Come to play and work for the Premier Alaskan Dining and Crabbing Adventure in Ketchikan!
Experience Alaska Tours is committed to excellent customer service and providing experiences and memories that last a lifetime for our guests. Together with our team members, we provide a truly unique Alaskan experience for our guests.
Located in beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska. Ketchikan is located in the middle of 17 million acres of Tongass National Forests!
About Experience Alaska Tours
Experience Alaska Tours opened for business in 2003 as a joint venture between two locals: Rob Scheer and Patricia Shaughnessy. At this time, the company only offered tours at the George Inlet Lodge.The only tour options back then were the Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast (boat tour) and the Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast (flight tour). These were the only tour options available for several years, until Rob Scheer sold his half of the business to George Inlet Properties.
In 2011 the company increased its offerings, starting with the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walk & Crab Feast (nature trail/crab meal) and the opening of a new location on the north end of the island - Silverking Lodge. The Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafeast tour included a boat tour, rainforest walk, and seafeast boil.
Over the years, there have been many expansions and upgrades to both locations. In 2011, the first 48-passenger Bentz boat was purchased for the Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast tour that included a heated cabin and multi-media capability. The company transitioned from using Pacific Airways as a flight carrier to Taquan Air and Misty Fjords Air. In 2018, another 48-passenger Bentz boat was purchased to accommodate the large demand for the Wilderness Exploration & Crab Feast tour. The George Inlet Lodge went from one dining room to now four dining rooms. The largest can hold up to 100 passengers and the smallest private dining room can hold up to 18 guests. Along with the previous tours mentioned, the other added shore excursions include the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast and the Misty Fjords Seaplane & Crab Feast. On the other side of the island, the Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafeast went from using a 16-passenger vessel to a 46- passenger vessel in 2018.
Experience Alaska Tours started as a company that only offered a premier Alaskan dining experience and crabbing adventure. Over the course of the years, the company has not only continued to offer those very tours but also expanded out to offer unique Alaskan adventures. In 2018, the company started the Hovercraft Eco Adventure & Wildlife tour. This was the first non-seafood meal tour that took guests on a unique Hovercraft vessel around the Ketchikan waterfront and Gravina Island. These are the only two U.S. Coast Guard certified hovercrafts of this model that operate in Alaskan tourism.
Experience Alaska Tours Mission Statement:
Experience Alaska Tours provides guests an authentic, hands-on, up-close and personal opportunity to interact with the natural surroundings that make Alaska so unique.
The Employee Experience
Catch a glimpse of what your summer could be like in this video.
Experience Alaska Tours offers employment from mid-April through the first week of October. We operate around the Alaskan cruise ship season. Preference is given to applicants who are available for the entire season. However, we do accept applications from those who are only available part of the season as well.
- Positive can-do attitude
- Self Starter (can work independently)
- Responsible and respectful of others (co-workers and guests)
- Friendly and a team player
- Committed to hard work
- Customer Service experience is a plus
- Acting or public speaking experience is a plus
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds
- Safety oriented
- Servers / Waitstaff must be 21 because they serve alcohol
- Must be able to pass a drug test
Room and Board
Experience Alaska Tours supplies company housing options for our staff depending on the location of your position. Meals are not included. Wi-Fi internet access is available through your own device. Not all phone carriers work efficiently in Ketchikan. AT&T has the only cell tower. All other carriers use that tower as well.
We ask our staff to remember living in company housing is a privilege, not a right. It is important for everyone to be respectful of others living in housing. Rules and policies are in place to help ensure everyone can enjoy our company housing. Staff are responsible for the cleaning of the common areas and their own area. Staff will be required to sign a housing agreement prior to living in company housing.
All company housing options are similar to dorm living. Some rooms and restrooms are shared between two or more people. Some floors have numerous people living on them. There are employee lounge areas with select cooking or food storage equipment. Shared washer and dryer are provided.
A position with our company is not dependent upon living in company housing. Team members are welcome to live in non-company housing if they wish. Some housing options are several miles outside of town. Please note that the entire island is 32 miles long though. There are company vehicles available for employees to use to get into and out of town for shopping or other needs.
All company housing is drug and alcohol-free. Smoking is not allowed inside of any company housing. There are designated cigarette smoking areas outside of company housing. Marijuana is not allowed under any circumstances and is against company policy.
Working for Experience Alaska Tours allows you to work hard and truly experience Alaska. We have competitive wages, we offer bonus compensation to our staff that successfully completes the terms of their employment agreement in good standing.
Most positions have an opportunity to earn tips. While we cannot guarantee you would earn a certain amount in tips, in the past our staff have received from $60.00 to $200.00 per week.
The George Inlet Lodge does have a skiff available for employee use and limited fish packing and freezer storage.
We have tour operators that will allow our employees to try their excursions for a free or reduced rate. These excursions include zip lining, kayaking, flights to the Misty Fjords, bear watching, adventure karts, lumberjack show, and more.
The company also puts on fun events throughout the summer for all employees to participate in. From BBQ's to movie nights, along with monthly competitions for money!
You will have an experience of a lifetime in Alaska trying new things and making new friends.
Getting Here and Getting Around
We are located in Ketchikan, Alaska. Employees are responsible for their own transportation to and from Ketchikan, Alaska. Some applicants are eligible for vehicle reimbursement.
- If you are traveling by car, you can drive to Bellingham, WA or Prince Rupert, BC (U.S. passport required) and come to Ketchikan on the Alaska Marine Highway (ferryalaska.com). Please note that it is more expensive to sail out of Bellingham, WA however there are more availabilities. It is significantly cheaper out of Prince Rupert, BC, however, there is only one ferry per week for the month of April.
- If you are flying to Ketchikan, Alaska Airlines has several flights a day out of Seattle, WA.
There are so many activities to do and landmarks/city highlights to see while in Ketchikan. Here is a short list of the opportunities that you can have:
- Hiking (Deer Mountain or any of the other 10 plus trails)
- Misty Fjords (fly out or take a boat to see for yourself)
- Fishing (Salmon Capital of the World)
- Rec Center (largest in Southeast Alaska with basketball courts, aquatic center, cardio room and free weights)
- Creek Street (Historic Red Light District)
- Ketchikan Promenade (walk down the waterfront)
- Movie Theater
- Totem Bight State Park
- Saxman Native Village and Totem Park
- Restaurants (Dockside Galley, AK Fish House, Cape Fox Lodge, Oceanview, Pioneer Cafe and more)
- Tongass Historical Museum or Discovery Center
- Rotary Beach
How to Apply
Thanks for your interest in Experience Alaska Tours! To apply, simply click on the Apply button to be taken to our online application. Join our Experience Alaska Tours family and experience Alaska with Alaskans!