Be a backcountry naturalist in Yellowstone

This sounds like a great seasonal job. I loved my time as a backcountry naturalist/cook, and I didn’t even get to play with horses.

Experience the best backcountry Yellowstone National Park has to offer! Use your wildlife and botany knowledge to work as a naturalist for Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters. You will have the opportunity to view grizzlies, black bears, moose, and wolves all while interpreting Yellowstone’s hottest conservation issues for our guests. Guiding horseback tours in Yellowstone is the
adventure of a lifetime. You are not just a tour guide; you are a Yellowstone ecology expert. You’ll learn all about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and add extensive backcountry experience to your resume.

Interpersonal skills are vital to interacting with our guests. A guide must be able to field any and all questions about Yellowstone National Park. Knowledge of wildlife, wildflowers, general ecology, geology, and history is essential. We will point you toward materials that will help you prepare. You are essentially naturalists working on horseback. The job requires lifting 50 lbs or more, working in all weather conditions at altitudes of 6,000 to 10,000 feet, very long hours, and very
few days off.

This position is for a backcountry cook. You with be in charge of all cooking on all of our pack trips. We run trips from four to six days every week for 14 weeks. Pack trips are camping trips into
the Yellowstone wilderness on horseback. We camp in tents and sleeping bags and ride horses 15 miles per day. This position requires a great deal of interacting with our guests. You will help
them on the trail and discuss Yellowstone with them over dinner. Each day you will be responsible for cooking breakfast, preparing lunches to take on the trail, and cooking dinner. You will also
help with packing up food and equipment on the mules. This is truly a great chance to put your naturalist skills to the test and gain invaluable backcountry experience.

Ideal camp cooks also have great people skills as you are just as much a hostess to your camp as a cook. Keeping the fire on, the coffee hot and the atmosphere warm and friendly is an important
part of backcountry hospitality. These positions are great for those without the necessary experience for a trail guiding or backcountry cooking position and who are looking to learn about
riding and horses.

If you plan to spend all of your summer nights in the local bars, please don’t waste your time and ours applying for this position.

Our season runs from May 30th to October 3rd. Dates are somewhat flexible. The month of June will include training and guiding some day rides. Pack trips begin in July. We are based out of Gardiner, MT at the North entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Qualifications: Applicants must have work experience or education beyond high school. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Previous naturalist and guiding experience is a plus, but not
mandatory. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have worked with horses and have competent riding skills. Applicants must be physically fit, at least 18 years old and must
arrive with valid Red Cross First Aid certification. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record are required (preference given to applicants willing to obtain a CDL).

This is an outdoor job and you will be required to provide the equipment needed to be in the backcountry. The following items are required: Zero degree sleeping bag, ThermaRest, winter
coat, long underwear, warm gloves, sturdy boots, western wear and hat, rain gear (slicker or jacket and pants), filter water bottle, Leatherman Wave (with serrated knife), headlamp. These are basic items that every outdoor enthusiast should own. If you arrive without any of this equipment, you will be immediately dismissed.

To apply, please e-mail the following in one document saved as your name:
* a resume, complete with a picture,  personal characteristics (height and weight), and dates of availability,
* contact information (phone and e-mail) for three references, and
* a cover letter detailing why you would like to work for Yellowstone Wilderness Outfitters and your culinary experience (which need not be extensive).

Salary: $350.00 per week, plus tips

Last Date to apply: Feb 1, 2009. Please note that applications will be reviewed as accepted and
positions may be filled before this date.

Contact: Carrie Byron_
E-mail: c[remove this]
Phone: 406.223.3300


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