Work in the Beauty of Alaska's Rainforest - Summer Guide Jobs!
Alaska Canopy Adventures and Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary bring the beauty and excitement of Southeast Alaska to visitors from around the world. Summer employees can work on our 3 zipline courses, give black bear viewing tours, drive unimogs, take photos, work in the gift shop or all of the above all while enjoying the perks of living in Southeast Alaska!
Ketchikan and Juneau Alaska.
About Alaska Canopy Adventures & Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
Alaskan owned and operated, our locations in Ketchikan and Juneau draw tens of thousands of visitors each summer. Guests experience the beauty of our forest and wildlife while flying across a series of steel dual cable ziplines or exploring the rainforest from below with a knowledgeable nature guide on the lookout for the local fauna. Our expertly trained guides ensure guest safety and enjoyment, and share the thrill of providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for so many!
Alaska Canopy Adventures and Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary operate daily shore excursions in Ketchikan and Juneau for cruise ship passengers and independent travelers. Our goal is to provide the best and most memorable tour in Alaska!
Safety and customer service are our top priorities, and we're always looking for energetic people to join our professional team! Do you have what it takes?
The Employee Experience
We are a Work Hard/Play Hard environment. The workday usually starts between 6:30 and 9:30 most days and you are generally off work by early afternoon. That gives you a lot of play time in the long Alaska days (with sunsets as late as 11 pm). You will be surrounded by huge areas of public lands and miles of coastline for hiking, backpacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, skiffing, beach bonfires, camping and everything else Alaska has to offer. You will work most days (6 days a week to be expected with some weeks where you will work all 7). Hours are variable but typically between 30-45 per week. Overtime is paid at over 40 hours a week or over 8 hours a day.
We choose our employees very selectively. Applicants must have a strong commitment to risk management and customer service. Most positions have paid training for qualified applicants. We will provide the resources, both equipment, and instruction at no charge to the potential employee to obtain the required skills. All trainees must pass a written and on-the-job skill test prior to guiding. All training is paid at an hourly rate.
All guide positions require working outdoors in inclement weather and require a high level of physical activity. Guides should also be able to multi-task, have keen observations and communication skills, as well as be prepared to educate and entertain.
We welcome employees and clients from various backgrounds and lifestyles and inclusiveness is a must for all employees. Discrimination and harassment in any form with not be tolerated.
Room and Board
Limited staff housing is available for qualified applicants- rent is $14/day for a shared room with large communal kitchens and communal living space. Communal living space includes cable tv, wifi, coin laundry, and other recreation items such as pool tables. Staff housing is furnished with linens provided. Couples and cross-gender housing is available. No pets are allowed in staff housing.
Many employees prefer to find their own housing and we can help with matching roommates and listing agents.
- Competitive Pay plus gratuity
- Paid Training
- End of Season Bonus
- Uniform Provided
- Free or discounted tours with other companies
- Working with a great group of like-minded people
Getting Here and Getting Around
If you are traveling with your own vehicle you may choose to drive to Prince Rupert, Canada or Bellingham, Washington and take the ferry to Ketchikan or Juneau. You can also fly in the airport in which ever city you are employed.
Each of our locations has access to a wealth of hiking trails and there are cabins for overnight rentals. There are some great places for beach fires, star gazing and sometimes you can catch the Northern lights. Ketchikan has a nice Recreation Center and Juneau has a small aquatic park and a climbing gym. We also partner with some of the other local tour companies to offer trades so that summer staff can experience some of the other tours at little to no cost; whale watching, flightseeing, adventure karts, rafting, dog sledding, etc.
For guides 80-90% of your hours will be guiding tours with opportunities for tips and the other 10-20% will be maintaining gear, inspecting the course or trail, and other optional work projects. Those that wish to learn advanced skills and show dedication to their jobs may be able to receive additional paid training for advancement and additional skill development.
All Supervisors and Managers started at entry level position and have worked their way up which means they know and understand your job and provide the full support and training needed to be successful. It also means that upward mobility is possible for those that excel.
Most positions start at $12 per hour plus tips (CDL drivers have higher starting pay). Those that excel at the position they are hired in may have the opportunity to cross-train to other roles to get in season raises up to an additional $1/hr.
All employees must be able to start between Mid-April and Early-June and must be able to stay until at-least mid-August with a preference for those with the availability to stay until the end of September.
Please note that while recreational Marijuana is legal in the state of Alaska its use is not permitted by ACA/ARS. Due to the high-risk nature of our tours, we do drug test throughout your employment and we have zero tolerance for drug use.
Alaska Canopy Adventures and Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary in Ketchikan:
- Canopy Guides
- Driver Guides (CDL Required)
- Tour Coordinators
- Store Clerks
- Trail Guides (including black bear viewing tours)
Alaska Canopy Adventures in Juneau:
- Canopy Guides
- Deck Hands
- Boat Captains (USCG 25 ton captain license required)