Some YPSS employees enjoy the convenience of subsidized housing and meals -- no cooking or dishwashing!
Yellowstone Park Service Stations, Inc. (YPSS) operates seven convenience store/fuel facilities and four automotive repair shops within Yellowstone National Park. Each summer we employ approximately 70 women and men to staff the service stations. In addition we employ sixteen to eighteen persons qualified as automotive technicians to staff four automotive repair service operations. Those employed in the automotive repair facilities range from college-age persons to older, experienced individuals. Younger employees usually are enrolled in or have recently completed training programs in the automotive technical field. Older individuals should have the skills and work background to qualify as journeyman technicians, or equivalent.
Working under the supervision of a location manager, our technicians perform a wide variety of mechanical and technical repairs on passenger cars, pickup trucks, and motor homes belonging to members of the public. The ability to quickly and accurately diagnose mechanical and technical problems with a bare minimum of test equipment is essential. Once it has been determined what repairs are required, technicians will advise customers of possible solutions to their problems and make necessary repairs or adjustments as requested. The company supplies minimal hand tools; therefore, individuals employed at the repair services must provide their own. If offered employment with YPSS, technicians may contact the company if they have questions regarding the tool policy. Included in the type of work we do is the operation of service trucks and tow truck units. Operation of tow truck will occur after proper training. Tow truck operation includes towing disabled vehicles of all sizes and vehicle recovery from motor vehicle accidents. Tow truck operation will require evening "standby" duty for which the technician will be paid a percentage of revenues generated. The ability to always deal with the public with courtesy and tact is a job requirement nearly as important as the mechanical/technical knowledge and skills involved. YPSS provides a service to customers who are having vehicle concerns; therefore, enthusiastic, helpful customer service is a priority.
In 2017, the wage for entry-level technicians is $12.25 per hour. Wages will be incrementally higher based on the amount of training and practical experience an individual has. YPSS will also consider higher compensation for ASE certification. The basic workweek at the repair service facilities consists of five eight-hour days. Since our facilities are open seven days per week there is no premium pay for Sunday or holiday work. A person's days off may fall on any two consecutive days of the week. For any hours worked in excess of forty-eight per workweek, overtime is paid at the rate of time-and-one-half. In addition to normal business hours, each repair service employee is required to be on "standby" several nights each week. This standby duty is to provide emergency wrecker and road service during the hours when the repair facility is closed. Employees providing this service are paid a percentage of the revenue generated during the period of standby. There is no pay for this duty unless the employee actually is called on to provide the emergency service.
Information about these accommodations, current rates charged for room and board and related matters is contained in the Housing/Meals section of this website.
Must have successfully completed one (1) year of automotive mechanical training beyond the high school level and/or have at least one (1) year working at some level in the automotive mechanical/technical field. A valid driver's license, issued by any state, is a prerequisite. A Commercial Drivers License is not required to operate YPSS tow trucks; however, additional consideration is given in the hiring process to applicants who do have a CDL. YPSS will perform a mandatory motor vehicle license and background check to determine if our insurance carrier will allow the new respective employee to be added to our policy.