Live & Work in Glacier County
Want to become part of the Great Northern team? We enjoy speaking with individuals who share our love of Glacier National Park and sharing this wonderful place with visitors to Montana. We are located just 1 mile from the entrance to Glacier National Park in West Glacier, Montana. We have job openings that need to be filled every year. We hire office and retail staff, kitchen staff, housekeeping, drivers, and rafting and fishing guides.
Seize the opportunity to live in one of the most spectacular settings on earth—spend the summer in Glacier National Park. Explore the 1.1 million acres of wilderness that make up one of the oldest national parks in the US. This is bordered by the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex totaling another 1.5 million acres of wilderness to explore.
We are always looking for easy-going, energetic, fun loving folks who love the outdoors and like to work hard.
Our season: Our season runs from May 1 through October 15, with the busiest months being in July and August.
When should I apply to Great Northern? We post all our positions beginning in December for the following season. This is when we will start the interview process and we will make most hiring decisions by mid-March.
If you’d prefer to print an application out and send it to us you can download it here.
We are currently looking for qualified individuals for the following positions:
Front Office Staff
This job requires that you be comfortable dealing with the public both in person and on the phone. Our front office staff is the first contact for many guests interested in visiting Glacier National Park. We are looking for people that will take initiative to learn about Glacier as well as Great Northern’s services to give those guests the most complete booking experience.
Responsibilities: Entering, changing and closing reservations, printing management and trip reports, answer & direct incoming phone calls, help keep office & retail area clean. Help in photo department with cataloging, mailing and photo counter. Organize & maintain retail items, help customers with their purchases, check-in customers for float trips. Check-in inventory & restock the retail area, keep retail area clean. Help at the photo counter & answer incoming calls when not helping customers in the store.
Drivers are required to be at least 25 years of age and carry a Commercial class (A) or (B) driver’s license, With Airbrake and passenger endorsement. All drivers will be drug tested and must meet all insurance qualifications.
Responsibilities: The primary driver duty is to deliver guests to the river and return them from the river safely. Drivers will be responsible to maintain and clean of all GNR vehicles within the Great Northern vehicle fleet. Including all bus vans, trucks, suburbans and lawn equipment. All vehicles will be checked daily for fluid levels on engines, transmissions, transfer cases, and rear ends. Drivers will fuel vehicles at the end of each day to ensure that the fuel levels remain above half full.
River Guide (Whitewater& Fishing)
A person who is in above average physical condition who is skilled on mountain rivers in all or any of the following crafts: 14′-18′ Inflatable rafts using both oar frames and paddle assisted, inflatable kayaks, sea kayaks and canoes. This person must be trained in water safety and boating techniques, must qualify in Wilderness first aid and knowledgeable in the interpretation of the Glacier National Park ecosystem, geology and history. This person must be capable of guiding clients of many ages and abilities in varying weather conditions, in order to provide an entertaining, educational and safe experience both on and off the river. At a minimum, guides are required to hold a current certification in Wilderness First Aid and CPR, and a Rescue 3 International or ACA certification in Swiftwater Rescue.
- Participation in daily meetings, safety talks, group evaluations, river rescue classes & interpretive classes.
- Daily work includes rigging boats and paddles, loading boats, packing food, packing tents and overnight gear, de-rigging boats, washing boats and all raft gear and proper storage and repair of needed equipment.
- Daily work on full days, dinner trips and overnight trips will include the preparation before trip. All these trips require set-up, cooking and clean up of camp meals. Also the set-up of tents, stoves and port-a-pots on campsite. Kitchens clean up at the Raft Company afterwards. The cleaning of stoves and cooler food boxes. All tents and sleeping bags must be hung and dried and stored a way properly.
- Qualified guides may drive clients in vans; buses and commercial vehicles with loaded raft trailers.
- Over all assistance with any duties left unfinished and first-class attention to our guests and teammates.
The Guides job involves lots of hard physical labor. We often end up moving literally tons of rafts and gear several times each day. To facilitate the moving of rafts and gear we load equipment onto trailers and it is then driven to the designated launch sites. There naturally ends up being lots of physical labor involved. In order to thrive in this environment, guides must have strong backs and truly enjoy hard physical work.
Though the rigging and de-rigging of gear can be taxing, the skills you can learn as a guide combined with the experiences you will have with people and wildlife while on the water can be life altering. A good guide will use his/her excitement, enthusiasm & knowledge to bring clients to a level of understanding and appreciation for their surroundings. You will change lives daily and make life-long friends in the process.
Naturally, as a guide, you will be ultimately responsible for people’s safety and well being and will be able to hone your teaching, rafting and kayak skills in this endeavor (hopefully you’ll never have to employ your first-aid skills, but that could happen too.)
We are most interested in guides that plan to be with us for at least two seasons. Our guides make-up an important part of our company, and so we do everything we can to nurture them and make sure their experience is a rewarding one. We consider them all family. In order to make sure this family is a happy one we take great pains to go through an extensive interview/application process to make sure the fit is good one for all involved.
Our housekeeping staff is vital in maintaining a quality space for our guests to enjoy. We have five cabins with multiple bedrooms and a main lodge that our housekeeping team focuses on preparing for guest use. It is a physically demanding job that requires a lot of time moving and lifting.
Our maintenance position covers a wide area of duties, Must be a person with a wide variety of talents and a great deal of energy. They must enjoy every thing from cutting the grass on the resort grounds and planting flowers, to painting the railings on the cabins, to doing plumbing, and a whole lot more.
We thank you for your interest and look forward to getting to know you better. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with any questions you might have. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you have a completed application.