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Glacier National Park

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Choosing to spend the summer in Waterton-Glacier means seizing the opportunity to live in one of the most spectacular settings on earth.  Few will have the opportunity to experience the Park like those who live in the heart of its 1.1 million acre wilderness.
Waterton-Glacier is unique ecosphere and cultural environment. A sense of openness and adventure resounds in those who find a real sense of home here in the mountains. 
Check out more information about living here, as well as details about working and playing in the Park to see if a summer in the Park is right for you.


Expect your experience to be different.  
Glacier Park, Inc. prides itself on hosting an exceptionally diverse array of employees. Each summer employees from more than a dozen different countries, all 50 states, and most Canadian provinces call Waterton-Glacier home. Additionally, our community is comprised of people ranging from 18 to 80+ years old; including students, professionals, retirees, as well as many folks who are simply excited to live, work and play in the mountains of Waterton-Glacier.
We live and work together as a community. This unique combination provides for meeting new people of various cultures, backgrounds and orientations. We believe this is something to be celebrated. If you think you may feel uncomfortable or show intolerance, living and working in Waterton-Glacier may not be right for you.

Meals and Lodging

Employees live at the hotel property for which they are assigned to work.  
Returning employees receive a 20% discount on meals & lodging per current, consecutive seasons worked. All fees are payroll deducted. There is no charge for managers.
Employee housing is rustic, dormitory-style with shared restroom/shower facilities. Roommates should be expected (2-4 people per room). Limited “couples” housing may be available, but is NOT guaranteed.    
Pets are NOT allowed in dormitories.
Employee housing at Park properties is provided at a rate of $3 per day. Employee housing does NOT include kitchen facilities, air-conditioning or television. 
Employee Housing at West Glacier is charged at a flat rate of $30 per week, per person. Kitchen facilities are provided at these facilities. Employee meals are not provided.
Limited employee RV sites (full hook-up) are available at Glacier Park Lodge and West Glacier ONLY. RV sites are charged at a flat rate of just $30 per week, per person.
Employee meals are served in the Employee Dining Room (EDR). The EDR prepares 3 hot, cafeteria-style meals per day. Staples such as fresh fruit, cereal, breads, as well as a variety of hot and cold beverages are available all day. *NOTE: EDR facilities are not available at our West Glacier properties*
Employee meals are provided to all employees at a rate of $9 per day, where available. Please ask your HR Generalist for details. 


Because of the remote nature of our facilities, connectivity is limited.  
Phones:  Pre-paid phone cards are recommended. Pay phones in hotel lobbies and house phones in dormitories are available for employee use. Limited cell phone coverage may be available.
Internet:  Limited Wi-Fi is available in dormitories and/or employee recreation areas.  Please note that access is at times inconsistent, restricted, extremely slow, or unavailable.  Computers are available for use in employee common areas.
Television:  Satellite television is provided in employee recreation rooms.

Travel & Transportation
All employees are responsible for their own travel to and from Glacier and Waterton-Glacier.  
Glacier Park, Inc. will provide shuttle service for employees arriving at specified air, rail and bus depots. 
Detailed instructions for arrival including a shuttle schedule will be provided upon hire.
Employees are welcome to bring their own vehicle.  Parking is available at all hotel locations.
Limited public transportation is available in and around Glacier National Park via NPS Hiker Shuttle (on Going-to-the-Sun Road only) and local GPI shuttles.

Drugs & Alcohol

Glacier Park, Inc. is committed to making a significant and sustainable impact on ending alcohol and drug abuse/misuse amongst our employees.  If you choose to abuse alcohol, engage in excessive drinking, or the use of illegal substances, we ask that you do not consider coming to work for Glacier Park, Inc.

The legal drinking age in Montana (USA) is 21.  The legal drinking age in Alberta (Canada) is 19.  Underage drinking will not be tolerated and is enforced by Park Rangers, Glacier Park, Inc. management and security.

All facilities are smoke-free.  Designated smoking areas are provided.


Glacier Park Lodge, which celebrated its centennial in 2013, was built by Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway. Also known as the “Big Tree Lodge,” it is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in the small community of East Glacier Park, MT and adjacent to Glacier National Park’s Two Medicine area. This location provides a small town feel with several independent motels and cafes, a gas station, mercantile and post office. Personal vehicles are advantageous for exploring the Park. Glacier Park Lodge is our most diverse property and offers outstanding hiking and stunning views without the crowds.
Elevation: 4787ft/1459m
Location: Glacier Park Lodge is located in the small town of East Glacier Park, MT.  It is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation approximately 8mi/13km from Glacier National Park (48.442818,-113.222651).
Number of Employees: 200
Number of Guest Rooms: 161
Operating Season: May - September
Employee Housing: Multi-occupancy dormitories with shared facilities; small RV complex.
Cell Phone Service: Verizon; AT&T (limited)
Employee Internet: Multiple Wi-Fi hotspots; computers in EDR
Public Transportation: None
Nearest Town(s): Cut Bank (47mi/76km); Whitefish (81mi/131km); Kalispell (88mi/141km)
Two Medicine Area Trail Map (8mi/13km from Glacier Park Lodge)

West Glacier Motel & Cabins
The newest addition to the GPI family, our businesses in West Glacier include the West Glacier Motel & Cabins, West Glacier Mercantile, West Glacier Restaurant and Bar, West Glacier Gift Shop and the West Glacier T-shirt Shop.
Elevation: 3154ft/961m
Location: Our West Glacier properties are located at the West entrance to Glacier National Park and Going to the Sun Road. Located just minutes from the historic Village of Apgar and approximately 12mi/19km from Motel Lake McDonald on Going-to-the-Sun Road, West Glacier serves as the grand welcome point for over 1.2 million visitors, annually. (48.617279,-113.878934).
Number of Employees: 180
Number of Guest Rooms: 86
Operating Season: May - September
Employee Housing: Limited
Cell Phone Service: Fair
Employee Internet: TBD
Public Transportation: NPS Hiker Shuttle on Going-to-the-Sun Road -- free
Nearest Town(s): Apgar (2mi/3.2km); Columbia Falls (28mi/45km); Whitefish (37mi/60km); Kalispell (43mi/69km)

St. Mary Lodge, Cabins and Motel

Saint Mary Lodge, Cabins and Motel, our most modern gateway property, is a high-volume, multi-outlet facility at the east entrance to Glacier National Park. Located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, employees enjoy a fast-paced work environment and endless outdoor recreation opportunities in the wind-swept east side of Glacier. Though remote, living and working at the intersection of Going-to-the-Sun Road and the eastside boundary highway (MT 89), employees have outstanding access to the entire Park. Hiking is the prevailing enterprise of this diverse workforce when not engaging the millions of annual Park visitors.
Elevation: 4560ft/1390m
Location: St. Mary Lodge is located at the east terminus of Going-to-the-Sun Road just outside the east entrance to Glacier National Park in the small town of St. Mary, MT (48.743866,-113.429546). 
Number of Employees: 160
Number of Guest Rooms: 110
Operating Season: May - September
Employee Housing: Multi-occupancy dormitories with shared facilities.
Cell Phone Service: Verizon; AT&T (limited)
Employee Internet: Multiple Wi-Fi hotspots; computers in Employee Recreation Area
Public Transportation: NPS Hiker Shuttle (on Going-to-the-Sun Road – Free)
Nearest Town(s): Lethbridge, AB (83mi/134km); Whitefish (124mi/200km); Kalispell (130mi/209km)

Elevation: 3154ft/961m
Location: Motel Lake McDonald is located at the east end of the historic Lake McDonald Lodge property on Going-to-the-Sun Road.  It is located approximately 12mi/19km inside the west entrance to Glacier National Park (48.617279,-113.878934).
Number of Employees: 7
Number of Guest Rooms: 28
Operating Season: May – September
Employee Housing: Limited (Management ONLY)
Cell Phone Service: None
Employee Internet: TBD
Public Transportation: NPS Hiker Shuttle (on Going-to-the-Sun Road – Free)
Nearest Town(s): Columbia Falls (28mi/45km); Kalispell (43mi/69km); Whitefish (37mi/60km)


Prince of Wales Hotel, a majestic 7-story property completed in 1927, sits high above the Townsite in Waterton Lakes National Park. Renowned for both the strong winds that cause the hotel to sway, as well as Afternoon Tea with incredible glacial valley views, the Prince of Wales offers an ideal summer work location for employees invested in providing outstanding guest service while enjoying the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. A diverse workforce from across Canada and beyond blends students gaining valuable industry work experience with young professionals leading the way. Employees enjoy a balance of hotel and small mountain town at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel.
Elevation: 4354ft/1327m
Location: Prince of Wales Hotel is located at Waterton Townsite in Waterton Lakes National Park.  It is located approximately 5mi/8km inside the Park (49.058605,-113.903739).
Number of Employees: 95
Number of Guest Rooms: 86
Operating Season: June - September
Employee Housing: Multi-occupancy dormitories with shared facilities.
Cell Phone Service: TELUS Mobile; Bell
Employee Internet: Multiple Wi-Fi hotspots; computers in EDR
Public Transportation: None
Nearest Town(s): Pincher Creek (34mi/55km); Cardston (33mi/53km); Lethbridge (82mi/132km)

Grouse Mountain Lodge (Whitefish, MT)

Grouse Mountain Lodge, our premier Whitefish, MT hotel, opens its doors to guests year-round. Recently renovated, this high-volume location caters to groups and individuals alike, whether on business or enjoying a holiday weekend skiing or enjoying the multitude of summer adventures available in the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park. Employees of Grouse Mountain Lodge experience a more traditional workplace, the vitality of a highly-active mountain town, and the recreation of Montana’s wilderness. Opportunities for peak-season employment, as well as long-term appointment exist at this location.
Location: Grouse Mountain Lodge is located at 2 Fairway Drive in Whitefish, MT (Map).
Number of Employees: 110
Number of Guest Rooms: 143
Operating Season: Year-round
Employee Housing: Limited (off-site, multi-occupancy house with shared facilities)
Cell Phone Service: Verizon, AT&T
Employee Internet: N/A
Public Transportation: None
Nearest Town(s): Whitefish (1.1mi/1.8km); Kalispell (16mi/26km)