Kenai Riverside Lodge Outdoor Leadership

Essential Requirements for Outdoor Leadership Positions:

  • Have the ability to work within a team structure in order to make all operations run smoothly. Share the responsibilities and benefits of running trips.
  • Possess or have the ability to obtain a United States Coast Guard Freshwater and River Guide of Western Alaska License (usually obtained during staff training).
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere. 
  • Pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen. Participate in a random drug screening program as required by Alaska State Parks and the United States Coast Guard.
  • Possess 1-2 years of experience in teaching and/or natural and cultural history interpretation.
  • Skilled at interpreting natural and cultural history of sub-arctic regions while in vehicles, on trails, rafting, or giving an evening program.
  • All Outdoor Leadership positions are required to obtain a Wilderness First Responder or higher certification.

Natural History Trip Leader

Leads five to ten day natural history safari trips. Must have the ability to work within a team structure. Alaska experience, outdoor leadership and interpretation or teaching background preferred. Must be prepared to present an evening program on an Alaskan natural history topic.

We search for trip leaders who genuinely enjoy working with people. More than anything else, this is the critical factor in determining if potential applicants will make GREAT trip leaders. Outdoor leadership skills, natural history knowledge and interpretation/teaching skills are also very important. However, trip leaders have to be more than naturalists. They have to provide first-rate, high-quality guest service, act as positive problem solvers, be team players -- ready to help set a table or carry luggage as enthusiastically as identifying a wildflower while hiking -- and thrive off the unexpected events that often occur while traveling throughout Alaska's wild lands. Pay is DOE.


Natural History Kenai Guide

Supports trip leaders and the Lodge program with activities based out of Cooper Landing. Must have interpretive background; ability to work within a team structure; have at least 120 days of boating experience or "sea service" that can be documented (both motorized and non-motorized experience is accepted); and possess the competence to safely raft through Class III whitewater. Note that the Coast Guard does not accept canoeing or kayaking for sea service time. and a variety of leadership skills. Pay is DOE.


Rafting Guide

Experience in rafting class III whitewater (or higher). Must be service oriented; a team player; capable of getting a USCG license; have at least 120 days of boating experience or "sea service" that can be documented (both motorized and non-motorized experience is accepted); and willing to perform a variety of tasks. Pay is DOE.