Photo: Daryl and Yong Galloway recently completed their 10th Anniversary at Colter Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park.
Today I am interviewing a woman who is offering an opportunity to spend the summer in one of America’s most beautiful national parks.
Tracy Logan works for the Grand Teton Association, an organization which provides educational items for people experiencing and committed to public lands. They do so by operating a number of retail stores in and around Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
The group also provides money to support projects in Bridger-Teton National Forest as well as the National Elk Refuge. The association staffs five retail centers.
However, Tracy is looking for five Workamping couples or families in 2024 to help staff the Craig Thomas Discovery Visitor Center in Moose, Wyo. Basically, Workampers engage with visitors, check-in products, make sure they are properly priced, and restock shelves.
Tracy described working at the center as being like shopping in Target at Christmas. There is a lot to do and many people to serve.
All the jobs are paid, and the association needs Workampers to put in about 40 hours a week.
The seasonal jobs begin in late April and continue through Oct. 31. Typically, the work day starts at 8 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. During shoulder seasons, before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, the start time may be delayed until 9 a.m.
Wages start at $14 per hour and Workampers receive a 40% discount on merchandise purchased at the retail centers. People who return the following year, receive a bonus at the end of their second and subsequent seasons.
Workampers will pay about $20 per night for their campsite, but it includes full hookups, WiFi, access to laundry facilities, and restrooms or showers, if desired. But, the biggest perk is being able to live right inside the national park itself. Visitors would pay nearly $120 per night to stay there.
Tracy wants Workampers to be aware of the fact it could still be cold and snowy when they arrive, and there is an above average chance they will experience snow in May and June.
She also wants people to realize the campground is in the middle of a wildlife corridor with a mountain on one side, and a river on the other. Chances are high that you’ll step outside your RV someday to find a moose or elk bedded down next to your picnic table.
Workampers may also see mountain lions, bears and even bison wandering through the campground from time to time.
The Jackson area of Wyoming is a very expensive place to visit. So, Workampers may experience a bit of sticker shock when shopping for groceries and other goods. However, Idaho Falls, Idaho, is about two hours away, and it offers a better variety of goods and services. Salt Lake City is a four-hour drive.
But, Tracy said the experience of being in that area all summer more than makes up for any challenges. Grand Teton is a little more than an hour away from Yellowstone National Park. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, bicycling, paddlesports and photography.
Craters of the Moon National Monument is about 3.5 hours away, and so is Lava Hot Springs, Idaho.
If you are a personable, self-starter who can handle a fast-paced work environment, Tracy wants to hear from you soon. For more information about this opportunity, visit www.grandtetonassociation.org.
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That’s all I have for this week’s show. I’ll have another fun interview on the next episode of the Workamper Show. If you would like to share stories of your Workamping adventures and offer advice to help make the experience more enjoyable for others, I’d welcome the opportunity to interview you for a future episode.
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