McCarthy Lodge Resort

Surrounded by the highest concentrations of mountains in Alaska!
The McCarthy Lodge Restaurant
Ma Johnson's Hotel Lobby
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 - Salmon and Bear Restaurant
Ma Johnson's Historic Hotel
Golden Saloon Burger
Golden Saloon is the local evening hangout!
Band night every Friday & 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

We are a small, remote Alaskan resort that offers excellent compensation plus FREE ROOM & BOARD with staff kitchen, & basics provided for your use to cook 3 meals a day. 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 Resort

We are an award-winning resort comprised of several historic buildings. McCarthy Lodge and The Ma Johnson's Hotel, Lancaster's Backpacker Hotel, The Kate Kennedy House, The Golden Saloon, The Salmon and Bear Restaurant, McCarthy Center Stores, Nugget Liquors, Mountain Arts, McCarthy Electric and the Copper Town Shuttle. All off-grid and authentic in all the right ways! 

The property includes many of the buildings in the restored ghost town of McCarthy, Alaska, in the center of America's largest national park, Wrangell St. Elias. Epic mountains and glaciers surround our town.

We are Alaskans focused on great food, a well-stocked bar featuring Alaskan entertainment in our new Music Venue featuring live music every weekend, and authentic accommodations. The work of amazing local artists is a central theme throughout the town. 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 - 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 with minimal cost to cover fuel) when there is space available. Rafting, Flight-seeing, Ice Climbing and so much more...

Interested in Theater, Music or Audio & Lighting? The past few summers we've been developing a Live Music Venue and Stage Play for the town and our visitors...  We do have weekend part time extra work for staff with an interest in Theater Production, sound & lighting. If you've got experience with DMX Lighting or if interested in learning about lighting, Audio Engineering or stage production, ask us for more information during your interview!  

VISUALS ABOUT THE AREA: Check out the video links, or just search all things McCarthy to get a sense of the adventures that await you

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate has a positive attitudeis self-motivated, and can enjoy themselves while performing their work in a remote setting. 

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

Room and Board

We provide free housing and food. 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.  

We Provide Room and Board at no cost to staff

Meals: We provide a Staff Kitchen and most of the staples to cook your own meals. 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 entrée 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. Dietary restrictions are subject to difficult logistics - Please consider your dietary restrictions and the practicality of our remote location.

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. Keeping the kitchen area clean is the responsibility of the staff using the kitchen areas. Keep the common areas of the employee house clean. 

Housing: Shared housing (2 people per room).  A limited number of Single Occupancy rooms are available for senior staff. We have limited "wall tents" for staff who prefer tent city life, and wish to avoid a roommate. 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 consecutive 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.

Mail arrives by plane Mondays and Thursdays. Amazon deliveries by mail plane are a regular thing out here.

You don't need a car, but you could bring it if you like. Discuss your options during your interview or by email if interested in bringing a vehicle to the McCarthy area. 

Bikes are OK but hiking boots are essential! - The world class Hikes are amazing our here...

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 Friday & Saturday nights at the Golden Saloon.

Thursday night is open mic night, bring your instrument, your talent, and ham it up!  Or maybe you want to work with the Lighting and Audio for music and other events all summer long. Our local theater production, "McCarthy Rose", is a unique opportunity to bring out your inner actor! 

Our employees enjoy camping, photography, yoga, rafting, flightseeing, mountain biking, performing music, Aurora viewing, painting and more...

How to Apply

Apply online via the link below!


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