Family owned and operated adventure lodges in remote Alaska. We specialize in the luxury of rare experiences and exceptional service.
Our guests join us from around the world, choosing us because we’ve earned a reputation for excellence thanks to the natural beauty of our locations and our talented and dedicated team. To be part of the Within the Wild team, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to provide an exceptional level of customer service and you must have a true passion for the environment. We look for charisma, experience and initiative. If you think you have what it takes to contribute positively to our team please apply!
- Winterlake Lodge: June 1-September 30
- Tutka Bay Lodge: May 1-September 30
- La Baleine Café- May 1-September 30
- Winterlake Lodge: January 15-April 15
The Employee Experience
Due to the limited number of days (essentially 90 work days) in our summer season, all employees can expect to work a 10 to 12-hour day, 6 days per week. Please think of our work as a “full-immersion” that requires you to be dedicated to the values and mission of our lodge life. With one day off per week, it is possible to leave the lodge. Often, many people remain in camp for the duration of their contract. If you choose to fly out (from Winterlake Lodge) or boat over to Homer (from Tutka Bay Lodge), there is a nominal fee for employee travel. All lodge-based employees are offered a monthly salary that’s calculated on an hourly wage in compliance with the State of Alaska’s wage and hour requirements to include a 10 or 12-hour workday. We have plenty of fun and employees leave with new friends and lifelong memories.
For those who have never lived in a rustic environment before, camp life can be a transition. There is limited employee housing at all camps and employees are required to share a room with one other staff member of the same sex. There is the occasional compelling exception to offer an employee a private room. At Winterlake Lodge, some employees are housed in “weatherport” structures, which are rigid wall tents situated on platforms. Some employees are required to spend extended time on remote float trips and out camp adventures. As with any small community, the lodges require rules and regulations so that we can remain organized and professional. An employee manual is located at each lodge site.
All employees who begin the season with us will undergo a complete orientation. Employees that join us into the season will be given an orientation by their direct supervisor. We try to make lodge life as comfortable, easy-going, and fun as we can. Some rules are strict and will be absolutely enforced, as with our no-drug policies. We do not center our social activities on alcohol. We enjoy challenging ourselves both mentally and physically to explore new areas of the backcountry and to learn new skills. We are passionate collectors of music and particularly enjoy bluegrass. We try to create off-time social opportunities. Some individual and team sports activities, such as volleyball have been popular. Employees take meals together at regularly scheduled times. The lodge chefs prepare food for the staff as well as the guests.
It is very important that employees remain with us for the duration of their contracted period, as it is critical to our success to employ a full staff for the entire season. If you are a student and need to return to school before the season ends, or you find that you may have other obligations, we request that you discuss them prior to accepting a position with us. We desire to say farewell and send our seasonal employees into the autumn season with good memories and the satisfaction of knowing that they have fulfilled their commitment and have pride in a job well done.
We look for charisma, experience and initiative. Folks who do well in our environment demonstrate selfless qualities and understand why we do what we do--to enrich the lives of those who visit us and inspire them to want to preserve wild places. We also need a committed team member who can fully focus on the lodge and work at hand. This is not a good job for someone who wants to tour Alaska or have a great deal of private time.
Room and Board
We provide room & board to all lodge-based employees as part of the compensation package. We have some private accommodations and some shared accommodations. We have shared shower house and all lodge based employees use outhouses. We offer interesting and nutritious meals to all lodge employees and one free meal a day for café employees.
- High quality food
- High quality guests
- Discount on water taxi transportation
- Discount airfare to and from Winterlake Lodge
- Lodge stay discounts to family members and friends
- Employee discount at La Baleine Café
- Use of some adventure equipment on days off
Getting Here and Getting Around
We sometimes offer air travel to Alaska as part of the compensation package. Otherwise we provide transportation from Anchorage or Homer to the lodges. The lodges are in remote Alaska so no personal transportation is necessary. We recommend that La Baleine café employees have their own car or bicycle.
Winterlake Lodge: kayak, hike, sleep/relax, garden, play with the sled dog puppies, photography, and swim
Tutka Bay Lodge: long exploratory kayaks, camp, mountain bike to neighboring villages, hike, swim, take a water taxi to the town of Homer, sleep in hammocks in the woods
- Operations Manager (2 positions)
- Front House Manager/Bartender
- Chef (2 positions)
- Baker & kitchen intern
- Wilderness Guide (4 positions)
- Lodge Assistant & Dog handler
- Housekeeper/Gardener (2 positions)
- Massage therapist/yoga instructor
Tutka Bay Lodge:
- Operations Manager (2 positions)
- Front house manager/bartender
- Chef (2 positions)
- Cooking School Instructor
- Naturalist Guide (4 positions)
- Housekeeper/Gardener/Server (2 positions)
- Lodge assistant/ Maintenance
- Massage therapist/ Yoga instructor
- Homer-based expeditor
La Baleine Café--Homer:
- Chef/Manager (2 positions)
- Line Cook (4 positions)
- Front Counter (4 positions)