Join Us in the Land of the Midnight Sun, Glaciers, Pristine Wildlands! It's like no where else!
Tombstone Mtns, Kluane Nat'l Park, Dawson City, Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, Denali Nat'l Park, McCarthy Wrangell St. Elias Nat'l Park, Haines, Dempster Hwy, Kenai Fjords Nat'l Park.
- The Yukon and Alaska
- unknown / hour + tips
- Some experience required
- Start Date:
- Job starts in 4 months (May 30, 2020)
We need you!
We are currently looking for two driver/hiking naturalist guides for the 2020 summer season from June until around August or mid-September. You need to be able to work in the United States in order to accepted in this position. Moreover, knowing German and English is very important! These are the two most important requirements for this position. If you have these things covered, read on and click Apply Now in order to find more of the nitty-gritty on the position or contact me directly at Kenneth@rubyrange.com
Our Equipment Base and Headquarters is out of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, and we've been around since 1983. We started with a canoe and one van! Look at us now mom!
Our company has about 45 guides on the road or on the river in a summer season (May 15th to Sept 15th) and everyone has an interesting story of how they ended up at Ruby Range Adventure. The vast majority, say 98% to 100%, of our guides return every year, which is really, really amazing! This year we have a unique opening which means that two special new adventurous souls have the opportunity to sign on to the RRA framily! Our team is made up of a big mix of backgrounds from computer programmers to geologists, business people, professional skiers, elementary teachers to people who actually studied sports and tourism. When we are all together in one place (usually Dawson City, Anchorage or the Base) it's a great time. When we are on the clock we all work separately, sometimes in pairs, on our own trips with minimal supervision for 8 to 22 days at a time, and then repeat. It is hard work, but it pays off mentally and financially when you are in the groove.
You are in many respects, your own boss. You help each other out when you can and management will do what they can to make your trip as smooth as possible, but due to the remoteness of the area we work, you are the one who is really running the show. You are responsible for people's lives and well being whether you are driving, or hiking, and you are responsible for making sure everything gets done right. If you're the kind of person who doesn't like someone breathing over your shoulder, micromanaging your every move, and you are confident and capable in both a driving and guiding setting, then this line of work might be a good fit.
Room and Food
Room and board are covered. Well mostly, Tents, The Base and Hotels are where you'll live while you are up here. If you're a canoe guide you live in tents, mostly. If you're a driver-guide you live in hotels and motels, mostly. For food on driving tours, you get a daily cash stipend while on a tour which you can spend how you want, and several of the places you eat are comped (free) if you eat with your group or food can be included on the trip itinerary, but not always.
During a summer we try to give all guides at least two weeks off unpaid to just explore Alaska or the Yukon. Take advantage of this! Do not sit on your thumbs in Anchorage or Whitehorse. Go do something fun! We can help supply some of the adventure gear you'll need if necessary. This is time is very valuable, especially if it's your first time in Alaska. This place is amazing and you are here, we hope you'll go see it!
We also understand that sometimes people have very important things to do that just happen to fall within the summer season. Talk to us. Sometimes we can make it work especially if we know about it well in advance. Communicate! Please! This is not the kind of job where sick days are a thing at all though. The show must always go on.
Travel to and From Alaska/Yukon from home.
We will reimburse travel costs from home to work and back for guides who complete a successful season with Ruby Range at the end of the season. Additionally, if we feel you are a great fit and you decide to stick around with us for a while we can reimburse for other costs that one may incur while up here too.
What it means to be an American - The life of an American Driver Guide
Due to how our company is set-up between two countries Canada and Alaska (USA) the passport you possess determines which trips you will be allowed to run. This is because of customs and border patrol, it's not a choice that Ruby Range gets to make.
Full Disclosure: As a driver/guide you will be operating two types of trips: Hiking/Driving Hotel Based Trips, and Sightseeing Hotel Driving Trips, all over the Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Most of the hiking trips you'll be doing are in Alaska (Wrangell St. Elias, Denali, Seward, Valdez, Fairbanks, Chena and along the way), and at least for the 2020 season, almost every trip you'll operate in Yukon and Alaska will be in the German language. We operate in British Columbia, Alberta, and Northwest Territories as well, but Americans are not permitted on those tours because of Canadian customs.
If you've never worked in Alaska or the Yukon before that is fine, however, it is your responsibility to learn about the places you will be traveling and guiding on your trips.
Money Money Money!
Simple and sweet. It's based on your qualifications and experience but not less than $150 a day on tour. You'll get paid whatever we agree on for a daily wage plus your food stipend. If you are an American working for the American side of the company, you get paid in American Dollars; the good ole USD. We do not do direct deposit and we pay roughly every two weeks to one month depending on your trip schedules. Tax day is Misc 1099 so save your receipts for those new hiking boots, and sweet Northface jacket because you are going to need them for next year's taxes.
That said, this job is a lot of fun and it can be very rewarding. I truly 100% love living and working in what I feel is one of the most beautiful places in the Americas, with the absolute without a doubt best people on the planet. If you have any questions about trips, or what it's like living and working up here, again drop me a line. I love talking about Alaska and Yukon! Hope to see you soon!
How to Apply
Click Apply Now and follow the directions on our website.
- FYI: A Class VI Driver's License is a Class B Driver's License stateside.
Please remember: the two most important things are that you are legally allowed to work in the USA and can speak both German and English well.