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About Us

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located in Keystone, South Dakota. With open grassland parks, lakes, caves, and canyons, it's a destination that draws over 3 million visitors annually. Operated by Xanterra, we offer hospitality services including a cafeteria, ice cream, fudge shops, and a gift shop. Join our team of approximately 20 year-round staff, growing to 160-190 during peak season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Make every visitor's stay unforgettable and create memories that last a lifetime in the Black Hills. Join Mount Rushmore history today!

Why Choose Mount Rushmore National Memorial?

From necessities like employee meal plans to fun activities like planned trips and tours, there are many benefits to working at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Read the full list of employee perks here.


Employee Housing
and Meal Plans


Learning and Development


A Sense of Community

Live at Mount Rushmore National Memorial


  • Housing is dormitory style living with 2-4 residents per room.
    1. Housing cost is $70/biweekly and is payroll deducted.
    2. Cost per meal is $5.50 and not payroll deducted.
  • Rooms include twin size beds or bunk beds, night stands, private bathroom, and secure closets.
  • Laundry facilities and common areas are available.
  • Shuttle service to and from work is provided during peak season.
  • Must be 18 or over to live in dormitory.
  • No pets, alcohol, or smoking allowed inside dorm.
  • If traveling with a friend or significant other, please indicate on your application that you are applying together.


  • The Employee Dining Room (EDR) serves cafeteria-style meals that include a hot entree and side dishes, sandwiches, salads, fruits, and beverages.
  • Vegetarian options are available at each meal; however, the EDR staff are not able to accommodate all dietary needs such as vegan or allergy-related restrictions.

Explore Mount Rushmore National Memorial

As an employee, you will have the opportunity to stroll the Avenue of Flags with flags representing 56 states and territories lining the walkway and view the memorial against the evening sky each night during the evening sculpture lighting ceremony (May through September). A sense of awe will come over you as you come to work every day realizing where you live, work, and explore!

Part-Time Helping Hands

Part-Time Helping Hands is a program that allows you to work part time and lend a “Helping Hand”. This program provides you the opportunity to work part-time and assist us with opening up or closing down for the season.

Helping Hands Requirements

    • Availability during these dates:
      1. 2024 Spring Dates:
        1. Arrive April-May
        2. Depart May
      2. 2024 Fall Dates:
        1. Arrive August
        2. Depart October
    • Helping Hands employees are part-time and work 24-32 hours per week. A typical schedule includes 6-8 hours per day, 3 to 4 days per week, depending on the business need.
    • Costs:
      1. Housing: $33.24/week through payroll deduction; $100 security deposit
      2. Meals: $4.50/Meal
    • Positions typically include Food and Beverage Attendants, Retail Associates, or Parking Attendants.

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