Icy Strait Point

Keet Plaza
Bear Watch Tour
Old Cannery Photo
Both Docks
Aerial View of Adventure Dock
Walking Path
Hoonah, Alaska
Cannery Buildings
Whale Watching
Bear Search Tour
Icy Strait Point Aerial Shot
Staff Olympics
Fresh Dungeness Crab
Retail Employees
Salmon Shop
Bear Search Tour

Experience an authentic and remote Native village with Alaska-sized adventures and unspoiled wilderness

Have you always wanted to spend a summer working in a remote Alaskan village while expanding your customer service skills? Has the beauty of Alaska been calling your name? Are you looking to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Do you enjoy being a part of a team and working in the tourism industry? If so, Icy Strait Point wants to talk to you!

Icy Strait Point is a private cruise ship destination located on Chichagof Island in the archipelago of Southeast Alaska. One of four communities on the island, it is the largest Tlingit community in Alaska and has a population of 765 year round residents.

About Icy Strait Point

About Icy Strait Point

Icy Strait Point is now hiring for the 2024 cruise ship season (April through October) with positions available in a variety of areas including tour guides, sales, food & beverage, CDL drivers, retail and much more. Located 40 miles west of Juneau on Chichagof Island, Icy Strait Point is located in the rural community of Hoonah, Alaska (population 765), which is accessible only by plane or boat.


Built as a salmon cannery in 1912, Icy Strait Point had several incarnations before being restored by a local Native corporation into a private cruise ship destination. It requires approximately 225 team members to operate our site; therefore we are in full operation only when there is a ship in port (209 visits from late April to late-September). Some positions work on non-call days but primarily our workweek is 5-6 days per week, some days are longer than others.

We offer numerous tours and excursions including whale watching, wildlife search, world's largest ZipRider, two aerial gondolas, fishing, walking tours, etc. Additionally, we have multiple food and beverage venues and retail shops. We are a one-day destination and do not offer overnight lodging for guests.

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The Employee Experience

Icy Strait Point is Alaska Native owned and operated with all profits directly supporting the local community. We provide a work environment that focuses on teamwork and having a positive attitude that leads to lasting memorable summer experiences. Employees are expected to come with a learning mindset, ready and eager to participate in providing excellent customer service to our guests.

While we understand the summer season can be challenging with long hours, we value our employees and strive to provide enjoyable employee moments such as team building, recreation, and other opportunities as available. You can expect to attend a selection of fun employee events where you are able to hangout and get to know the others that make Icy Strait Point great! Employees who share the enthusiasm for tourism and meeting new people with a positive work attitude can only help make our work environment more enjoyable and our team stronger!

Do note that you will be living in a small village, so be ready to get to know the outdoors even more, where fishing will become your new best friend! Things like fast food is just non existent here, and with only one grocery store, options are limited. With that being said, our on site restaurants are fantastic and we offer discounts to all Icy Strait Point employees. 

Ideal Candidate

Come join our team for 2024!  

We are looking for individuals with the following skills:

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Enjoys working with the public on a daily basis
  • Works well with others
  • Understands the importance of being flexible
  • Dependable and reliable
  • A passion for the outdoors
  • A ready to learn mindset

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply! 

Room and Board

Icy Strait Point does offer employee housing for employees in Hoonah, Alaska.

There is a flat monthly rate that is payroll deducted if you choose to stay in company housing. 

Please note: dependent upon availability you may have a roommate and/or shared common areas (kitchen, restrooms, laundry facilities).

Several housing facilities are similar to college dorm units. We do provide each house with basic furniture including pots/pans, dishes, single twin beds, a couch, and a dining table.


We have 5 different housing types here where you will be assigned to one of them. These housing camps include the following:

Bunkhouse: Wet camp (Can have alcohol). All women housing. Two separate bathrooms, each
have 4 showers.
Yukon: Dry Camp (No Alcohol) Minors are housed here; coed housing; there are two shower
rooms here, with a schedule for the men and women to transition between the use of the two
shower rooms; there are kitchen appliances, but there is not a full kitchen.
Maher: Dry camp (No Alcohol); there are separate shower rooms for your convenience. There
is a full kitchen which everyone is responsible for cleaning (this is not an area where
housekeeping will clean). Shared bedrooms.
Man Camp: Men only housing.
Containers: Wet Camp (Can have alcohol). 14 units. Share bathrooms. There is a container
that has a kitchen at your disposal. You’re responsible for keeping your room and kitchen area

Employee Perks

  • Signing Bonus
  • Seasonal Incentive Bonuses ranging up to $1,200 may be earned based on performance and length of employment
  • 40% discount on meals at Icy Strait Point
  • 25% discount in ISP’s retail shops
  • Free tours and excursions on a space-available basis
  • Employee events

Getting Here and Getting Around

We will cover your travel from Juneau to Hoonah, dependent upon availability the options are the Alaska Marine Highway state ferry or the small regional airline, Alaska Seaplanes.  Please note that the largest aircraft is a 9-seater and ferry service is not daily.

It is the employee's responsibility to make their own travel arrangements from their home to/from Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Airlines is the major airline that operates from Seattle to Juneau.

Once here, it is 4 miles from one end of town to the other so walking or bicycles are easily an option. Icy Strait Point does provide complimentary transportation to and from work from employee housing.

For Fun

Hoonah is a small village and much of the joy of being here is the peaceful, outdoorsy, unique lifestyle that is truly Alaska. One must be able to find their own ways of having fun, whether it's spending time with newfound friends on a picnic 'out the road,' going fishing, photography, hiking, camping, reading, bird watching, learning a new craft, watching TV, or computer time. We are not so off the grid that internet connections aren't available but we don’t have the same quality of speed and connection that you're probably used to, so please be prepared for that. Hoonah is home to a tight-knit community, rooted in Tlingit culture, and we encourage you to surround yourself in it and learn from the locals.

How to Apply

Please apply at Apply Here.

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