Whaler's Cove Lodge

Whale Breaching
Killisnoo Island Lodge Harbor
A Days Catch
One of the many Cabins
Cabin Interiors
Richard Powers - Founder
Guest Services
Housekeeping Crew
Whaler's Cove Lodge on a Quiet Day

Work and Play at Alaska's Premier Fishing Lodge!

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 38th 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 personable and professional 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 32, 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. 

  • 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.
  • Kayaks and small boats (18') are available for crew rentals, for a stipend to cover fuel and repairs.  Includes gear rental and fish processing.
  • Crew have private rooms! This is unique from most remote outfitters! 
  • 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 the department.
  • Crew have access to laundry - self serve.
  • Crew will have time to shop in Juneau for their summer needs prior to departing for the lodge.
  • Travel benefits available - this is unique from many lodges!

You need to know yourself. 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 the midst of wilderness, in a temperate rainforest, with a dedicated crew of people providing 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 (yes!) to hop into a crew rental and drop a line for halibut, or jump into a kayak and paddle above the fish. This intense work experience in Alaska is worthwhile and one of the most inspiring and beautiful places to experience! 

Ideal Candidate

We are seeking crew who really care about the guest experience and who 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.  

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 (12+) seasons. 

Room and Board

Provided for on-site staff. Private rooms (no bunk beds or snoring strangers) with basic furniture, basic bed and bath linens, shared baths, and basic shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Three yummy meals a day, with snacks in between, provided from our culinary crew.  We take pleasure in providing our crew the same delicious meals as our guests!

Employee Perks

W-2 employees, except for Guides and 1099 crew, are included in a tip pool that is distributed in bi-weekly paychecks. All tips specifically given to an employee, guide, or independent contractor is distributed with their respective pay.  Seasonal travel advance may be earned. Fish processing at cost, vessel and equipment rentals for a small stipend, 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 floatplane, 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. The lodge owners coordinate 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, your feet are your primary locomotive. 

For Fun

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), beachcombing, 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 wclapplicant@gmail.com. Captain and guide applicants need to provide Merchant Mariner documents at the time of application in order to be considered. 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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