Southeast Exposure

great kayaking
To Tatoosh
Boathouse
Harbor Seal
Humpback Tail
Wildlife view from the Sea Kayak
guide photo 2017
kayak in the Misty Fjords
kayak with whales
Zipline and challenge park

Come guide on the water and in the canopy of the rainforest in beautiful southeast Alaska

Southeast Exposure was established in downtown Ketchikan, Alaska in 1986. We provide guided sea kayaking tours, bike tours, a ropes and zipline challenge course experiences in Ketchikan at Clover Pass in the West Behm Canal in southern southeast Alaska.  We are a family owned and run small business.  We hire around 16 guides, 8 of which are full time seasonal.

The Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC) is located north of Ketchikan on Potter Rd. near Knudson Cove Marina.

About Southeast Exposure

Southeast Exposure Outdoor Adventure Center is located on our beautiful 5-acre waterfront property with sea kayaking access, a boathouse, pier, dock, restrooms, employee housing and an ever evolving ropes and zipline challenge course with climbing tower/walls.

We do five tours: Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayaking, Eagle Island Sea Kayaking-both single and double kayaks, Clover Pass Bike, Zipline Adventure Park and Alaska Boatman.

Guides participate in an intensive one week in house training for all tours. You should be physically fit and an outdoor enthusiast. We often have many returning guides; a good number of them are local Ketchikan people. We require you to arrive with an eight-hour certification in Advanced First Aid and CPR at a minimum, and be 21 or older. 

Our trips range from 3 hrs to 4 ½ hours for the guest. You will work 1-3 trips per day back to back, and will spend 2-2 ¼ hours with each group of guests. 

The tour season is from May 1 - October 5. Tours start off slow in May and end slowly in Oct. with peak season being June, July and August. We are willing to be flexible with your arrival and departure dates but realize the majority of the hours of work will be June-Aug.  We strive to select a core group of enthusiastic guides for the summer season. All employees work together closely as a team and act cordially like one big happy family throughout the season. Guide training is usually the first week of May. Guides are paid for training and according to their skill level, apparent leadership ability, and commitment to the entire season.  We hope that you will become a part of this core group!

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for energetic, personable, patient, outgoing, adventurous, brave, assertive, and physically fit individuals.

Room and Board

We have limited housing available for reasonable rates.  Our core group of guides live out North near the facility in prime position to both work, live and recreate. You will not need a car.

Employee Perks

You will work and be paid hourly, by the trip.  Average gross wage in past seasons (May 1 - Sept 30) usually worked out to $7k - $8k plus tips.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Ketchikan is on Revillagigedo Island with 40 miles of road. You get here via Alaska Air or take the ferry up from Bellingham or Prince Rupert, BC.

For Fun

Great paddling all around Clover Pass, Misty Fiords National Monument, and the West Behm Canal.  We also have a climbing wall that is part of our zipline course. 

How to Apply

Click APPLY HERE or, find a link to our application on our website.

Call KT and Jared if you have any questions.

Phone: 907-617-7176 or 907-254-2321