Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

Immerse Yourself in Nature on Fox Island

The Alaska Collection, an experience by Pursuit, offers several lodging and attractions including the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Denali Backcountry Lodge & Denali Cabins, Seward Windsong Lodge, and Kenai Fjords Tours. If you are a hard working, adventurous minded individual seeking seasonal employment, come join our team!

45 minutes by boat outside of Seward, Alaska

About Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge

Have you dreamed of exploring the great Alaskan wilderness or spending the summer on a secluded island, just within reach of a quintessential Alaskan town? Does spending your summer at the doorstep of adventure have a certain appeal?  If your answer is yes, then the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge offers the ultimate experience in seasonal employment.

We believe that collecting memories is far more important than collecting things.  We share your longing to explore.  To get out into the world in search of remarkable experiences. This is what we call ‘living’. 

/    Our Vision is to be the world’s leading provider of experiential adventure travel

/    Our Mission is to connect guests and staff to iconic places through unforgettable, inspiring experiences

We are seeking fun, adventurous, hard-working, and conscientious people to join our team under the Midnight Sun. Our hiring needs range from chefs and servers, to maintenance and management, and everything in between. If you have a background in hospitality, tourism, maintenance, hotel management, natural sciences or recreation, we want to hear from you!

Life is not one-size-fits-all, and neither are we. These places and experiences have the potential to change lives.

Are you ready?

Come to see the blue-green waters teeming with wildlife, kayak excursions, wild Alaska salmon and remote wilderness cabins. There is no better way to experience this magnificent region than in the peaceful seclusion of the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island. Our rustic, cozy cabins (eco-friendly) are cradled on the picturesque shore of Fox Island's Halibut Cove.

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is an isolated facility located on Fox Island. There are no roads and the only access is by Kenai Fjords Tours boat. It is located in the heart of Resurrection Bay, approximately 12 nautical miles (a 45-minute boat transfer) from the town of Seward, Alaska. The island houses two State Marine Parks and measures three square miles. Alaska Collection owns the portion of the island occupied by the Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge and Day Lodge facilities while the rest of the island is uninhabited. This wilderness destination offers an amazing opportunity for visitors and employees to be immersed in nature within a temperate rain forest. All of our facilities run on solar and propane generator power. We have our own water and waste systems. We expect that our employees support our eco-friendly environment and help us conserve energy and resources as much as possible.

Our Season:

May through September

The Employee Experience

You get to experience what few will ever do. This is a "bucket list" destination! No cars, no billboards, no high-rise resorts. This is the raw, unaltered wilderness in one of the remaining pristine places left. See glaciers while you still can. Pick wild blueberries until your fingers hurt.  Watch humpback whales breach or sea otters play outside your window. Enjoy being something greater than yourself. We value integrity, a strong work ethic, and teamwork. During your time here, you will cultivate long-lasting friendships and experience iconic, unforgettable moments at Fox Island Wilderness Lodge.  

Ideal Candidate

Our core values are:

  • Safety First
  • Honor Place
  • Anticipate
  • Bring Your Best

Our ideal candidate is someone who wants to truly experience all that Alaska has to offer and believes in our mission. We are selective to ensure our employees and our guests have the best experience possible during their stay. Each job is important. We value integrity, a strong work ethic, a self-starter and a team player. Successful employees are those who step in where needed and can bring their best. We find our team members to have an adventurous and generous spirit. 

If you sincerely enjoy working with people and want to contribute to an amazing guest experience, while having an unforgettable and unique experience of your own, then we want you to work with us. The interaction between our employees and our guests is extensive, providing a relationship that is more personal than at a large hotel.

Room and Board

Room and Board is included for Fox Island Employees. The Crew Housing on Fox Island was renovated in 2013 and has all the basic necessities including wireless internet. There is a large common area with TV, movies, a full-size kitchen with a propane stove and refrigerator, 5 large shared bedrooms (all units split by male and female rooms) and shared bathrooms/showers. There are no laundry facilities located on the island.

The crew facility in Seward is a shared hostel-style housing unit with four rooms (2 bunk beds in each room) for our employees.  It is located upstairs from our main warehouse. You will be assigned a unit with several others (all units split by male and female rooms) and rotate out of the room for your days off. There is a common lounge and kitchen area, free laundry facilities, WiFi and 2 shared bathrooms. The Seward housing facility is centrally located and within walking distance to all major businesses.

Special Note – Because of our remoteness and housing needs we cannot accommodate spouses or families on Fox Island or in Seward.

The following charges apply if you are offered housing:
Any damage fees will automatically be deducted from your year-end bonus.

Housing Policies

Housing is a community experience and is part of your employment. We expect that all rules and policies are to help ensure a quality, peaceful living experience for everyone. Violation of housing rules will result in loss of housing privileges.

  • Staff housing is a "dry camp." No alcohol is allowed in housing units.
  • Quiet time is from 10pm to 7am. Employees work variable shifts.
  • Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is a zero tolerance drug-free operation. Our facilities are smoke-free and drug-free; no smoking inside any building and only permitted in designated areas.
  • Pets are not allowed in company housing.

Employee Perks

Discounts on Alaska Collection day cruises, discounts on lodge room rates, and many other discounts available on activities in the area and in the state.

Pay Days/Direct Deposit

Paydays are bi-weekly, every second Tuesday. Pay advances are not available, so please ensure the availability of sufficient funds for food, etc. during the first three weeks of employment. The Lodge encourages employees to enroll in payroll direct deposit for additional security. This requires the employee provide a voided check on the account funds are to be deposited to.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Travel to Seward

  • Flights - Closest commercial Airport (Ted Stevens International) is in Anchorage, the flight from Seattle is approximately 3 hours in duration.
  • Driving- It takes approximately two and a half hours to drive south from Anchorage to Seward along the Seward Highway, designated a Scenic Byway. This is a very spectacular drive.
  • Train - Rail travel is available at a discount from mid-May through mid-September if space is available.
  • Pre-Season Service - Limited, no cost, space available transportation from Anchorage to Seward with Kenai Fjords may be possible for employees traveling between late March through mid-May. Bookings are required and should be made 48 hours in advance. Pickups are in the early morning and only available at select hotels or locations. Please call 800-270-1238 for additional details.
  • Shuttle Bus - Travel is available to Seward year-round via Seward Bus Line 907-224-3608. They will provide a drop off at Kenai Fjords Tours on request and pick up from the airport.
  • Coach Service - The Park Connection offers two daily departures (beginning in mid-May through mid-September) from Kenai Fjords Tours main office. Employees can receive a discount.

Local Transportation

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge is located on Fox Island and transportation is provided by Kenai Fjords Tours. Walking is the only mode of transportation for our .25 mile stretch of beach that we live and work on. In Seward housing is located a few blocks from the small boat harbor, where Kenai Fjords Tours is located and easily accessible by car, bike, or on foot. Local taxi services are available 24 hours a day.

For Fun

Island Activities

  • Hiking on island
  • Marine tours (We offer our employee discounts)
  • Kayaking, both lake and sea
  • Beach combing
  • Reading
  • Studying nature

Seward Activities

  • Sea Life Center
  • Library/Museum
  • Shopping, Restaurants, Gift Shops, Grocery Stores
  • Fitness centers

How to Apply

We will be opening our 2019 positions and accepting applications for the summer season beginning in mid-November 2018.

In the meantime, make sure to save our profile in your "favorites" list to come back and visit us, or send us an email with any questions!!

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