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Great Alaska Int. Adventures only hires for our Alaska operations - our Costa Rica and Mexico Adventure lodges utilize strictly local hire to encourage sustainability and foster self reliance in the incredible ecosystems we enjoy.

Great Alaska Adventure Lodge is one of the oldest, most respected sport fishing and adventure travel lodges in the state, and our greatest strength is our experienced, committed staff whose emphasis is to provide the trip of a lifetime for our guests. Whether your experience and passion is in sport fishing, the culinary arts, Wildlife viewing and Nature experiences or maintenance and operations, and if you have a "can do" attitude, a great work ethic and enjoy people, then we encourage you to contact us.

That being said, resort work in Alaska is not for everyone! We would encourage all applicants to consider that the work is challenging, and the long hours combine with our remoteness to create a work environment best suited for those who who do not "punch a clock"! However, if you dream of Alaska, and believe you have the right stuff, we may be the best job you ever have.

We are currently still hiring in the following departments for 2013:


  1. hospitality
  2. kitchen
  3. drivers
  4. maintenance and general staff 
  5. Remote camp staff



STEPS TO FOLLOW to apply with Great Alaska International Adventures

  1. Send applications and cover letters to: "Attn: Hiring 20013."
  2. Include:
    1. A cover letter
    2. Your resume
    3. A completed application. (Your cover letter should confirm the best phone and email contacts for you.)
  3. Send all employment applications to greatalaska@greatalaska.com

Sorry, but we cannot consider an applicant without a completed application and cover letter on file.


Open Positions


Camp Assistant--General camp staff/maintenance- All lodge and surrounding property maintenance. Good work ethic and ability to work long hours with a smile required. Many of our guides and other managers began their Great Alaska career here.

Shuttle Driver- Drive standard vans in local Kenai/Soldotna/Cooper landing area. Airport pickups. Excellent driving record is a must.

Office Staff--Sales, customer service and data entry specialist, must be excellent with Microsoft office suite, and able to learn new programs quickly. People skills and team work critical. River front office with room and board provided.

All positions below are filled; however we encourage you to submit your information as openings sometimes occur during the season.



SAFARIS


Safaris Manager- As the department head for the Safari Division, the Safaris manager is in charge of overseeing the planning, packing and execution of Safaris ranging from mountain biking, sea kayaking, Bear Camp operations, day hikes, Class 1&2 rafting and Seacoast Adventure Camp overnights (i.e. Resurrection Bay). Also included is the supervision and training of 11 Safari Guides, providing superior guest service while adhering to the policies and procedures set forth by the officers of Great Alaska. In addition, responsibilities will include supervision of maintenance and control of all equipment, rolling stock and provisions. Fundamental computer experience is essential.

Raft Guide- previous rafting experience required- rowing frame or Mackenzie style drift-boat. (class 2-3). All guides are required to complete Coast Guard limited "Western Rivers" licensing. Emphasis on scenic (not whitewater) and natural history aspect of trips. All guides will lead non-rafting experiences as well.

Natural History Guide/Interpreter- must be an excellent communicator and be fun to be around. Up close and personal guest contact on a day to day basis with long hours and multitasking environments. Some Alaska experience preferred (though not required) with excellent physical condition. Extensive experience in three or more of the following activities preferred: , mt. biking, canoeing, sea kayaking, hiking, low impact camping, rafting, cooking, fishing and photography.

Natural History assistant guide- support for NH guides/ maintenance of equipment and some limited guiding as well. Must be self-starter and physically strong/excellent with people. Cooking, boating and gear maintenance skills a plus.



FISHING

All Great Alaska fishing guides must be able to work as a team. Conventional tackle (Back trolling, drifting and at-anchor spin fishing) plus fly fishing a plus- guides are on time and cordial and informative to guests at all times. Our guide staff is the best in the state.

Riverboat Salmon Guide- must have current Coast guard certificate (6-pack) and be an extremely punctual, energetic, reliable and safe boater. Must be an excellent fisherman, hard worker and great people person. New hires must attend a five day class in Alaska 4/13-4/17/09.


Drift-boat Guide- must have extensive experience rowing rafts or hard-boats on western rivers. Balance is same requirements of riverboat guide (no six pack required).

Wade fishing Guide- entry-level guide position; must be excellent spin and fly, great with people and able to produce fish in a variety of environments. Northwest style salmon/steel-header is perfect fit. This is the perfect way to begin guiding career and the often first step in guiding with Great Alaska Adventure Lodge.

Deckhand- entry-level position; deck hand on our halibut boat 3 or 4 days a week (maintenance crew remainder of time.) Must have good driving record, excellent people skills and fishing experience. "Sea Legs" a necessity.



KITCHEN


Head Chef - Good background in cooking industry- wide range of meals experience. Long hours and high standards required- ability to manage other kitchen staff required. Time and budget management required. Teamwork and leadership essential.

Sous Chef- Good background in cooking industry- wide range of meals experience. Long hours and high standards required- ability to manage other kitchen staff, time and budget management required. Teamwork essential.

Assistant Cook- Quick learners with some kitchen experience required. Teamwork essential.

Dishwasher- Previous kitchen experience is a plus. Individual must work well as part of a team.



REMOTE CAMPS:

Great Alaska operates three remote camps- one in Lake Clark Nat. Park (brown bear viewing) , one in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (camping, etc.) and one in Resurrection Bay (Sea kayaking, etc). All staff must be able to spend long periods of time in a remote location. Guides must have a great deal of outdoors experience and be very self-reliant and physically fit. Cooking skills required and people skills a must.

Bear Camp (LCNP)--Spectacular, private fly in bear viewing camp. Staff responsibilities include: camp upkeep, housekeeping, gear maintenance, cooking and guiding. Knowledge of firearm safety is important. Good people skills a must. Knowledge of natural history, fishing, flora and fauna of Alaska is a plus. No road access, complete wilderness, so must work completely as a team and be prepared to do a wide variety of tasks.

Adventure Camp Staff (KNWR)--semi permanent, low impact camping in spectacular locations in Kenai Fjords National Park. Must be able to spend long periods of time in a remote setting. Attention to detail and cleanliness required. Excellent cooking and outdoor skills a must. Strong hiker and kayaker with experience in remote camp cooking, ocean kayaking and team leader training. Perfect person is a great kayaker, self starter, extensive camping experience, physically strong with a great work and "leave no trace" ethic.

Kenai Wildlife Lodge Staff (KNWR)-- Boat-in remote camp with small day lodge and 7 semi-permanent cabin/tents. Tidiness required. Cooking skills, customer service, time and staff management required. Responsible for camp upkeep, food preparation and evening entertainment for clients. Private accommodations- perfect for in independent, hard working couple.



HOSPITALITY

All positions require excellent work ethic- knack for neatness and an eye for detail. Ability to work with a group and be self-motivated. We are known for hospitality staff that is excellent and great with guests. All positions require a good attitude and the ability to spot things that are out of place.

Head of Housekeeping- Manager of housekeeping- must be able to manage staff for goal of perfect room maintenance and happy clients.

Housekeeping- room and main lodge maintenance/laundry- no experience required, but must be efficient and organized.

AM and PM Concierge-- Am Concierge is the “Official Starter of the Day” working a split shift 4:00am-8:00am / 5:00pm- 8:00pm. Duties include morning guest wake up, expedite guest to their respective guide and activity, assist kitchen team in buffet breakdown and table busing, clean the lodge and bathroom, cleaning and stocking of the main lodge and bar area.

Pm Concierge, in addition to a cheerful personality duties include, assist in lunch breakdown and dinner set up, produce and display menu of the day and table cards, expediting afternoon client activities, set up bar for “Happy Hour”, Bartender from 7:00-8:00pm, assist servers in the dinning room.



OFFICE


Office staff concentrates on sales, marketing and day to day operations of the lodge. Computer experience essential, knowledge of basic office software a plus and ability to learn new programs quickly a must. Must be organized, comfortable on the phone and be detail-oriented.

Office Assistant- Computer, phone and sales skills required. Must be organized thinker. Outdoor experience is a plus.



MAINTENANCE:


One of the most important aspects of a resort. We are looking for people with various skills. Problem solvers a must. Ability to work on a deadline, often long hours on a great team.

Maintenance Manager- manage other maintenance staff and organize and run daily shuttle schedule. Strong background in vehicle/equipment maintenance and people skills required. "Can do" attitude a must. Ability to organize/ prioritize and complete projects required.

Vehicle maintenance/mechanic- varied, strong background in auto and other maintenance required. Able to replace motors. Outboard work a big plus.

General camp staff/maintenance- All lodge and surrounding property maintenance. Good work ethic and ability to work long hours with a smile a plus. Many of our guides and other managers began here.

Main Transfer Driver-: drive 14 passenger van Anchorage to resort and back 4-5 days per week.

Shuttle Driver- drive standard vans in local Kenai/Soldotna/Cooper landing area. Airport pickups.