Saint Marys

Work remotely in Saint Marys

A Wilds community offering a mix of city amenities while still being close to nature.

You'll notice that "hometown feeling" when you live and work remotely in Saint Marys. Take a walk or enjoy an easy commute to work, have lunch on The Diamond on a nice summer day, and hit up the local rails to trails system on your bike at the end of the day. Saint Marys and Elk County are your launchpad to unforgettable experiences.

Applications to live and work remotely in Saint Marys in August 2024 are now open!
Find more program details and an application below.

Community

Catch a movie at the theater or concert in the downtown park. No matter the activity, enjoy that small-town feel.

Outdoor Rec

Explore the Wilds via the rail trail; or check out many hiking, biking, and other opportunities just a short drive away.

Dining and Craft Beverages

Saint Marys is home to the historic Straub Brewery, where you can explore and taste local history.

Tech

No slow wifi speeds here. Whether you're working from a downtown business or just working from your accommodations, you'll have the tech you need to get the job done.

Outdoor Recreation

Hiking and Biking Trails

Water Recreation (kayaking, tubing, etc.)

Camping

Fishing

Bird Watching

… and much, much more!

COMMUNITY ASSETS

Remote workers in Saint Marys can expect to find amenities like:

Coworking

Coffee Shops

Parks

Restaurants

Craft Beverages

Nightlife

Must-See Attractions

Shopping

Farmers Markets

Community Events

Live Music

Museums

Arts & Culture

Coworking in Saint Marys

Participants in the Wilds Are Working: Remote Lifestyle Experience have access to special coworking opportunities

Facilitated by the Community Lead Organization for the program, the City of Saint Marys, coworking will be available in downtown's City Hall.

FAQ

What does the program cost?

As part of grant funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission, most expenses for this experience are covered. Accommodations will be no cost to participants; and each participant will receive an additional stipend in the form of a digital gift card to use at restaurants, local shops, and more. Coworking memberships are also paid for through the program. The only costs not covered by the program are daily living expenses such as groceries.

Is high-speed internet available?

High-speed internet is available in both communities (Williamsport and Saint Marys) participating in the 2024 Wilds Are Working: Remote Work Experience. 

Will I have cell phone service?

To make sure your service provider has available coverage, please consult this map.

Are partners or family members able to participate?

Yes, and some accommodations have been selected to cater to family needs. Keep in mind that the stipend for the program will not increase.

How will I meet other people in the community?

When you arrive for the Remote Work Experience, a friendly welcome committee will be in Saint Marys to greet you. These individuals can help you plan an experience, help you get acquainted with town, help you find a rewarding volunteer opportunity, or even just meet up for a beverage with you. They’ll be available to reach throughout the duration of your stay. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to meet other remote workers participating in the program.

Is Saint Marys walkable?

Very much so! 

Is public transportation available?

The Area Transportation Authority (ATA) provides local public transportation service. St. Marys is a major industrial hub for the area, and ATA provides fixed-route commuter bus services to the community from Emporium, Bennett's Valley, Ridgway, Johnsonburg, and Wilcox in addition to local public bus service.

Is this an employment opportunity?

No. the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, nor the City of Saint Marys, are offering employment opportunities. This remote work experience is suited only for currently employed individuals with flexible work location options.

What accommodations are available?

Accommodations are being selected by a community-based committee actively. More information will be provided as it becomes available.


Applications for the Wilds Are Working: Remote Lifestyle Experience in Saint Marys in August 2024 will close April 19, 2024.