Kayak Rental Specialist
Above & Beyond Alaska Wilderness Adventures

Canoe Commute - Glacier Guides take the helm en route to the Mendenhall Glacier

Kayak Rental Specialist - Join Juneau's Top Rated Guiding Outfitter!

Celebrating 21 years of Small Group Wilderness Adventures from Ocean to Ice!

  • summer
Auke Bay, Alaska and Juneau, Alaska
$18.00 / hour + tips
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (May 08, 2024)

Above and Beyond Alaska (ABAK) is seeking an exceptional individual to join our Kayak Shop team in Juneau, Alaska. ABAK has been facilitating outdoor adventure experiences on the ocean and ice for over 21 years and employs 40 seasonal team members from April-September.

The Kayak Rental Shop Specialist is responsible for facilitating kayak rentals, safety presentations, kayak transports, kayak repairs, assists with outfitting guided kayak tours, and guided half-day kayak and glacier viewing tours 1-2 times per week during peak season in the Auke Bay and Mendenhall Glacier area. Specialists will also make customer reservations using our booking system and engage in customer phone/email/chat correspondence.

As the first point of contact for all rental guests, the Kayak Rental Shop Specialist must be able to enthusiastically engage with clients throughout the reservation process, organize kayak and SUP gear based on rental needs, confidently orientate rental guests on paddle safety, techniques, and paddle areas. Specialists are outdoor enthusiasts who are interested in developing guide skills. 

Additionally, Kayak Rental Shop Specialists may assist with tour support duties at ABAK’s main office. These duties include helping guides prepare equipment and food for trips, maintain all operational zones, transport guests, fix canoes, kayaks, and equipment. 

All training is “on-the-job” and includes kayak skills and rescue techniques, gear repair methods, critical incident response, zone and tour familiarization, and food preparation. This position is an entry-level position geared towards exceptional individuals looking to diversify their skill set, explore the outdoor adventure tourism industry, and collaborate with an amazing team. All applicants, regardless of experience, must share our passion for promoting environmental conservation through education.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide prompt and professional communication with customers via email, phone, and online messages.
  • Develop and utilize a thorough and accurate understanding of all ABAK’s Reservation Software when corresponding with clients during the reservation process. 
  • Develop proficiency in retail and rental POS systems, handle credit card transactions, maintain rental and retail inventory, answer phones. 
  • Develop comprehensive knowledge of rental shop kayak and SUP fleet, basic paddling skills and safety, and Juneau paddle areas. 
  • Provide superior customer service, teach basic kayaking/SUP skills, Facilitate safety briefing to rental guests, transport guests and kayaks to various launch points around Juneau
  • Learn Kayak and SUP repair techniques and assist the Manager in maintaining the rental fleet. 
  • Loading kayaks/canoes and lifting heavy gear. 
  • Maintain and safely operate company vehicles.
  • Guide half-day kayak and glacier viewing tours 1-2 times per week during peak season from the Auke Bay and Mendenhall Glacier area. Subject to booking availability. 

General Requirements

  • High School Diploma – Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in preferred
  • US Citizen OR Be Eligible to Work in the US
  • Superb Written and Verbal Communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills 
  • 21 years of age with a Valid Driver’s License and Clean Driving Record for past 5 years
  • Adult/Child First Aid and CPR Certification 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in retail, tour, or service industry 
  • Proficient with computers
  • Kayaking/SUP experience preferred

Start Date: May 8, 2024 – September 10, 2024 (flexible) 

Compensation: $18/hour 

Bonus: All employees who fulfill the terms of their employment agreement are eligible for an end-of-season bonus that is based on 3% of gross wages.


  • Competitive Pay 
  • Optional 401K plan 
  • End of Season Bonus
  • Pro-Deal Purchasing Privileges
  • Free Trips for you, your friends and family on a space-available basis
  • Paid Training (Preseason, and Ongoing throughout the Season)
  • Free or Discounted Trips with participating tour operators (whale watching, helicopter flights, etc.)
  • Free Use of Kayaks, Paddleboards, and an array of outdoor gear
  • Discounted flights with our partner, Alaska Seaplanes and standby flights with Alaska Airlines and Delta 
  • Free fitness membership during the summer months 
  • Subsidized housing at a local campground

How to Apply

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