Southeast Exposure

Come guide in the heart 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

OAC was established in September 2003 as the perfect permanent home for Southeast Exposure. The 5 acre property includes waterfront sea kayaking access, a boathouse, pier, dock, driveways, rest rooms, employee housing and an ever evolving ropes and zipline challenge course with a climbing tower.

We do five tours: Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayaking, Eagle Island Sea Kayaking-both single and double, Clover Pass Bike, Rainforest Ropes and Zipline Challenge. We do all kayak, bike, and ropes course training here at OAC with our own trainers. We require you to arrive with an eight hour certification in Advanced First Aid and CPR at minimum, (no online certifications) and you must be 21 or older. 

Guides participate in an intensive one week in house training for all tours. You should be an athlete and come with guiding experience in at least one of our three areas. We have many returning guides each year; a good number of them are local Ketchikan people.

Our trips range from 3 hrs to 4 ½ hours for the guests, but for you, you work 2-4 trips per day back to back, and you will spend 2-2 ¼ hours with each group of guests. You will not be bored! 

Season is from May 2 - September 26. We are flexible in these dates for some people.  But our core group of guides arrive just before the season starts. These guides are paid during the training and according to their skill level, apparent leadership ability, 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 physical 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. 

Our Jobs

  • Guides
  • One 25-ton master's captain: must provide own housing, non-smoking, all paperwork ready for work
  • Dock Representative

How to Apply

You'll find a link to our application on our website.

Call Betsey and Jared if you have any questions.

Phone: 907-254-2321 or 907-617-1765