Seasonal Safari Manager
The Seasonal Safari Manager will coordinate with and assist the Safari Program Director managing AWA’s Safari/Alaska Adventures Program. This position will typically work a 40-hour week but must be flexible to work more especially during the training period of May and early June. Day-to-day schedule may fluctuate depending on arrivals and guest occupancy at the lodge. This dynamic position requires experience in staff leadership and supervision, program logistics and scheduling and Alaska natural history interpretation.
Job Requirements/Preferred Qualifications:
- Great customer service
- Competent with computers and Windows operating system; working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to manage, train and schedule guide staff while providing constructive feedback to enhance their job performance
- Ability to multitask and problem solve under time constraints
- Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere
- Affinity for natural history and interest in expanding knowledge of eco-tourism, Alaska and the Alaska tourism experience
- Natural history interpretation training skills strongly preferred
Duties may include but are not limited to:
Greet guests upon arrival at lodge; compile Welcome Folders for arriving guests; mingle nightly with guests to set schedule for next day’s activities; ensure daily activities are booked and guide staff are available; compile shuttle and meal schedules; lead full- and half-day natural history hikes in the Chugach National Forest; and drive shuttles on an as-needed basis.
This management position demands a high level of organization, leadership, attention to detail and exemplary customer service skills. Salary is DOE. Applicant must be available April 1 – September 30.
Guiding and Outdoor Leadership
Essential Requirements for all Adventure Trip Positions:
- Cheerful and enthusiastic attitude during long days in a sometimes cramped workspace.
- Possess the ability to work within a team structure and in a flexible manner to accomplish a variety of tasks including: food preparation, packing, housekeeping, light maintenance and guest service.
- Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere.
- All positions (including managers) have dishwashing duties. Please note: all dishwashing at this lodge is done by hand using a three-step method.
Hiking Adventure Trip Leader
Leads five- to ten-day natural history safari trips. Also supports AWA at various lodges during stay. 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.
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.
- 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.
- Wilderness First Responder or higher is required.
Alaska Adventures Driver
This is a great stepping-stone for those who want to return to Alaska in future summers as a guide. Many of our guide staff started out as drivers and moved into guiding positions as they picked up experience and appropriate skills. We prefer applicants who have some experience driving large vehicles, group facilitation, customer service and natural history interpretation. Alaska Adventures Drivers concentrate on driving skills for a week and then join the rest of the staff for our comprehensive training sessions while continuing to focus on safe driving. This summer’s training session for drivers begins on May 2. By the end of training, Alaska Adventures Drivers must hold a Class “C” CDL with a passenger endorsement, be “checked-off” by AWA trainers and be able to participate in a random drug and alcohol screening program for the duration of the season. 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); possess the competence to safely raft through Class III whitewater; and a variety of leadership skills. Note that the Coast Guard does not accept canoeing or kayaking for sea service time. Pay is DOE.