Southeast Exposure

kayak in the Misty Fjords
ocean zip
Ocean Zipline
Ropes and Zipline course
Zipline Adventure Park
Guiding tourist in the trees
Zipline and challenge park
Sea Kayak Guiding with Humpback Whales
multi day kayaking in Misty Fjords
great kayaking
To Tatoosh
We take a guide photo every year!
Humpback Tail
Wildlife view from the Sea Kayak
Harbor Seal

Come guide on the water and in the rainforest canopy of 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 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 to 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!

The Employee Experience

We value our time outdoors and enjoy facilitating not only our tours but also encourage our guides to get outside when off the clock and explore and play in our beautiful backyard of SE Alaska. A multi-day Guide Sea Kayaking Trip will be planned for the end of the season to celebrate a job well done.

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 on the north end of Ketchikan near the facility in a 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 (sea kayaking) 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 that can be used after tours are over and bikes that can be borrowed. There is hiking and fishing as well. Our guides usually go into town once or twice a week in a company vehicle to shop and explore the town.

How to Apply

Email your resume and references to

Call KT and Jared if you have any questions.

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

Contact Southeast Exposure