USCG Merchant Mariner - Salt Water & Fresh Water Guide!
Work among the Whales and explore remote islands in Southeast Alaska!
Whaler's Cove Lodge is an all-inclusive remote wilderness fishing and eco-tour lodge located in the banana belt of southeast Alaska. Join us this summer in celebrating our 35th year of fishing and exploring the protected waters of Alaska's inside passage!
Go to Google Maps and type "Killisnoo Island, Angoon, Alaska"
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About Whaler's Cove Lodge
Whaler's Cove Lodge provides professional personal service to guests looking to immerse themselves in the best Alaska has to offer in both sport fishing and wilderness experiences. Humpback Whales & Orcas along with Alaskan Brown Bear are our closest neighbors. With a maximum guest capacity of 48, we primarily cater to fishing, but our adventure tours continue to grow each year. Our crew to guest ratio is 1:1.
The Employee Experience
If you are someone who derives your self esteem from a job well done, a day of providing exceptional customer service, meeting new people, collaborating with your crew, and living in the remote wilderness - then this IS the place for you!
Whaler's Cove Lodge is REMOTE.
- No wifi.
- No streaming internet.
- No internet for social media.
- Very limited access to internet for employees to send/receive emails and perform bill pay.
- ATT cell service only - and only if you are standing in the right spot on the island. Some employees have had mild success with a personal cell booster.
- Very limited emergency health services nearby.
- You are living on a small island. It's a 45 minute privately chartered plane ride or a 5-8 hour ferry ride to Juneau.
- The island is about 1 mile long by 1/4 mile wide.
- The water around the island is usually around 40 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Kayaks and small boats (18') are available for crew rentals, for a stipend to cover fuel and repairs. Includes gear rental and fish processing.
- It rains most days, at least for a little while.
- Crew have private rooms. Some senior crew have a private bathroom. Most crew share bathrooms.
- The lodge provides crew with: all bedding, basic bedroom furniture, bath linens, and uniforms - depending upon department.
- Crew have access to laundry - self serve.
- Crew can order (from their own ATT phone) delivery of items via Amazon to lodge mail box.
- There is NO SUCH THING as overnight mail or delivery to our area.
You need to know yourself: you are living and working on 10 acres, on an island, with 32 crew and 48 guests, often in the rain, 10-12 hours per day, for 120+/- days. Most everything takes extra effort and has logistical challenges due to our remote location. Are you Patient? Cooperative? Innovative? Can you balance your independence with interdependence?
We, and many of our crew, enjoy the challenges and the invigoration of working remotely, in a temperate rain forest, with a dedicated crew of people to provide exceptional vacation experiences to guests who come from all over the United States to experience this unique and amazing part of the planet. Seeing humpback whales, sea lions, and orcas swim in front of the lodge happens more than once during the season! Enjoying your time off (couple of hours mid-day or a days off) to hop into a crew rental and drop a line for halibut, or jump into a kayak and explore the area - completely adds to this intense work experience to make it one of the most inspiring and beautiful places to experience!
We are not looking for just another heartbeat to perform work, we are seeking crew who really care about the guest experience, and will provide exceptional customer service.
Whaler’s Cove Lodge is a unique employment environment. We operate a cooperative, self-sufficient, remote wilderness operation that requires an immense amount of foresight, communication, and teamwork. We are seeking crew members who are truly customer service oriented who strive to provide the best vacation experience possible for each and every one of our guests.
We expect our crew members to embrace their work every day and to be leaders with their exemplary professionalism. We have high-performance expectations for our crew to provide a welcoming, tasteful, relaxing, and fulfilling remote wilderness experience to our guests who quite often become our friends, returning year after year. It’s our crew who graciously host our guests every day and who make the guest experience memorable.
We must emphasize that our work and living situation is in the remote wilderness.
Our most successful crew have the following attributes in common: prior experience living in remote or isolated areas; prior experience living in close quarters with your coworkers; a sense of humor; ability to adapt and innovate based upon the daily challenges; ability to work and cooperate with a full spectrum of personalities (crew and guests); ability and willingness to listen - especially during the first season; ability to maintain stamina throughout the intensive operating season; ability to plan and think ahead; and the understanding of and willingness to have "all hands on deck".
Our goal is to have a crew that inspires and respects each other and creates a satisfying and successful seasonal experience. Many of our crew have been on the Whaler’s Cove Lodge team for multiple (10+) seasons.
Room and Board
Provided for on-site staff and consisting of private rooms with basic furniture, all bed and bath linens, shared baths, and basic shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Three meals a day, with snacks in between, provided from our culinary crew. Our crew enjoys the same meals as our guests, and generally eats with our guests in a family style atmosphere.
W-2 employees, except for Guides and 1099 crew, are included in a tip pool that is distributed with each pay check. All tips specifically given to an employee, guide, or independent contractor is distributed with their respective pay. Seasonal travel allowance is earned by completing an entire season and reimbursed at the end of the season. Fish processing at cost, vessel and equipment rentals for a small stiped, and gift shop discounts are available to staff living on-site.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Employees fly into Juneau then Whaler’s Cove Lodge arranges transport to Killisnoo Island via float plane, privately chartered catamaran, or Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System. Once on the island, employees may travel by Alaska Seaplanes in/out of Angoon, kayak, or renting a vessel for day trips.
Whaler's Cove Lodge is located on a remote island. Our logistics team coordinates your travel to and from the lodge. Once here, it is an outdoor paradise, which means no roads. We are a water-based lodge, so most activities are water-based or involve boats to get to where you want to be. The water is typically 40-55 degrees Fahrenheit. On the lodge grounds, we have a few golf carts and ATV's for staff to use for work-related purposes. Your feet are your primary locomotive.
We are surrounded by natural wonders for you to enjoy: kayaking, hiking, self-guided salt and fresh water fishing, boating, photography, whale watching, crew beach parties, day-off Juneau or Sitka get-aways, diving (bring your gear – water is usually around 50 degress), beach combing, and exploring un-touched Alaskan bays, inlets, streams and lakes. You are responsible for understanding vessel safety and operation, in addition to being willing to learn fishing techniques from talking with other crew. Due to the fact that this lodge is focused on hosting guests for only 80+/- days per year, we do not have the guides available to take out crew.
How to Apply
We are NOT set up to accept H2B or J1 visas.
Applicants must email their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 will begin November 15th. Please go to our website for full job descriptions, professional requirements, and company requirements.