Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Take a walk on the wild side with us this summer!

North to Alaska! Located in the heart of the Chugach National Forest this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Located 47 miles from Anchorage, surrounded by the Chugach mountains along the Turnagain Arm

About Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

The AWCC is a non-profit organization that takes in injured and orphaned wildlife from throughout the state of Alaska. We provide spacious and natural enclosures for the animals in hopes of preserving Alaska's wildlife through education.

The Employee Experience

Things can get wild at the AWCC!  The more you want to learn about the center and its animals the greater your experience can be.  From sharing knowledge with the customers in the retail store or admissions booth, to meeting our wildlife up close and personal the sky's the limit when it comes to your experience at the center.  Some of the experiences you will discover this summer include watching belugas at the end of our property, amazing wildlife opportunities with our residents,  beautiful views on local hiking trails, and getting to know some really amazing folks.  Oh and tourists, there are a lot of them. 

Ideal Candidate

We are a friendly and hardworking group of folks here.  There is a lot going on at the center during the busy summer days, so someone that is willing to pitch in as needed and able to think outside of the box is a must.  Customer service is a huge part of the experience here, and we need folks that love sharing knowledge with our guests.  We try to keep things fun, but know that you're here to help promote the AWCC and our animals, and that is number one. 

Room and Board

There is a shared bunkhouse available on property.  A shared vehicle will be available for use getting to and from housing.  Housing costs are dependent on the facility you will be placed in.  

There is a grocery store located about 15 minutes from the AWCC.  

Bringing your own transportation is highly recommended, as access to the company vehicles is limited.  

Employee Perks

Ability to work four 10 hour days with three consecutive days off which give you plenty of time for hiking and exploring.  Field trips are set up throughout the summer, so you and your co-workers are able to get off property and see more of Alaska.  You also receive 30% off merchandise in the gift store.  

Getting Here and Getting Around

Employees that fly will arrive at the Anchorage International Airport where they will be picked up by an AWCC staff member and transported to the center. Employees that choose to drive will find us located only 45 minutes South of Anchorage on a well paved highway.

Company vehicles may be available for use if needed, but proof of a valid driver's license and a current copy of your driver's record must be provided.  Use of company vehicles is at the discretion of the AWCC.

For Fun

Located in the heart of the Chugach National Forest there is an Alaskan adventure waiting at your door. Employees work four 10 hour days and have 3 consecutive days off, which gives ample time to explore the area or take a trip. The center is located only minutes from Prince William Sound--a renowned area for fishing, sea kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

We are only 45 minutes from Anchorage and 15 minutes from Girdwood, where more social activities are available. With only a 20 minute drive you can bike, hike, and backpack some of the best trails in Southcentral Alaska.

Our Jobs

Seasonal positions run from Mid-April till the end of September.   Great customer service is required, and experience with money handling and a similar work environment is appreciated. 

Positions Available:

Retail Customer Service and Sales -- The retail store here at the AWCC is a fast paced and fun environment to work in.  You will spend the day working the the customers, creating and cleaning displays, and sharing facts about our animals and center to the public.  We see sometimes up to a few thousand people through our doors a day!  
The retail store is hiring for: a Supervisor 

Admissions Booth -- This is the front line job for customer service at the center.  Friendly smile and personality is a must.  Responsible for taking admissions fees for commercial and non-commercial tours, and providing basic information on the center.  Employee must be able to work independently (frequently only one person staffs the admission booth), and able to handle a fast paced environment.

Admissions Agent

Portage

Responsible for inputting daily transactions of visitors, commercial tour operators, and Special events participants. Ensuring visitors are aware of rules and policies upon entering campus.  Accountability of money handling without supervision. Opening and closing gates around the center in time with our hours of operation.

JOB DUTIES

Admissions Agent:

  • Ensures effective and clear communication with the Admission Manager, as well as all other AWCC department managers and staff.
  • Responsible for complying with policies and procedures
  • Operates cash register; makes and records cash/Credit Card receipt transactions for daily sales, memberships, and commercial vouchers
  • Ensures all money and vouchers are accounted for properly; assumes all responsibility for admissions bank/till.
  • Familiarity with membership details and how to promote sales; actively promotes merchandise and offers all customers prompt service
  • Maintains a friendly, knowledgeable and courteous demeanor always.
  • Ensures a productive, respectful, and positive work environment. Assists other departments as directed to ensure a team atmosphere.
  • Assists with opening or closing procedures.
  • Keeps admissions space neat and orderly; assists with hauling supplies to/from retail location.

 

Retail Supervisor

Portage

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is looking for a Gift Store Supervisor to start training before the summer season gets into full swing. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is located 47 miles south of Anchorage, surrounded by the Chugach mountains along the Turnagain Arm.

SUMMARY

Responsible for the onsite supervision of retail staff, and limited scope of shop operations for gift store.

JOB DUTIES

  • On a daily basis, operates, supervises, and coordinates all duties and activities of a retail/gift shop area and staff; responsible for opening and/or closing the center, recording, reconciling, and reporting daily cash receipts, taking charge of stocking, displaying and inventory activities, and supervising, training, and scheduling retail clerks.
  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge on all gifts, backgrounds, and artists, to pass on to customers and shop staff.
  • Ensures arriving guests are informed about the center.
  • Is responsible for the maintenance of a neat, safe, and efficient retail space area; ensures that sales products are properly and neatly displayed and stocked, and supplies are available for staff use. 
  • Performs limited inventory management.
  • Responsible for upholding and assuring staff compliance with policies and procedures; acts as liaison between front line staff and management with regard to issues directly effecting day-to-day operations; coordinates and participates in staff orientation.
  • Performs customer purchasing transactions for retail items and/or gifts; explains characteristics and origin of items to customers.
  • Actively promotes merchandise and offers all customers prompt service; provides packaging and shipping services – wraps and mails merchandise purchases on request; maintains a friendly, knowledgeable and courteous demeanor at all times
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

 

How to Apply

Please send a resume to the below e-mail addresses:

Retail: Kat@alaskawildlife.org
Admissions: Kara@alaskawildlife.org

Feel free to call 907-783-2025 or e-mail Kat at kat@alaskawildlife.org with any questions or problems with the application process.