Denali Education Center

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A fun and enriching place to work.

Since 1989 Denali Education Center has been a non-profit educational partner of Denali National Park and Preserve. Through our partnership with NPS and the support of the local community, we have been able to give visitors and Alaska residents of all ages the chance to form lasting connections to Denali and their natural world.

Denali Education Center’s secluded ten-acre campus, just across the Nenana River from Denali National Park provides an ideal setting to learn about, and come to truly appreciate Alaska. A walk in the park is just moments away! We enjoy frequent wildlife sightings of moose and the occasional bear.

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About Denali Education Center

Denali Education Center is a non-advocacy, for-purpose organization and a proud partner of Denali National Park and Preserve. Our mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of Denali through fun, informative, and inspiring programs. Our 10-acre campus is home to 12 guest cabins, a combined classroom and dining hall, a lecture hall, a yurt, and a solar thermal water system. We operate week-long learning vacations in cooperation with numerous educational groups and organizations, primarily Road Scholar. In addition, we offer a suite of community programs, evening events, lectures, and youth programs.

Our campus is located on the edge of Denali National Park along the Nenana River. We are a diverse organization, with our roots firmly planted in the local community, and Denali National Park and Preserve. Each summer, we are lucky to be able to welcome a seasonal staff of hard working, motivated, and fun individuals who collectively make Denali Education Center possible. Our organization experiences a low staff turnover, so be prepared to fall in love with our dynamic and fun work community!

The Employee Experience

Employees can expect a kind, constructive, and collaborative work environment. We are located in one of the most beautiful National Parks in the country where many like-minded people come to work and explore during our short summer season. Our employees are a part of a diverse team where everyone is appreciated and encouraged to give their personal best in order to enrich the lives of those around them.

Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is someone with several years of creative cooking experience, preferably in a remote environment. They should have an appreciation for the great outdoors and be a positive and curious human being who enjoys working with others.

Room and Board

Our housing is in single accommodation, free-standing, dry cabins nestled in the woods. There is a brand new shared shower house and employee kitchen with a large sunporch for gathering or relaxing. $100 rent is payroll deducted for every 2-week pay period. It is without a doubt the best deal in Denali.

Employee Perks

Living and working in Denali will change your life. The grandeur of this place will leave an impression you just can't shake. Denali Education Center is a family that extends well beyond your time here. You will have the opportunity to go camping and backpacking, hike with naturalists, go on shuttle tours into Denali's vast wilderness to view grizzly, moose, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and hundreds of migrant bird species. We also partner with tour companies and our employees frequently elect to go flight-seeing to North America's tallest peak, or whitewater rafting on the Nenana River.

Getting Here and Getting Around

By Air:

Flights arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport or Fairbanks International airport. We are located along the Parks Highway 4-hours drive north of Anchorage or 2-hours drive south of Fairbanks. You can arrange ground transportation with either The Park Connection motorcoach from Anchorage or Alaska Yukon Trails shuttle from Fairbanks that will drive you to our property. Flight times and shuttle schedules usually require an overnight stay in either city.

By Car:

Turn off the George Parks Highway at mile 231 at Denali Park Village on the east side of the highway. Continue downhill and straight ahead. Travel down the narrow one-way drive through the hotel property. When the road splits, take the right fork and continue to the right until it reaches a large parking lot. The Denali Education Center is located on the far side of this lot. The Charles Sheldon Center is the first building visible on our property with a colorful “Denali Education Center” sign out front. 

By Train:

The Alaska Railroad departs once daily from either Anchorage or Fairbanks at about 8 o'clock AM. The Denali Depot is eight miles north of Denali Education Center's campus and we can arrange to pick you up at the depot.

For Fun

Seasonal employees in Denali National Park generally enjoy camping, backpacking, fishing, hiking, biking, ATV-ing, rafting, and kayaking, among other outdoor-centered activities.

Our Jobs

Our season runs from mid-May through mid-September.  Currently, we are looking for:

Kitchen Manager

We highly value our kitchen staff and especially the responsibility of this position. We know a positive dining experience is critical to the success of our programs. This is a hands-on position with the Kitchen Manager responsible for assisting and overseeing all areas of food service, supervising the kitchen staff team, and ensuring the adequate preparation and presentation of food for Denali Education Center guests. The primary responsibility is daily food service for our residential programs, but responsibilities also include youth programs, and catered dinners that take place in the nearby Charles Sheldon Center (or elsewhere on campus), and other special events.

Management of operations includes; staff scheduling, ordering and receiving inventory, and preparation of family-style meals along with specialty meals for guests with dietary restrictions. All of our kitchen staff work cooperatively to ensure that the kitchen and dining hall are clean at all times. 

We have a weekly menu rotation framework but like to allow our staff some leeway and creativity to prepare recipes that are favorites of theirs. It's a collaborative kitchen that prepares family-style meals, so not the usual line-cook mentality.

We cook from whole ingredients (local if we can get them) and prepare healthy meals. We don't have a fryer. It's fresh ingredients with an eye toward flavor and proper preparation. There is no plating - everything is served buffet style.

Campus Breakfast Cook

Campus Cooks are responsible for assisting the Kitchen Manager with all kitchen and campus operations including; receiving inventory, and preparation of family-style meals and specialty meals for guests with dietary restrictions. All of our kitchen staff work cooperatively to ensure that the kitchen and dining hall are clean at all times.  

We like to allow the cooks some leeway and creativity to prepare recipes that are favorites of theirs. It's a collaborative kitchen that prepares family-style meals, so not the usual line-cook mentality.

We cook from whole ingredients (local if we can get them) and prepare healthy meals. We don't have a fryer. It's fresh ingredients with an eye toward flavor and proper preparation. There is no plating - everything is served buffet style.

 

How to Apply

Please send a brief resume with recent job-related references to the contact information listed. Interviews will be conducted by phone. Be prepared to talk about basic cooking skills and favorite recipes and techniques.

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