The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel is a year-round operation, employing approximately 300 employees and approximately 100 seasonal employees in November through January for our world-renowned Polar Express Event. Our resort property consists of a 298 room hotel, a 128 paved space RV Park and kennel, two dining locations featuring a full buffet and a pub-style bar and dining room, and three retail locations. In addition to our wonderful resort property, we operate full Train Mechanical and Train Engineering Departments. These departments are unique and offer specialized positions such as Train Engineer, Conductor, Carmen, Passenger Service Attendants, Train Mechanics, and a Steam Operators Program to name a few. The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel is located in the beautiful mountain town of Williams, AZ, which is about 36 miles from Flagstaff, AZ, and 64 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Why Choose The Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel?
From necessities like employee meal plans to fun activities like free train rides, there are many benefits to working at The Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel.
See the full list of employee perks here.
Learning and Development
A Sense of Community
Employee Meals at the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
- The Grand Canyon Railway does not offer room and board however, discounted meals are offered to employees as follows:
- Breakfast $4.00 plus tax
- Lunch $5.00 plus tax
- Dinner $7.00 plus tax
- Employees must be on-shift to receive this discount, otherwise, it is 50% off for the employee and they can bring up to 5 others with them for 20% off of each of them.
- Spencer’s Pub employees receive 20% off their food purchase, excluding alcohol.
Explore The Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
Our employees come from across the country and around the world which makes working at The Grand Canyon Railway a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Williams, AZ is located in the mountains of Northern Arizona. There is much to explore such as hiking, kayaking, camping, fishing, jeeping, and climbing. Known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Williams is a small town located directly on Historic Route 66. The historic downtown district is home to many restaurants, coffee shops, gift shops, and popular breweries. Also located in Williams is the popular drive-through wildlife sanctuary, Bearizona, and the Deer Farm. There is a grocery store in Williams, but locals do most of their shopping in the nearby city of Flagstaff. Want to get out of town and visit the big city? Williams is approximately a 3-hour drive north of Phoenix, and a 3-hour drive east of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Team Member Stories
Share your personal story and why you chose to work with us.
“As a kid, I became interested in trains by watching a Lionel Train set that my Grandparents had when I was 2 years old. After getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, I found a job in Tucson working for a company that manufactured model trains. After about 2 years there, I came up to Grand Canyon Railway for a photo tour, which also included a tour of the locomotive shop. The Chief Mechanical Officer at the time mentioned that they had a hard time finding employees to move to Williams and work on steam engines since Williams was a remote location and the work was often dirty and difficult. Well, it didn’t sound that bad to me, so I applied and got hired on as a Hostler Helper. That how I got my start. Over the years I have been a Fireman, an Engineer, a manager in the operating department to supervise and train operating crews, a Mechanical Manager of Locomotives, and finally a Chief Mechanical Officer in 2016.”
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