I was invited to a hiring event next week. I'm excited for it. My main concern is that you only work from May-September until you have enough seniority to work regularly. I'm not sure why it's like that. The railroad operates year round. I asked what you suggested on the phone. They said I would need approval from the CEO for that to happen, and that is highly unlikely. $27.98 an hour is great, but it's only for 4 months.
So how did it go?
Depending on your personal situation and long-term goals, it might be a great chance to get your foot in the door and prove you are a good, hard-working employee. Sometimes if you show you are the type they want to keep, allowances will be made, especially if they don't want to risk losing you to another job if you go back to the lower 48.
And if it does NOT work that way, at least you will have had a hell of an experience and decent pay for 4 months, and nothing will be able to take that away from you. A notch on the belt, a line on the resume, and cash in your pocket, What's not to like?