Short-Term Job Adventures Alaska
Almost all Alaskans live here by choice — for their beautiful surroundings, their sense of freedom and individuality, and their close ties with the land.
Nestled in the Tongass National Forest, Wrangell is a temperate rainforest; summers and winters are mild, and you can experience a considerable amount of rain. Whether it rains or shines doesn't always matter; the beauty here is mind blowing!
Providing challenge and change through remote wilderness adventures, Alaska Crossings Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates (aka Field Guides) play an essential role in mentoring and guiding participants through physically and mentally demanding land and water-based expeditions. Field Guides elicit positive change through behavior modification, social and life skill development and mentorship to each participant. Work will include 23-day assignments throughout the 64-day program, so experience and familiarity with backcountry travel is essential. Applicants should ideally have experience working with youth (especially those with behavioral issues), and be skilled in alpine environments, canoeing, mountaineering, multi–day backcountry tripping and WFR/CPR certified. Most new Field Guides begin staff training in early March each year and are expected to make an initial one-year commitment of 3 assignments.
P.O. Box 1231
Wrangell, AK 99929
(866) 223-0888 fax
Adventure Guides, Zip-Line Guides, Horseback Guide, Office & Dock, Dog Musher, Dog Handler, Maintenance, CDL Drivers, Unimog Operations, Boat Captain, Boat Crew/Naturalist, Management, Retail Sales Associate, Adventure Photo Crew, Culinary Support Staff, Groundskeeper/Gardener, Carpenter
This season will feature five different excursions, including Musher's Camps (Juneau and Skagway), Chilkoot Horseback Adventure (Skagway), Glacier Point Wilderness Safari (Skagway and Haines) and Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition (Skagway).
Ever imagine pulling a team of powerful huskies in custom-made wheeled dog sleds, leading horseback tours through Alaska's most breathtaking valleys and backcountry or guiding guests on an exciting zipline adventure? The summer team at Alaska Excursions will have the opportunity to earn a great pay while working in a fun, positive environment. Applicants should enjoy meeting and talking with new people and have the ability to entertain them. Positions run from the beginning of May through the end of September. Submit a completed application to email@example.com. A resume and cover letter are welcomed, but not required.
P.O. Box 440
Skagway, AK 99840
(907) 983-3392 fax
Entry-level Summer Guides (Float, Hike, Kayaking and Rock Climbing/Zip Line), Trip Leaders, Naturalists, Commercial Bus Drivers and Catering, Dock, Maintenance and Office Staff
Haines and Skagway, Alaska
Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School and Chilkat Guides are premier guiding companies who offer trip options for any outdoor enthusiast visiting Southeast Alaska. Summer Guides, Trip Leaders and Naturalists have the goal of getting participants excited about the great outdoors. In addition to entry-level Guide positions, Commercial Bus Drivers (with training provided), and Catering, Dock, Maintenance and Office staff are needed every summer. The annual Guide School (beginning mid-April and mid-May for those without guiding experience) is by invitation only. All invitees successfully completing the guide school are offered employment as Guides from May through the end of August or September depending on the position.
Skagway Program Manager
Alaska Mountain Guides & Chilkat Guides
P.O. Box 170
Haines, AK 99827
(800) 766-3396 toll free
(801) 206-0115 fax
Driver Guides (free CDL), Restaurant Staff, Building Maintenance, Front Desk Attendants, Tour Operators, Rail Staff, Housekeepers
Anchorage, Copper River, Denali, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Mt. McKinley and Skagway
Do you have a spirit of adventure and a passion for excellence? Holland America – Princess is looking for customer service superstars to spend an amazing summer working in Alaska. With 11 hotels and lodges, 330 motor coaches, and 24 rail cars, Alaska Tour Jobs has a huge variety of positions: Line cooks, sous chefs, servers, dishwashers, front of house supervisors, housekeepers, maintenance staff, front desk attendants, guest services and dock representatives, driver guides, rail guides — you name it! Many locations offer employee housing, and employees will enjoy deeply discounted excursions while in Alaska, and discounted and free cruises once the season ends. The guest season runs from early May until late September, and preference is given to applicants who are able to stay the entire time. This could be the best summer of your life. What are you waiting for? Apply today at AlaskaTourJobs.com.
Alaska Tour Jobs
800 5th Ave., Suite 2600
Seattle, WA 98104
Whale Watching Captain & Deckhands, Adventure Guides (Canoe, Driver, Gold/Driver, Jeep, Hiking, Lead, River and Sea Kayak), Photographer, Customer Service Representatives, Marine Operators, Cooks & Food Service Staff, Musicians, Folk Singers, Performers, Groundskeepers and Housekeepers
Alaska Travel Adventures is proud to be a part of five unique Alaskan communities: Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, reachable only by air or water is a thriving city offering a great blend of city amenities and small-town hospitality. Skagway, with its streets lined with wooden boardwalks and historically restored buildings, it looks much as it did 100 years ago. Rain or shine, the beauty of Ketchikan’s lush, green, temperate rainforest setting is immediately apparent. Sitka is the perfect location for someone looking to have a lighter work load and lots of time to enjoy their surroundings. Employees who are looking for a taste of the outdoors with all the comforts of the lower 48, Anchorage is the place for you.
Are you ready for your office to be the great outdoors? As one of Alaska's most diversified vacation companies, with a team of over 300 statewide employees and nearly 40 years of industry leading experience, Alaska Travel Adventures is in the business of making their guests’ Alaska vacation dreams come true. Whether you are helping guests connect to Alaska’s wilderness while rafting down a glacial-fed river, learn about Alaskan’s gold-rush history through a vaudeville style performance, or giving guests the perfect shot of Alaska’s renowned wildlife, you are in the business of creating memories. Positions run from mid-April through September. If you are outgoing, enjoy entertaining and sharing the outdoors with others in a leadership role, select your dream job and apply today.
Alaska Travel Adventures
9085 Glacier Highway, Suite 301
Juneau, AK 99801
Summer Adventure Guides and Hospitality Staff
Positions are located throughout Denali National Park, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park and the Chugach National Forest.
Are you a spirited adventurer looking to experience Alaska this summer with a cool job? Alaska Wildland Adventures offers a variety of awesome outdoor job adventures, including guide positions (fishing, rafting, natural history, sea kayak and safari guides), campground hosts, drivers, outdoor leadership staff and adventure program interns. Behind-the-scenes your strength? Plenty of options to choose from, including cooks, hospitality staffers, trip packers, maintenance, office staff, and lodge manager positions. Most positions run from mid-May through early September; however, some positions have flexible start/end dates. Hiring is conducted though April 30th each year (or until positions fill), with interviews most often conducted by phone. Explore all job openings, FAQs and make your Alaska adventure come alive by applying today.
Alaska Wildland Adventures
P.O. Box 389
Girdwood, AK 99587
(800) 478-4100 toll free
(907) 783-2130 fax
Summer Senior Program Staff
Throughout Alaska—from the Aleutians to the Arctic Circle
The 10-week Camp Fire Rural Alaska Program is a great opportunity to provide 2, 3, or 4-week-long traveling day camp programs to youth in rural communities throughout the state. Senior Program Staff (16 openings) will be responsible for developing and implementing quality youth and community programs and facilitating activities such as swimming, cold-water safety, health and wellness, hiking, outdoor education, creative arts, group games, team building, cooking and sports. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have a Bachelor’s degree in education, outdoor recreation, anthropology/sociology or related field, at least two years experience working with youth, and be comfortable traveling in small aircraft and living unplugged in remote areas for extended periods of time. Compensation includes $4,500 for the season, plus room & board, paid training, instate travel costs, and the opportunity of a lifetime for cultural exchange and travel in rural Alaska! The rural season runs from May 22nd to August 2nd. Explore all job opportunities, apply online or contact Kim Huseman for more information.
Recruitment and Retention Manager
Camp Fire Alaska
161 Klevin St., Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 278-9829 fax
Tribal/Community Adventure Specialists (Prevention Technicians)
CRNA is based in Copper Center (about 3 hours from Anchorage) in the shadow of Wrangell St. Elias National Park, the mighty Copper River, and the home of the Ahtna people. The Copper River School District covers a land area of 24,663 square miles, roughly the size of Ohio with a population of approximately 2,500 residents living in small communities and Native villages spread across a vast geographical region. The people are actively involved in subsistence ways of life, from fishing, hunting, trapping, traveling by dog team, and harvesting wild edibles.
Inspired by cultural values, Copper River Native Association provides exceptional health services, child and youth development, and life-enhancing resources to empower all people in the region to thrive in every stage of life — from treasured infant to honored elder. Through the use of games and initiatives, experiential education, outdoor adventures, and group processing and reflection, Tribal/Community Adventure Specialists (Prevention Technicians) promote teamwork, character-development, perseverance and effective communication for youth from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. This is a full-time job opportunity (two positions are available in the Copper Center area and 1 in Cantwell), with a 1-year-minimum commitment requested. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in related field and youth group leadership experience. If you like hiking, COLD winters, hunting/fishing, trapping, snow machines, chopping wood, telling stories, working hard, dogsledding, cultural learning, and working with a diverse group of people, fill out the online application or view all job openings.
Dr. DB Palmer
Director of Child & Youth Development
Copper River Native Association
P.O. Box H
Copper Center, AK 99573
Bicycle Tour Guides
Guided bicycle tours, rentals, sales and service in Haines and Skagway, Alaska.
Now hiring Bicycle Tour Guides for the 2018 season! Spend your summer on a bike in one of the most spectacular regions in the world, working and playing in Alaska and experiencing the adventure of a lifetime with Sockeye Cycle Co.! Guides lead daily tours that are three hours long with groups of twelve and two guides. Guides must have excellent public speaking skills, solid leadership qualities and a basic knowledge of bike mechanics. A desire to learn and talk about the local region is a major part of the job. Guides must also be comfortable driving a 15-passenger van with trailer attached. At minimum, applicants must be U.S. citizens, 23 years old, and have a positive, outgoing, friendly attitude and clean driving record. Seasonal positions are also available as Van Drivers, Mechanics, Sales Reps, Office staff and Assistant Managerial staff, and the majority of staff are based in Skagway. Detailed job descriptions and an application is available online. Positions run from April through September, with a minimum 3-month commitment.
Sockeye Cycle Co.
Farmer Training Program
Located in the hills just outside of Fairbanks in the heart of Interior Alaska, Calypso Farm & Ecology Center is a 3-acre diversified educational farm, producing an array of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. Calypso’s unique setting provides exposure to and experience with farm-based environmental education, organizing and running community events and a wide range of practical homesteading skills, such as building, cooking, baking in a wood-fired oven, fiber arts, metal-smithing, woodworking, wild crafting, food preservation and more!
Start a farm. Run a homestead. Build community. Get the skills and hands-on experience you need to make it happen at Calypso Farm & Ecology Center! Calypso’s 5-month, residential Farmer Training Program immerses participants in all aspects of farming: gain farm production expertise, build creativity and homesteading skills, learn whole farm business planning, participate in farm-based education programs, and work with Calypso’s food justice initiatives. The $700/month fee covers all basic food staples, prepared lunches MO-FR and rustic accommodations with shared kitchen. Participants who complete the program (May 7th to September 29th, 2018) will be eligible for an end of season payment of up to 50% of the program cost. Individuals who are seriously focused on advancing their personal education in small-scale, ecological agriculture and are interested in doing so in a dynamic, creative and community-based setting are encouraged to apply.
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center
P.O. Box 106
Ester, AK 99725
Summer Kitchen Staff
Near the end of the 90-mile gravel road leading into Denali National Park, Denali Camp’s private piece of land is a 5-hour+ bus ride from the nearest convenience store, ATM or restaurant, and a 7-hour+ drive from Fairbanks, the nearest city. The site is as remote as they come in Denali, and the only lodge inside the park with a view of the mountain on a clear day. Within great striking distance of some of the best hiking in the country, adventure is literally on your door step!
If you want a unique experience in an unparalleled setting, living and working at family-owned Camp Denali and North Face Lodge represents a lifestyle, not just a summer job. Now hiring a Kitchen Team for the 2018 season, including a Sous Chef, Breakfast and Dinner Cooks and Kitchen Helper/Dishwashers. Kitchen staff are committed to serving wholesome and flavorful food, expertly presented, and prepared using the highest quality local and organic ingredients. A team environment characterizes the kitchen milieu — cooperation is emphasized over hierarchy and collaboration over autonomy. All staff must commit to a full season (May 24th through September 13th, 2018; and a two-season commitment is necessary). Applicants will do well here if they also have a desire to explore Denali National Park, disconnect from technology, and share in creating an experience for lodge guests that is beyond compare. If you are excited about being part of a community and interested in working in a cooperative and professional kitchen, learn more about the application process and apply now. Interviews are underway and early applications receive the best consideration!
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Camp Denali and North Face Lodge
P.O. Box 67
Denali National Park, AK 99755
Environmental Educators, Naturalists and Interns
Homer boasts a rocky intertidal areas of outstanding diversity, a coastal forest trail system and salt and freshwater wetlands. CACS educational sites and facilities include the Wynn Nature Center (a 140-acre boreal forest preserve) , Peterson Bay Field Station (a semi-rustic facility across Kachemak Bay and accessible only by boat), and Yurt on the Spit (exploration of invertebrate life living on and around the Homer Harbor Docks).
Do you enjoy getting people excited about our natural world? As a Naturalist, Intern or Environmental Educator with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, you'll have the chance to share your energy and enthusiasm instilling wonder, scientific understanding and love for coastal ecosystems with school groups and adults. Lead multi-day field studies or shorter natural history tours, develop programs for all ages, and participate in citizen monitoring projects. 2018 positions are available during the spring season (March 28th–May 26th) and summer (May 28th to late August). Qualified applicants are energetic and flexible, have a background in environmental education and forest and/or marine ecology, and the maturity to live in group situations. To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references to Seth Spencer by January 19, 2018. Please indicate in both your cover letter and e-mail subject line the position(s) for which you are applying.
Education Program Coordinator
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
708 Smokey Bay Way
Homer, AK 99603
Summer Sea Kayak Guides and a Logistics Coordinator
Seward is one of Alaska’s premier adventure towns, with incredible hiking, biking, and running trails easily accessible from your front door. The Kenai Fjords National Park (where the majority of tours take place) is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world during the summer. This unique environment provides Guides with amazing opportunities to facilitate important, transformative outdoor experiences for guests.
As a small, tight-knit community of passionate outdoor enthusiasts, Kayak Adventures Worldwide inspires small groups with the beauty and magnificence of Alaska wildlife, glaciers, and the rugged coastline through environmentally-focused sea kayaking trips. Sea Kayak Guides (10 positions) will be responsible for packing trips, leading trips, food preparation, unpacking, inventorying & repairing gear, and driving groups to and from the beach. Sea kayaking skills are not necessary, but teaching, leadership, and environmental experiences are all really helpful. The Logistics Coordinator will be directly involved in all aspects of the daily operations at the shop and will handle logistics, reservations, and customer service while maintaining a friendly, relaxed and supportive presence in a fast-paced work environment. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age, commit to the entire season from late April (all staff will participate in a paid 3+ week pre-season training program) through mid-September, and Guides must be WFR certified. If you are kind, mature, reliable, active, passionate, enthusiastic, a natural leader, honest and hard-working, contact Trent Gould to access an application. A current driving record, resume, references, and a completed application is required by February 1st at the latest.
Kayak Adventures Worldwide
328 3rd Ave.
Seward, AK 99664
Course Directors and Field Instructors
The main campus in North Carolina sits on 17 wooded acres adjacent to the Cape Fear River, just a short three-minute drive to the sandy white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. NCOAE adventure course sites can also be found in the Himalayas, Patagonia, East Africa, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. NCOAE is seeking Course Directors and Field Instructors to join their team. Applications from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field instructors and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis. Hiring priority will be given to those who have the experience, skills, and certifications to lead whitewater rafting, rock climbing, sea kayaking and/or surfing adventures—in addition to proficiency leading participants through the physical and emotional rigors of extended backpacking expeditions in remote wilderness settings. Mandatory staff trainings occur annually. Alternative training opportunities are available by participating in NCOAE outdoor educator courses. Employment contract dates vary, and occur annually between February 1 and December 31.
National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education
9809 River Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(888) 399-5957 fax
Active Travel Tour Leader Guides
From the dramatic coast of Newfoundland to the stunning sunsets of Vancouver Island... Into the wild of Alaska’s frontier to the canyons of the Southwest... And not to forget the burning volcanoes of Hawaii or the ice caps of the Canadian Arctic, Windigo’s playground is massive.
Do you want to hit the open road, enjoy an adventure of a lifetime and get paid for it? Join the dynamic team at Windigo and travel to some of the coolest places in North America!. Meet new people from different cultures and provide unforgettable experiences to grateful travelers. It's not a job opportunity, it’s a lifestyle. If you are at least 21 years old (23 for U.S. applicants), have a clean driving record, love the outdoors, have an adventurous spirit, strong people, leadership and organizational skills, and are looking for an exciting challenge, join the Windigo team! The operation season runs from April to late October with contracts available for a partial or full season.
Windigo Canada & USA
Head of Operations
400 Atlantic Ave., Suite 801
Montreal, Quebec H2V 1A5
(514) 948-4145 ext. 246
(514) 523-9030 fax
5024 Canyon Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 544-8395 fax
Wilderness Trip Leaders
Tamarack Camps main summer facility is located in Ortonville, Michigan. Teen adventure trips are conducted in the Western U.S. (climb the Grand Tetons, go white water rafting in Colorado, explore the geysers of Yellowstone National Park) and in Alaska (backpack on the Chilkoot Trail, fish for salmon, hike to glaciers).
Tamarack Camps is seeking Wilderness Trip Leaders to lead 5-8 week summer teen adventures throughout the Western U.S and Alaska. Each co-ed group of 25 teens will travel by bus and hike, backpack, and camp together throughout state and National Parks. Trip Leaders will join with additional staff and teens and participate fully through all aspects of the summer adventure. Applicants should have experience with teens, leading overnight backpacking trips, a strong knowledge of Leave No Trace principles and past experience with creative programming. Lifeguarding, CPR and WFA/WFR training or re-certification will be provided. Positions begin in early June for staff training; trips depart in mid/end of June and extend through early/mid-August. There is also an opportunity to work through the fall season at the camp’s Outdoor Education program. After completing the online application, a Skype interview will be scheduled. Those with additional questions are encouraged to contact Jason Charnas.
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Director of Teen & Family Programs
6735 Telegraph Rd., Suite 380
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 647-1493 fax