McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters

Aurora on the Copper River
Bison on the Chitina River
Iceberg Jumping on the Glacial Lake
Life is good on the river
Midnight Sunset
Team Work

Spend your summer guiding in the heart of America's largest national park!

McCarthy River Tours Outfitters is hiring Guides & 1st Year Interns for the 2022 Season in McCarthy, Alaska, in the heart of Wrangell St Elias National Park!

McCarthy was a turn of the 20th century copper boom town, it was the 'vice town' offering services for the miners that worked 5 miles up the road at the Kennicott Copper Mine, the site of the purest copper ore ever found on Earth. Glaciers, mile high icefalls & 16,000ft mountains dominate the skyline. A ghost town for many years, McCarthy now boasts a summer population of ~250.

About McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters

We are remotely located in America’s largest Wilderness, Wrangell St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Our trips are anywhere from 3 hours to 15 days in length with many including small bush plane flights for access! Applicants should be interested in living in a small community with basic amenities and AWESOME surroundings. We offer transportation to and from Anchorage for all employees, an excellent training program, competitive pay, and a first-rate guide retention program.

Our employment season runs from May 10 to September 15.

The Employee Experience

We feel our employees are our greatest asset, our goal is to provide a first-rate guide experience that encourages professional growth. Our River Campus houses all of our guides on the banks of the Kennicott River at the take out point of our day raft trips; our staff often 'commutes' home by boat.  All employees are offered personal housing with shared cooking/community space included with employment, an extended-term off to organize a personal adventure in the park, discounts on pro gear & access to one of the coolest small towns in North America!

Ideal Candidate

Our preferred candidate has experience in leadership, organization, social media & superb customer service.  Candidates with backgrounds in Bike Mechanics, Office Suite, Digital Design, Video, and Picture editing will also get bonus consideration.  We are looking for people that are dedicated to the summer work experience and know how to balance work and play.  While we all love to have fun during the hot summer days, employees who know how to keep on task and be organized with varying supervision succeed most with us.

Room and Board

Free on-site housing is available for full time employees at our Kennicott River Campus. Staff lives in framed wall tents. There is a "Guide Hut" that functions as both the staff kitchen and crew hang out area. There is a phone that local calls can be made for free and long distance can be made with a calling card.  Verizon is the only national carrier that works reliably in McCarthy, both voice and data are available. Free internet is supplied in town at our office.

Employee Perks

  • Free gear use for personal trips
  • One personal vacation during the summer to plan your own trip
  • Early season guide training familiarization program and all-company multi-day trip
  • Discounts on gear
  • Housing

Getting Here and Getting Around

You are welcome to bring your own car. If you are flying to Alaska, we will pick you up in Anchorage and bring you out to McCarthy. We also supply rides back into Anchorage when your employment season is over.

When you are here, we have numerous bikes on our campus and you are free to use any of them. We also provide a local bus pass that you can use to travel between McCarthy and Kennicott. Our crew housing is located a few miles down the river from town; much of our staff boat home after work.

For Fun

Rafting, Kayaking, Hiking, Glacier Hiking, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Friday Community Softball, Annual Whitewater Fest, Flightseeing, Gardening, Movie Night, Pretty much anything you could possibly want to do in the Great Outdoors!

How to Apply

Please thoroughly check out our Perspective Employee Resources on our website, read over all of the job descriptions that we are currently hiring for and Submit Your Resume & Cover Letter 

We receive many applications and our positions fill quickly.  We schedule interviews with applicants as their resumes are received.  Send us yours today, and we look forward to speaking with you in the near future! 

We hope to boat with you this summer in the Wrangell Mountains!


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