Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute

Experience and share the Alaskan experience with visitors from around the globe!

Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute is offering Alaska Natives an opportunity to represent their communities, culture and state aboard cruise ships throughout Southeast Alaska with visitors from around the globe. Take pride and personal satisfaction in sharing your local perspectives with people who are genuinely interested in learning about you and your people.

We operate throughout Southeast Alaska. Some itineraries visit locations throughout Southeast Alaska and typically involve days to weeks at a time on board. We also provide cultural programs aboard cruise ships and ashore in Glacier Bay National Park where guides housed in the nearby community of Gustavus, AK.

Cultural Heritage Guides step aboard large and small cruise ships for one to several days at a time in locations throughout Southeast Alaska. Explore the best of what Alaska has to offer, meet new people, foster cultural exchange and gain valuable skills. Extensive training and lodging is provided. Full-time and Part-time positions are available.

The Employee Experience

Cultural Heritage Guides have a unique opportunity to provide visitors to Alaska with a perspective that many miss; that of the people and cultures that have thrived here for countless years. Visitors are particularly interested to learn and gain insight on Alaska Natives, and what it is like to be a real Alaskan. This is a very rewarding job, that involves travel to new places, opportunities to meet people from all over the planet and change the way people understand Alaska... and themselves! From traveling to beautiful, wild and remote places, to close up experiences with wildlife, and even climbing up the side of a cruise ship on a rope ladder, this is a very exciting way to learn, grow, and have fun! Pre-season training is provided to prepare our team for their experiences in the field and support is offered through the season to help our team grow personally and professionally. There's nothing else out there that's quite like it.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for candidates who are:

  • Enthusiastic about Alaska, Alaska Native culture and enjoy sharing their experiences with others.
  • Have a sense of adventure, enjoy new experiences and meeting new people.
  • Committed to learning new skills and information as well as educating others.
  • Comfortable speaking with new people and to large groups.

Room and Board

Lodging and transportation is provided for guides working in Glacier Bay. Guides typically board ships in the morning, disembark in the evening and return to their lodging. A day stipend is provided when on hold between ships. Room and meals are provided while aboard ships for longer periods of time. Employees are responsible for providing their own food at company provided housing. Accommodations on ships vary, guides should expect to share a room with one or more people in provided housing as well as on multi-day sailings.

Employee Perks

If you like to travel and explore with like minded people from around the world, this is a perfect job and a lot of fun! There's no lack of new places to explore and countless exciting new experiences. From breaching whales, to kayaking in remote inlets, calving glaciers, surrounded by like minded travelers, your perspectives will be a vital part of the visitor experience.

Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute offers extensive pre-season training and ongoing support through the season. In today’s world it can be challenging to balance modern life with our traditions and cultural values. We work as a team to strengthen cultural integrity and to empower our team to learn, grow and succeed and proudly share cultural insights with others. As a member of the Alaska Native Voices team, you will be part of a group of professionals who work together to help one another grow professionally and personally.

While working throughout the season, housing is provided both ashore as well as aboard the ships we work on. Meals are provided while working aboard ships and transportation to and from ports of call is provided to all employees.

 

Getting Here and Getting Around

All transportation to ships including flights, ground transportation and necessary lodging is provided by Alaska Native Voices. Those working in Glacier Bay will have access to a company vehicle for work and any necessary daily needs, shopping, necessary errands, etc. Bicycles are also available for exploring nearby Gustavus.

For Fun

On your days off, here are all the awesome things you can do with newfound friends:

  • Explore Glacier Bay National Park
  • Visit Icy Strait Point
  • Fishing and exploring in nearby Icy Strait
  • Local softball leagues and community events
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Exploring
  • Kayaking
  • Harvesting wild foods

Our Jobs

 

NATIVE HERITAGE TOURISM JOB OPPORTUNITY

1) Glacier Bay: Native Cultural Heritage Guide (Seasonal May-September)

Summer 2017 Cruise Ship and Land Based Position

Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute (ANVEI) is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants who are excited about sharing the rich history and heritage of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and the Huna Tlingit (Xúna Káawu). There are currently full time and part-time seasonal openings for Cultural Heritage Guides for the summer of 2017.

ANVEI Cultural Heritage Guides have been providing visitors with Alaska Native perspectives for more than 16 years. Our guides teach visitors about Native life in and around Glacier Bay before and after the rapid advance and retreat of Sit Tlein (Grand Pacific Glacier). Each guide attends a preseason training which prepares them with the skills needed to effectively provide formal and informal programing on and off cruise ships, tour vessels, and ashore in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Every guide brings with them their own personal history and experiences as they interact and engage with visitors from all over the world which enhances the visitors’ cultural experience. Our mission is to provide the best cultural heritage experience possible and share the human and cultural history of Glacier Bay.

A successful applicant should either come with, or be energetic about learning essential knowledge of Glacier Bay, Huna Tlingit history, Tlingit traditions and traditional methods, geographic areas of significance in and around Icy Strait (past and present), and be able to relate Tlingit stories. Abilities to perform, discuss or present native song, dance, language, displays and examples of art or tradition is desirable.

In addition, successful applicants must:

  • Be willing and available to be based at the Bartlett Cove/Gustavus area for extended periods.
  • Have a friendly, approachable demeanor and possess good customer service skills.
  • Be comfortable with public speaking in front of large groups.
  • Be willing to learn more about Tlingit culture and be willing to share this with visitors from all over the world (supplemental information on Native history in Glacier Bay is provided to all guides).
  • Knowledge of the Tlingit language is a plus, but is not required for this position.
  • Be punctual and able to follow a set schedule – many workdays begin in the early morning with pre-scheduled presentation times throughout the day.
  • Have the physical ability to board cruise ships by climbing a ladder from a moving pilot boat (see reverse).
  • Possess the stamina to be able to work long hours when necessary.
  • Must be a team player – work closely with fellow Cultural Heritage Guides, Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute office staff, National Park Service staff, Glacier Bay Lodge staff and ship crews.
  • Understand technologies used for presentations and communication with support staff including email, web and word processing (some additional training provided).
  • Pass a random drug test. Note: ANV Conforms to federal drug restrictions which includes Marijuana.

Other information:

  • Position: Full time and part-time, seasonal – May through September (Training begins April 2017).
  • Salary is dependent upon experience
  • Benefits: No Medical/dental benefits are offered for this seasonal position
  • Schedule: Varied and potentially flexible Based on ship schedules and can vary from week to week.
  • Stationed at Glacier Bay Lodge or Gustavus area – must be willing to fly, travel efficiently and professionally represent ANVEI. Transportation and lodging provided during the season. Meals provided when aboard ships.

Education

College education preferred. Education may be substituted by outstanding work experience history.

SELF ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST FOR TRAVEL ON THE NPS VESSEL SERAC AND TRANSFERS TO CRUISE SHIPS

Loading the Serac, the boat ride, and transferring between the Serac and cruise ships, can be physically and mentally challenging. You should be comfortable with the following activities and abilities before committing to a trip on NPS vessels.

NOTE: It is important for you to acknowledge that the Captain of the boat has the discretion and final authority to determine whether or not they feel that it is safe for you to travel on the NPS boat.

Check off all the statements below that apply to you. Be honest in evaluating yourself.

          I can keep my balance on a moving deck

          I can move and shift weight quickly

          I can keep my balance if the boat bumps the dock, or ship or hits a wave unexpectedly

          I can step forward confidently across a two-foot span over open water to a ladder

          I can step backward confidently across a two-foot span over open water from a ladder onto a moving     platform

          I can hold onto a 90-degree vertical rope ladder for more than a minute

          I can climb ten feet up or down a 90 degree rope ladder using arms above head and facing inward (toward the ladder)

          I get regular exercise and have above-average strength, agility and fitness

          I have good depth perception

          I can hear verbal instructions over loud engine and ocean noise

          I get seasick and/or motion sick

 

Example: Cruise ship Transfer 

https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C6D590DB-1DD8-B71C-076A2AEC1791567D

 

 

NATIVE HERITAGE TOURISM JOB OPPORTUNITY

2) Southeast Alaska: Native Cultural Heritage Guide (Seasonal May-September)

Summer 2017 Cruise Ship and Tour Vessel Position

Alaska Native Voices (ANV) is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants who are excited about sharing the rich history and heritage of Southeast Alaska. There are currently full time and part-time openings for Alaska Cultural Heritage Guides for the summer of 2017 season.

ANV has been providing visitors with Alaska Native perspectives for more than 16 years. Our guides teach visitors about Southeast Alaska’s diverse native history. Each guide attends a preseason training which prepares them with the skills needed to effectively provide formal and informal programing on cruise ships and tour vessels. Every guide brings with them their own personal history, narrative and experiences as they interact and engage with visitors from all over the world which enhances the cultural experience. Our mission is to provide the best cultural experience available and share Alaska’s rich culture with visitors.

A successful applicant should either come with, or be energetic about learning essential knowledge of Southeast Alaska’s indigenous tribes history, traditions and traditional methods, geographic areas of significance in and around various locations throughout Southeast Alaska (past and present), and be able to relate native stories. Abilities to perform, discuss or present native song, dance, language, displays and examples of art or tradition is desirable.

In addition, successful applicants must:

  • Be willing and available to be based onboard cruise ships and tour vessels for extended periods of time (2-4 weeks).
  • Have a friendly, approachable demeanor and possess good customer service skills.
  • Be comfortable with public speaking in front of large groups.
  • Be comfortable with guiding small groups of people on land and providing a safe and educational experience.
  • Be willing to learn more about Southeast Alaska’s native cultures and be willing to share this with visitors from all over the world (supplemental information on Native history is provided to all guides).
  • Knowledge of the Southeast Alaska’s native language(s) is a plus, but is not required for this position.
  • Be punctual and able to follow a set schedule – many workdays begin in the early morning with pre-scheduled presentation times throughout the day.
  • Have the physical ability to transfer luggage and interpretive materials aboard cruise ships and tour vessels.
  • Possess the stamina to be able to work long hours when necessary.
  • Must be a team player – work closely with fellow Cultural Heritage Guides, Crewmates, Alaska Native Voices office staff, service staff, and ship crew members.
  • Understand technologies used for presentations and communication with support staff including email, web and word processing (some additional training provided).
  • Pass a random drug test. Note: ANV Conforms to federal drug restrictions which includes Marijuana.

Other information:

  • Position: Full time and part-time, seasonal – May through September (Training begins April 2017).
  • Salary is dependent upon experience
  • Benefits: No Medical/dental benefits are offered for this seasonal position
  • Schedule: Varied and potentially flexible. Based on ship schedules and can vary from week to week.
  • Stationed at various ports – must be willing to fly, travel efficiently and professionally represent ANV. Transportation and lodging are provided during the season. Meals are provided when onboard ships.

Education

College education preferred. Education may be substituted by outstanding cultural knowledge or work experience history.

SELF ASSESSMENT CHECKLIST FOR WORKING ON SHIPS

Working on or off cruise ships and smaller tour vessels can be physically and mentally challenging. You should be comfortable with the following activities and abilities before committing to a voyage on any vessel.

Check off all the statements below that apply to you.

Be honest in evaluating yourself, not checking any box does not necessarily remove you from consideration.

          I can walk with and safely guide guests over distances without any physical difficulty

          I can keep my balance while walking on remote trails or walking off trail in wilderness

          I am willing and capable of safely guiding visitors in remote areas (additional training is provided)

          I can operate and assist onboard and onshore with kayaks and associated operations

          I can lift up to 50 lbs. and assist onboard and onshore with transport vessel gear and guest luggage

          I can assist and am willing to ride in a zodiac (inflatable boat)

          I can support myself holding onto a rail or ladder using only upper body strength if I had to

          I can climb ten feet up or down stairs on a moving vessel safely and in control

          I get regular exercise and have above-average strength, agility and fitness

          I have good depth perception

          I can hear verbal instructions over loud engine and ocean noise

          I am not prone to seasickness or motion sickness

          I can and am willing to live in close crew quarters while onboard

 

Cultural Heritage Guide (Glacier Bay National Park)

Guide

GLACIER BAY: CULTURAL HERITAGE GUIDE (Seasonal May-September) Alaska Native Voices Educational Institute (ANVEI) is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants who are excited about sharing the rich history and heritage of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and the Huna Tlingit (Xúna Káawu). There are currently full time and part-time seasonal openings for Cultural Heritage Guides for the summer of 2017. ANVEI Cultural Heritage Guides have been providing visitors with Alaska Native perspectives for more than 16 years. Our guides teach visitors about Native life in and around Glacier Bay before and after the rapid advance and retreat of Sit Tlein (Grand Pacific Glacier). Each guide attends a preseason training which prepares them with the skills needed to effectively provide formal and informal programing on and off cruise ships, tour vessels, and ashore in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Every guide brings with them their own personal history and experiences as they interact and engage with visitors from all over the world which enhances the visitors’ cultural experience. Our mission is to provide the best cultural heritage experience possible and share the human and cultural history of Glacier Bay. A successful applicant should either come with, or be energetic about learning essential knowledge of Glacier Bay, Huna Tlingit history, Tlingit traditions and traditional methods, geographic areas of significance in and around Icy Strait (past and present), and be able to relate Tlingit stories. Abilities to perform, discuss or present native song, dance, language, displays and examples of art or tradition is desirable.

Southeast Alaska Cultural Heritage Guide

Hosts and Guides

SOUTHEAST ALASKA: CULTURAL HERITAGE GUIDE (Seasonal May-September) Alaska Native Voices (ANV) is currently seeking enthusiastic applicants who are excited about sharing the rich history and heritage of Southeast Alaska. There are currently full time and part-time openings for Alaska Cultural Heritage Guides for the summer of 2017 season. ANV has been providing visitors with Alaska Native perspectives for more than 16 years. Our guides teach visitors about Southeast Alaska’s diverse native history. Each guide attends a preseason training which prepares them with the skills needed to effectively provide formal and informal programing on cruise ships and tour vessels. Every guide brings with them their own personal history, narrative and experiences as they interact and engage with visitors from all over the world which enhances the cultural experience. Our mission is to provide the best cultural experience available and share Alaska’s rich culture with visitors. A successful applicant should either come with, or be energetic about learning essential knowledge of Southeast Alaska’s indigenous tribes history, traditions and traditional methods, geographic areas of significance in and around various locations throughout Southeast Alaska (past and present), and be able to relate native stories. Abilities to perform, discuss or present native song, dance, language, displays and examples of art or tradition is desirable.

How to Apply

Apply online or send resume or any questions to info@alaskanativevoices.com.

More information is available at www.alaskanativevoices.com