Within the Wild Alaska Adventure Company

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Join Our 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.

Our remote Alaska lodges can be reached by floatplane, helicopter or boat. Most guests land in Anchorage upon arriving in Alaska and then travel to reach Winterlake Lodge or Tutka Bay Lodge.

About Within the Wild Alaska Adventure Company

To be part of the Within the Wild team, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to provide an exceptional level of hospitality and 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!

Summer Seasons:

  • Winterlake Lodge: June 1-September 30
  • Tutka Bay Lodge: May 1-September 30
  • La Baleine Café- May 1-September 30

Winter Season:

  • Winterlake Lodge: January 20-April 30

The Employee Experience

We ask that all employees are willing to be fully immersed in the Alaska lodge lifestyle and culture. This 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, explore our vast neighborhood or relax. 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. Alaska is a wild place and living in remote Alaska requires intention in every day actions. Some employees are required to spend extended time on remote float trips and out camp adventures including our glacier dog mushing camp. 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 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.

Ideal Candidate

We look for charisma, experience and initiative. Those who thrive 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 preserve wild places. We also need a committed team member who can fully focus on the lodge and work at hand.

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 in the spirit of water conservation. We offer interesting and nutritious meals to all lodge employees and one free meal a day for café employees.

Employee Perks

  • Airfare to Alaska for returning employees
  • One day off per week
  • Eligible for an end of season bonus
  • High quality food
  • High quality guests
  • Discount on water taxi transportation or air transportation on days off
  • Employee discount at the La Baleine Café, Homer
  • Use of some adventure equipment on days off
  • Some industry pro discounts on gear
  • Access to limited Internet and cell service
  • Access to wild and remote locations

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.

For Fun

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

Our Jobs

Our full list of job opportunities can be found here. Click to review job descriptions and to apply.

Winterlake Lodge:

  • Operations Manager - filled for 2018
  • Front House Manager - filled for 2018
  • Chef (2 positions)
  • Baker & kitchen intern
  • Wilderness Guide (6 positions)
  • Lodge Assistant /Mechanic, maintenance, carpenter
  • Remote camp dog handler (live in the field) 
  • Housekeeper (2 positions)
  • Dishwasher (2 positions)
  • Massage therapist/yoga instructor
  • Farmer/forager
  • Nanny for 8-month old child

Tutka Bay Lodge:

  • Operations Manager - filled for 2018
  • Front house manager - filled for 2018
  • Chef (2 positions)
  • Baker/ kitchen intern
  • Cooking School Instructor
  • Naturalist Guide (4 positions)
  • Housekeeper (2 positions)
  • Lodge assistant/ Mechanic, maintenance, carpenter
  • Massage therapist/ Yoga instructor
  • Farmer/forager
  • Homer-based expediter

La Baleine Café--Homer:

  • Chef/Manager (2 positions)
  • Line Cook (4 positions)
  • Dishwasher
  • Front Counter (4 positions)

How to Apply

Please visit our website and carefully read though our company details before applying. When ready, please complete our on-line employment application. Resume and cover letter may be attached or emailed separately to Carly at employment@withinthewild.com.