Our Work Starts, Where the Road Ends
The Alaska Collection, an experience by Pursuit, offers several lodging and attractions including Denali Backcountry Lodge & Denali Cabins, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Seward Windsong Lodge and Kenai Fjords Tours. If you are a hard working, adventurous minded individual seeking seasonal employment, come join our team!
Denali National Park
About Denali Backcountry Lodge & Denali Cabins
Surround yourself with miles of wilderness, not thousands of tourists...
We believe that collecting memories is far more important than collecting things. We share your longing to explore. To get out into the world in search of remarkable experiences. This is what we call ‘living’.
Our Vision is to be the world’s leading provider of experiential adventure travel
- Our Mission is to connect guests and staff to iconic places through unforgettable, inspiring experiences
We are seeking fun, adventurous, hard-working, and conscientious people to join our team under the Midnight Sun. Our hiring needs range from chefs and servers, to naturalists and management, and everything in between. If you have a background in hospitality, tourism, maintenance, hotel management, natural sciences or recreation, we want to hear from you!
Life is not one-size-fits-all, and neither are we. These places and experiences have the potential to change lives.
Are you ready?
Denali properties which offer a full-time Tour Office; a 46 cabin property near the entrance of Denali National Park, and an exclusive 42 cabin property located near Mt. Denali in Kantishna. We also provide daily bus tours in Denali National Park.
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.
The Employee Experience
Our core values are:
- Safety First
- Honor Place
- Bring Your Best
Often, we hear our employee say that working here is an "adventure of a lifetime". We offer an experience like no other. It can't be compared to any other "job" because it's so much more. You are in an iconic place, surrounded by untouched wilderness and wildlife. This is the "real Alaska" where you engage with people from all over the world who want to be inspired.
Our ideal candidate is someone who wants to truly experience all that Alaska has to offer and believes in our mission. We are selective to ensure our employees and our guests have the best experience possible during their stay. Each job is important. We value integrity, a strong work ethic, a self-starter and a team player. Successful employees are those who step in where needed and can bring their best. We find our team members to have an adventurous and generous spirit. If you sincerely enjoy working with people and want to contribute to an amazing guest experience, while having an unforgettable and unique experience of your own, then we want you to work with us.
Please keep in mind that you will be working and living at your respective locations, on-site, full time. 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, pristine wilderness. Outdoor activities such as backpacking, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, photography, running, kayaking, gold mining, and exploring are available right outside your door. We are miles and miles away from shopping and restaurants. If you need internet, television and reliable cell phone service 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 depend 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.
Pets are not allowed in employee housing.
In addition to competitive wages, we offer employee perks and discounts on Kenai Fjords Tours day cruises, discounts on Lodge room rates, restaurant discounts, and many other deals for a variety of Alaska adventures in the area.
Pay Days/Direct Deposit
Paydays are bi-weekly, every other Tuesday. Pay advances are not available, so please ensure availability of sufficient funds for food, etc. during the first three weeks of employment. KFT encourages employees to sign up for direct deposited payroll for additional security. This requires the employee provide a voided check on the account funds are to be deposited to.
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 on 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. Details about the Park Connection will be provided to you.
For those arriving via the Alaska Railroad, we will pick you up at the train depot.
While working at the Denali Cabins, employees have access to our shuttle system that runs throughout the day.
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.
How to Apply
We will be opening our 2019 positions and accepting applications for the summer season beginning in mid-November 2018.
In the meantime, make sure to save our profile in your "favorites" list to come back and visit us, or send us an email with any questions!!