Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

Immerse Yourself in Nature on Fox Island

Alaska Native owned and operated, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Seward Windsong Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge and Kenai Fjords Tours.

People on Fox Island

Blue-green waters teeming with wildlife, kayak excursions, wild Alaska salmon and remote wilderness cabins. There is no better way to experience this magnificent region than in the peaceful seclusion of the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island. Our cozy cabins are cradled on the picturesque shore of Fox Island's Halibut Cove. We welcome the elite students and summer staff to our private island to provide excellent service to our guests.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is an isolated facility located on Fox Island. There are no roads and the only access is by Kenai Fjords Tours boat. It is located in the heart of Resurrection Bay, approximately 12 nautical miles (a 45 minute boat transfer) from the town of Seward. The island houses two State Marine Parks and measures three square miles. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation owns the portion of the island occupied by the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge and Day Lodge facilities, the rest of the island is uninhabited. This wilderness destination offers an amazing opportunity for visitors and employees to be immersed in nature. All of our facilities run on solar and propane generator power. We have our own water and waste systems. We expect that our employees help us conserve energy and resources as much as possible.

Our Season:

Early May to the second week of September

Our Jobs

Server at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

Commonly open positions:

  • Island Chefs / Cooks
  • Island Maintenance
  • Guest Services/ Room Attendant / Guest Activities / Servers
  • Customer Service Agent / Dishwasher / Gift Shop

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for candidates with a positive attitude, friendly, professional, committed and hard working. Our staff works toward a common goal of complete customer satisfaction. Our facility operates both a prime rib and salmon buffet to over 35,000 passengers a season and an exclusive wilderness lodge with 8 cabins catering to 1500 guests per season. All of our candidates should be positive team players and able to “wear many hats.” Because our lodge is isolated and remote, the service is catered to each guests needs. The interaction between our employees and our guests is extensive, providing a relationship that is more personal than at a large hotel. The Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge holds a high standard of customer service with the expectation that all our employees conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times.  Customer Service is our number one priority. It is important that we always keep the guest in mind while carrying out our daily tasks. How our employees interact with our customers is a direct reflection of the type of service we are providing at the lodge.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge will continue the high quality of service we provide with help from you as part of our diverse team!

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island

Room and Board

Room and Board is included for Fox Island Employees. The Crew Housing on Fox Island was rebuilt in 2013 and has all the basic necessities, including wireless internet. There is a large common area with a TV to watch movies, kitchen with propane stove and refrigerator, 5 large shared bedrooms (all units split by male and female rooms) and shared bathrooms/showers. There are no laundry facilities located on the island.

The crew facility in Seward is a shared hostel-style housing unit with four rooms (2 bunk beds in each room) for our employees.  It is located upstairs from our main warehouse. You will be assigned a unit with several others (all units split by male and female rooms) and rotate out of the room for your days off. There is a common lounge and kitchen area, free laundry facilities, WiFi and 2 shared bathrooms. The Seward housing facility is centrally located and within walking distance to all major businesses.

Special Note – Because of our remoteness and housing needs we cannot accommodate spouses or families on Fox Island or in Seward.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge sleeping room

The following charges apply if you are offered housing:
A damage deposit of $200.00 will be automatically deducted from your pay check over a four week period. The deposit will be refunded when you vacate your room, return the bedding and the room passes cleanliness and damage inspection.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge Employee Kitchen

Housing Policies

Housing is a community experience and is part of your employment. We expect that all rules and policies are to help ensure a quality, peaceful living experience for everyone. Violation of housing rules will result in loss of housing privileges.

  • Staff housing is a "dry camp." No alcohol allowed in housing units, includes Seward and Fox Island housing
  • Quiet time is from 10pm to 7am. Employees work variable shifts
  • Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is a zero tolerance drug free operation. Our facilities are smoke free and drug free; no smoking inside any building
  • Pets are not allowed in company housing

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge Bathroom

Employee Perks

In addition to competitive wages we offer a seasonal bonus of 5% for a new employee and 10% for eligible returning employees of wages earned. Bonuses may be earned for completion of hiring agreement.

Discounts on CIRI Alaska Tourism day cruises, discounts on lodge room rates, and many other discounts available on activities in the area and in the state.

Couple on the beach on Fox Island

Getting Here and Getting Around

Travel to Seward

  • Flights - Closest commercial Airport (Ted Stevens International) is in Anchorage, the flight from Seattle is approximately 3 hours in duration.
  • Driving- It takes approximately two and a half hours to drive south from Anchorage to Seward along the Seward Highway, designated a Scenic Byway. This is a very spectacular drive.
  • Train - Rail travel is available and employees can receive a 50% discount (May 11 thru Sept 15) if space is available. To receive the discount, a faxed request on company letter head, signed by a Manager must be sent to the Alaska Railroad.
  • Pre-Season Service - Limited, no cost, space available transportation from Anchorage to Seward with Kenai Fjords may be possible for employees traveling between March 29 and May 16. Bookings are required and should be made 48 hours in advance. Pickups are in the early morning and only available at select hotels or locations. Please call 800-270-1238 for additional details.
  • Shuttle Bus - Travel is available to Seward year round via Seward Bus Line 907-224-3608. They will provide a drop off at Kenai Fjords Tours on request and pick up from the airport for $45 plus tax.
  • Coach Service - The Park Connection (May 17 thru Sept 17) offers two departures a day from Kenai Fjords Tours main office. Employees can receive a 50% discount. ($28 plus tax).

Local Transportation

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is located on Fox Island and transportation is provided by Kenai Fjords Tours. Walking is the only mode of transportation for our .25 mile stretch of beach that we live and work on. In Seward housing is located a few blocks from the small boat harbor, where Kenai Fjords Tours is located and easily accessible by car, bike, or on foot. Local taxi services are available 24 hours a day.

Waitstaff at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

For Fun

Island Activities

  • Hiking on island
  • Marine tours (We offer our employee discounts)
  • Kayaking, both lake and sea
  • Beach combing
  • Reading
  • Studying nature

Seward Activities

  • Sea Life Center
  • Library/Museum
  • Shopping, Restaurants, Gift Shops, Grocery Stores
  • Fitness centers

 Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

How to Apply

Jobs offered at Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge usually start in early May and finish in the second week of September; preference will be given to candidates that can complete a full season.

Please apply on-line at this website. All employees have to pass a comprehensive back ground check and a pre-employment drug test.

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International Applicants:
Click here to apply through Intrax, our agency for work/travel programs.

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Season: Summer and Fall

Housing: Dorms

Staff Size: 20

Age Requirement: 18 for dishwashers, 21 for all other positions

Location: Alaska