K2 Aviation

This is why we're here!
K2, a man who loves the van, next round ready to go!
Having fun on the job
I moosed you!
Just moosing around.
Rain day.
Fly day, fun day!
Dispatch team overnight trip
5 Otters on the Pika Glacier, a busy day!
Pilot meeting on the glacier!
Just hanging around
Perfecto!

Imagination is the only Limit! K2 Aviation is a family owned and operated flightseeing company in Talkeetna, Alaska, a prime destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.

K2 Culture -Safety first, fun a close 2nd. This goes for K2 staff and clients. Gain valuable insight into tourism and the aviation industry. K2 operates a mixed fleet of 11 aircraft - up to 50 flights a day. People come from all over the world to gain access to our amazing backcountry, especially Denali, the highest peak in North America and are surprised to leave with much more than a great view.

K2 Aviation is located in Talkeetna, Alaska 100 miles north of Anchorage. Talkeetna is known as "The Gateway to Denali" and offers an abundance of outdoor opportunities for locals and visitors. Most everything is within walking distance. Talkeetna is great for people who like the small town feel.

About K2 Aviation

K2 Aviation is a respected and familiar name in both the climbing community and the tourism industry, having provided Talkeetna flightseeing tours and air taxi services since 1979. K2's experienced and professional staff has earned a solid reputation for excellent service and safety.

Experience Alaska's wilderness with a flightseeing tour of Denali and the other magnificent peaks of the Alaska Range. From Talkeetna, the dramatic features of the Alaska Range - glacier-filled valleys, rugged peaks, and towering mountains - can be explored with a variety of flightseeing tour options.

The Employee Experience

The sky is the limit! Your experience here will be whatever you make it. Employees say working for K2 is unforgettable, amazing, enlightening experience. Others will reach out to you, you just need to reach back! Expect small airplanes and a small town, big hearts and big wilderness. Also, tourists. They are all around us.

Ideal Candidate

We are a friendly and social group around here. All of our jobs are interlinked one way or another and the energy, synergy, and pulse of the place becomes part of who we are. The ideal candidate will come to understand this. A good attitude and a great work ethic will put you right into the fold. We always have a lot of year one employees mixed in with a varying degree of returners. While you’re at work, be ready to be your best self. Be ready for new experiences. Be ready to smile. Be ready to work hard, Be ready for sunny days, be ready to be the one with a fresh joke when we’re going on day 3 of rain. We are in a small town and a lot of people say that being in Talkeetna is like being at summer camp. Be prepared for that. Outdoors and a small touristy town is what you’re going to get when you come here.  We hope you’re ready to explore Alaska!

Room and Board

Small cabins and rooms for rent in Talkeetna are available. K2 will help with locating options but is not responsible for providing housing.

Employee Perks

K2 Aviation offers employees a fair wage and a fun and friendly atmosphere for a summer job.

  • Unlimited standby flights on any of our tours (Typically one FAM flight is  included as part of our training process, the rest is up to you during your time off)
  • Use of employee lounge 7am-9pm daily, free wifi, employee showers, kitchen, Laundry $3 wash/dry
  • K2 clothing allotment
  • Discount on merchandise at K2 Gift Shops
  • Use of company bicycles (first come/first served)
  • Tons of free tours/discounts offered as reciprocals with our friends in tourism
  • Pro deals with many outdoor outfitters

These are just a few of our employees' favorite things!

Getting Here and Getting Around

Go north on the Glenn Highway (AK 1) approximately 34 miles. Take Parks Highway (AK 3) approximately 64 miles. Turn right at the South Talkeetna Spur Road and travel approximately 13 miles. Turn Right at the sign to Talkeetna State Airport. Take a right on Second St. Once you drive over the railroad tracks, you'll be able to see the airport. K2 Aviation will be on your right-hand side. Talkeetna State Airport Talkeetna, AK 99676 Call Us: 907-733-2291

Upon accepting a job offer you will receive a welcome packet with different options for getting to Talkeetna, Shuttles, motorcoach, ride with another employee, ride the train from Anchorage to Talkeetna. We try to include contact information and pricing info when we can. 

Most places in Talkeetna are within walking distance. We have several bicycles for employee use as well. If you have a car, you'll be able to expand your exploration opportunities, although you don't need one to make it through the summer. 

For Fun

Talkeetna offers a wide variety of activities for your off time. Local vendors include guided fishing, rafting, horseback riding, hiking, and climbing. Discounts and comps are available for K2 employees throughout the state for excursions and lodging in other remote Alaska towns.

Our Jobs

The K2 Culture starts with you! Unexpected hospitality is one of the wonderful things that K2 has to offer. Denali is the star of the show and employees are the icing on the cake. We love what we do, and it shows! From the front desk to pilots, sales to marketing, management to drivers – everyone focuses on the guest’s experience. We provide training for each position and the top qualities that we look for in employees do not necessarily come from experience - you can’t train enthusiasm, integrity, or a joy for life. 

Seasonal positions open from March through Mid-October. Most employees work May 1-August 31. There is some flexibility with start and end dates with some employees starting in May and some employees leaving in August.

Front Desk Agent/Reservation Specialist

Talkeetna

A typical day as front desk agent will always start with having a friendly attitude. You will check guests in for their upcoming flight, as well as make reservations for future bookings. Guests get in touch with us in person, by telephone and email.  

Check in times are busy and fun. During check-in, front desk agents greet guests, give weather briefings, perform weigh in, handle payment details and tell guests what to do while they are waiting to be called for their flight.  

Guests come from all over the world to see Alaska and K2’s flightseeing tours of Denali are one of the major highlights of their trip. Front Desk Agents spend a lot of time with guests during the reservation and check in process. This job requires a lot of guest interaction and is ideal for a people person.

Responsibilities: 

  • Process guest reservations, including all necessary payments
  • Handle & coordinate any arrival or tour changes, process any weather cancelled tours
  • Contact guests if they are late for their check in
  • Assist with the check-in and check-out of groups and tours
  • Handle guests' concerns
  • Assist other departments as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Friendly and professional attitude
  • Good organizational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to work well with others is a must
  • Administrative skills
  • Ability to use a variety of computer applications 
  • Effective conflict management and decision-making is an asset
  • Previous experience in customer service is an asset
  • Cash handling experience is an asset 
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset
  • Working knowledge of the facility, services and local area 

Gift Shop - Retail

Talkeetna

Our gift shop sales reps are the friendly faces of K2 Aviation on Main Street.  We share our enthusiasm for flightseeing Denali, book flight tours, sell souvenirs, rent bikes, and offer information on local attractions.  
Gift shop sales reps work independently and are responsible for keeping the shops clean, stocked, and well displayed.  Receiving new orders into stock occurs throughout the season, including counting, pricing and recording merchandise into our Point of Sale system.  We also do outdoor yard work including weeding flower beds and watering plants, and updating promotional sidewalk signs to keep our stores looking fun and inviting.
A strong work ethic and personal motivation are key to this position. Previous retail experience, sales experience and strong communication skills are preferred.

Responsibilities:
Book flights, process payments for retail and flight sales
Assist guests with questions about existing reservations
Communicate with airport office flight scheduling
Become familiar with product lines to engage customers in their shopping experience
Cleaning and yard work
Stocking and display
Inventory intake

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Enthusiastic and friendly approach to visitors
Professional appearance and attitude
Excellent communication skills
Personal motivation
Time management skills
Familiarity with office equipment & computer skills
Cash and credit card handling
Versatility in working with a variety of languages and cultures
Ability to lift 40 lbs intermittently
Familiarity with Denali National Park and local area attractions and services
 

Ramp Agent/Airline Support

Talkeetna

As a Ramp Agent your primary task is to fuel airplanes, load and unload passengers and maintain the ramp as a safe and operable area.

Flight times are busy and fun. This is when all of the aircraft come and go. Ramp Agents are busy helping guests on and off aircraft, snapping pictures, fueling and washing windows and helping pilots get ready for their next flights.

When there are no aircraft loads to prepare or airplanes to fuel there are many other things to do. Yard work, ramp clean up, assisting the mechanics, and washing airplanes to name a few. These are all part of the day in the life of a Ramp Agent.

Guests come from all over the world to climb, backpack and view Denali. Climbing season is late April – June and hiking trips via floatplane run June 15- Sept 15. These are both wonderfully unique trips and getting these groups prepared to fly is something Ramp Agents specialize in. You will work with climbing groups who have lots of experience climbing mountains, but most are not familiar with using a small aircraft to get started. Ramp Agents work closely with these groups to weigh and sort gear for their upcoming expedition.  

This job is ideal for someone who likes to spend time outdoors and likes a lot of variety in their day.  Don’t worry if you haven’t worked a job like this before, we have training for each aspect of the job.

Season:  Negotiable -  Peak season is May 15 – Sept 15. Some employees start as early as Mid-April through and stay through mid- October.

Hours: 40 hours per week with overtime available depending on demand.

Set schedule working the same shift each week Mid-May through Mid-August. Before and after this the schedule may be different based on peak season employees start/end dates. Most Ramp Agents work 4 days a week either 8 or 10 hour days based on employee preference.

Responsibilities: 

  • Prepare ramp for flights in the morning and close ramp after the last flight of the day
  • Fuel and clean aircraft
  • Weigh and organize gear for backcountry trips
  • Grounds keeping of K2 facilities
  • Assist and communicate with other departments as required, specifically dispatch, pilots and maintenance

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Friendly and professional attitude
  • Good organizational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Ability to use and maintain a variety of basic outdoor equipment (lawn mowers, etc.) 
  • Ability to lift up to 75lbs
  • Previous experience at an airport or as a Ramp Agent is an asset
  • Effective conflict management and decision-making is an asset
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset
  • Working knowledge of the facility, services and local area 

Van Driver/Expeditor

Talkeetna

Van Driver/Expeditors need a regular driver’s license with a good driving record to operate our vans. No special license is required. You will likely be the first face our clients see, so be ready to greet them with a smile. Safe driving, timeliness and a friendly professional attitude is really what this job is all about.    

You’ll keep the wheels on the ground looking sharp and keep us going steady by getting guests here on time. A little conversation, talking about the weather, asking people where they’re from and you’ll be doing just fine. Between pick up times, you’ll be out on the deck helping guests get organized for flying.

This job is like a summer breeze and your days will go by fast. Unless it’s raining. It does rain sometimes. Don’t worry, we’ll get through those days together.     

Season:  Negotiable -  Peak season is May 15 – Sept 15. Some employees start as early as Mid-April through and stay through mid- October.

Hours: 40 hours per week with overtime available depending on demand.

Set schedule working the same shift each week Mid-May through Mid-August. Before and after this the schedule may be different based on peak season employees start/end dates. Frequently we work four days a week (8 or 10 hour days, employee preference) during the shoulder season, and 5 days a week in the peak season.

Responsibilities: 

  • Pick up and drop clients off at various locations throughout Talkeetna
  • Keep the vans neat, tidy and full of fuel
  • Manage the pick-up schedule, be on time and get guests to K2 on time for check in.
  • Expedite groups: Give weather and visibility briefings, calling group names, assist with glacier boots and securing valuables.
  • Handle guests' concerns
  • Assist other departments as required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Friendly and professional attitude
  • Good organizational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Safe driving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Effective conflict management and decision-making is an asset
  • Previous experience in customer service is an asset
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset
  • Working knowledge of the facility, services and local area 

K2 Aviation offers employees a fair wage and a fun and friendly atmosphere for a summer job. Perks to look forward to:

  • Unlimited stand-by flights on any of our tours (One FAM flight is included during training the rest is up to you during your time off);
  • Use of employee lounge 7am-9pm daily, free Wi-Fi, employee showers, kitchen, Laundry $3 wash/dry
  • K2 clothing allotment;
  • Discount on merchandise at K2 Gift Shops;
  • Use of company bicycles (first come/first served);
  • Free or heavily discounted tourist activities offered as reciprocals with our friends in tourism; and,
  • Pro-deals with many outdoor outfitters.  

Video Team

Talkeetna

K2 has a state of the art video cam system called the “Denali Flight Cam.” Each of K2’s 11 aircraft are set up with 4 cams. Have you ever watched National Geographic or Discovery? Get ready for amazing views as part of your daily routine. As part of the video team you will collect data files from each aircraft and then edit the files in ivideo. The raw footage contains video from several flights and for the duration of each flight. The video team sorts out which footage belongs to each particular flight. Cut it. Set to double time, and place music on it. Sometimes you’ll add guest photos to the product. Finally, you’ll put it on a thumb drive or on dropbox, and send it out. 

For a sample of the product, please click here, this is a marketing piece, but you’ll get the idea: https://youtu.be/2veoXWrPFtA

This position works best if we can cross train you in other areas. If we have a spell of poor weather and there is nothing to edit you can still pick up your hours if you are cross trained in another area. 

Season:  Negotiable -  Peak season is May 15 – Sept 15. Some employees start as early as Mid-April through and stay through mid- October.
Hours: 40 hours per week with overtime available depending on demand.
Set schedule working the same shift each week Mid-May through Mid-August. Before and after this the schedule may be different based on peak season employees start/end dates. Frequently we work four days a week (8 or 10 hour days, employee preference) during the shoulder season, and 5 days a week in the peak season.
Responsibilities: 
•    Edit videos in a timely manner to create a beautiful product
•    Communication with management is key, especially if a cam is down
•    Rotating shifts at Kiosk, selling video and interacting with guests.
•    Handle guests' concerns
•    Assist other departments as required


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Friendly and professional attitude
•    Good organizational skills
•    Time management skills
•    Attention to detail a must
•    Ability to work independently
•    Effective conflict management and decision-making is an asset
•    Previous experience editing video is an asset
•    Working knowledge of the facility, services and local area

 
K2 Aviation offers employees a fair wage and a fun and friendly atmosphere for a summer job. Perks to look forward to:


•    Unlimited stand-by flights on any of our tours (One FAM flight is included during training the rest is up to you during your time off);
•    Use of employee lounge 7am-9pm daily, free Wi-Fi, employee showers, kitchen, Laundry $3 wash/dry
•    K2 clothing allotment;
•    Discount on merchandise at K2 Gift Shops;
•    Use of company bicycles (first come/first served);
•    Free or heavily discounted tourist activities offered as reciprocals with our friends in tourism; and,
•    Pro-deals with many outdoor outfitters.  
 

z Customer Experience Manager

Talkeetna

Be the liaison between Dispatch and Customer Service. Help make employees and guests alike feel like a million bucks. Do you have a knack for training and feel like you were born to help people be their best selves? Can you recognize when someone needs extra attention? Be part of the team and help deepen the K2 culture. During the summer months we have the open sign on 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of that, this position is a shared position. This position is usually, but not always filled from within. For the chance at being most successful you will know the in's and out's of the Front Desk, Van Driving and Expediting positions. If you'd like to know more, please send a resume with your application and ask to speak to Garett or Stephanie

z Relief Flight Follower

Talkeetna

11 airplanes touring from 1-2 hours.

6 potential departure times a day for each of them.

4-10 passengers per airplane.

People vying for a view of Denali.

Weights. Balances. Weather.

Our dispatch team needs help making the magic happen. Do you have what it takes? This is a fantastic job if you have the right mindset. Generally this position is filled from within, however we can discuss more details with anyone who feels qualified. Customer Service and Dispatching experience highly recommended.  If you'd like to know more, please send a resume with your application and ask to speak to Garett or Stephanie.

How to Apply

Please download and complete our on-line application. It can be returned by email to the address below or if necessary by mail to:

info@flyk2.com

K2 Aviation

P.O. Box 545

Talkeetna, AK. 99676 

(907) 733-2291

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