This Company Will Pay You to Live and Work in the Grand Canyon This Summer

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Still looking for a summer job?

How about one that lets you wake up every morning to one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders?

Two organizations are still hiring for positions inside Grand Canyon National Park: The Grand Canyon North Rim and Bright Angel Bicycles & Cafe.

All you need is an adventurous attitude — even housing is provided!

How to Work at the Grand Canyon This Summer

Here are the details on the two positions, which I found on my favorite summer jobs website CoolWorks:

Grand Canyon North Rim: Food and Beverage Team

Want to build your culinary career? Check out these positions, which start now and run through mid-October.

Openings include line cook, pantry cook, kitchen utility staff, deli manager, deli attendant and server assistant. You’ll need to have some culinary experience, attention to detail and the ability to work well on a team.

We’ve reached out for details on pay, and will update this post when we hear back.

Dorm rooms with private baths — and three “nutritious meals”! — are provided for $12 per day, which amounts to approximately $360 per month.

There are also “planned travel adventures,” “numerous employee discounts” and a “low-cost employee pub.”

Click here to learn more and apply.

Bright Angels Bicycles & Cafe

At this family-owned joint, you’ll help with both bike rentals and cafe service — all from within the national park!

Wages start at $8.05 per hour, but the listing says a shared tip pool “generally equals $3.50 to $5 extra per hour of work” — which means you could earn more than $13 per hour.

You’ll receive a 50% in-store discount and free bike rentals, as well as shared housing for $180 per month.

Click here to learn more and apply.

And don’t forget: Working in a remote area like this means there aren’t many opportunities to spend your paycheck.

So you should leave with a nice tan, new friends — and a healthy savings account to fund your next adventure!

Your Turn: Would you work in the Grand Canyon?

Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

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