Allen Marine Tours

Wilderness and Wildlife Await You This Summer in Southeast Alaska!

Experience the incredible wilderness and wildlife of the Inside Passage while working for Alaska’s premier day cruise company.  Our jobs are educational, rewarding and fun!  Whale watching is nearly an everyday occurrence in Juneau!

Breaching whaleAllen Marine Tours is a family-owned company based in Sitka that has been conducting day-cruises for visitors to Alaska for over 45 years.  With a fleet of over 24 vessels – and tour operations based in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka; we are the largest and most experienced day-cruise company in Alaska. We build all our aluminum tour vessels in our own Sitka shipyard.  Catamarans dominate our fleet. The superior speed, maneuverability and stability of their twin-hull design is perfect for Alaskan waters. We also have recently purchased a fleet of hovercraft for our Juneau operation. Our highest priorities are safety, comfort, panoramic viewing … and exceeding our guests' expectations. We strive to accomplish these goals as a genuinely responsible company that seeks to contribute to our local economies, protect our wilderness environment, sustain our quality of life and preserve the integrity of our native cultures.

Did you know?

Allen Marine Tours began in 1970 when Bob and Betty Allen salvaged and restored a sunken, 1920’s era, wooden yacht at their shipyard in Sitka Alaska. 

Our Jobs

Vessel Crew:Helping passenger board

  • Captain
  • Deckhand
  • Naturalist
  • Tour Guide

Shore Support:

  • Tour Representative
  • Supply
  • Port Engineer
  • Assistant Port Engineer

Lodge Crew:

  • Grill Chef
  • Food Prep
  • Server
  • Retail

Visit our website,, review our job listings and fill out an online application.

Catamaran in Tracy ArmDid you know?

Allen Marine built 19 ferry boats for New York Waterways and five of these vessels were used in the safe rescue of 115 passengers and crew during the “Miracle on the Hudson” airline disaster in 2009. This delivery comprised the largest single export of manufactured goods from the state of Alaska.

Ideal Candidate

Allen Marine is dedicated to providing a safe workplace, fair management and ethical guidance for all our employees. We strive to create a team environment that is inclusive and respectful of each individual. Ultimately, we hope to offer a seasonal adventure in all our ports that will be challenging, rewarding and FUN for our ship and our shore crews. 

Candidates should:

  • be 21 years old at time of employment (a limited number of positions are open to persons as young as 18)
  • be US Citizen, proof of eligibility to work required
  • be drug free, pre-employment and random drug testing required
  • be available for entire tour season and complete terms of contract in good standing
  • be positive with a genuine concern for the happiness and well-being of the customers
  • be flexible and able to adapt to sudden changes in routine
  • be team oriented with a strong work ethic
  • be punctual with a neat and well-groomed appearance

Captain at Helm

Did you know?

Allen Marine is a national leader in making marine transportation accessible to people with disabilities, earning the award for “Accessibility Advocates of the Decade” from Southeast Alaska Independent Living.

Room and Board

Availability of Employee Housing with Allen Marine Tours may vary by port and by season. Please contact each Division separately. If Employee Housing is available, the charge is a flat daily rate that is deducted out of each bi-weekly paycheck. There is a refundable Security Deposit due upon moving in. Regardless, if you are offered a position with Allen Marine Tours, it is best to start looking for alternative housing at your earliest opportunity.

Did you know?

Allen Marine is certified by Adventure Green Alaska as a sustainable tourism company.

Employee Perks

We offer a competitive wage and a substantial “end of season” bonus to employees who complete their contracts in good-standing.  We conduct a 40-60 hour comprehensive pre-season paid orientation and training program.  We try to make sure all employees get at least one day off per week to enjoy the local area.  We provide our employees with complimentary tickets on our tours for friends and family.  We have a reciprocal touring agreement with many local companies so our employees can experience other local tours at a reduced rate.  Other benefits include paid sick days and unpaid personal days.

Allen Marine crew recreationDid you know?

Allen Marine is a proud participant in Whale SENSE, a voluntary education and recognition program offered to commercial whale watching companies in Juneau.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Our bases of operation in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka are surrounded by wilderness and can only be reached from the outside world by Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Service.  Allen Marine does not offer transportation assistance or reimbursement to reach each individual location.

Juneau is the state capital (population: 30,000) with a limited public bus system that connects the main commerce centers but does not extend far outside the main city limits.  Public transportation ends 1.5 miles from our facility.  It is recommended to bring a vehicle to Juneau or consider purchasing a used vehicle (usually ample quantity).  Car pooling among crew members is very common.

Ketchikan is Alaska’s “Salmon Capital” and the fourth largest city (population: 14,000) in the state.  There is a public bus system that connects the main commerce centers but does not extend far outside the main city limits.  It is possible to live comfortably in Ketchikan without a vehicle, but it is recommended that you at least bring a bike to get around town.  

Sitka, Alaska’s first capital, is considered to be one of Alaska’s most picturesque and historically fascinating communities (population: 9,000).  Sitka is a very pedestrian and bike-friendly town with 7 miles of road in each direction from the downtown area.  Local bus service is also available.

Allen Marine hovercraft

Did you know?

Allen Marine innovated the use of four Hamilton jets in a catamaran, considered standard practice now.

For Fun

Alaska is like nowhere else on earth.  Its great expanses of raw, dramatic, untouched wilderness have a profound effect on visitors and residents alike.  In Southeast Alaska there are countless glaciers and remote islands that are home to an abundance of wildlife.

Fishing in Southeast Alaska
What is there to do in Southeast Alaska?  Just about everything from strenuous to leisurely!  Just to get started you can kayak, hike or mountain bike, camp on a pristine beach, or rent a Forest Service cabin accessible by trail, boat or float plane.  The fishing here is world-class.  Fly-fish for trout on a lake or rent a skiff and troll for salmon in a bay.  Local recreation centers offer a variety of activities from swimming to racquetball to martial arts to belly dancing!  Local artists and experts offer workshops and lectures in traditional native and classical art forms, natural and local history and maritime science.  Explore your artistic side by attending a wide variety of festivals and performances scheduled throughout the summer featuring local and visiting artists in music, dance and theatre.  Browse local galleries, museums and libraries for a glimpse into the cultural panorama.  Or just join your friends at the end of the day to enjoy a hearty Alaskan meal of all-you-can-eat crab or awesome salmon pulled from the local waters.

Did you know?

Allen Marine constructed a world-class floating aluminum dry dock which is capable of lifting 850 tons.

How to Apply

If you have questions, please click on the following link for direct contact information for the three locations,

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Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall

Housing: Only available in Ketchikan

Staff Size: Juneau: 120; Ketchikan: 40; Sitka: 20

Age Requirement: 18

Locations: Alaska