Have a fun Alaskan adventure while working at a small restaurant located in the coastal rainforest.
Cordova is a small fishing community in Alaska. It’s located between the Copper River and Prince William Sound and is ONLY accessible by airplane or boat. The area is picturesque, with mountains meeting the ocean, covered in rainforest.
About Baja Taco
Baja Taco is one of the earlier taco buses, established in 1989. It was originally just an old bus, which was outfitted as a kitchen. We took a great idea, which was, to take a Baja-style fish taco and use fresh Alaskan fish. The best fish in the world comes out of Alaska, so these are some of the best fish tacos you'll ever taste.
Lots have changed over the years. With business picking up, a larger bus was purchased. Then in 2002, that bus was parked for good and a small cabin was connected to it. This gave locals a warm cozy place to hide from the weather while enjoying their food. The restaurant isn't the only thing that has grown, the menu is also larger. We offer delicious espresso drinks, baked goods, world-famous milkshakes, a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, beer, and wine.
The Employee Experience
This job is 40 hours a week. The shifts are 8 hours long. The opening shift starts at 6 am and the closing shift ends at 10 pm. The staff is made up of 5-10 people, usually between the ages of 16 and 35, and there are always 2-4 people working at a time. This is a small, family-owned restaurant which means you'll be working closely with the owner. There are 2 positions, the counter person and the cook. You'll be trained to do both and then, work the position you are most comfortable with. The counter person takes customer's orders, handles money, makes espresso drinks, milkshakes, and smoothies, hands out food orders, runs beers, washes dishes, and cleans. The cook puts together customer’s food orders; such as frying fish, cooking eggs, assembling burritos and taco, etc. During busy times, 2 people split the counter job. This job is a 5 day a week job, which means 2 days off a week. It's a perfect fit for a person who wants to experience Alaska, but also needs to make money.
This is a great job for a person who wants to experience Alaska off the beaten path. We are looking for employees who are dedicated to the Alaska summer work experience. Candidates need to be able to handle a fast-paced environment and maintain great customer service. We expect you to be friendly, hard-working, honest, team-oriented, and clean. An outdoorsy person, who loves hiking and outdoor adventure, but also needs to make money, will love this job.
Baja Taco staff has been very informed with the covid 19 updates. As always, we are following all rules from DEC. We are, also, following all of the most recent rules and recommendations from AK DHSS and CDC. It’s Baja Taco’s top priority to maintain a safe place for people to work and receive food. Currently, you must arrive with a negative COVID test or quarantine for 14 days after arriving.
Room and Board
Housing in Cordova is very expensive and limited. As part of your wages, we provide housing. You will share a small dorm style apartment. The small apartment is equipped with one bunk bed, one loft bed, linens/towels, a private bathroom, a small fully equipped kitchen, and wifi. You will share this apartment with one other same-sex employee and possibly a third person during the busiest months. This apartment is located right in town. You are perfectly located to walk almost anywhere. The restaurant is 6 blocks away. The grocery store is a 5-minute walk. And there is a trailhead 2 blocks away, that leads you up the beautiful Mt. Eyak.
This job pays $11/hr plus tips plus end of season bonus. This job is a counter service job, tipping is not expected, however, many appreciative customers tip. The tips run on average $100 a week. Housing is provided at no extra charge. All employees are allowed one shift meal. At the completion of the agreed season, you'll receive a bonus of $2/hr for all hours worked for the season.
Getting Here and Getting Around
You'll be expected to provide your own transportation to Cordova, likely through Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Airlines is the only airline that provides service to Cordova: https://www.alaskaair.com/
Since there are no roads leading to Cordova, you do have to fly or take the ferry. Once you are here, the town is a very walkable community. Bikes are handy. I have a small inventory of loaner bikes for our staff.
Cordova is a fun place to be in the summer. The town fills with young people looking for seasonal work. It’s a very friendly community and very easy to meet friends. To enjoy the summer, you must really enjoy the great outdoors because that's what we have to offer. There's endless hiking opportunity, camping, biking, kayaking, photography, and sports fishing. The Chugach Forest is a hikers paradise. The District is nestled between the Copper River Delta and the southeastern end of Prince William Sound and covers approximately 2.3 million acres. Beauty and adventure surround this magnificent place. Hiking through this temperate rain forest is a dream. Most past employees have made friends and enjoyed spending time with them on little adventures, hikes, and bonfires.
How to Apply
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