Boat Captain
Alaska Wildland Adventures

Hiring 2023 Seasonal Boat Captain in Alaska for Kenai Backcountry Eco-Lodge

Glacial Lake, Wilderness, Backcountry, Alaska, Eco Lodge, Captain, Boat

  • summer
$27.00 - $30.00 / hour
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 3 months. (Apr 30, 2023)

JOB TITLE: 'Alaska Nellie' Boat Captain

JOB OBJECTIVE: Ensure the safe operation and maintenance of M/V Alaska Nellie including overseeing the maintenance and operation of the vessel. This position also provides support to the KBL Lodge management team in the maintenance of the lodge property.

COMPENSATION: This position pays $27-30.00/hour and offers free food and housing. For meals, staff can expect to have a stocked kitchen and pantry to prepare breakfast and lunches and dinner is chef prepared and served daily.

REPORTS TO: Kenai Backcountry Lodge Manager

LOCATION: The Kenai Backcountry Lodge sits on the shores of glacial Skilak Lake, closest town (45 minute drive) Cooper Landing, Alaska; Kenai Peninsula. Staff members will fly (if not driving) into Ted Stevens Airport in Anchorage, Alaska where an Alaska Wildland Adventures’ manager or team member will provide transportation to the lodge. We also provide transportation back to the airport at the end of the season.

OUR SEASON: We ask applicants to be available for our entire operation season, from mid-May to mid-September.


  • Work requires knowledge gained in advanced training and specialized experiences in operating a boat in the capacity as Captain, natural history interpretation, principles of group leadership and interpersonal communications, as well as safety skills and precautions.  

  • Performing work that is original, dynamic, and creative in character.  Each and every situation during your work may require unique approaches and varying techniques in order to result in a consistent overall high quality experience for trip participants. WP recognizes that high quality results depend upon the invention, imagination, and talent you possess for this profession.

  • Safely operate landing craft with guests and/or freight on board.

  • Imparting instruction in safety skills and informed narration on natural history as necessary for trip participants. You are recognized as a professional boat operator. We highly respect the professional nature of this position. 

  •  Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in the performance of the work with regard to the Captain position. Within a wide range of standards and guidelines, you will be granted independence in carrying out your work within generally acceptable standards of this profession.

  • While serving as the boat’s captain, work often requires supervisory capacity over the Deckhand/Naturalist and all trip participants for the duration of the trip.

  • Close attention to detail and adherence to time schedules. Operations are delicately balanced on tight schedules. Arriving and departing on time throughout the day is of the utmost importance. 

  • Boat tasks and chores, including, but not limited to, assisting the Deckhand/naturalist as needed, keeping the boat clean and orderly, and assisting in cleaning the boat at the end of the day.

  • Communication of vessel upkeep and systems maintenance needs and assistance in scheduling and coordination of those tasks with support from lodge and operations management. 

  • Performing and reporting weather observations to the management team and making recommendations to help shape day-to-day logistics.

  • Assistance with other camp roles such as guiding, hospitality, or maintenance.

  • Willingness to embrace camp chores such as dishwashing duties, luggage hauling, and firewood collection to allow for values of integration, coordination, cross training, and to demonstrate community efforts to accomplish recurring tasks.

  • Flexibility and diversity. Employee’s duties and assignments may be modified and altered incidental to Employee’s principal duties to allow for smooth operation of the business and maximum employment opportunities for the Employee.


  • Contribute to communal duties such as washing your own dishes, cleaning up after any common spaces you have used, and demonstrate general courtesy to community spaces.

  • Interact positively with guests and staff members and possess a kind and approachable attitude. We live where we work, and feel it is very important to preserve and promote a healthy and kind culture within our community for our staff members to live in and for our guests to visit. 

  • Possess the ability to work within a team structure and in a flexible manner to accomplish a variety of tasks including food preparation, packing, and guest service in a remote setting. 

  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere. Our staff areas offer two kitchens, laundry facilities, lounges, and bathhouses. Our staff tent cabins do not have power or water. It is important our team members are ready for a shift in their accessible amenities and daily routines.

  • High-quality guest service standards. We are incredibly intentional in providing our guests with outstanding services. We are attentive to their needs and treat each guest with intention.

  • Must be organized in personal and professional spaces as all staff members co-exist within them.

  • Must be able to work at a fast pace when needed. A sense of urgency and self-starting tasks is important given some of our time sensitive operations and tasking on a daily basis.

  • Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screen and participate in a random drug screening program as required by Alaska State Parks and the United States Coast Guard. The applicant is responsible for the cost of the pre-employment drug screen. AWA will pay for random drug screens. 


  1. Must possess at least a 25 ton Inland USCG license and be able to provide proof of USCG Boat Captain license and First Aid/CPR certification. Be familiar with USCG regulations and adhere to them.

  2. Experience safely operating vessels in a variety of conditions.

  3. Excellent risk management skills with a tendency towards conservative decision making.

  4. Experience evaluating dynamic weather and conditions and experience keeping trip participants safe in a variety of weather conditions.

  5. Natural history interpretation and guest services experience.   

  6. Must participate in a random drug screening program as required by the United States Coast Guard. AWA will pay for the cost of initial and random drug screenings pending negative results.

  7. Basic knowledge of/or willingness to learn Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Fleetio (vessel maintenance tracking) app.


  • Must possess at least a 25 ton Inland USCG license and be able to provide proof of USCG Boat Captain license and First Aid/CPR certification. Be familiar with USCG regulations and adhere to them.

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter to or feel free to email our Hiring Coordinator at and ask any questions you may have prior to applying!

If you'd like to apply now and send your resume after, you can access our application with the link below:

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