Camp Denali - A lifestyle, not just a summer job
Camp Denali is a wilderness lodge, located in the heart of Denali National Park, Alaska. We have been family-owned and operated since day one, back in 1952. Our founders envisioned a guest experience that centered on experiential learning about nature and cultural heritage long before "ecotourism" was popularized.
Camp Denali is located at the end of Denali National Park's 90-mile gravel road. Due to a road closure at mile 43, we are operating as a fly-in lodge until the road reopens. Staff remain onsite for the duration of the season, but have a six-million acre park to explore. Camp Denali is the only lodge inside the park with a view of the Alaska Range on a clear day.
About Camp Denali
Here's what Camp Denali staff want you to know about working with us.
Imagine Working in a Place Where...
...you're part of a tradition that began in 1951 and continues with a small, family-owned business.
...the continent's tallest mountain graces your morning and evening, bathed in beautiful light.
...you don't have to cook or wash dishes unless you're being paid to do it that day.
...it matters which direction the matches in the matchbox lay.
...you get to eat professionally prepared meals, made from quality local and organic ingredients.
...you can walk to work under the northern lights in the fall.
...your coworkers share a strong appreciation for detailed, complete work.
...you can experience wilderness and feel completely at home, at the same time.
...mosquitoes are as plentiful as cookies.
...the beauty of the landscape is mirrored in the community we foster.
...fringe benefits include chocolate croissants and bosses who encourage exploration of Denali National Park.
...our guests dream of coming to work here.
...you work alongside good friends every day.
The Employee Experience
Our mission is to provide active learning experiences and foster stewardship of the natural world through a tradition of excellence, community, and place.
WORKING AT CAMP DENALI
Our remote location and commitment to stewardship require us to be a resourceful team--we bake it, sew it, build it, fix it, grow it, and recycle it. Through the earnest work of running Camp Denali, we become rooted in the place and bonded to one another. Our shared commitment to providing the best quality experience for our guests in a setting beyond compare propels us through a fast-paced season.
Choosing to work at Camp Denali means embracing the small community that will be your home for four months of the year. Our staff work collaboratively and share close living spaces and common rooms with one another and our twice-weekly turnover of guests. We work hard and take pride in our work. The exceptional experience we provide to our guests is the first and most important thread we have in common each season, but we find time amidst the long hours to play games, have weekly meetings, watch movies, delight in the changing of seasons, and so much more.
Working with Camp Denali is an opportunity to form authentic connections with coworkers of all ages and backgrounds. We fill in for one another when someone is sick, lend a hand to coworkers who are having a bad day, and share and teach one another our non-work-related talents like playing music, carpentry, knitting, sewing, and dancing.
Staff members at Camp Denali work an average of 45-60 hours each week. All of our jobs are physically demanding and by mid-summer, they can start to feel tedious. We push through the hard days for the reward and fulfillment of knowing that each and every guest is getting the best we have to give, regardless of when they visit. Our guests notice the smiles and friendly interactions with every staff member they contact. Our staff has made us well-known for our attention to the details of cleanliness and presentation, which is a tremendous point of pride.
We are operating as a fly-in lodge until Denali Park Road reopens (the projected date is 2025). We host approximately 25 guests at a time, with 30 staff onsite for the duration of the season. Each year we bring on a handful of new-to-Camp-Denali staff.
How do we boil down the essence of the exceptional employees we search for and hire each year at Camp Denali? It's a difficult task, but for starters, they exhibit these important qualities:
Positive attitude...Strong work ethic…Initiative...Attention to detail…Flexibility…Cooperation…Professionalism…Effective communication...Dependability...Dedication to the community...Openness to personal growth...Focus on providing excellent customer service.
Room and Board
Meals and housing are provided at no cost to employees for the duration of the summer.
In the summer months, we live remotely and off the grid, surrounded by the vast expanses of Denali National Park. All new staff and most returning staff share a cabin with one or two roommates. We treat our guests like houseguests and as such open the staff community to them, as well. All of us will put on a smile to help a guest whether we are officially working or not. We share shower facilities, outhouses, water spigots, and public spaces with other staff and guests, and are expected to keep them clean and tidy.
Staff can look forward to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, prepared by our excellent cooks and served at set times each day. We source as much of our food as possible locally and organically. The quality of food served to staff is the same as what we serve to guests. You don't have to cook or wash dishes for the entirety of the summer unless you're being paid to do it that day!
Location, location, location! One reward for our dedicated work is the most coveted view in Denali National Park--the mountain, framed through the windows of so many of our buildings--each day of the summer. We are situated at the end of the Park Road in an area known as the Kantishna. The Park Road is currently closed at mile 43 due to the Pretty Rocks Landslide, which means our staff and guests come and go by small aircraft. Our location has always been unique among Denali businesses, but even more so during our time as a fly-in lodge with so few people in our neck of the woods and virtually no road traffic.
Base wages are listed on the individual job descriptions on our employment website, and room and board are provided at no cost for the summer season. Many of our staff are able to save the majority, if not all of their wages from the season, because there's simply nowhere to spend money.
Staff receive a travel stipend upon completion of the season to help defray the cost of travel and an annual uniform allowance.
- Our location is the best in the area for gaining easy access to great, backcountry hiking adventures during your days off.
- Though first priority is given to guests, staff have access to our bikes, fishing gear, and canoes on Wonder Lake.
- Staff have permission to use our private cabin located three miles from Camp Denali, on the ridge top with 360-degree views.
- We have an overnight kit staff can borrow for overnight adventures in the park.
- We have a personal visitor policy that allows staff to invite a friend, family member, or significant other to come to Camp Denali free of charge (personal visitors are responsible for their flight fees to/from Camp Denali).
- We are the only lodge in the Kantishna with views of the Alaska Range from our property.
- Staff regard our delicious food as a legitimate perk of working at Camp Denali--the end-of-season transition back to grocery shopping and menu planning is a rough one!
Supervisors and year-round positions receive additional benefits, which are listed on the job descriptions.
Getting Here and Getting Around
We provide a travel stipend to seasonal employees upon completion of a full season to help defray the costs of transportation to Anchorage. Company transportation is provided to and from Anchorage to Camp Denali at the start and end of the season--it takes approximately five-hours by vehicle and a short flight via small aircraft. Once onsite, your primary mode of transportation will be walking.
Camp Denali creates a community that welcomes and appreciates do-it-yourself fun and adventure. The outdoors usually plays a significant role in staff members’ days off. Our location provides excellent access to some of Denali’s tantalizing backcountry adventures. Whether you want to day hike or go for an overnight trip with a backcountry camping permit, canoe in Wonder Lake, fish, bike, swim, botanize, photograph, sketch, or join one of our naturalist-guided hikes, you will no doubt find many summers' worth of outdoor adventures and enjoyment while living at the end of the Denali Park Road.
Our unique and isolated location encourages and requires community, and staff members frequently step up to share their talents and knowledge. In the absence of concerts, bars, and restaurants, staff creatively fill time off with personal hobbies and community events. In years past, folks have put together yoga workshops, triathlons, a chess competition, staff bands, movie nights, and tundra Olympics. The company hosts one all-staff gathering each month of the summer, including an annual staff talent show and handmade gift exchange. Other staff events have included murder mystery parties, elaborate scavenger hunts, and costume parties.
Company-hosted staff gatherings are alcohol-free; at other times the moderate consumption of alcohol by staff over 21 and within the boundaries of our company policy is permitted though often difficult to access. While the use of marijuana is legal in the state of Alaska, it cannot legally be transported to our properties, as all means of travel require crossing federal land (Denali National Park), on which possession of marijuana is still illegal.
How to Apply
Visit our website via the Apply Here link below to learn more and to submit your application!