TEMSCO Helicopters - Skagway

There's no better way to see the mountains than from the air.
Icefall on the West Creek Glacier
Alaskan Husky pups at our Denver Glacier Dog Camp
A beautiful day at our Dog Camp.

An Alaskan summer you will never Forget!

TEMSCO (an acronym from the words: Timber, Exploration, Mining, Survery, Cargo Operations) was founded in 1958 in Ketchikan, Alaska, and has operated in Alaska ever since. We were the first company to offer helicopter excursions in Alaska and believe that the best way to experience the raw beauty of the great land is from the air.

Skagway was founded during the Klondike Gold Rush, and was Alaska's first city. It has a rich history born from being located on the edge of the last frontier, and a great small town feel combined with the excitement of a city that has an energetic group of seasonal workers that more than doubles our population in the summer. Spend a summer in Skagway and truly experience the great outdoors!

About TEMSCO Helicopters - Skagway

Job openings vary but are mostly seasonal in nature. The busy season in Alaska begins in May and ends late September. We need your help in providing once in a lifetime experience to the many guests that will visit Skagway this 2017 season. Here at TEMSCO, we offer excursions via helicopter to the pristine surrounding glaciers to go trekking and dog sledding. It is a fast-paced, exciting, and fun work environment.

Join our team and work with a great group of people, see Alaska from a different perspective, and benefit from our excellent training programs, competitive pay, and benefits! 

Ideal Candidate

All of our team members spend a great amount of face to face time with our guests and therefore play a vital role in the experience of the guest. We are looking for people that are willing to go above and beyond to make sure our guests have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The following are characteristics that we look for in potential team members.

•       Must be a US citizen or have a green card – we will not be sponsoring any J1 visa applications.
•       Safety Conscious
•       Enjoy working in customer service
•       Value working as a team
•       Friendly and outgoing
•       Polite and Courteous
•       Willingness to learn
•       Excellent communication skills
•       Patience and a positive attitude

All employees are required to sign a contract when hired and agree to work for the term of the contract. Upon completion of their contract, employees are eligible for a reimbursement of a portion of their travel costs. 

Room and Board

TEMSCO offers affordable employee housing for those interested. All housing units have full kitchens, and we provide limited kitchen supplies such as dishes, pots and pans, and utensils. If you are living in company housing, you will need to bring your own bedding & towels. Rent ranges from $225 - $275 a month (depending on whether you have a single or shared room), and is due by the 1st of each month. We do assign housing and do everything we can to make sure that you are comfortable in your home away from home. 

We take pride in providing top-notch employee housing, and we expect our employees to maintain this high standard. TEMSCO will provide the cleaning products to make it easy for you to keep your space nice and tidy, but it will be up to you and your housemates to work out an amicable cleaning schedule. Each unit has washer/dryer, though you will need to provide your own laundry soap.

Employee Perks

•       All employees are encouraged to partake in our tours
•       Employees are eligible for a traveling bonus upon contract completion
•       Days off to explore Skagway
•       Ability to enjoy complimentary or reduced rate local tours
•       Affordable housing
•       Beautiful work surroundings
•       Lifelong memories and friendships
•       The chance to explore Big, Wild, ALASKA! 

Getting Here and Getting Around

It is the employee’s responsibility to make their own way to Skagway.  Though we are only a hundred miles away from two larger metropolitan cities, transportation between these areas does require some planning. The two main cities serving Skagway’s transportation needs are Juneau, AK, and Whitehorse, YT, Canada.

Once in Juneau, you could catch the ferry of the Alaska Marine Highway. This trip takes 6 ½ hours and goes through arguably some of the most breathtaking country you’ll ever see. Another option is to take a small plane with the local commuter airlines. The plane trip is about 45 minutes.  While flying between Juneau and Skagway is certainly quicker, understand that even in the middle of the summer planes may not fly, due to low clouds, wind, or other weather.  If you decide to fly, you should check the ferry schedule so that you have a backup plan.

We are lucky as far as Southeast Alaskan towns are concerned in that we are connected to the road system. If you're feeling adventurous, you can always drive the few thousand miles to Skagway along the Alcan or Cassiar highways. It's quite the trip!

Skagway is a small town in Southeast Alaska, approximately a mile long (22 blocks) and 4 blocks wide.  It is certainly a convenience to have a car, but not necessary.  The most common form of transportation is biking. TEMSCO has a limited number of bikes to borrow and some people bring their own.  Company housing is a 10-15 minute bike ride to our base located on the waterfront.

For Fun

This is the land of the Midnight Sun! While Skagway is small you will quickly learn it is filled with adventures for anyone looking. Alaska is the perfect place for anyone that enjoys the outdoors. Employees can enjoy their free time kayaking, camping, fishing, hiking and so much more! As a TEMSCO employee, you will have the opportunity to take part of some phenomenal local excursions at a complimentary or reduced rate. You can spend your free time on a zip line course, horseback riding, on a guided hike or bike tour, river rafting, on a train tour, or boat tours of the Lynn Canal. After your big day of adventure, employees can unwind with dinner at one of Skagway’s great eating establishments, listen to a local band, or roast s’mores around a campfire.  The opportunities for fun are limitless! 

Our Jobs

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Dock Representative/Driver

Work on the docks downtown as a coordinator between ship sales staff and TEMSCO base. Responsible for transporting passengers to and from base, as well as manifesting those passengers. You will occasionally be required to fuel and load/unload helicopters. Current CDL is preferred, but training is provided for qualifying applicants.
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Glacier Guides


Responsible for supervising guest’s activities while on the ice which may include a presentation of basic glacier information. This position will assist the lead guide in all areas of the glacier operation. Majority of time is spent out in the elements. Current First Aid and CPR is preferred.

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Work at our heliport taking reservations, answering phones, checking guests in upon arrival, occasional loading of passengers into aircraft and/or van runs. Collect payment, manifest walk-in customers and keep expediter schedule updated. This position requires organization and the ability to multitask, and is integral to safe and smooth operations!
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Tour Attendant


This position is where most first year employees will begin working. Stationed at our helicopter base, you are often the first and last person to interact with our guests, and therefore play an important role in their experience. Your main responsibilities include greeting passengers, outfitting them for their tour, presenting safety information, and assisting passengers on and off helicopters.

How to Apply

Please download, print, and complete our PDF application (found on our website), or email us and we will send you one.  Scan and email back to skg_staff@temscoair.com (preferred) or fax to 907-983-2981.  

Resume’s are also accepted, but please note that we need a signed application on file, in order to consider you for employment.

Please feel free to contact us at 907-983-2900 if you have any questions.