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13 positions in Sun Valley, Idaho – Apply before Mar. 7th

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 by

A screenshot of Sun Valley, ID website

Legendary place, work here

We have another request from the sponsor of this Work & Travel USA program, to inform students about a possibility to apply for a specific placement.

Sun Valley, ID is a legendary American upscale ski resort. Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper used to vacation here before World War II. These days it is Hollywood celebrities like  Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, top media personalities and politicians.

Be quick! This is a job placement like no other!

Read reviews of Sun Valley by its guests. And about Bruce Willis’ performing in his club there, The Mint.

Sun Valley, Idaho is here (see map). Finally, have a look at the images of Sun Valley, Idaho.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. You will apply for the Full-Service Work & Travel program as usual. See the “How to apply” tab in the program description.
  2. If accepted for the program, you will receive the payment instructions.
  3. Your full payment has to arrive to us before March 7th.
  4. In mid- to late March, you will be interviewed by the employer visiting 3 cities in Europe.
  5. If there’s a change in the employer’s travel plans you will be interviewed via Skype or phone.
  6. In the event you wouldn’t be selected by this employer, you will be placed by the program sponsor with a different employer*, as is the way this program normally operates – the program guarantees you a job placement!

* This is why you will be entering your other preferences for program placement in your application, even though you will be applying for this one.

NOTE: Your English has to be 7 or better on the scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is a person who doesn’t speak English at all, and 10 is a native English speaker.

Job description and information is as follows:

Employer Type: Ski Resort
Location: Sun Valley
State: Idaho

Possible Postions:

Job Title: Food Beverage (Banquet Service, Convention service), Housekeeping, Pool Attendant

Work Description:

You will be assigned a position upon arrival dependent upon your employer’s needs at the time. Most positions are in

Food and Beverage: This consists of helping to set up, break down, organize and clean all areas of food production; also food product handling, service, food preparation and storage. You may help set up for conventions and banquets and help set-up/tear-down meeting rooms, move tables, chairs, bus tables, food run and any other chores related to this customer service business. $8/hr and banquet positions will be $6 plus tips

Housekeeping: cleaning guest rooms, guest cottages, the Inn and public spaces in the hotel. Duties include making beds, cleaning bathrooms, dusting, vacuuming etc. $8.50hr

Pool Attendant: In charge of checking in the guests, handing out towels, keeping the pools clean, and cleaning the bathroom areas. $8.75

Note: You must be flexible and prepared to do any of these jobs for the entire summer. Although you will be filling support staff positions, English will still be a fundamental part of your job and so you are encouraged to practice your speaking and comprehension skills as best you can before arriving.

Uniform/Dress Code: You should always maintain a neat and clean appearance on the job. If hair is long, it must be pulled back and all body piercing must be removed for work. Males, hair should not be longer than collar length. Food and beverage employees will be required to bring a pair of comfortable black shoes.

Salary Per Hour: Depends upon position. Generally $8.00 to 8.75

Overtime Information:


Work Hours: You will be expected to work 6-8 hours per day, 4-6 days per week.

Accommodation Cost: 35

Accommodation Description: Housing is dormitory-style and will be provided by your employer at a cost of between $140.00 and $190.00 per month. You will be responsible for your own meals. You will probably be sharing your bedroom with up to 2 other students, for a total of up to 3 students per room. Students will share the bathroom. A kitchen is not provided. Most of the dorms have a laundry facility which you can use for free. Housing will be located across the street in walking distance from the resort . The employee cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It opens early and closes fairly late to accommodate employees’ schedules and the average cost of a meal is $2.00.

Food and Beverage employees – employees at resort work locations earn a credit of $2.50 on days worked to be used in the employee cafeteria. Those at work locations at the mountains receive one free meal at their work location on days worked.

Travel Time From NYC to Job Site: About 2 days by bus or 6 hours by plane.

Approximate Travel Cost: $200

Travel Mode: Plane

Description of Business: The history of the American Shangri-La, as Sun Valley is sometimes referred, is not too different from the magical village of legend. It all began in 1935, when Count Felix Schaffgtosch, under the hire of Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman, set out in search of the perfect spot for a grand American resort.

Harriman was determined to build Sun Valley into a resort worthy of its breathtaking and majestic setting. It is not enough to build a hotel and then mark with flags and signs the things you propose to do in time to come. Harriman said.

When you get to Sun Valley, your eyes should pop open. There isn’t a single thing that I could wish for that hasn’t been provided. Part of what he wished for included a timeless lodge complete withglass-enclosed pools, haute cuisine, impeccable service and nightly orchestra performances.

After just seven months of construction, Sun Valley opened to the public in the winter of 1936. The resort was an instant success. Local wildlife was seen sharing the mountain with European nobility and Hollywood royalty. Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Claudette Colbert, Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper were all regulars in the lodge, while world champions including Don and Gretchen Fraser, Gracie Carter Lindley and Andy Hennig used the mountain for Olympic training.

Unlike the Shangri-La of legend, Sun Valley welcomes visitors back year after year. The tradition of beauty and service, roughing it in style as Harriman called it, has become the tradition for families across the globe. So, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a world champion as you carve your way down Bald Mountain. And just nod if you hear a familiar voice telling tall tales at the local watering hole. It’s all part of the magic and mystique that has made Sun Valley the American Shangri-La.

Description of Area: Sun Valley is an affluent resort community in central Idaho adjacent to the city of Ketchum in Blaine County. Tourists from around the world enjoy its skiing, hiking, ice skating, trail riding, tennis, and more. The population was 1,427 at the 2000 census. Very few of its residents stay there year round, with many having primary homes in Boise, Twin Falls, or out-of-state (with many from California and Washington). The elevation of Sun Valley (at the Lodge) is 5920 feet (1804 m) above sea level. The term Sun Valley is also used more generally to speak of the region surrounding the city, including the neighboring city of Ketchum and the valley area winding south to Hailey.

The region has been home to the rich, famous, and powerful, including Mats Wilander, Walter Annenberg, Ernest Hemingway, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


2 Responses to “13 positions in Sun Valley, Idaho – Apply before Mar. 7th”
  1. Leona says:

    Hi Apex, I would like to ask if the positions in Sun Valley are still available?

    • admin says:

      Hi Leona. Students can apply until the deadline. Who will be hired by Sun Valley will depend on his/her interview with the employer. As InterExchange guarantees one job placement, students who don’t get hired by Sun Valley will be placed elsewhere as is the normal procedure.

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