Sockeye Cycle Co.

Alaska Biking at Its Peak! Beautiful scenery and fun riding down into Skagway await you!  

Our summer office is the White Pass on the Klondike Hwy.  Beautiful scenery and fun riding down into Skagway await you!  

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 guides can expect about 40 hours of work per week, with two days off to explore the area. On work days, our guides can expect 3 tours on most days, riding 2 of them and driving 1. We expect our guides to learn about Skagway, Alaska, and the history of the region. Our tours get high marks not just because the riding is a blast, but because our guides are able to share their excitement and knowledge with our guests. 

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. Events include a 150 mile road bike relay, a 24 hour mountain bike festival under the midnight sun, 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 23 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.

Our Jobs

Now hiring tour guides and bike mechanics, for our 2018 season. 
 
Tour Guides:
Public speaking and a desire to learn and talk about the local region is a major part of the job. You need to have solid leadership qualities and be organized and punctual. A positive, outgoing, friendly attitude is necessary at all hours of the day. It helps to have a basic knowledge of bike mechanics. You will drive the tour vans and must be able to pass DOT and insurance requirements.
 
Mechanics:
Bicycle mechanic certification or shop mechanic experience required. We have a large fleet of tour and rental bikes that are regularly serviced. Customer service, sales, and rentals are also part of this position. You may also drive tour vans and must be able to pass DOT and insurance requirements. You must be precise, focused, organized and motivated.

How to Apply

Fill out an application on our website: http://www.cyclealaska.com/sockeye-cycle-employment-inquiries

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.