Billy is a hiking and outdoors enthusiast. He is also the Owner of Ravenshire Creations and host of the YouTube channel Gecko's Trails.
Why Choose Seasonal Work?
Whether you are just graduating high school or college or retiring from a 20 or 30-year career, if you want an inexpensive way to travel and see some of the most beautiful locations in the United States, seasonal work will allow you to spend months at a time at great destinations.
There are ample opportunities to work at beautiful locations such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Big Bend, Grand Canyon, Zion, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, and Bryce Canyon National Parks. You can work at pristine ski slopes in the winter season like Vale, Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, and Killington, and great wilderness lodges in states like Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Arizona.
In most cases, these seasonal jobs require little to no experience, are very easy to be hired on, and provide room and board at little to no charge while giving you a paycheck for your work. Some of the jobs being offered are food service, cooking, housekeeping, retail clerk, lift attendant, rental clerk, landscaping, janitorial, ranch hand, tour guide, driver, and many others.
One of the best resources for finding these jobs is a website called CoolWorks.com.
Introduction to CoolWorks
The CoolWorks website was launched by MBA student Bill Berg in 1995 from a ranger station in Yellowstone National Park. His awesome experience at a summer job in that park birthed a job finding revolution that has changed hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. He created a way to connect people from all over the world to experience the United State's most precious resource...the wild outdoors.
Even though Bill is no longer an active member of CoolWorks, the company is operated by six very capable and dedicated individuals: Kathi Noaker, Patty Ceglio, Eric Lund, Ker'en Walters, Kelcy Fowler, and Matt Moore.
Navigating the CoolWorks Website
From the main page on the CoolWorks website, you will see a link bar across the top of the page including a 'Login' link and social media links. Under that is a search area where you can enter a job title or keyword to search for a job posting. Scrolling down the page you will find a 'Featured Jobs' section. Below that is an 'Inspiration & Encouragement' section. Lastly, there is a blog section with testimonials from people who been employed through CoolWorks and fans.
The first thing you will need to do is click on the 'Login' link to navigate to the log-in page. Since you are reading this article, let's assume that this is your first time on the CoolWorks website, so you will need to click the 'Register Now' link.
Once you fill out your registration and get logged in you will be taken to your 'Dashboard' page. This page will have another job title or keyword search area, a list of your saved job searches, and a list of your favorite employers.
At this point, we are going to walk through a sample job search.
Searching For a Job
There are many ways to search for a job using the CoolWorks website, but the best way is to hover your mouse arrow over the 'Find a Job' link on the link bar across the top of the 'Dashboard' page to bring up the drop-down menu. Move your mouse over the 'Seasons' link and click it. This will bring you to the 'Jobs by Seasons' page.
This article is being written at the end of July 2019 so let's choose the Fall season to begin our search for potential jobs and employers. Click on the 'Fall Jobs' link to take you to the 'Fall Jobs' page.
Since I know someone who works for YMCA of the Rockies as a seasonal worker in Housekeeping I will use this employer and position as an example of the application process. Click on the link for 'Food Service Workers and Housekeepers, YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park Center'. This will take you to that job listing page.
Navigating the Job Listing
The first thing you will notice on this page is in the column to the right of the picture at the top is a paragraph detailing who the YMCA of the Rockies is. Just below that is an aerial view topographic map of the facility's location. Below that is a 'More Info' section detailing the facility's seasons of operation, staff size, room, board, and internet access capability.
In the main column is the job posting detailing the job's title, location, wages/pay, experience requirements, and start date. Below that are links to the respective jobs' application links on the YMCA of the Rockies website. Next is a list of the Fall Employment Incentives. Then there is a job position summary detailing the work involved in each position. Lastly, there is a section detailing the compensation offered to the prospective employee. Below this is a video you can watch explaining the opportunity and experience. It is highly recommended that you watch any and all videos presented on a job posting. At the bottom is another link to the respective job applications on the YMCA of the Rockies website and a section with employer contact information including an email link, telephone number, and organization jobs website link.
Now it is time to click on the 'Housekeeper/Laundry Attendant Application' link. This will take you to the same job posting on the YMCA of the Rockies website.
Applying For a Position on an Employer's Website
The first thing that you are going to need to do is click on the 'Create an Account' link and create your account. Once that is complete you should be redirected back to this page. Read over the job posting one more to time be sure it is something that you really want to apply for. Next, click the 'Apply to This Job' link at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the job application.
At this point, upload your resume if you have one and fill out the application. Don't worry if you don't have a resume because these positions do not require previous experience. They will train you. When you have everything filled out click the 'Finish' link.
That's it...you have just successfully applied for your first seasonal job. Congratulations!
The process from this point on can vary, but usually, the employer will email you to set up a date and time for a telephone interview and, if they like what they hear, it is not unheard of to get a tentative offer to come work for them right then and there. There are other steps that have to be taken like the filling out of paperwork packets, drug screening, etc. and you would eventually have to find transportation to the location. A lot of the employers will shuttle new employees to and from airports and bus stations or at least tell you of a shuttle you can take to get there. They will, of course, explain everything once you have been offered the job.
Follow your dreams, even if it isn't working seasonal jobs, and live life to its fullest!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Billy W Mitchell
Billy W Mitchell (author) from San Marcos, Texas on July 21, 2019:
Thank you so much for your comment. I wasn't sure how this article would be received...especially by the hubpages editors. I hope they don't think it was too promotional by using YMCA of the Rockies as an example job application scenario. This article can potentially help a lot of people find some truly spectacular job adventures.
Liz Westwood from UK on July 20, 2019:
This is a very helpful article. I especially appreciate the way you walk the reader through the process step by step with helpful illustrations.