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Company Name: Rainier Guest Services
First Name: Human Resources
Last Name: Director
Phone: No Calls Please

Have you ever visited a national park and thought about how lucky the employees are?  Why not experience it for yourself?!

What is Mount Rainier National Park?  It is the tallest volcano in the lower 48  The 5th highest peak in the continental United States. The 5th national park in the United States.  A place recognized around the world for the incredible fields of wildflowers below numerous glaciers.  It is 150 waterfalls for you to explore.  Employees and guests from around the US and the world to make lifelong friends with.  A lifetime of Facebook and Instagram photos.  The coolest selfies you'll ever take.

Do you have what it takes to help us provide great guest service in this beautiful national park?  Join the Rainier Guest Services team at Mount Rainier National Park.  If you have the skills and passion for national park work we would love to talk to YOU!

A season (or longer!) is an excellent way to work in an area of pristine mountain meadows, streams, canyons, lakes, rivers, old growth forests, and glaciers. Opportunities for hiking, backpacking, photography, and just soaking up the beauty are seemingly endless.  Fit and committed employees can summit this glacier-covered mountain, one of the premier mountaineering destinations in the United States. It is also an opportunity to meet employees and guests from all over the world. The rewards of working at Mount Rainier will stay with you for your entire life.

What jobs are available?

We fill numerous hourly, supervisory, and management positions each season, including Food and Beverage, Retail, Bell/Porter, Front Desk, Driving, Accounting, Security, Laundry Operations, and Housekeeping.

Who is Rainier Guest Services?

Rainier Guest Services operates Paradise Inn, Jackson Visitor Center, National Park Inn, and Sunrise Day Lodge at Mount Rainier National Park. Each summer approximately 240 employees provide meals, lodging, and retail services to approximately 1.5 million visitors. Our main operating season is the middle of April through early to mid-October, with the majority of positions starting in mid-May.

Are you the person we are looking for?

Do you naturally reach out to help others, including guests and co-workers? Are you excited by the opportunity to live in a remote and beautiful location?  Do you like the idea of a few months surrounded by inspiring nature?  Are you willing and able to work hard?  If so, we want to hear from you!

So... what is there to do at Mount Rainier?

The possibilities for outdoor recreation are incredible!  Hiking, backpacking, climbing, and photography are popular outdoor pursuits. Year-round skiing and snowboarding is available to those able to hike to the snowfields. Nearby lakes outside the park offer opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, and swimming. For those who are less active, simply watching the sun set (or rise!) on the mountain is a fantastic way to enjoy your time.

Employees tend to be a tight-knit group, regularly organizing group hikes, soccer games, and trips to town. Housing staff provides activities throughout the season to meet many interests, including movie nights, ping pong tournaments, Seattle Mariners games, 4th of July fireworks viewing, and day trips to Mount St. Helens National Park.

Wondering how to get here?

Employees without their own vehicle or other transportation to the park will be picked up at one of two designated locations in the Seattle/Tacoma area. These pickups are on designated dates, and must be requested in advance with the Human Resources office.

Have your own vehicle? You’ll love the flexibility and freedom to explore! Please note though that employee parking in the park is extremely limited. As part of the park transportation plan, we request that employees park their vehicles at our Ashford office and take the free employee shuttle. Employees choosing to bring their own vehicle into the park must purchase an annual park pass at their own cost.

Before you apply, please take a minute to consider a few things

A summer job in a National Park is special partly because of the different lifestyle it provides. If accepted for employment, you will be working in the mountains over 60 miles from the city. Our facilities are more rustic than those in the city and, because of the remoteness of our location, we have fewer of the conveniences to which you have become accustomed.

Most towns just outside the park are quite small, with limited services. Ashford, at the main Nisqually entrance, has just 220 residents, a convenience store, general store, and small Post Office with limited hours. Anyone searching for the amenities and services of larger cities should recognize that options are limited, with larger cities like Puyallup, Tacoma, and Seattle two or more hours away.

Paradise Inn and Jackson Visitor Center are at an altitude of 5400 ft., and Sunrise Lodge is at 6400 ft. While most people adapt easily, some find the elevation can affect heart and respiratory conditions.

As the tallest mountain in the Cascades, Mount Rainier experiences heavy precipitation.  In fact, for decades Paradise held the world record for most snow in a 12 month period. Employees arriving in April and May (and sometimes early June) should expect a deep snowpack. 15 feet on the ground in May is not uncommon! And of course, it can snow at any time in the mountains. Please be prepared for a variety of weather throughout the season.

Sign me up!

We would love to hear from you and learn how amazing you are.  To apply, please visit our jobs website at

To increase your chances of being hired, please

  • Fill out the application completely and accurately 
  • Show the exact dates you are available 
  • Be realistic about your job choices

And finally...

We encourage you to download this document, and to check out our profile for more information.

Address: -
Country: United States
State/Province: Washington
City: Ashford
ZIP/Post Code: 98304
Industry: Food / Beverage / Wine
Hotel / Resort / Lodging
Recreation / Parks

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