Breakfast/Sous Chef
Alaska Wildland Adventures

Kenai Backcountry Lodge - Now Hiring a Seasonal (Swing) Cook for Breakfast/Dinner in Alaska!

Lakes, Mountains, Wilderness, Kayak, Hiking

  • summer

Breakfast/Sous Chef

Alaska Wildland Adventures
$17.00 - $20.00 / hour + tips
Some experience required
Start Date:
Starts soon! (May 15, 2024)

Alaska Wildland Adventures hiring a Breakfast Cook/Sous Chef at our Kenai Backcountry Lodge! To set the scene, the lodge is an eco-operated, historic homestead on the shores of glacial waters and at the base of 2 million acres of protected wilderness. This lodge is a quiet, quaint and truly authentic to Alaska. With a small staff size of 13 and a guest capacity of 20, quality and connection is the name of the game.

JOB TITLE: Breakfast/Sous Chef

JOB OBJECTIVE: To create and present delicious and creative dinners for 10-20 lodge guests 2-3 nights a week and breakfast 2-3 mornings a week.

COMPENSATION: This position pays $17.00-$20.00/hour (DOE) and offers free food and housing. 

SCHEDULING: This position is regularly scheduled for 40 hour work weeks. This role is based on a 5 day work week with 2 consecutive days off.

LOCATION: Kenai Backcountry Lodge, 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.


  • We offer free housing and provide all food for all staff free of cost with no deduction from paychecks.
  • We provide 2 consecutive days off every week for opportunity to adventure, rest, and enjoy Alaska.
  • With over 75% of our staff being returning team members, we offer great support and training for all positions.
  • Airport transportation offered to all staff at start and end of their contracted dates.
  • Support offered to employees with aspirations to learn new roles whether it be guiding, managing, etc.


  • Produce high quality homemade breakfast/dinner for lodge guests on a regular basis.
  • Will take the lead on breakfast 2-3 mornings a week to provide relief for the Breakfast Cook.
  • Will take the lead on dinners 2-3 evenings a week to provide relief for the Head Chef/Dinner Cook.
  • Ability and willingness to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions. 
  • Must have experience and skills in:  Basic kitchen sanitation procedures, food preparation and storage including maintaining hygienic conditions, cooking, and presenting attractive family style meals in a timely fashion.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prepare foods and meals in an efficient and professional manner while working independently or in a team environment.
  • Participate in company practices and policies to conserve natural resources, reduce landfill-bound waste, reduce or eliminate the use of environmentally harmful substances and products and work to help improve AWA’s environmental impact. 


  • 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.
  • Share a tent cabin with (1) other roommate while keeping your personal living space tidy and respectable. Each tent has 2 twin beds. Partner tent cabins are available with one full bed.
  • 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.


  1. Alaska Food Workers Card (short online course)

  2. CPR and First Aid (short online course)

Want more reasons to join us?

Check out our staff testimonials on our YouTube Channel.

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!