McCarthy Lodge & Ma Johnson's Hotel

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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, & generous food allowance ($10/day), 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 bar & grill, a fine dining restaurant, and a grocery store. We own and operate several businesses in over a dozen downtown buildings, in our restored ghost town. 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 are surrounded by glaciers some of North America's highest mountains , and 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 here* will change you.

The friends you make will last a lifetime. 

This is remote Alaskan Wilderness at its absolute finest.

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 when there is space available. Rafting, Flightseeing, Ice Climbing and so much more...

* "Wilderness is Unpredictable" - Paul Clause. 

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. 


FINE DINING SERVER: (McCarthy Lodge Bistro)  Are you an exceptional server with a working wine knowledge - looking for a great summer in charge of a fantastic little room with a casual and romantic setting? The McCarthy Lodge Bistro is an Authentic Alaskan Lodge with an exciting wine list. 


Room and Board

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

The meal plan allows you to choose what you want. A happy staff is the first critical step in creating a great guest experience. If your not happy, nobody else is either...  We provide a $10/per day shift-budget for you to subsidize your food. This means you can expect a combination of meal options including:

Staff Kitchen and local grocery store items to cook your own meals. Two restaurants and a grocery store where your purchases are subsidized by a $10 credit per day worked. The $50 a week credit that you earn in a typical 5 day work week should cover half of your food costs in McCarthy. Prices in McCarthy are about 20% higher than Anchorage.   

Subsidized Housing: Shared housing for first year staff is $2 per day.  A limited number of Single Occupancy rooms are available for $6 per day 

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!  

A couple of nights a week bands come play from Anchorage and the "lower 48" - rocking the town of McCarthy 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:

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. 

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