Boat Captain Position in Ketchikan, AK
Enjoy Alaska's Best This Summer with Alaska Travel Adventures
Alaska Travel Adventures is in the business of making our guests’ Alaska vacation dreams come true! We are looking for enthusiastic, adventurous individuals to help us create the best possible experience for our guests. We are one of Alaska's most diversified vacation companies, with a team of over 300 statewide employees and nearly 40 years of industry leading experience.
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About Alaska Travel Adventures
Alaska Travel Adventures is gearing up for our summer season. We are currently hiring outgoing, highly motivated individuals for summer employment in Alaska for all positions.
Are you ready for your office to be the great outdoors? We are looking for hard workers, and by "work" we mean kayaking in Camp Coogan Bay, rafting on the Mendenhall River, and canoeing on Mendenhall Lake, as well as guiding our Guests, cooking and preparing food, maintaining gear, cleaning the van...the list is long!
This is more than job, it’s an adventure and a lifestyle! Competitive wages, seasonal bonus program, training in outdoor skills such as rafting and housing placement assistance are among the advantages of employment with our company.
The Employee Experience
Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, reachable only by air or water is a thriving city offering a great blend of city amenities and small-town hospitality. Nearly 32,000 people call Juneau home, many of them working in government, tourism, mining and fishing. Juneau employees have the perks of many conveniences such as big box stores, a movie theatre, bowling alley, and a variety of watering holes.
Skagway, with a population of just around 1,000, is located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska. With its streets lined with wooden boardwalks and historically restored buildings, Skagway looks much as it did 100 years ago. Skagway has one library, one financial institution, 2 grocery stores, 3 museums, and 6 saloons. In Skagway, team members with passports can enjoy trips to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory. Just 2 hours away, it is the closest city.
Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “first city” due to its location at the southern tip of the Inside Passage. Rain or shine, the beauty of Ketchikan’s lush, green, temperate rainforest setting is immediately apparent. Good fishing and a vibrant artist community, Ketchikan has something for everyone.
Sitka is the perfect location for someone looking to have a lighter work load and lots of time to enjoy their surroundings. A historic gem, Sitka and it’s beautiful surroundings make it ideal for the avid outdoor enthusiast.
Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska. Those of us who call Alaska home call it the “Big City.” Employees who are looking for a taste of the outdoors with all the comforts of the lower 48, Anchorage is the place for you.
- Must possess a positive attitude that is friendly, considerate and energetic
- Work as an effective team member
- Exceptional customer service skills and a knack for entertaining guests
- Confident, with a genuine concern for the happiness and well-being of others
- A strong work ethic & safety first attitude
- Flexibility, a cool head and thinking on your feet are a must
- Some positions require CPR/First aid and CDL or Coast Guard certifications
- Excellent presentation & communication skills
- Punctual, with a neat and well-groomed appearance
- Able to take direction and willingness to learn new skills
Room and Board
A position with our company is not dependent upon living in company housing, so team members are welcome to live in non-company housing if they wish. It is best to start looking for housing at your earliest opportunity, because seasonal housing is in high-demand. Alaska Travel Adventures recognizes that housing in Alaska can be costly and difficult to obtain, so we do offer assistance locating housing for all employees. There is a flat daily rate deducted from each bi-weekly paycheck, with a refundable security deposit if you choose to stay in ATA subsidized housing. This rate covers the monthly rent, electric, trash and water/sewer charges. If interested in this service, please indicate this in your application and it will be covered in the interview process.
Please note there are multiple individuals in each residence and plan on sharing a room with at least one other person.
What is NOT covered in the charge for employee housing is cable/internet service and anything you would normally purchase for your own home.
Living in company housing is a privilege, not a right. It is important for everyone to be respectful of others living in housing. For this reason, guidelines are in place to help ensure our company housing can be enjoyed by all. Residents will be required to sign a housing agreement prior to living in company housing.
- Experience Alaska while earning competitive wages
- Learn new skills
- Opportunity to cross train for a variety of tour operations
- Create memories and friendships that last a lifetime
- Performance based bonuses are available to team members in many positions
- Housing assistance
- Reliable work and days off to enjoy the Last Frontier
- Get connected to local tours at industry rates or sometimes on a complimentary basis
Getting Here and Getting Around
ATA hopes that all of our team members have an incredible summer working with us, but they need to get here first. It is your responsibility to make their own travel arrangements to and from Alaska and to get to and from work. Although we are unable to offer travel reimbursement, we are happy to assist employees in finding the most competitive airfare prices to Alaska. You can call our reservation and ticketing office in Seattle at 1-800-323-5757. For ferry reservations, call the Alaska Marine Highway System, 1-800-642-0066.
Although we do everything in our power to secure housing close to each operation, it is not always possible. Therefore it is highly recommended that consideration be given to bringing a bike or driving a car up to Alaska.
Used cars and bikes are often available in many locations. Facebook has proven very helpful to employees in locating these deals in the past. Some employees have pooled their money to purchase a used car for the summer season to assist with their transportation needs. The road to Alaska is 2,400 miles of the most amazing Canadian and Alaskan wilderness. Many employees see a road trip as part of their Alaskan adventure. Or take advantage of the Alaskan Marine Highway and jump on the ferry in Bellingham, Washington. You can even put your vehicle on a barge in Seattle and fly to your new home away from home.
Juneau, Ketchikan, & Anchorage have a limited public bus system that connects the main commerce centers. Sitka and Skagway are very pedestrian and bike-friendly towns.
All locations have a bi-weekly pay period, so we suggest you have sufficient funds for food, etc. for at least the first three weeks of employment.
Summer in Alaska means working and playing hard. With almost endless hours of daylight, even after a full day of work there is always time for play. In all of our locations, our employees are surrounded by breathtaking mountains, glaciers, deep fjords and flowing rivers. So, whether you are looking to hike gorgeous trails through the Tongass National Forest, fish in the pristine waters, or just get out and enjoy your local community; adventure, new friends and fond memories await.
We encourage our guides to experience all of the tours we have to offer, as well as, enjoy the benefits of being a part of Alaska’s tourism industry. Many local operators provide industry rates or space available seating for our employees. We would love to connect you with these opportunities.
Our positions include CDL drivers, licensed boat captains, restaurant team, musicians, entertainers and adventure tour guides, just to name a few. From our kayaking tours in Juneau and Sitka, to our jeep tour in Ketchikan, to our Hummer tour in Skagway, each of our trips feature personalized attention and provide our guests with a chance to experience Alaska’s natural splendor. It is our goal to provide each guest with a high quality, safe and enjoyable Alaskan experience in a responsible and ethical manner. We recognize that we cannot be successful in our goals without our professional guides and service industry employees leading the way.
Whether you are helping guests connect to Alaska’s wilderness while rafting down a glacial-fed river, learn about Alaskan’s gold-rush history through a vaudeville style performance, or giving the guests the perfect shot of Alaska’s renowned wildlife, you are in the business of creating memories.
We are currently hiring for ALL positions! Visit our website for the full list of jobs and descriptions.