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Looking for job in or around yosemite valley next summer

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Mackenzie Moore · · Missoula, MT · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 380

I am looking forward to making my first trip to Yosemite Valley this upcoming summer and I was wondering how it is getting a job, or any Ideas for a job that would allow for lots of climbing.


FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275


Have you done the obvious by looking at the NPS website and contacting Delaware North?

S Denny · · Aspen, CO · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 20

job that allows for a lot of climbing. that'll be the day.

DNC would love to hire you, if you can pee clean and work 5 days a week...

liveit P · · Mammoth Lakes, Ca · Joined Jun 2009 · Points: 330

Apply for jobs at DNC, check their website often, because the open jobs change a lot. I worked in Tuolumne for 6 weeks and it was great, but I hear the valley is another story. If you don't get any response from DNC, go into their HR office when you get there and they might be able to get you work very fast.

skiclimber · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2006 · Points: 30

Having worked in the valley when I was young and dumb for the curry company at the time, I will tell you this,

Save your money this winter and Don't work while in the Valley. Dirt Ball it and you will have more fun if you can over look the fact that you really wouldn't be making much money working for Delaware and you will be working 40 hour weeks that will leave little time for climbing.

Matt N · · Santa Barbara, CA · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 337


Know why vacation destinations are so great? You're not working when you're there.

Keenan Waeschle · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Feb 2010 · Points: 200

I'm planning on getting a crummy job from DNS in May. We might be coworkers brah! A question for previous employees: how lax are they if you miss work while being overdue climbing? (But sir, I FOR SURE thought we would make it up Native Son in 24 hours!)

Mackenzie Moore · · Missoula, MT · Joined Sep 2012 · Points: 380

SAWEEET thanks for the beta ya'll

Nathan Scherneck · · Portland, OR · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 2,365
Keenan Waeschle wrote:how lax are they if you miss work while being overdue climbing? (But sir, I FOR SURE thought we would make it up Native Son in 24 hours!)
From what I hear, not very. I worked for another organization in the valley, not DNC, but I heard of a couple different incidents where DNC employees were fired for missing shifts after a late return from El Cap routes.
Nick Stayner · · Wymont Kingdom · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 2,295

As usual, lots of misinformation on the old MountainProject!

Mackenzie, if you're serious about working out there, I suggest you start looking for a job early in 2013 at the latest. I don't have any experience working for the NPS, but I did work for the DNC at the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge for 2 or 3 summers in addition to some other Eastside gigs. I loved every minute of it. Biggest problem for me was wrapping my head around working for a giant, soul-sucking corporation that devalues their employees and cares little for the environment they capitalize off of. But that stuff is easy to forget when you're able to climb God's own granite every day.

And don't believe the haters. If you're motivated, you'll get tons of climbing in.

To all the haters- I never understood why so many people spew the same typical BS about not finding the time to climb when working in the park. 100% of the people I knew that complained about not being able to climb because of their DNC job were unmotivated, lazy, and probably were that way long before showing up to the Park. I worked up to 50 hours a week and still managed to climb every day I could. It's the middle of the summer- it gets light early and stays that way til almost 10. Try to think of even a 10 hour shift (there weren't any of these at the TML) that wouldn't allow for at least a couple hours of daylight to go and get something done.

All of my managers were really receptive to climbing conducive scheduling, too. I worked in the restaurant, so I managed to get a 6-2 shift on my Friday and a 3-10 shift on my Monday, which made big Sierra adventures very doable. Just like in "real life", working hard and not screwing your managers/coworkers over can make it easier to get what you want.

To top it all off, it was a tip job that lasted from late May-mid September, meaning more than ample funds for play time in the Creek, Valley, and mountains of MT all winter. I didn't stoop to collecting unemployment, but plenty of my friends (on whom I'll refrain from passing judgement) did and subsidized their dirtbag adventures on our dimes! So if you're into it, pretty hard to beat.

Best of luck to you and don't be deterred by the haters.

Keenan- two of my coworkers got "marooned" on the WFLT one summer I was working there. They were good dudes (if slightly moronic for going up there midsummer with very little water), well liked and worked hard. Managers are people too, and the same rules & norms that apply to working in "normal" society apply in Yosemite too. Thus they had jobs when they finally returned.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

Northern California
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