Sockeye Cycle Co.

Alaska Bicycle Tours

Bicycle tours, rentals, sales, and service for over 30 years!

Skagway is a small town with lots of tourist visitation in the summer attracting many seasonal workers and creating a vibrant community. It is surrounded by water, mountains, trails, and wilderness with options for lots of outdoor exploring.

About Sockeye Cycle Co.

We specialize in guided bicycle tours of Alaska's Southeast panhandle and remote areas of Northwestern Canada. Our two full-service shops are located at the head of North America's longest fjord in the coastal communities of Haines and Skagway. We are the gateway to the Yukon Territory and border the largest protected wilderness area in the world.

The Employee Experience

Our new guides are based at our Skagway, AK location, which offers bicycle tours and rentals to visitors to the busy cruise port. Guides can expect to average about 40 hours of work per week, with two days off to explore the area. Most of our tours are 3-4 hours, and guides will generally work 2-3 tours per day. We expect our guides to learn about the history of Skagway, Alaska, and the region as well as local plants, wildlife, and natural history. Our tours are not only about riding bikes, but also sharing information on the area with visitors from all over the world.

As a company, we do our best to introduce all our employees to the unique lifestyle in the North. Outside of work, we plan staff trips to many popular events including: a 150 mile road bike relay, a music festival in remote Atlin, BC, and the Southeast AK State Fair in Haines.

Ideal Candidate

Job Qualifications:
  • A desire to be on a bike (in any weather) and to learn and communicate information about our area to small groups of guests.
  • Must be a US citizen or have a green card or work visa for the USA.
  • Must be able to drive our tour vans.  This requires you to be 21 years of age and pass a medical DOT physical.  You must also have a clean driving record and provide a DMV report covering the past three years, and be willing to obtain an Alaska drivers license. 
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification is required. 
  • All employees will sign a contract when hired and agree to work for the term of the contract (usually 3-5 months).

Room and Board

We have company housing in Skagway available for our employees at inexpensive, subsidized rates. The rooms are located above our Skagway bike shop. There is a communal kitchen and living area for residents. A room or house to rent in Skagway or Haines can sometimes be found before the season starts. Camping in a tent or the back of your truck is an option in both communities either at a campground or free range.

Employee Perks

A thorough 40 hour paid training session is required at the beginning of the season. We offer competitive pay, subsidized housing, a fun work environment, and a performance based, end of season bonus.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Skagway and Haines are towards the top of the Alaska Marine Highway system, and also connect to the Alaska/Canada Hwy (Alcan).  Most people end up flying to Juneau, and then taking a ferry up to Skagway.  It is also possible to take the AMHS ferry all the way up from Bellingham, WA, a four-day trip.  Some folks do choose to drive up, and should expect 3-4 days through Canada from the US border.  Everything is accessible by walking or biking when in town, though there are lots of great nearby destinations that can be accessed if you do bring a vehicle.

For Fun

Recreational opportunities abound!  You can walk out of our shop/house door and be at a number of trails in minutes. Cycling, running, climbing, skiing, boarding, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more are easily available nearby.  We spot eagles, bears, mountain goats, waterfalls, and glaciers on tour.  Haines and Skagway are great communities for outdoor oriented individuals and draws a fun mix of familiar faces and new workers up for the summers.

How to Apply

Fill out an application on our website:

Based on your qualifications and when we receive your application, we will conduct phone interviews, check references and hire as needed.  The bulk of our hiring takes place January through April, though we consider qualified applications at all times.

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