Bison, wolves and geysers are what bring people to Yellowstone. But to serve the million-plus overnight guests takes a lot of behind-the-scenes efforts. With more than 2,300 rooms and 5,000 beds, ensuring clean linens, bedspreads and towels is no small load (pun intended.) Yellowstone has come a long way since the old days of the laundry workers known as “Bubble Queens.”
Why Choose a Laundry Job in Yellowstone?
- You’re an early bird. Laundry starts bright and early. The washers start up at 6 am. This means that things start to wind down in the afternoon as the piles of laundry start to get smaller. Get off by late afternoon and have plenty of time to take advantage of the rest of your day to explore the area!
- You like to be on your feet. The laundry crew sorts laundry, loads, and unloads bins, folds, feeds, and carries sheets, pillowcases, and towels. You can get into great shape by spending a season in laundry.
- You like to groove. The laundry facility is always pumping some jams.
- The laundry facility is fast-paced and friendly. You will work on a close-knit team that works together to accomplish a big task!
Yellowstone Jobs: Find Your Role
The team consists of 55 seasonal workers, four seasonal supervisors, five maintenance staff, and two seamstresses (to keep the thousands of uniforms sized properly.)
Interested? There are a variety of positions in our Laundry department to fit what you are looking for:
Provide guests with fresh, clean linen products used throughout the park. Teamwork and positive communication with all supervisors and co-workers are essential in this fast-paced, high heat environment. This job is very physical requiring you to stand for long periods in an industrial setting.
Laundry Truck Driver
Ensure the movement of linens and other Laundry Operations products around the park. Drivers operate vehicles up to 62-feet in length over narrow park roads early hours in the morning, in various weather conditions.
Laundry Office Coordinator
Act as the central point of contact for external laundry customers, coordinating with all departments to meet their linen needs. The Coordinator is responsible for all office functions in the laundry operation.
The Uniform Room is part of the Laundry Operation and handles uniforms for over 3,000 seasonal staff. The Uniform Room Clerk issues and receives uniforms, checks returned uniforms for quality, and re-hangs cleaned uniforms in correct order. Quality customer service skills and attention to detail are essential for this position.
The Seamstress/Tailor keeps it all together, with alterations and clothing repairs that ensure Yellowstone staff look good in their uniforms! Other duties include issuing and receiving uniforms.
Oversees almost 60 seasonal employees and creates a team that works together to handle a variety of production duties and responsibilities. Their focus it to create a quality product that literally ends up in the hands of both internal and external guests.
"All employees of the laundry department made an impact. It was like having a new family."
Fun Fact: All of our laundry (sheets, towels, blankets, tablecloths, napkins and more) is washed, dried, folded, counted, mended, and sorted out of one facility in beautiful Gardiner, MT. Four million pounds of laundry are processed each season!
"People down here are amazing to work with…a lot of fun. You get to have a close bonding experience with everybody."
Every year working in Yellowstone is memorable but imagine if your first season in the park was 1995. Billiejo started in Yellowstone when the wolves returned to the park, President Clinton visited, and The Today Show filmed. After skipping the summer of 1996, she came back in 1997 and then worked the following winter. After a 16 year absence, she returned to Yellowstone in 2016. It is now home for her. While she has done stints in housekeeping, Billiejo now works in the Laundry department at our Gardiner, MT facility. "I like working in the laundry because I'm doing something nobody thinks about when they go on vacation. Providing just a little more comfort goes a long way."
Meet the year-round manager behind it all. La Rue came out to Yellowstone in 2014 and never left because she fell in love with the mountains! Her first year she hiked close to 200 miles in the park. Her second, she explored and camped the surrounding areas of Yellowstone. Her third year, she kayaked all the lakes in the area. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and you’ll see her every day working hard alongside the laundry crew.
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