Tavia Neal

Tavia Neal

What have you enjoyed about working at your location, specific job, coworkers, housing?

Under Canvas Glacier is surrounded by epic views and beauty like I have never seen before. I really enjoyed the drive to work. Even before getting to camp, you are greeted with the Flathead River just down the street and the most stunning mountain peaks towering over camp. Under Canvas Glacier is such a unique place to work. As Comp Concierge, we are the first and last people the guests encounter as well as everything in between so it felt really important to represent the company as best as I could by always giving each guest an amazing experience and really make sure their stay with us was above and beyond their expectations. I love serving others, so camp-con gave me the perfect opportunity to connect with our guests and really dive deep in how to better serve them! The coolest thing about the job is working with people that want to be outside and adventure as much as possible. The first couple of days within meeting my housemates/coworkers we were in Glacier National Park hiking all day long. Everyone is pretty likeminded in that we all were there to work hard but to also experience everything Glacier had to offer.

Why would you recommend working at Under Canvas to someone?

I would say that this job is great for someone who is willing to work hard in order to ensure our guests have the best experience possible. Sometimes that means doing things that aren’t the most exciting but mean everything to our guests. The work life balance is incredible because there is plenty of time to go out and adventure. Also, the housing situation is sweet because it is totally free and my house was in the perfect area. It was quite close to work and even closer to the downtown area and awesome shopping and restaurants. Just get ready to have lots of roommates from all walks of life so it is really important to be adaptable and do your part to keep personal and common areas clean and tidy. Otherwise, apply!! The job is so unique. It beats any other summer gig in my opinion. The best part is that here at Glacier, it is a short summer commitment that can easily turn into other opportunities within the company.

What would be the best bit of advice they would give to someone considering working at UC?

The best piece of advice I would give is to get ready to work hard. Doing whatever is needed at camp is what it takes for camp to run smoothly and to make our guests happy. It’s a seasonal job so definitely give it your all at work. Which makes exploring on your off time that much more enjoyable.

What is your most memorable experience working with a guest or a coworker?

There was a family that stayed with us for 6 days. This family had 3 kids ages 7-12 years old. We bonded right away and the first thing the kids did in the morning was run to the front desk to see if I was working. Throughout their stay, we played yard games, made s’mores and they hung out with me in the lobby when things were slow. Their parents said I was the highlight of their trip which is always a warm and fuzzy feeling. Before they left, the youngest little boy made me a friendship bracelet and he asked if he could have my name tag to remember me by. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that, but that family was certainly one of my favorite memories.

What is your favorite part of your day?

My favorite part of my day was shuttling guests to and from their tent in the golf carts. It was always a bumpy ride so conversation typically started by making a joke about keeping arms and legs inside the golf cart at all times. Guests laughed most of the time. Which broke the ice into some great conversations. When the joke didn’t go over well, we talked about the park and where they were from and they often asked how I ended up at this ”super cool job”. Either way, small talk on the golf cart was always a thrill and allowed me to get to know our guests a little more.

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