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CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR CDL BUS DRIVERS!!!

Maintenance, CDL Driver Jobs - Driver/Guides, Office Manager, Office Assistant, Photographer, and Raft Guides

  • Bus Drivers

    Drivers
    Denali Paddlesports

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    Bus drivers must possess an Alaska Class C Commercial Drivers License with Passenger endorsement (Class C CDL with P endorsement). Due to insurance requirements, Denali Paddlesports requires that its new hires for bus drivers have five years driving experience, a clean driving record, and qualify quickly for the Alaska Class C CDL with P endorsement. The license fees are approximately $150.00. Drivers are responsible for paying their own fees. We will assist with bus training in addition to providing a bus for your road test. Driver training and bus rental fees are waived as long as the applicant/employee successfully completes a full season of work. In the event of termination prior to the end of the season, individuals are responsible for reimbursing Denali Paddlesports for the costs of their training as well as paying any bus rental fees. Federal Law subjects all CDL drivers to pre-employment, random, probable cause and post accident drug and alcohol testing. Denali Paddlesports adheres to all applicable local, state and federal laws regarding commercial vehicles operation.

    Bus drivers who have any expectations of becoming whitewater guides are encouraged to have up to date certifications in advanced first aid and SRT (Swiftwater River Technician). Each year in the spring Nenana Raft Adventures offers classes allowing candidates to obtain these certifications. The advanced first aid class is one approved by the State of Alaska’s Division of Emergency Preparedness and is a class leading to Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) certification. Candidates from the Lower 48 frequently substitute Wilderness First Responder certification for the ETT certification. Candidates who select the in-house Nenana Raft training must pay for their ETT and SRT training. Normally the combined cost of both these classes is just under $500.

    Typical duties for bus drivers:

    • Conduct pre-trip and post-trip bus inspections.
    • Clean bus, gas up bus.
    • Drive bus from Healy to Denali hotels, pick up guests, help them into the bus, provide them with a positive first experience with the company.
    • Distribute release forms to guests and assure that each guest has signed a release form.
    • Drive bus from Denali hotels to the Nenana Raft Adventures office.
    • Help guides fit guests with drysuits and PFDs and assist them with this gear.
    • Assure that each guest's personal gear is put in to the right bus.
    • Follow whitewater trip and at various locations leave the bus to observe the raft trip.
    • Treat all guests with courtesy, remembering whose vacation it is.
    • Maintain friendly, positive attitude towards guests and coworkers.
    • Be a team player. Display good judgment. Be dependable, punctual, willing to abide by Denali Paddlesports criteria for employment.
    • Be willing to assist mechanic staff with basic repair and maintenance of buses, vans, trailers, and other vehicles.
    • Other duties as assigned.


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  • Mechanics

    Drivers
    Denali Paddlesports

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    The mechanics positions require highly skilled persons with verifiable experience. Depending on experience, pay can range from $16 to $20 per hour. Verifiable experience in the repair and maintenance of school buses especially desired. End of season bonus if conditions are met.

    Typical duties:

    • Repair and maintain fleet of GMC school buses with gas powered 366 V8s
    • Repair and maintain fleet of vans, Fords & Dodges.
    • Repair and maintain raft trailers.
    • Keep shop clean
    • Properly dispose of waste fluids.
    • Supervise other personnel as they assist with maintenance and light repairs.
    • Keep management apprised of general overall condition of each vehicle in such a way as to minimize downtime and disruption to operations.
    • Other duties as assigned.

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  • Office Workers

    Office
    Denali Paddlesports

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    These employees, who generally are employed by Denali Paddlesports, are essential to Nenana Raft Adventure's success. They frequently are a potential guest's first exposure to Nenana Raft Adventures.

    Normal office skills are expected: Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software; familiarity with standard office machines, such as computers, multi-line telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.

    Typical duties:

    • Answer phones. Explain trips and prices to persons calling about raft trips. Sell the raft trips.
    • Explain the trips and prices to persons who drop in to the office. Provide a positive first experience and sell trips.
    • Assist with payroll recording keeping duties.
    • Maintain liaison with the boatyard in Healy with respect to reservations.
    • Make and maintain cordial relationships with cruise ship representatives and take their reservations accurately.
    • Keep accurate records in reservations system.
    • Work in retail store. Stock shelves, keep the store neat, sell items, keep accurate sales records.
    • Keep office, retail store, and deck areas clean. This includes vacuuming, sweeping, emptying trash, etc.
    • Keep outdoor toilets for guests clean and stocked with appropriate supplies.
    • Put drysuits on hangers, move drysuits from one area to another, hang them appropriately.
    • Assure that there is a signed release form for every guest.
    • Treat all guests with courtesy, remembering whose vacation it is.
    • Maintain friendly, positive attitude towards guests and coworkers.
    • Be a team player. Display good judgment. Be dependable, punctual, willing to abide by Denali Paddlesports' criteria for employment.
    • Cooperate with coworkers with respect to maintenance of common facilities.
    • Other duties as assigned.


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  • Photographers

    Photo
    Denali Paddlesports

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    Photographers are employed by Denali Paddlesports.

    Special requirements: Experience in using digital cameras and photography software. Must be able to work under time pressures since these are real time action shots and actual photographs must be available to guests approximately 2 hours after the photographs are shot. Trips may have as few as 4 guests or as many as 100 guests.

    Typical duties:

    • Accompany guests to specific locations and photograph them as they participate in their raft trip.
    • Return to the office and print photographs available for sale to the guests at the end of the trip.
    • Sell the photographs to guests at the end of their trips. Process credit card transactions and keep accurate records of revenue. Ability to process credit card transactions is particularly important since this is the primary method of payment.
    • Keep track of photography supply needs.
    • Be willing to assist management in the repair and maintenance of physical facilities.
    • Treat all guests with courtesy, remembering whose vacation it is.
    • Maintain friendly, positive attitude towards guests and coworkers.
    • Be a team player. Display good judgment. Be dependable, punctual, willing to abide by Denali Paddlesports' criteria for employment.
    • Other duties as assigned.

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  • Office Manager

    Office
    Nenana Raft Adventures

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    Denali Park and Healy are approximately 100 miles south of Fairbanks and 250 miles north of Anchorage. This remote location requires more prior planning, organizational skills, and the ability to improvise and "make do" than for the office manager in an urban location.

    Typical duties of the office manager:

    • Supervise and schedule office staff.
    • Perform as necessary all duties of regular office staff.
    • Assure that guests' experience with Nenana Raft Adventures is positive.
    • Keep accurate records of vouchers. Prepare billings to cruise companies and travel agents.
    • Responsible for payroll accounting and issuance of paychecks.
    • Learn filing system and file receipts.
    • Pick up and sort mail.
    • Keep track of office supplies and coordinate office needs with person who does the Anchorage shopping.
    • Track of retail inventory.
    • Treat all guests with courtesy, remembering whose vacation it is.
    • Maintain friendly, positive attitude towards guests and coworkers.
    • Be a team player. Display good judgment. Be dependable, punctual, willing to abide by Nenana Raft’s criteria for employment.
    • Cooperate with coworkers with respect to maintenance of common facilities.
    • Other duties as assigned.


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  • Raft Guides

    Guides
    Nenana Raft Adventures

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    Guides with previous commercial rafting experience are given preference for hiring. The highest preference is given to guides with previous commercial rafting experience in OAR boats, but guides with previous paddle rafting experience are definitely encouraged to apply.

    All first year guides must complete 15 training runs on each section (whitewater section and float section) of the Nenana River as well as pass a check ride and flip trip with senior staff who may at that time approve or disapprove of their skills proficiency. All training time is unpaid. Skills proficiency on the Nenana River must be demonstrated before guides may take guests down the river.

    River guides are expected to have up to date certifications in advanced first aid and river rescue training. At Nenana Raft we prefer the Swiftwater Technician Class certified by Rescue 3 International. Each year in the spring Nenana Raft Adventures offers classes allowing candidates to obtain these certifications. The advanced first aid class is one approved by the State of Alaska’s Division of Emergency Services and is a class leading to Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) certification. Nenana Raft's SRT instruction and certification program is taught by a Rescue 3 International certified instructor. All successful participants in this class will receive documentation issued by Rescue 3 International and signed by Nenana Raft's SRT instructor attesting to their successful completion of the course's requirements. Candidates from the Lower 48 frequently substitute Wilderness First Responder certification for the ETT certification. Candidates who select the in-house Nenana Raft training must pay for their ETT and SRT training. Normally the combined cost of both these classes is just under $500. Compare this with the $500 course cost of Wilderness First Response training alone. Nenana Raft makes every attempt to provide its employees with high quality reasonably priced training.

    Some individuals with no previous commercial guiding experience but perhaps having private boating experience may not wish to begin employment with Denali Paddlesports in a support role. These individuals are also invited to apply for raft guide positions. These candidates must pay for all their training, including the above listed Advanced First Aid/Wilderness First Responder and SRT certifications and, additionally, boat handling skill training. The total cost for this training is approximately $1,000; flexible payment terms are available. An invitation to train is just that is just that: an invitation; it is not a guarantee of employment. There is no guarantee that at the end of this training you will be hired although typically more than 3/4 of those who complete the training are offered employment with Nenana Raft. Unfortunately, a few folks with a lot of desire, even after a lot of training, are unable to navigate safely the waters of the Nenana River with a boat load of passengers, and we cannot sacrifice the safety of our guests. We recognize that there is an element of financial risk with such a proposition and we make every effort to be fair in terms of who is invited to participate in these classes. Unlike some companies in the Lower 48, Nenana Raft is not in the guide school business; we are in the raft guiding business. Nevertheless, Nenana Raft has previously hired persons who had considerable private, but no commercial, boating experience. Those individuals who successfully completed their training and were hired by Nenana Raft as river guides all became excellent guides.

    Guides must provide their own personal equipment, including drysuit, river booties or shoes, whistle, knife, carabiners, type V PFD, etc. With respect to footwear, there is a fair amount of sharp rock on the Nenana River. To prevent foot injuries, sandals are not allowed to be worn on the job by employees.
    Applicants offered a position will be required to sign an employment agreement that normally requires, among other things, a full season of work (unless prior arrangements are made).

    Typical river guide duties:

    • Guide guests safely down the canyon (Class III & IV) and wilderness run (Class II & III) sections of the Nenana River.
    • Fit guests with drysuits and PFDs and assist them with this gear.
    • Conduct a safety orientation talk for guests about to embark on a raft trip.
    • Rig boats with appropriate gear for the trip type.
    • Converse with guests about the climate, history, wildlife, geology, and plants of the Denali area.
    • Treat all guests with courtesy, remembering whose vacation it is.
    • Maintain friendly, positive attitude towards guests and coworkers.
    • Assist in the maintenance of equipment, e.g, wash river booties, repair gaskets on drysuits.
    • Lift and stack heavy boats onto trailers; unload and launch boats.
    • Safely drive shuttle vans pulling trailers loaded with rafts.
    • Frequently check and help maintain a scheduling board.
    • Be a team player. Display good judgment. Be dependable, punctual, willing to abide by Nenana Raft’s criteria for employment.
    • Be willing to assist management with the repair and maintenance of all physical facilities.
    • Other duties as assigned.

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