to a close. A dear…

Thoughts on Camp

If there is any desire to work with children in your heart, then don’t pass up the opportunity to go to CAMP. Why camp? Well, first off, there are so many different camps during the summer that one of them is bound to fit your interests. There are camps for sports, music, backpacking, special needs, space, etc. I’ve…

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…