Alaska Wildland Adventures

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Summer Jobs on the Kenai Peninsula

Seasonal employment opportunities abound with Alaska Wildland Adventures. Summer 2018 jobs run from mid-May through mid-September and are based at one of our three lodges on Alaska's stunning Kenai Peninsula. 

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. We operate three small eco-conscious lodges on the Kenai Peninsula. Lodge locations are within Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Wildlife Refuge, and along the turquoise waters of the Kenai River.

About Alaska Wildland Adventures

Alaska Wildland Adventures offers summer jobs on the Kenai Peninsula.  Job openings require skills in one or more of the following: outdoor leadership and natural history interpretation, raft or sportfish guiding, hospitality, driving, and maintenance.

We seek individuals who understand the value of teamwork, are skillful, high-energy, and people-oriented for unique, small-group, Ecotourism-based travel.

The Employee Experience

Passion in all that we do!  Care for one another!  Enriching experience!

Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will be someone who understands the balance of working hard and experiencing all that Alaska has to offer.  You will find that your co-workers expect a high level of performance on the job and opportunities to explore Alaska with your new friends will be many. We are a strong community of people that love Alaska and appreciate an inclusive, caring, family atmosphere.  We also seek individuals with a conservation mindset and fascination for the natural world. 

Alaska Wildland Adventures also has a set of guiding principles that we follow that the ideal candidate should understand and appreciate.

Room and Board

Kenai Riverside Lodge:

Since the Kenai Riverside Lodge is on the road system and there is housing available off-site, we do not require staff to live on-site at the lodge. However, we do offer a Meal Service Agreement for all employees. The Meal Service Agreement includes housing (included by Alaska Wildland Adventures at no charge), but there is a $210/month charge for food (pro-rated based on a 30 day month at $7.00/day). Laundry (and detergent) and shower facilities (soap, shampoo, & conditioner) are provided for staff members at no additional charge.

Kenai Backcountry Lodge:

Kenai Backcountry Lodge is in a truly remote location in the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and the only option is to live on-site in staff housing. Therefore, there is no charge for food or housing for staff members at Kenai Backcountry Lodge.  Staff space is much more limited at this lodge, due to efforts to keep our impact low, but you cannot beat the location!  Staff housing includes cabin-tents (2 staff/tent), bathroom and/or an outhouse, shower, and a cabin as a staff "hang-out". Limited amount of electricity is available at the lodge since power is supplied by a small hydro-electric system.  All water at the lodge is provided by a snow melt stream that flows through the property.  Staff members should participate in the conservation of these essential resources.  

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge:

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge is remote and within the confines of Kenai Fjords National Park, which is only accessible by boat.  The only option is to live on site in staff housing. Therefore, there is no charge for food or housing for staff. Staff housing includes cabin-tent (2 staff/tent), bathroom and/or outhouse, shower, and a cabin as a staff "hang out".  Electricity is limited during the evening hours, as the lodge and staff facilities run off of a battery bank that has been charged during the day.  All water on the property comes from a natural spring and is filtered and treated accordingly.  It is important for staff members to participate in the conservation of power and water.

Employee Perks

Work and play in Alaska! In 2007, we were recognized by The Wall Street Journal for being one of the Nation’s Top 15 Winning Workplaces!  We seek to provide opportunities for staff to get out and enjoy the natural wonders of Alaska.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Once hired, staff can fly into Anchorage where we will pick you up and provide transportation to any of the 3 lodges where you have been hired.  If staff would like to have their own car available throughout the summer, then allow a week at least to drive up the Alaska/Canadian Highway and ask for further directions on how to get to our lodges.

For Fun

Hiking, kayaking, and fishing opportunities provide staff with ample time to explore Alaska during downtime from work.  Oh, and there's blueberry and salmonberry picking, mushroom foraging, ridiculous sunsets (if you're still awake in the heart of the summer), socializing with staff, small-town Alaska music festivals, ping pong at any of our lodges, saunas, dipping into a frigid lake, or just simply sitting back and watching the magic of an Alaskan summer. 

Our Jobs

Natural History Guides, Shuttle Drivers, Hospitality, Front Desk/Office, Maintenance and Mechanics, Management, and Jobs.  All of our positions value and promote a team oriented concept.

Management

~Kenai Backcountry Lodge Manager~

Skilak Lake (KBL)

The Seasonal Lodge Managers will coordinate all aspects of our Kenai Backcountry Lodge. These positions will typically work a 40-hour week but must be flexible to work more especially during the training period of May and early June. Day-to-day schedule may fluctuate depending on arrivals and guest occupancy at the lodge. These dynamic positions requires experience in staff leadership and supervision, program logistics and scheduling, general maintenance skills, experience running a backcountry lodge, experience with boat operation and maintenance and Alaska natural history interpretation.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Greet guests upon arrival at lodge
  • Oversee management of hospitality and maintenance staff
  • Organize continual maintenance and construction projects
  • Manage staff schedules
  • Problem solve unique remote lodge logistics
  • Ensure daily activities are booked and guide staff are available
  • Be capable of performing any of the lodge duties from hospitality to guiding to cooking with a positive team outlook
  • Competent with computers and Windows operating system; working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage, train and schedule guide, hospitality and maintenance staff while providing constructive feedback to enhance their job performance
  • Ability to multitask and problem solve under time restraints
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere
  • Affinity for natural history and interest in expanding knowledge of ecotourism, Alaska and Alaska tourism experience
Hospitality

Cook

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (KFGL), Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL), and Skilak Lake (KBL)

This position will work alongside the Lead Dinner Chef in preparing and presenting 2 family-style, 4 course meals each night. They will also support the chef in preparing staff dinner and weekly salmon bake lunches for special groups. Must have experience in food preparation and sanitation procedures. Great teamwork ethic required.  

Essential Requirements for Hospitality Positions:

  • Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days and in sometimes cramped work space.
  • Possess the ability to work within a team structure and in a flexible manner to accomplish a variety of tasks, including: food preparation, packing, housekeeping and guest service.
  • For cooks: capable of preparing hearty and well prepared meals for several groups of people at the same time.
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

Pay is DOE.

Seward

Deckhand Naturalist Position

Weather Permitting

The Deckhand/ Naturalist position will not only assist boat Captains with running vessels each day but also perform high quality customer service and natural history interpretation for guests. 

Vessels: MV Weather or Knot-40 ft jet propelled catamaran landing craft.  Mainly used as a water taxi for sea kayakers on guided or independent trips to Aialik Bay while providing guided tour along the way.

MV Wildlander-50 ft jet propelled catamaran landing craft mainly used as tour vessel taking guests to the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge located in Aialik Bay. 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Deckhand responsibilities

  • Assist Captain with daily maintenance of vessel such as engine checks
  • Competence in all emergency systems and procedures
  • Handling lines and assisting in docking procedures as well as operating hydraulic landing craft bow gate
  • Loading and securing kayaks, gear, luggage and supplies for lodge
  • Assist in fueling up vessel
  • Occasional assistance with larger maintenance projects such as oil changes and other regular engine upkeep (depending on experience).

Naturalist/Customer Service Responsibilities

  • Maintaining a clean and organized vessel including a well stocked beverage bar
  • Greet guests and Assist Captain with orienting guests to the vessel
  • Perform Safety Speech required by USCG
  • Assist Captain in providing ongoing, in depth natural history interpretation during trip- In the case of the Wildlander, this is done using a PA system
  • Brief guest about the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge
  • Be attentive to guests needs
  • Clean vessel at end to day
  • Assisting general operation of company around Seward- this may include
  • Helping office staff with guests, food orders or supplies for lodge
  • Occasionally taking garbage/recycling to dump 

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Previous experience with boats of this nature.  Diesel engine experience a huge plus.

  • Excellent customer service and natural history interpretation skills.     

  • Communication skills with both guests and employees.

  • Housing and food not provided, so ideally already a Seward resident or willing to find housing independently. 

  • Ability to be flexible with daily schedule 

  • First Aid/ CPR or higher medical training

  • Pre-employment drug screen as well as participating in a random drug screen program during time of employment

Outdoor Leadership

Hiking Adventure Trip Leader

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (KFGL), Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL), and Skilak Lake (KBL)

​Leads five to ten day natural history safari trips. Also supports AWA at various lodges during stay.   We search for trip leaders who genuinely enjoy working with people. More than anything else, this is the critical factor in determining if potential applicants will make GREAT trip leaders.

Trip leaders have to be more than naturalists; they have to provide first-rate, high-quality guest service, act as positive problem solvers, be team players -- ready to help set a table or carry luggage as enthusiastically as identifying a wildflower while hiking -- and thrive off the unexpected events that often occur while traveling throughout Alaska's wild lands. Pay is DOE.

  • Must have the ability to work within a team structure.

  • Alaska experience, outdoor leadership and interpretation or teaching background preferred.

  • Must be prepared to present an evening program on an Alaskan natural history topic.

  • Wilderness First Responder or higher is required.

Essential Requirements for all Adventure Trip Positions:

  • Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days in a sometimes cramped workspace.

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

  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

  • All positions (including managers) have dishwashing duties. Please note: all dishwashing at this lodge is done by hand using a three-step method.

Outdoor Leadership

Hiking Kayaking Adventure Trip Leader

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (KFGL), Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL), and Skilak Lake (KBL)

Leads activities such as hiking, canoeing, and sea kayaking for five to ten day. Also supports AWA at various lodges during stay.  We search for trip leaders who genuinely enjoy working with people. More than anything else, this is the critical factor in determining if potential applicants will make GREAT trip leaders.

Trip leaders have to be more than naturalists; they have to provide first-rate, high-quality guest service, act as positive problem solvers, be team players -- ready to help set a table or carry luggage as enthusiastically as identifying a wildflower while hiking -- and thrive off the unexpected events that often occur while traveling throughout Alaska's wild lands. Pay is DOE.

  • Responsible for developing and presenting evening programs for guests.

  • Must have interpretation background and previous Alaska experience.  

  • Must have extensive experience in sea kayaking.

  • Wilderness First Responder or higher is required.

  • 120 days (or more) of documented experience with motorized boats (Sea Service)

  • Experience in sea kayaking and rafting class III white water (or higher) is a plus.

  • Pre-employment physical and drug screen required for USCG "Six-Pack" and Kenai River Guide licenses.

Essential Requirements for all Adventure Trip Positions:

  • Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days in a sometimes cramped workspace.

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

  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

  • All positions (including managers) have dishwashing duties. Please note: all dishwashing at this lodge is done by hand using a three-step method.

Hospitality

Hospitality Staffer

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (KFGL), Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL), and Skilak Lake (KBL)

This position is responsible for a variety of day-to-day guest services and will support all other hospitality positions. This includes cabin cleaning, dinner service, bartending, kitchen assistant, and the cleaning of the main lodge and other common areas. Must be organized, personable, and have a great attitude and teamwork ethic. 

Essential Requirements for Hospitality Positions:

  • Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days and in sometimes cramped work space.
  • Possess the ability to work within a team structure and in a flexible manner to accomplish a variety of tasks, including: food preparation, packing, housekeeping and guest service.
  • For cooks: capable of preparing hearty and well prepared meals for several groups of people at the same time.
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

Pay is DOE.

Hospitality

Lead Dinner Chef

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (KFGL), Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL), and Skilak Lake (KBL)

Promotes a positive learning environment in the kitchen. This position takes leadership of the dinner shift. Responsibilities include: staff supervision; quality control; oversight of meal preparation; and food inventory control. The Lead Dinner Chef will be responsible for 2 guest dinners (4 courses in each), staff dinner, and weekly special group salmon bakes. Previous cooking experience required.

Essential Requirements for Hospitality Positions:

  • Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days and in sometimes cramped work space.
  • Possess the ability to work within a team structure and in a flexible manner to accomplish a variety of tasks, including: food preparation, packing, housekeeping and guest service.
  • For cooks: capable of preparing hearty and well prepared meals for several groups of people at the same time.
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

Pay is DOE.

Office

Office Assistant

Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL)

​Carry out various office functions including data entry, reservation processing, phone calls, trip sales, gift shop sales, payment processing, and guest reception. Work in fast-paced environment with a great deal of guest contact and service.

Essential Requirements for Office Positions:

  • Possess computer skills in word processing, data entry, reservation systems, spreadsheets, Excel, Google Docs, and Google Calendar. Microsoft Office literacy preferred.

  • Professional and cheerful phone and guest reception.

  • Comfortable with meeting and greeting walk-in guests.

  • Organized and conscientious at handling inventory and retail sales.

  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

Pay is DOE.

Office

Office Assistant WP

Weather Permitting

The Office Coordinator will assist the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge in sales, guest check-ins, transportation and assistance for the Weather Permitting water taxi business. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to taking phone reservations  for Water Taxi and 72 hour special KFGL bookings as well as answering basic questions about Water Taxi and KFGL.

KFGL SUPPORT:

  • Meet and greet guests; they will check in at office. Label luggage with tags with cabin number; shuttle them and luggage to boat as needed.
  • Greet boat on return; receive backhaul and sort/transport it to appropriate facility (garbage to dumpster, recycling, etc.)
  • Check in food and supplies, sometimes re-pack for boats
  • Help load boats.
  • Other chores as needed: filling propane tanks
  • Help make arrangements for guests in case of weather delays, including possible guiding of Seward adventure.
  • Serve as Deck Hand from time to time
  • Help clean boats from time to time (this is generally contracted) 

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with AWA programs or similar experience in ecotourism, and Alaska experience preferred.

  • Excellent organizational skills, detail orientated, self-motivation, and self-management

  • Communication skills with both guests and employees, excellent at customer service

  • Housing and food not provided, so ideally already a Seward resident

  • Competent with computers (familiarity with WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Google Calendar, e-mail, and Excel programs).

  • Have the ability to lift heavy loads (up to 75 pounds).
Office

Office Coordinator

Weather Permitting

This position involves taking bookings for our water taxis, facilitating guest departure and arrivals from Seward Harbor, minor accounting, and receiving our remote lodge food deliveries and facilitating shipment.  Additional responsibilities include recycling and dump runs, concise email communication.  

Candidates should possess high organizational skills, ability to multi task, ability to lift 50lbs, strong customer service skills, and a positive can do attitude.

Office

Program Coordinator

Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge (KFGL)

The Program Coordinator oversees the daily scheduling and logistics of guided hikes, kayaking, and canoeing trips based from the lodge.  The Program Coordinator will lead the guide department training, maintain guide gear, and keep and maintain meticulous records for National Park Permitting.  The position requires oversight and adherence to lodge risk management and makes guided trip decisions based upon current and forecasted weather conditions.

The Program Coordinator must have a current Wilderness First Responder Certification.  Previous natural history interpretation, guiding, and leadership experience preferred.  Alaska experience a plus.

Hospitality

Trip Packer

Kenai Riverside Lodge (KRL)

Prepares and packs travel meals food for all Alaska Wildland Adventure trips, including lunches for all AWA guests. The trip packer is also responsible for providing the employee kitchen with sandwich meats, cheeses, spreads, and other essential lunch fixings. Must be organized and detail oriented.

Essential Requirements for Hospitality Positions:

  • Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days and in sometimes cramped work space.
  • Possess the ability to work within a team structure and in a flexible manner to accomplish a variety of tasks, including: food preparation, packing, housekeeping and guest service.
  • For cooks: capable of preparing hearty and well prepared meals for several groups of people at the same time.
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.

Pay is DOE.

How to Apply

If you are interested in working with Alaska Wildland Adventures this summer, please first visit http://www.alaskawildland.com/employment to get a perspective on the different jobs available.

Once you have determined that this is what you're looking for, please follow the How to Apply section that will prompt you to email your resume and cover letter to the hiring coordinator. Once reviewed, an online application will be sent to you. Any questions regarding the application process can be directed to our Hiring coordinator at 907-341-0111 or summerjobs@alaska-wildland.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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