By Stacey Leasca
June 18, 2019
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It’s well-documented that spending time in nature is good for your health. The fresh air can put your mind at ease, a walk through the woods can give you just the right amount of cardio, and the pristine vistas of the great outdoors can give you a whole new perspective on the world. So, of course we should all be spending more time outside. But now, it appears we can get paid for it too.

Helping Hands, a year-old organization run by Xanterra Travel Collection, is on the hunt for a few more workers for its yearly part-time and seasonal job openings at Yellowstone National Park Lodges.

The gigs require all participants to work 20 hours per week, between four and eight hours per day. According to Helping Hands, participants in the program live inside the park in dorm-like accommodations. Bernd Linzbach, a 2018 participant in the program explained in a statement that the lodging is very bare-bones with nary a television in sight. But, they do come with WiFi (albeit slow), and some even have private baths. All meals are served cafeteria-style, and as Linzbach said, living and working like a college kid in one of America’s most beautiful places is absolutely worth it.

“I don’t know too many people who get to spend five weeks in Yellowstone,” Linzbach said. “It was a great opportunity to explore the park.”

Want in on this dream gig? All you need to do is submit your application now for the fall season, which begins on either Sept. 5 or 12, 2019. You’ll depart from your post on Oct. 15, 2019.

As for what job you’ll get you’ll just have to wait. The organization explained, participants could be assigned to either the lodging or food and beverage department. In both cases jobs include housekeeper, dishwasher, busser, or host. Training will be provided for each vocation. For the roles participants will be assigned to work at either Old Faithful, Canyon Village, Mammoth, Grant Village, or Lake Yellowstone.

So apply now if you’re up for a little work in exchange for a big adventure. Mother Nature is waiting for you.

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