Fishing Guide Apprentice & Lodge Operations
Kenai River Drifter's Lodge

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Do you have a passion for fishing? Enjoy helping others experience the joy of catching fish?

We are located in the Mountains on the Upper Kenai River.


Fishing Guide Apprentice & Lodge Operations

Kenai River Drifter's Lodge
Cooper Landing, Alaska
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (May 15, 2019)

Fishing Guide Apprentice & Lodge Operations

POSITION                   Seasonal - Late May to September
SALARY                     $1,750/mo + tips
ROOM/BOARD           Available for $350 monthly 


The fishing guide apprentice and lodge operations position at Drifters Lodge is an opportunity for those looking to earn their place in the incredibly competitive market of Kenai River fishing guides. The position offers experience in many aspects of a fishing lodge, and you will be a guide-in-training under some of the best guides on the Kenai, Kasilof and Russian Rivers. 

You will perform wide-ranging duties related to client transportation, lodge maintenance, day-to-day tasks, maintaining equipment, and guiding. If you are ready to work your tail off, learn, and join a fun, supportive team of guides and lodge staff, please send us your application.

What Do We Require?

· Be a “Yes-man” or “Yes-woman.” This means be ready to do any task at any given time with a smile on your face. 

· You will spend a majority of the busy season performing lodge duties; fishing and guide training will be secondary. However, you are always free to work with the fishing guides – those who go above and beyond will benefit here. The more you help and talk to the guides, the more you gain.

· Be flexible and hard working. It’s the nature of summer in Alaska to work pedal to the metal and deal with last minute changes. 

What Do You Get In Return? 

· A well-rounded exposure to all aspects of being a fishing guide from customer service and people skills to biology and fishing techniques specific to the fisheries of the Kenai Peninsula. 

· Mentoring and training from some of the best guides on the Kenai, Kasilof and Russian Rivers. 

· Networking with a community of established guides and guide services on the Kenai Peninsula.

· Above and beyond work is rewarded. If you show particular strengths and dedication to guiding, we will go to you first when we have need of extra help with guided trips. 

· Employee and guide discounts on high-end fishing and outdoor equipment..

· At the end of the season, successful employees may be giving an opportunity at a full-time fishing guide position for the upcoming season. 

Job Duties Include (but are not limited to):

· Being ready and willing on short notice to assist fishing guides on trips with clients, while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Support tasks on a fishing trip may require hiking up to 10 miles, carrying equipment, filleting fish, and being prepared to execute first aid.

· Working under supervision of senior fishing guides to perform various equipment tasks including but not limited to rigging rods, repairing waders, mailing broken rods, waders and reels to warranty service, washing boats, re-arming life jackets, servicing boat engines. 

· Keeping the equipment/wader room clean and organized.

· Driving company vehicles for client pickup/drop off, shuttling, fish pickup/drop off, running errands, or any other tasks requested by supervisor. Driving may occur at any time of day. Must have clean driving record for previous three years and must be at least 21 years of age.

· Maintaining property appearance by landscaping, mowing, gardening, trimming, fertilizing, and digging.  

· Keeping buildings and structures clean by sweeping, pressure washing, and scrubbing.

· Maintaining vehicles and trailers by checking and filling fluids, checking tire pressures, making sure all lights are operational and keeping vehicles clean both inside and out.

· Making sure all trash on property is taken to the dump daily.

· Doing repairs and maintenance on buildings and structures at direction of supervisor. This may include nailing, hammering, sawing, drilling, sanding, painting, carrying lumber and measuring.

· Starting nightly campfire, keeping fire pit clean, and maintaining woodshed by organizing, splitting, and stacking firewood. Maintain campfire accessories such as lighting fluid, lighters and marshmallows and reorder as needed.

· Performing other duties assigned by supervisor, such as housekeeping, opening, stocking and cleaning the breakfast nook, food preparation, and office coverage. When it is busy, jobs often cross over to ensure all tasks are completed.

· Maintaining a professional, positive, friendly, and enthusiastic attitude at all times especially while participating in guided trips. 

· Must be presentable, well kept, courteous and respectful to all guests and address their individual needs by fulfilling requests or communicating requests to a supervisor. Guests are of the highest importance and must be treated as such.

· Must be able to stand for eight hours straight and perform strenuous tasks such as lifting 50lbs, bending, kneeling, and squatting.

· Must be able to work directly under one or more supervisors, be courteous and respectful to coworkers, and be self-motivated.

· Must purchase an annual State of Alaska fishing license.

· Must become certified in CPR and First Aid

How to Apply

Please email your resume including references to with 'Fishing Guide Apprentice & Lodge Operations Job Application' as the subject line. 

Please do not hesitate to call us anytime if you have any questions or to introduce yourself and explain why you feel like you are a good fit for the job!

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