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Summer Seasonal Positions vary in length from mid-May through September and are based at Whaler's Cove Lodge, on Killisnoo Island, in Alaska. All employees are required to work 6 days per week and must commit to an entire season.

Please visit our website via the link below to read complete job descriptions for each available position.


  • Charter Captain & Fishing Guide - Summer Seasonal

    Whaler's Cove
    $4,000.00 / month + tips

    2019 Sport Fishing & Adventure Guide

    Fresh water and Salt Water Operations

    Salt water vessel operations (up to 6 guests) including fishing for salmon, halibut,  gray cod, ling cod, black cod (sablefish) and 30 species of rock fish. Demonstrable knowledge of small boat operation (Diesel Inboard and single & twin Gas Outboard up to 35’ in length), including close quarter handling, anchoring (shore and deep water) and maintenance/cleaning is required.

    All guides must be able demonstrate safe operation of equipment and sufficient skills before hosting clients solo.

    Dates of Employment - Be available for the entire season from approximately mid-June through mid-September.

    Job Requirements

    Guides are required to have an applicable U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Credential.  A U.S. Coast Guard Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) License is a minimum requirement.

    Guides are required to have a current American Red Cross (or equivalent) First Aid and CPR card.

    Guides must purchase a State of Alaska Sport Fishing License with King Salmon stamp prior to April 1, 2019

    Guides must purchase a State of Alaska Guides License prior to April 1, 2019

    Guides must be healthy, physically fit, maintain a clean appearance, drug-free (pre-employment drug testing and random seasonal drug testing is required by U.S.C.G. regulations), and be a non-smoker. Alcohol is not permitted to be consumed prior to or while working.

    The ability to lift 50 lbs. and be free of any mobility limitations is required to perform the duties of this job.

    Starting Salary:   DOE

    Tips:  Our guests stay for 3 to 10 days, and may tip their captains directly or specify tip allocation at checkout. Captains are not included in the general staff tip pool. A quality captain, guide and fisherman could expect $50 to $100+ per day in tips (or more if you provide amazing experiences to our clients!)

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  • Facilities Manager/Foreman - Summer Seasonal

    Whaler's Cove
    10 years in applicable building trades management - general contracting experience preferred. Past demonstrated ability to coordinate 2 to 5 employees across an entire season, including pre and post season. Travel benefit and room & board provided.
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  • Facilities Maintenance Technician

    unknown / month + tips

    Whaler’s Cove Lodge

    2019 Facilities Maintenance Technician

    Job Description

    Title: Facilities Maintenance Technician

    Department(s): Facilities

    Reports to: Department Supervisor (Mark Powers)

                                                                                         Job summary

    Facilities Maintenance which will include:

    • Daily checks and maintenance of facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, plumbing & electrical distribution systems, water treatment and waste water treatment systems,
    • Maintaining inventory and stock of facilities related items.
    • Respond to Maintenance request orders

    Summary of Essential Job Functions

    Experience -   Whaler’s Cove Lodge is a remote island resort that must provide all services and be self-sufficient. To this end, the Facilities Supervisor must have a well rounded knowledge of the building trades, including plumbing, electrical, carpentry (foundations to finish carpentry) 

    Dates of Employment - Be available for the entire season from approximately May 11 through September 20.  Guests will be at the lodge every day June 21, through September 10, 2016.  

    Professionalism - We require our employees to present themselves in a professional manner at all times.  We always have guests at the lodge (from June into September) with turnover days on Saturdays (every week) and Tuesdays or Wednesdays (alternating every other week).  Because of our remote location, it is very difficult to replace any of our crew.  We expect a commitment from our managers to stay the entire season or agreed upon length of contract.  It is important that our applicants understand the operation and what responsibilities will be required of them.

    Attitude - Our managers have a position with very high guest exposure.  It is important that our personnel enjoy people and enjoy showing the guests a good time.  The ultra-outdoorsman or the mountain man attitude is not what we are looking for.  We are looking for people who can share knowledge in a positive format of encouragement, reinforcement, and style.  We require our team to have a positive attitude, show extraordinary manners, and be courteous at all times.

                                                                          Daily Schedule & Routine

    Start of Day - Breakfast is served at 7:00 am each morning.  Our crew is expected to be at breakfast on time.  The department managers prepare for the day’s activities before breakfast

    Mid-Daily Routine- During the day, the Facilities Technician will report to the Facilities Supervisor for prioritized daily tasks.

    End of Day - Dinner is served to the guests and the crew at 7:00 pm and is over by 8:15 pm. If circumstances prevent any staff from being able to attend dinner, our chefs and kitchen staff can plate and hold dinner with notice. Live on-site employees are encouraged to enjoy dinner with guests. This adds to the guest’s experience! Occasionally guests may report room deficiencies. Immediate concerns (such as lack of heat or hot water) need to be addressed immediately.  

                                                                                General Expectations

    Employee Communication – Our employees are expected to work as a team to ensure the success of every group at Whaler’s Cove Lodge.  It is imperative that our department managers share openly and professionally with all other staff. The Facilities Supervisor is expected to work closely with the Dock Manager, Shop Foreman (Manager), Guest Services Manager and team, Chefs and kitchen team, Housekeeping Manager and team and the General Managers of Whaler’s Cove Lodge. A weekly managers’ meeting is scheduled based on the groups schedule and is mandatory.

    Staff Awareness and Safety – Our staff and especially our Department Managers are our eyes and ears on the lodge property. Whaler’s Cove Lodge operates a small town with little to no outside support available. Employees are expected to be on the lookout for potentially dangerous situations and to rectify the issue immediately. If a potential situation cannot be rectified, then it should be reported immediately to your supervisor. Safety is paramount in everything we do!

    Medical Assistance - If a situation arises that requires medical attention, employees are to contact the lodge management immediately and render any assistance possible. The community of Angoon has a medical clinic with emergency staff available. Regional scheduled sea plane service or charters may be available to transport patients to adequate medical care facilities in Juneau or Sitka (this is a minimum 40 minute transport).  In addition the U.S.C.G. Air Station in Sitka has the capability to medevac serious injuries. In any case, the lodge management is to be contacted immediately to ensure a coordinated and timely response.

    Radios – VHF radio base stations are located in the lodge admin offices (2nd floor), Guest Services counter (main floor lodge), Shop office and the fish processing plant (dock). All vessels are equipped with VHF radios and or guides can and will act as radio relay stations if a boat is trying to contact the lodge and is out of VHF range. Furthermore, each department manager, assistant manager and other select staff carry and monitor handheld VHF radios. The handheld is used for all manners of company information. Each employee assigned a handheld radio is required to maintain its operation (battery charge level) and to wear it while on shift.

                                                                                           Job Requirements

    Good communication skills, sound work ethics, be service oriented, and be self-motivated.

    Technicians are required to sign a Media Release Form for all forms of media including but not limited to: photography, videography, and audio recordings for television show, internet use. Photography and name reference in print advertising. The Media release form is provided by Whaler’s Cove Lodge at time of hiring. If you do not want your image used in marketing, you must indicate this in writing on the Media Release Form.

    Employees must be healthy, physically fit, maintain a clean appearance, and drug-free. Anyone who cannot maintain themselves in a professional manner regarding alcohol consumption need not apply!

    The ability to lift 50 lbs. and be free of any mobility limitations is required to perform the duties of this job.

    Employees of Whaler’s Cove Lodge are to abide by the most current version of the employee policy manual (provided at time of hiring). The duties and policies described in this job description are in addition to, and an integral part of, the employee policies set forth in the Employee Policy Manual.


    • Salary: As specified in the Job Offer
    • Tips:  Our guests stay for 3 to 10 days and specify tip allocation at checkout. Unallocated tips are distributed among the staff based on the hours worked in the tip period.

    Any employee that does not complete their agreed upon contract is not eligible for the last months tips that may have been collected by the lodge. Those tips will be reallocated amongst the remaining department managers and staff.

    • Transportation:  Transportation and overnight lodging (over nights as required in Juneau only) are provided to Whaler’s Cove Lodge and back to point of origin upon a successful (complete) season. Travel is only to and from points in the continental U.S. allowance is capped at $1,200 per person, round trip. All travel arrangements are to be made by Whaler’s Cove Lodge logistics staff. This travel allowance does not include luggage fees
    • Room & Board:  Included as part of your salary.
    • Accommodations:  While at the lodge, the guides/crew will be housed in private rooms with shared bath facilities.  Laundry facilities (including detergent) are provided for the crew along with bedding and towels.
    • Meals:  Our staff enjoys hearty meals served buffet-style in the crew dining room.          
    • Personal Items:  Your only living expenses while at the lodge will be personal items: i.e. toiletries, medicines, etc.
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How to Apply

We are NOT set up to accept H2B or J1 visas.

Applicants must email their resume and cover letter to wclapplicant@gmail.com. Captain and guide applicants need to provide Merchant Mariner documents as well. Only applicants that submit a resume and cover letter will be reviewed. Interviews begin pending available positions and qualified candidates.  Please go to our website for full job descriptions, professional requirements, and company requirements.

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