Hiring Guides and Support Staff for summer 2018
Join our crew and experience some of Alaska. We hire Professional Guides, Support People and Interns for a busy season helping our guests enjoy glacier trekking and climbing, sea kayaking, backpacking, zipline and more.
We're located in beautiful Glacier View Alaska, about 100 miles NE of Anchorage and far from the throngs of tourists in Denali. It's called "Glacier View" for a reason, with stunning views of the Matanuska and other glaciers all around.
About MICA Guides / Exposure Alaska
Our community of outdoor enthusiasts work hard and play hard in Alaska and around the world. Joining us is not just a job, but becoming part of an adventurous family that believes in getting off the couch and getting things done, professionally and personally.
Three great companies. One awesome crew.
While some positions may work more in one part of the operation than another, it’s all the same team that lives, works, and plays together for the summer, and often beyond. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a tighter team. Consider joining us and you might even make some of the best friends you’ll ever have.
It’s not easy to get a job with us because many of our employees come back year after year. Our Senior Staff are the leaders of the program and gain valuable management experience in addition to honing outdoor skills.
If you like to work hard and are looking for a challenge, we’d like to hear from you.
The Employee Experience
We grow our own! Since many of our professional level staff return year after year, most of our new hires start as Interns. Our Internship program is a big part of our culture and we put a lot of effort into the intern experience. Interns get extensive training in their job as well as other "Alaska life" areas from splitting firewood to construction to survival skills.
Over 90% of our top guides and managers started as Interns and they're dedicated to the program since they've been there. Successful new crew members show up eager to learn and humble enough to be willing to put in the time and pay their dues. Opportunity abounds but our belief is that it has to be earned.
We’re not for everyone.
But if you enjoy fresh mountain air, stunning views, good beer, strong coffee, great people, a fun environment and hard work we might be for you.
We’re not for everyone, but many come back year after year. While working with us, quite a few people have found partners to go on to other adventures. A lot of relationships, several marriages and a few children have come out of our little community. (no promises!)
You should know that almost everyone on the team does almost everything. Everyone takes care of the vans, no one is too good to clean the bathrooms, all of the buildings on site have been built by the crew when they weren’t doing their “regular” job. So if you’re the type of person that would say “That’s not my job” then look elsewhere for something to do this summer.
Room and Board
The Crew all live together at our Base Camp overlooking the Matanuska Glacier. You’ll live in your own tent for the summer and share the Crew Kitchen and a cabin to hang out in. Our Base Camp has electricity, wi-fi, and a bouldering wall. There is no charge for camping for the summer. Showers are available at nearby lodges.
Professional Guide compensation is competitive and most do quite well with tips. Interns receive a stipend for room and board and a bonus to help offset travel costs. Interns receive extensive training and returning staff are eligible to tap into the Training Scholarship Fund as well as the Profit Sharing program.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Reach us by flying into Anchorage or driving up from the Lower 48. We provide transportation from Anchorage to our Base. Driving up is an adventure in itself and having a car is helpful but not necessary. Rides are easily shared up and down the highway from our Base Camp.
Summer in Alaska means working and playing hard. With almost endless hours of daylight, there's often time for climbing, paddling, biking, and hiking...after a full day of work that is. Our staff average one day a week off and typically work from late May through early September.
But "work" means trekking and climbing on the glacier, kayaking in Prince William Sound, hiking in the mountains or rafting on the rivers. (As well as Guiding our Guests, buying and packing food, taking care of gear, cleaning the van...the list is long!)
We have professional jobs and internships.
Professional jobs. Experienced guides and support people who have most often grown with us. Due to our low turnover, professional positions have few openings each season. Before applying for a professional position, make sure that you meet the requirements listed on our website.
Internships. 90% of our employees start as interns. We invest heavily in training in these positions and aim to offer a wide range of Alaskan experiences.
We operate in the short but intense Alaskan summer with endless daylight for about 3 months. Internships start on June 1, plus or minus a day or two. Sorry, but no exceptions to this start date. Professional jobs start in mid-May. All applicants must be able to work until at least mid-August and most will stay until mid-September.
The "Logistics Team" works closely with the owner and managers to run the operation. They handle reservations, guest check ins, trip logistics, scheduling, guide zipline adventures and run the espresso business. Strong admin and customer service skills needed for this diverse position.
Due to the steep learning curve, most members of the LT start as Interns and are promoted to a paid position once all basic tasks are mastered. LT Interns have the opportunity to learn a lot about how a small business operates and what it takes to be a successful company, while enjoying an outdoor adventure lifestyle in Alaska. LT Interns will be working inside and outdoors and get a taste of all three of the companies.
Apprentice Guides have the opportunity to take their existing skills in climbing, paddling and backcountry travel and learn how to use these skills to help others enjoy the outdoors. The position is geared towards aspiring guides and outdoor educators.
"AGs" guide glacier treks, assist in ice climbing instruction, assist with trip preparation and logistics, and join our extended trips as an Assistant Guide. This is an internship position and we invest a lot of time and effort in training. A stipend and end of season bonus is provided.
These Guides can take a family ice climbing, lead a kayak expedition or fly into the middle of nowhere for a hard-core backcountry trip. Requires extensive backcountry experience, excellent sea kayaking skills, WFR and prior Alaska experience.
Experienced, professional Alpine Guides who instruct ice climbing, lead glacier treks, and train the Apprentice Guides. Requires prior professional guiding experience on rock or ice and excellent ice climbing skills.
How to Apply
Extensive information about working with us is available on the employment pages of our website, linked below. This includes current positions available, requirements and application instructions. You should thoroughly review this information before applying.
We start accepting applications in November and conducting interviews in December - March or when all positions are filled. We get dozens of applications for 6-12 positions. Since we would rather be outdoors than sitting in front of a computer, our application process is as efficient and streamlined as possible. We do not process incomplete applications or applications outside of our system.