Workamping at Yellowstone with Delaware North
Workamping for Delaware North Yellowstone, which operates 11 general stores inside the world’s 1st National Park, is a great place to consider for the summer if you are interested in outdoor adventures and want to work a little as well.
Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park inside the world’s first national park where guests enjoy an array of gifts and keepsakes to take home from their trips. Delaware North also serves meals at the Fountain Grills and offers groceries, equipment, and supplies.
Imagine what a few months spent exploring natural wonders like Old Faithful Geyser, would be like! This could be the Workamping adventure you’ve always dreamed of, and it’s more attainable than you might think!
As a Workamper in Yellowstone, you will have the ultimate ‘local’ experience of living inside the park and the spectacular ability to go beyond what millions of tourists are able to see in short visits throughout the summer.
As an employer, Delaware North does a great job of offering positions to a variety of people from all over the globe. From retirees to younger travelers, college students, international guests, and everyone in between, they hire a diverse group of people to help bring great experiences to visitors from all around the world!
When you make the decision to work at Yellowstone, you really make the decision to have a great summer! If you love the outdoors and/or have the urge to explore, this is the place for you!
I like to think that, this is the cream of the crop when it comes to Workamping experiences because it offers so many activities for Workampers to enjoy throughout their time working there.
As you can imagine there are many reasons why you would want to apply for a position to work at Yellowstone but just in case you need a push- let’s look at some of them.
3 Fun Reasons to Choose Yellowstone This Summer:
- With 1,000 miles of hiking trails, anyone can find their perfect hike from day trips to backcountry excursions.
- As home to more than 10,000 geysers and hot springs to explore at your leisure, fun is waiting for you everywhere.
- Employee Recreation Program Co-op: Offers trips around the park for employees like rafting, sporting events, talent shows, backpacking, and more, all for FREE.
The Yellowstone Workamping season usually starts early to mid-April and wraps up towards the end of November. It’s kind of similar to other Workamping programs, where you have the ability to provide a start date and then they will do their best to place you at one of their locations.
You can expect to work 32-40 hours per week, per person. They hire singles, couples, and families, but make sure to discuss your scheduling needs upfront. Sometimes split shifts are required which might not work for families needing opposite shifts to account for child care. And sometimes they fill all their single Workamper sites at the beginning of the hiring season, leaving solos in a situation where they’ll need to team up with someone to choose dorm housing!
The team at Delaware North is very welcoming and does a great job of trying to accommodate everyone’s needs. They also have a very straightforward approach to RV requirements… it just has to have all hard sides to be considered acceptable. Tents and tiny houses are not allowed, but skoolies are a-okay!
Delaware North also has warehouse jobs available! Read Warehouse Jobs for RVers for more workamping jobs.
Compensation and Perks
Position compensation with Deleware North Yellowstone ranges from $15-$17 an hour. All associates receive a 30% discount on certain items in the Yellowstone General Stores located throughout the Park, a 15% discount at The Branch Restaurant & Bar, and a 50% discount on shift meals, excluding alcohol.
If you are positioned at Gardiner Hotel as an associate, meals are available for $63.00/week in the Employee Dining Room. This includes which includes 3 meals per day and snacks. You’ll also receive a 30% discount on retail items and 50% off food in the Yellowstone Mine restaurant.
RV Living At Yellowstone
Dormitories and full hookup RV sites are both available onsite living options for employees. RV campgrounds are shared with Xanterra employees but are not open to the public.
Slides and size of the RV are some of the constraints of the available campgrounds. Sites that accommodate long rigs and those with ample space for slides will be limited, so try to plan and apply early.
To my understanding, Yellowstone is considered to be very remote. Big box retailers, hospitals, and general shopping are not close by and would require a trip to town to pick up necessary supplies and medications or to be seen by a physician.
Most RV facilities have coin-operated laundry and communal bathrooms and showers.
If you decide to utilize the shared dorms instead of an RV site, you’ll receive a huge weekly discount. For West Yellowstone employees dorms are available for $65.00 – $75.00/week for fully-furnished, non-smoking, shared apartments. This also includes utilities and free WiFi.
At the Gardiner Hotel, shared dorms are available for $25 a week. Again including free WiFi and access to a microwave, TV, and mini frig. Neither dorms allow guests, family, pets, or smoking.
Most, if not all positions, are physically demanding and can be quite strenuous at altitudes between 6,000-8,000 feet. But in general, here are some of the basic positions they hire for each season.
- Inside the General Stores
- Cashier/Retail Assistant
- Cash Room Associate
- Warehouse Associate
- Employee Dining Room Cook
- Grill Cook
- Kitchen Assistant
- Inside the West Yellowstone Hotels
- Front Desk Clerk
- Retail Clerk
- Laundry Attendant
- Line Cook
It has been said that technology while living in Yellowstone is comparable to what was available more than a decade ago… this would obviously drive some folks crazy, while others will appreciate the chance to disconnect.
In some parts of the park, the internet and cell phone connectivity are limited, and in others, it’s totally unavailable. Be prepared for this experience and think carefully about how being limited in your connectivity will affect you. Wi-Fi is available, though very limited, and some dorms have computers with internet available.
Verizon is the best cell provider in the park and pay phones are available at all locations.
Website: Delaware North Yellowstone
Workamping at Delaware North Yellowstone is an incredible way to see and explore the Yellowstone area. Spend the season greeting guests, meeting new people, and building new experiences. There are so many perks to joining the Delaware North team!
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