Assistant Lodge Manager
Alaska Wildland Adventures

Hiring 2023 Seasonal Assistant Manager of Alaskan Homestead and Eco-Lodge

Glacial Lake, Backcountry, Wilderness, Eco Lodge, Alaska

  • summer

Assistant Lodge Manager

Alaska Wildland Adventures
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (Apr 28, 2023)

We are hiring an Assistant Lodge Manager at our Kenai Backcountry Lodge, a historic homestead and eco-lodge. This lodge sits on the shores of a glacially fed lake and is surrounded by 2 million acres of protected wilderness. This position will assist our current Lodge Manager who has been at this lodge since 2014 and able to offer much support and guidance as our selected applicant learns our backcountry operations. Guests access this lodge via Raft by floating 17 river miles to the lodge, however, staff are able to access the road system with a 20-minute boat ride. The perfect setting to be in a truly remote location yet have access to some practical amenities. Our preferred applicant will have experience working seasonal contracts, communal and remote living, experience in hospitality/guiding and/or management and be willing to lead a small team with the support of our Lodge Manager.

JOB TITLE: Assistant Kenai Backcountry Lodge Manager

JOB OBJECTIVE: To cultivate and maintain a positive, inclusive, and organized working environment for all employees and guests. Support and collaborate with Lodge Manager regarding guest activities, employee schedules, risk management, dining service, and transportation and supply logistics. This position oversees every aspect of our guest’s experience and ensures exceptional hospitality and safe in-field activities. 

COMPENSATION: This position is salaried at $1,850 - $1,950 and is to be paid biweekly 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 late April to mid-September.


  • Work requiring knowledge gained in advanced training and specialized experiences in managing employees, 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. Alaska Wildland Adventures recognizes that high-quality results depend upon the invention, imagination, and talent you possess for this profession.

  • Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in the performance of the work. Within a wide range of standards and guidelines, you will be granted independence in carrying out your work within the generally accepted standards of a management profession.

  • Dynamic time scheduling. Managing involves work of such character that the output produced and the result accomplished is difficult to standardize on a time basis.

  • Work requires supervisory capacity over employees in your department.

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

  • Occasional “camp chores” and manual labor to allow for values of integration, coordination, cross-training, employee benefits of sharing drudgery tasks, synergy, and maximum employment opportunity. You will be expected to do "dirty work" and "manual labor" from time to time.


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


  • CPR/First Aid (easy & quick online course)

  • Wilderness First Responder (preferred)

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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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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