Sun Valley Adventures

Ketchum, Idaho

Map of the United States with a callout to Idaho, labeling Boise and Ketchum

Program Highlights:

  • Live in Ketchum, Idaho
  • Work with top hospitality & tourism organizations
  • Get access to one of the oldest year-round destination resorts
  • Complete personal finance training

Program Benefits:

  • Discounted ski pass (winter program only)
  • Free public transportation
  • Free career coaching
  • Guaranteed affordable housing

Application Deadline:

  • Winter: December 15th
  • Summer: May 31st

Program Fee:

  • $1,259
  • Housing: up to $500/month

Work in Ketchum, Idaho

Sun Valley Work Adventures takes you to an iconic resort town while working for leaders in hospitality and tourism. The idyllic natural areas boast some of the greatest outdoor recreation areas in Idaho.

This destination work program is located at the foothills of Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain. Our partners in Sun Valley want teens and college students for positions in Food and Beverage, the Culinary Arts, and Hospitality.

We’re Here For You

We connect you with temporary employment and affordable housing in Ketchum. You earn money, life skills, and job training while getting access to world-class skiing, hiking, golfing, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing.

Sound like a win-win scenario? Apply to either of our seasonal programs in Sun Valley for access to the most interesting winter or summer job of a lifetime.

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Sun Valley Program Details

The Idaho Sun Valley Work Adventures program isn’t just a summer job. It’s an opportunity to invest in your skillset. Once we connect you with a position that fits your experience and interests, we support you throughout the job.

As an Adventure EXP program participant, you’ll get personalized career coaching with our team. You’ll also complete basic personal finance training in budgeting, credit, investing, and earnings.

Most of our job seekers travel to Ketchum, ID from across the country. We’ll get you settled into your new home by connecting you to housing, transportation, and group excursions. We’ve got your back at every step of the way.

The Sun Valley Work Adventures provides the following benefits:

  • Free or discounted ski pass (winter only)
  • Free or discounted local transportation passes
  • Shared housing at $500 / month
  • Monthly excursions to local points of interest

Please note that a car is not required for placement in this program. Should you bring a car, our housing has parking available.

Program Fee

We charge a $1,259 fee to cover the planning, logistics, and support for our programs. You’re free to select your own accommodations, however, Adventure EXP secures housing for each student.

If you opt for Adventure EXP’s shared housing, we’ll bill you for your first month’s rent and deposit. Once you’ve settled in Ketchum, your monthly rent will be deducted from your wages.

Program Costs
Application Fee

$85
Program Costs
Program Fee

$1,259
Program Costs
Rent

$500/month

**housing deposit not included and varies on the employer

We ensure that all participants have the option of a cost-positive experience. All of our positions are paid, meaning that you walk away richer in cash and experience.

We hope to make our program accessible for all students. Talk to your Adventure Guide for more information about scholarships and payment plans.


Summer Jobs at Sun Valley Work Adventures

Once you’ve been accepted to Sun Valley Work Adventures, you’re guaranteed a summer job with one of our partner employers. Most of our positions are full-time, temporary roles. We have entry to mid-level opportunities in the following industries:
Industry
Food and Beverage
Positions Available
Barista, Server, Server's Assistant, Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher
Starting Rate
$15 / hour + tips
Industry
Culinary
Positions Available
Garde Manger, Prep, Hot Kitchen, Grille, Banquets, In-Room Dining
Starting Rate
$15 / hour
Industry
Hospitality
Positions Available
Housekeeping, Houseman
Starting Rate
$15 / hour

The current Idaho minimum wage is $7.25 / hour. All rates vary based on experience level and individual department.

Excursions

On every Adventure EXP program, we plan day trips and excursions. If you choose to join your cohort on one of the following summertime Sun Valley Adventures, we cover the cost.

Whitewater Rafting

Cross whitewater rafting of the bucket list with class 200 rapids.

Local Arts Festival

Soak up the quaint local culture with the downtown Ketchum Arts Festival

Hike Sawtooth Wilderness

Trek around the high granite peaks and glacier valleys of Sawtooth National Forest


Winter Jobs at Rocky Mountain Work Adventures

Once you’ve been accepted to Sun Valley Work Adventures, you’re guaranteed a summer job with one of our partner employers. Most of our positions are full-time, temporary roles. We have entry to mid-level opportunities in the following industries:
Industry
Food and Beverage
Positions Available
Barista, Server, Server’s Assistant, Food Runner, Busser, Dishwasher
Starting Rate
$15 / hour + tips
Industry
Culinary
Positions Available
Garde Manger, Prep, Hot Kitchen, Grille, Banquets, In-Room Dining
Starting Rate
$15 / hour
Industry
Hospitality
Positions Available
Housekeeping, Houseman
Starting Rate
$15 / hour

The current Idaho minimum wage is $7.25 / hour. All rates vary based on experience level and individual department.

Excursions

On every Adventure EXP program, we plan day trips and excursions. If you choose to join your cohort on one of the following winter Sun Valley Adventures, we cover the cost.

Fun in the Snow

Try snowshoeing, tubing, or sledding with the Adventure EXP crew.

Visit Sawtooth Forest

Visit the rugged Sawtooth Mountains in the exceptionally beautiful snow

Visit Local Museums

Explore the unique art and history of this sleepy resort town

The winter program also comes with a discounted ski pass to local mountains. Full details are provided upon placement with an employer.