McCarthy Lodge & Ma Johnson's Hotel

Surrounded by the highest concentrations of mountains in Alaska!
The McCarthy Lodge Restaurant
Ma Johnson's Hotel Lobby
The Valley entrance to our area
Copper River Red Salmon
Open Mic night every Thursday
Streets of McCarthy
Enjoy Dinner on the deck
Fourth Of July celebrations!
Ice Climbing on a glacier
Grocery Store in McCarthy
Kennicott Mill Town
Plated Desserts for our Bistro
Ma Johnson's Historic Hotel
Golden Saloon Burger
Golden Saloon is the local evening hangout!
Band night every Saturday
We want to surprise our guests...
Local artists
Daily Golden Saloon Dessert Specials

Spend the Summer Working in Beautiful Wrangell St Elias National Park, Alaska

Would you like to spend the summer working and playing in the largest national park in North America? We are a small, remote Alaskan resort that offers excellent compensation plus subsidized housing with staff kitchen, & basics provided for your use, plus end of season bonus. An amazingly fun and safe work environment in one of Alaska's most dramatic destinations! 

McCarthy, Alaska - located in the very center of Wrangell St. Elias National Park

About McCarthy Lodge & Ma Johnson's Hotel

We are an award winning hotel and restaurant in the center of America's largest national park, Wrangell St. Elias. Our resort consists of two small hotels, a saloon, a fine dining restaurant, and several grocery, liquor and gift stores. We own and operate these businesses in over a dozen downtown buildings in the restored ghost town of McCarthy. Epic mountains and glaciers surround our town.

We are Alaskans focused on great food, a well stocked bar featuring Alaskan entertainment, and authentic accommodations. We live and work in a perfect wilderness setting for true adventure seekers. Apply below for a summer you will never forget!

The Employee Experience

Your experience in McCarthy, Alaska will change you.

The friends you make will last a lifetime. 

McCarthy is a restored ghost town community in the center of Wrangell St-Elias National Park.

We are a respectful group of wilderness seekers. We love the history of the town because it creates awareness of both continuity in community and man's struggle to keep wild places wild. We've 'tamed' a bit of the wilderness in McCarthy, but the wild is all around us.

The few of us folks who live here own and operate businesses for visitors - and we all want YOU to experience the same adventures guests will have. To do that, the activities around us will be made available to you for free (or minimal cost to cover fuel) when there is space available. Rafting, Flightseeing, Ice Climbing and so much more...

Check out the video link below to see the adventures that await you.

MMM Alaskan Summer Time Lapse Reel 2015 from McKinney Makes Media on Vimeo.

Ideal Candidate

If you would like to work in one of the most beautiful places on earth, surrounded by mountains and glaciers, we have an amazing job for you!

The ideal candidate has a positive attitude, is self-motivated, is experienced in hospitality, and loves people!  We work as a team and aim to provide our guests a memorable visit. Our international clientele in a wilderness National Park enjoy an authentic Alaskan experience. Our resort in McCarthy boasts an inventive kitchen, award-winning management, and an outdoors-loving crew. Seasonal, May-September, and Alaska-level pay, including room and board allowance (subsidized shared housing, 2 per room). There is a limited number of single rooms available for leadership positions. 


Available positions, May 10th, 2021 to September 20th, 2021 summer season. 

  • CDL Bus Drivers (Buses and vans)
  • CDL Freight Driver 
  • Hotel Receptionists 
  • Office support staff / Data entry
  • Housekeepers
  • Dishwashers
  • Retail Store clerks
  • Groundskeepers, Repair & Maintenance crew.

We’re looking for individuals who have a positive outlook and genuinely enjoy being around people, can work at a fast pace, and who can manage multiple tasks at once. The ideal candidate will have previous customer service experience and will have clear understanding of what drives guest satisfaction. 

  • Full time positions. Must be able to work 32 to 40 hours, with overtime if needed
  • Must be able to pass background check (no arrests or convictions)
  • High School Diploma or GED.

We provide low cost shared housing; Fully stocked employee kitchen, and transportation to/from Anchorage to our remote lodge (inside America's largest National Park).

Our season is mid-May through September 20th. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in outdoor activities such as flightseeing, ice climbing, rafting, and more at reduced rates or free. Many of our local tour operators want you to experience their adventures so you will have first hand knowledge when asked by guests about activities. Pay is bi-monthly based on hours and is dependent on experience.

Room and Board

We provide subsidized housing and some meal allowances. Other staff amenities included: free laundry facilities and a communal employee kitchen. You will also find a grocery store, a bar, and several other restaurants in or near McCarthy.  

Meals: We provide a Staff Kitchen and most of the staples to cook your own meals. Although most of the food costs are subsidized or free, you should anticipate spending a little bit to supplement your dietary issues or individual tastes. This would allow for your own control over your dietary day-to-day needs. You can expect to see the following items supplied at no cost:

Milk, cheese, bread, condiments, cereal, eggs, lunch meats, produce (veggies and fruits), canned goods, dinner entree proteins such as chicken, pork, beef, fish; dinner starches such as potatoes, rice or pasta. These items are readily available to our staff at no cost. Since everyone is also expected to pitch in for their own likes and needs, everyone is able to maintain their happiness! You will find some of your peers more adept at not using their own funds for food. For instance, staff with allergens and other dietary concerns may use more of their own supplemental foods than staff with no food aversions.. 

Everyone is responsible for participating by cooking for themselves and cleaning up after themselves. Many of the staff participate with each other's meal planning in various ways. Individuals are free to do whatever they like as long as it does not interrupt the staff housing (simple: keep the common areas of the employee house clean). 

Housing: Shared housing (2 people per room) is $3 per day.  A limited number of Single Occupancy rooms are available for $6 per day. We have limited "wall tents" for staff who prefer tent city life, and avoid a housing fee. All housing options include showers. laundry, kitchen use, fuels, etc.

Transportation: We will provide transportation to and from Anchorage & McCarthy. You are responsible for getting to and from Anchorage to your home state. 

Employee Perks

When you're not working, you're playing! You will enjoy adventure opportunities most people only dream of, such as glacier hikes, flightseeing, rafting, and other activities at little or no cost. We strive to give you two days off a week to enjoy all the wonders of the area. We value happy employees. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

Anchorage to McCarthy round trip ground transportation is provided at no charge by our shuttle van on certain dates. Mail arrives by plane Mondays and Thursdays. if you still need something from afar, "The Amazon Express" makes weekly deliveries.

For Fun

You are having fun in McCarthy when you live, work, and play with us!  

Bands come play from Anchorage and the "lower 48" - rocking the town of McCarthy on Saturday nights at the Golden Saloon.

Thursday night is open mic night, bring your instrument, your talent, and ham it up!

Some people enjoy camping, photography, yoga, mountain biking, the list goes on. 

How to Apply

Send your resume, cover letter  and include at least 3 business related references to:
Office@McCarthyLodge.com

Please put your name & the position you are applying for, in the "subject line" of your email. That will help us route your application to the right department. 

Go to our website for more information about us: http://www.mccarthylodge.com


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