Explore Denali Rafting

Join us, and come work in one of the most beautiful places in the world! Currently seeking experienced raft guides for the 2019 season!

Explore Denali is an outfitter offering rafting and hiking trips in the Denali area. We are located at the doorstep of Denali National Park.

On the glacially fed Nenana River, Denali National Park, Alaska

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About Explore Denali Rafting

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience of spending the summer whitewater rafting on the glacially-fed Nenana River or enjoy stunningly beautiful scenery hiking in the mountains of with Explore Denali. You'll get to see a part of Alaska you can't explore any other way.

Explore Denali is an outfitter offering rafting and hiking trips, located just outside the entrance of Denali National Park. We're a small, tight-knit operation. Our dates of operation are mid-May to mid-September, jobs are posted in January.

We seek to provide meaningful, once in a lifetime experiences to our customers, sharing with them our love for the beauty of the Denali area. 

Rafting- Each trip is approximately two hours on the water with a total tour time of about three - four hours.

Hiking- Three to four-hour guided hiking excursion that provides an in-depth view of the environmental, historical and scientific significance of Alaska’s awe-inspiring wilderness.

The Employee Experience

With no trail system within the heart of the park and permits issued on a first come basis, Denali National Park is a backpacker's dream come true. The backcountry of Denali is like no other place. Wildlife abounds in this park, and the awesomeness of the Mountain is difficult to put into words.

Every year, the season starts with training learning the river and the different runs as well as completion of the Swiftwater Rescue Tech 1 class. Both Rafting and Hiking Guide positions require First Aid and CPR certifications.

As an employee living, working and playing in the Denali area, you're able to get to know Denali in a way that tourists passing through simply aren't able to. You can explore the park every weekend for four months, experiencing nearly three seasons in your four months up there.

As an Explore Denali employee, you get the benefit of working with a small, tight-knit group, and all of the free rafting and hiking trips you want.

Ideal Candidate

Each position has its own particular requirements, but the overarching theme is that we are looking for team-oriented individuals who possess a strong work ethic. As mentioned above, we're a small tight-knit outfit, and so it's important that everyone contributes to the greater good. 

The ideal candidate can make a commitment to the full season, mid May through mid September.

Room and Board

We offer room and board for $15/day. Rooms are dorm style, with one to three roommates and a shared bathroom. There are three buffet-style meals offered each day, including a fresh salad bar with lunch and dinner. 

Employee Perks

  • Unlimited free rafting and hiking trips
  • Six free bus rides on the Denali National Park road
  • Discounted or comp trips through other outfitters in the area
  • Discounts on gear through our pro deal programs 

Getting Here and Getting Around

By road, the area is 5 hours from Anchorage and 2 hours from Fairbanks. Most of our seasonal employees arrive by air in either Anchorage or Fairbanks and travel to the area by bus or train. Our employees receive discounts on train and bus travel.

For Fun

There are lots of outdoor activities including hiking, rafting, zip line, ATV, bus tours, flight seeing tours. It is a good idea to bring your own reading materials and movies for rainy days.

We have events almost every day in Alaska that are either hosted by Aramark or neighboring companies. Activities include hiking, movie nights, volleyball, volunteer opportunities, live music, “Denali Idol”, barbeques, softball, bingo, game nights and much more.

How to Apply

For a complete list of positions with descriptions and our online application, click APPLY HERE below.

International Students -We work with CIEE as our J1 visa sponsor. To learn more about opportunities for international students and begin the application process, please click here for the CIEE website.

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.


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