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Xanterra Gears Up by Hiring More than 3,000 Seasonal
Employees for Yellowstone National Park
Lodges and Restaurants
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - March 24, 2004 - It's not often the commute to work is too short. For seasonal workers in Yellowstone National Park, the walk to work may involve passing the world's most famous geysers, detouring to avoid a bison on the trail or simply enjoying unparalleled scenery. 

As the operator of lodging, restaurants, gifts shops and activities in Yellowstone, Xanterra Parks & Resorts gears up for every summer by hiring more than 3,000 seasonal employees. A wide variety of jobs exists including those in the areas of lodging, maintenance, food service, campground management, accounting, housekeeping, human resources, interpretation, laundry, marina, entertainment, reservations, retail, security, transportation and others. The "perfect" worker needs only to have a good attitude, willingness to work hard and a little flexibility in his or her schedule. It also helps to enjoy things like hiking, backpacking, horseback-riding, canoeing, fishing and relaxing, because these are the off-hours activities enjoyed by Xanterra employees.

While the company needs employees who can work the traditional June through August summer season, it is also on the look-out for seasonal workers who have the flexibility to work the entire season, May through October. 

"The surroundings are fantastic and the camaraderie among employees lasts a lifetime," said Jim McCaleb, general manager of Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone. "And the park is full of people who came here for a season and remained here for a lifetime."

Xanterra hires many students, but senior and international workers have become increasingly important to the company's recruiting strategy as college summer breaks no longer coincide directly with the vacation season. Last year, the company hired workers from all continents with countries in Eastern Europe represented more heavily than others.  Xanterra has also been targeting seniors to fill seasonal positions for several years. The company appreciates seniors' work ethic, experience, flexibility and ability to work until the end of the season. Xanterra has tapped this market because this growing segment of the population simply wants to work longer. Seniors also possess diversity and wisdom that make for a more interesting workplace. 
Living quarters consist of dormitories and spaces for the employees who bring their own recreational vehicles. Employees do pay a nominal fee that covers the rooms or spaces, their meals, laundry and bedding.

Applying for a parks position can be accomplished several ways. To learn more about employment opportunities or to request a job application, call 1-307-344-5324 or visit Job application requests can also be made by fax at 1-307-344-5441 or email at  Xanterra Parks & Resorts is committed to maintaining a drug-free environment.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc.  operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra is the country's largest national park concessioner. The company operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone National Park, the North and South Rims of Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Death Valley National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Everglades National Park, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and eight Ohio State Parks.



Also See: Resort Operator Amfac Changes Name to Xanterra Parks & Resorts; Receives 15 year Concessions Contract for Crater Lake National Park / April 2002
As the Old Faithful Inn Approaches its 100th Anniversary in 2004, It Remains a National Park Icon / November 2003

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