Our Work Starts, Where the Road Ends
As a part of the Alaska Collection, Denali Backcountry Lodge & Denali Cabins is looking for educated individuals with a guest-oriented attitude, who are highly energetic and passionate about the hospitality industry. If you are a hard working, adventurous minded individual seeking seasonal employment, come join our team during the 2017 Summer Season.
Denali National Park
Surround yourself with miles of wilderness, not thousands of tourists...
The Alaska Collections owns and operates multiple lines of business in and around Denali National Park, Kantishna, Talkeetna, Seward, Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska. These businesses include a full-time Tour Office; a 46 cabin property near the entrance of Denali National Park (The Denali Cabins); an exclusive, 42 cabin property located near Mt. Denali in Kantishna (The Denali Backcountry Lodge); daily bus tours in Denali National Park (Denali Backcountry Adventure); a premier 212 room lodge in Talkeetna, at the southern doorstep of Denali (Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge); an exclusive, remote, 8 cabin property in Resurrection Bay at the doorstep of Kenai Fjords National Park (Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge); nestled in the tranquil Exit Glacier Valley, minutes from the thriving bustle of Seward and the untamed nature of Kenai Fjords National Park, a 180 room property (Seward Windsong Lodge); and the longest running, and most popular day cruise company providing a variety of cruising options into Kenai Fjords National Park (Kenai Fjords Tours).
Seasonal dates for employees vary depending on location. Please only apply for positions in which you can fulfill the entire work commitment, as priority is given to applicants that are available for the entire season.
Denali Backcountry Lodge is an exclusive wilderness lodge located in Kantishna, deep inside Denali National Park. Nestled at the base of the Alaska Range, our lodge offers a unique wilderness experience and endless natural wonders to behold. The serenity and beauty of this lodge experience is a life-altering phenomenon.
Denali Cabins are conveniently located just 8 miles south of the entrance to the Park, far enough from the crowds but close enough to the activities. Our collection of authentic cedar cabins offers an affordable alternative to the big commercial hotels sprawling the park entrance.
Denali Backcountry Adventure - An adventure of a lifetime in just one day. This fully narrated day trip to our Property Denali Backcountry Lodge in Kantishna explores the entire 92 miles of the restricted Denali Park Road. Guests will enjoy buffet lunch and afternoon activities at the Lodge. The return trip to the Park entrance offers more opportunities to view wildlife and the stunning beauty of the Park.
We are looking for a special group of men and women who truly understand the value of teamwork, have a love for the outdoors, have a great sense of humor, enjoy challenging situations, and are mature and committed to their work. We strive to recruit, select, and work with individuals who are educated, have a strong work ethic, and who are committed to providing exceptional customer service. We are pleased that you want to spend your summer with us to help us attain our goal of providing quality customer service for all of our guests.
Please keep in mind that you will be working and living at your respective locations, on-site, full time. It can be challenging to separate the work environment from the living environment, and delineate the importance of establishing the difference between a working relationship and personal relationships. This environment can be especially rewarding for those of you who choose to work and live on-site at the Denali Backcountry Lodge.
At the Denali Backcountry Lodge you will have the opportunity to play in a remote wilderness so pristine, so unexplored, and so amazing; that people pay thousands of dollars a day just to come here. Mt. Denali, the largest and tallest mountain in North America, is just a few miles away. Outdoor activities such as backpacking, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, photography, running, kayaking, gold mining, and exploring abound. However, please understand that if you do not like living in a remote setting, if you need to be close to shopping and restaurants, or if you need television and cell phone services close at hand, this is not the job or location for you.
Room and Board
The room and board costs and the types of housing that the Alaska Collection offers to its employees depends on the location at which you work. Please see below for the room and board costs by location.
Denali Backcountry Lodge: Room and board at this location is Free of Charge to all employees. Shared lodging will be in an ATCO trailer, an 8-plex dorm room style building, or in Wall Tents. Each of these facilities has raised beds, an in room heating system, linens, pillows, and bedding. A common co-ed bathhouse, laundry facilities, employee dining room, and an employee lounge are shared spaces for all employees. While this location does not have cell phone access or television, we do provide satellite internet service that can be accessed from the employee lounge and employee dining room. If you do not have your own computer the lodge does provide a shared staff computer that can be used for basic services only.
Denali Cabins: Room and board at this location is $10 per person per day. Shared lodging will be in ATCO trailers, or an 8-plex dorm room style building. Each of these facilities has raised beds, an in room heating system, linens, pillows, and bedding. A common bathhouse provides separate Men’s and Women’s facilities, laundry facilities, employee dining room, and an employee lounge are shared spaces for all employees. At this location employees will have access to television and cell phone service, in addition to Wi-Fi that is available throughout the property. If you do not have your own computer the Denali Cabins does provide a shared staff computer that can be used for basic services only.
Employee Dining: Meals will consist of a variety of healthy options throughout each week, and will be varied throughout the season. The Chef at each location may choose to establish a rotating menu on a bi-weekly or monthly basis, but plenty of variety will be offered for all types of diets. If you have severe food allergies, or if you have a stringent vegetarian, vegan or gluten free diet, you will want to consider bringing some of your own food. While we strive to provide healthy and abundant food options, we cannot tailor every meal to these types of diets.
Note: Each employee is responsible to uphold all company guidelines for residing on its premises as outlined by management policy, including but not limited to Quiet Hours, Smoking, Use of Illegal Substances and Alcohol, Harassment, and other policies described in the Employee Handbook; along with other relative on-site instructions provided by management during staff orientation.
Choosing to spend an entire summer season in Alaska will be the best choice of your life! The opportunity to be on your own adventure, meeting other people that came to Alaska on an adventure or their own; and meeting travelers from all over the world that came to Alaska to have the Greatest Adventure EVER! What will you make of your Alaska adventure?
Getting Here and Getting Around
If you live out of the State of Alaska, you have two choices to get here.
By Car: This is the choice for the most adventurous or for those who have the time to enjoy one of the most beautiful rides in earth. In general, it’s best to arrive in Anchorage a few days before your first day of work. You may want to do some last minute shopping in Anchorage, as there is not much available in Denali.
By Plane: Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is your best choice. It is served by major and commuter airlines. Most flights into Anchorage are in the late afternoon or evening, which is too late to catch our bus or any other type of transportation service to Denali Park entrance area. We will offer transportation from Anchorage to Denali only on specific pre-scheduled dates.
If you can’t make our scheduled staff bus departure, you will have to catch the train or Park Connection to Denali. The train departs Anchorage early in the morning (8:00am), and arrives at the Denali train depot until 4:00 PM, which makes for a long day. The park connection has daily service to Denali at the beginning of the season, and has twice daily service in the height of the tourism season. For those arriving via the Alaska Railroad we will pick you up at the train depot. Look for our company vans with Denali Backcountry Lodge & Denali Cabins logos, or a staff member wearing an Alaska Denali Travel shirt. If you do not see one of our representatives at the depot you can contact the Denali Cabins’ front desk from the train depot by calling us at (907) 683-2643.
While working at the Denali Cabins employees have access to our shuttle system that runs throughout the day. This allows employees to access the town site for shopping, dining, and other activities; access the National Park or National Park Service visitor’s center; or to access the hiking trails and bus systems that can take employees further into the park.
While living on-site at the Denali Cabins or the Denali Backcountry Lodge there are a number of activities that you can enjoy. The following list is not comprehensive by any means, but it does give you an idea of the types of activities you can be involved in.
- Wildlife Tours
- Mountain Biking
- Overnight stays at our lodges
- Flightseeing Tours
- ATV Riding
- Dog Mushing Tours
- Jet Boat Tours
Please keep in mind that while we provide a number of these opportunities through our businesses, many tours are offered through our partners. In some cases these tours may be free of charge, but in other cases you may have to pay a discounted rate to participate in some activities.
Our Current Job Openings:
- General Managers
- Assistant General Managers
- Restaurant Managers
- Guest Service Representatives
- Massage Therapists
- Naturalist Guides
- Kitchen Managers / Chefs
- Servers / Bartenders
- Drivers and Driver Guides
- General Operations Workers / Bus Washers (Part-Time)
Chef - Kitchen Manager
COOKS I & COOKS II
The primary responsibility of Naturalist Guide is to provide the highest quality of service to the guests at all times while leading hikes, conducting guest activities and providing accurate and enthusiastic interpretations of the natural and cultural history related to Denali National Park.
SEASONAL - Wellness and Activity Coordinator
Seasonal General Manager
How to Apply
Please visit our website to view additional information about our employment opportunities, or to submit an application and resume to our Human Resources department.