TEMSCO Helicopters, Inc.

There's no better way to see the mountains than from the air.
Guiding a group on the Meade glacier
Our base of operations on the waterfront with a beautiful view of the Chilkat Mountains
An adorable Alaskan Husky puppy
The toe of the mighty Meade Glacier from the air
The view while dogsledding on the Denver Glacier
A beautiful day at our Dog Camp.
Alaskan Husky pups at our Denver Glacier Dog Camp
Icefall on the West Creek Glacier
Skagway, AK

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 has a rich history born from being located on the edge of the last frontier. It has a great small-town feel combined with the unique excitement that only a large seasonal population can bring. On top of all that, Skagway is located in an area of rugged and unspoiled beauty. Spend a summer in Skagway and truly experience Alaska’s great outdoors!

About TEMSCO Helicopters, Inc.

Job openings vary but are mostly seasonal in nature. Though we operate year-round, our busiest time of year is when cruise ships are visiting Alaska. This season begins in May and ends in late September. We need your help in providing a once in a lifetime experience to the many guests that will visit Skagway during this 2019 cruise season. Here at TEMSCO, we offer excursions via helicopter to Alaska’s pristine 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 perks! 

UPDATE: Though most of our listings are for our Skagway location, our Denali base is also hiring. Please view our "jobs" page for available positions in Denali National Park, and learn more about the tours offered at that location here: http://temscoair.com/tours/denali-tours/ 

Ideal Candidate

All of our team members spend a great amount of time interacting with our guests and therefore play a vital role in their experience. We are looking for people that are willing to go above and beyond to make sure our guests have an experience of a lifetime. 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 Focused
•       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. We have single and double occupancy rooms, and depending on which housing you are in rent ranges from $225 to $275 a month. We do everything we can to make sure that you are comfortable in your home away from home. As such, all housing units have full kitchens that include limited supplies such as dishes, utensils, pots, and pans. Each house also includes a clothes washer/dryer, though you will need to provide your own laundry detergent. If you are living in company housing, you will also need to bring your own bedding and towels.

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 easier 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.

If you are applying for our Denali location, please note that housing is provided for no additional charge. 

Employee Perks

•       All employees are encouraged to partake in our tours
•       Employees are eligible for a travel 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.

The most common route that employees take to reach Skagway is through Juneau – Alaska’s capital city. Once in Juneau, you could catch a ferry through the Alaska Marine Highway (https://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/). This trip can take up to 6 ½ hours and goes through some of the most breathtaking country you’ll ever see. Another option is to take a small plane with the local commuter airline – Alaska Seaplanes (https://www.flyalaskaseaplanes.com/). By air, the trip is about 45 minutes. While flying between Juneau and Skagway is certainly quicker, even in the middle of summer the weather can be tricky. Sometimes planes may not fly due to low clouds, wind, or generally unfriendly skies. If you decide to fly, you should check the ferry schedule and make sure that that you have a backup plan.

Another option is to drive to Skagway. 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, and have a dependable vehicle, you can always drive the few thousand miles to Skagway along the Alcan or Cassiar highways. It's quite the trip!

Once in Skagway, you’ll find that it’s definitely a small town. At 22 blocks long (approximately a mile) and 4 blocks wide it certainly isn’t necessary to have a car (though it is convenience). The most common form of transportation is biking. TEMSCO has a limited number of bikes to borrow, though some people do bring their own bike if feasible. Company housing is a 10 to 15-minute bike ride to our base which is 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, a guided hike, bike tour, river rafting, a train tour, or on boat tours of the Lynn Canal (to name a few). 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! 

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.  

Resumes 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.

UPDATE: To apply for positions at our Denali Location, 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 Denali_Tours@temscoair.com (preferred) or fax to 907-683-0684.  


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