Summer Jobs in Glacier Bay - Alaska
Live on the Edge ~ of the Ice!
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve — a World Heritage Site in the United States — is a 3.3 million acre treasure of natural wonders and wildlife near Juneau, Alaska.
About Aramark Glacier Bay Lodge
Nestled in between coastal mountains, incredible fjords and the inside passage – Glacier Bay is a remote wilderness experience you don’t want to miss. On top of learning or further developing your hospitality skills in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the recreation and sightseeing opportunities are endless!
The Employee Experience
For many employees, living at the Glacier Bay Lodge is a totally different experience. Cell Phones don’t work at the lodge, but there are land lines so that you can make calls. Wifi works in the main lobby, but can be sporadic elsewhere. There are no malls or movie theaters or traffic or noise. Your commute to work will be a 30 second walk through an emerald forest. It is peaceful bliss! For many, this is a chance to unwind and reconnect with nature, to live a slower lifestyle. For others who have worked in national parks before, it will be familiar and welcome.
Working at a lodge in a national park can be challenging, but is also great fun. In a lodge with only 50 employees, sometimes people are asked to help out in different departments. Working at the Glacier Bay Lodge is a great way to get hands-on experience in the hotel and restaurant business. Successful workers are flexible, dependable, positive, enjoy customer service and value teamwork.
After work, there are many activities for employees.One activity that can’t be explained, is simply enjoying the magic of Alaska. Whether it be a stunning sunset over Bartlett Cove, an early morning rainbow over the rain forest, a whale breaching in the bay, the otherworldly aurora borealis or watching a moose and calves on the side of the road, Alaska will blow your mind and cast a spell on you
Do you enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, camping, kayaking, nature and/or fishing? Do you enjoy working with a small, tight-knit community of like-minded people? Do you have a can-do attitude, have a passion for customer service and teamwork? If so, working at the Glacier Bay Lodge may be perfect for you.
Room and Board
The employee housing is comprised of rustic, dormitory-style units. The rooms are very simple. All of the rooms have private bathrooms with a toilet and shower. The rooms have 2-4 beds in them. In most cases, you’ll have one or two other roommates. It is slightly possible that you will be 4 people to a room, but staffing needs generally do not require us to have 4 to a room.
The cost is $15.00 per day for all employees. This includes 3 meals a day in our Employee Dining Room and laundry facilities.
Employees are allowed to take the daily national park cruise for free. This eight-hour tour travels about 120 mile round-trip through spectacular Glacier Bay. Sea lions, harbor seals, bears, mountain goats, otters and an assortment of birds are seen on almost all trips. During the summer months, it is also possible to see whales and orcas. In addition to seeing animals, the boat passes through spectacular scenery, from snow capped peaks to narrow fjords to tidewater glaciers.
Trails leave directly from the Glacier Bay Lodge
- The Forest Loop Trail
A one-mile long loop trail begins at the Glacier Bay Lodge and ends near the dock. This easy Alaska hike winds through a pond-studded spruce/hemlock forest for one half mile (handicap accessible), then descends to the beach. In May and June, when the spring bird migration is at a peak, the trail is full of bird song. June and July are the best times for wildflowers.
Bartlett River Trail
This five-mile round-trip trail isn’t difficult, but passes through muddy and unmaintained sections. It meanders along an intertidal lagoon, through the forest, then emerges and ends at the Bartlett River estuary where ducks, geese and other water birds concentrate during migrations.
- Bartlett Lake Trail
This trail branches off the Bartless River Trail and winds for three miles (six round-trip) to Bartlett Lake. This trail is not maintained.
- Beach Hiking
The rocky beach in front of the Glacier Bay Lodge is a great place to walk, see wildlife and watch spectacular sunsets. This area is prime habitat for moose, porcupines, squirrels, sea birds, and otters. It is possible to walk about six miles south of the lodge to Point Gustavus.
Kayaks are available for rent at the Lodge. Paddling on the water is a great way to see wildlife and get a sense of the awesome Alaskan landscapes. For the more adventurous, it is possible to kayak and camp overnight in Glacier Bay or other islands in the area.
Trips to Juneau
Taking a trip to one of the neighboring communities is a highlight of the summer for many employees. In Juneau, there are several hiking trails around stunning Mendenhall Glacier. A trip to Juneau to see a movie, go shopping or dine out, can also be a nice way to visit civilization again!
Games, fire side chats, movie night, basketball games and more
One of the main activities at Glacier Bay is simply hanging out with friends or enjoying the solitude at the lodge. The Lodge has about 50 employees who become a tight-knit group. Hanging out at the fire pit, playing horseshoes or basketball, watching movies as a group are all part of the experience. In addition, the HR department has activities and events to give the employees things do to.
Activities in Gustavus
The small town of Gustavus is a vibrant and fun place. Here is a list of some events and activities
- Open Mic Nights at a local art gallery throughout the summer
- Gustavus Library has a nice collection of books and movies
- Sunnyside Café has coffee, sandwiches and is a great place to read and relax
- The town beach is absolutely beautiful with lots of wildlife; great place for photography
- 4th of July town party lasts all day, with games, bands, a parade, and lots of food!
- June 21st Summer Solstice party on the beach
During the summer, the lodge fields a softball team! We play against two local teams and the park rangers. Bring your glove!
Getting Here and Getting Around
Getting to Glacier Bay is half the fun—you basically have two options, fly or take a boat/flight combination. You'll need to plan well ahead when you schedule your arrival at Gustavus, AK. Complete information can be found here.
One word - ALASKA !
Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site-one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From summit to sea, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.
How to Apply
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Aramark is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.