Guided Journeys Outdoor Leadership Positions

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.

Hiking/Kayaking Adventure Trip Leader

Leads activities such as hiking, canoeing and sea kayaking for five to ten days. 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.

  • Responsible for developing and presenting evening programs for guests.
  • Must have interpretation background and previous Alaska experience.
  • Must have extensive experience in sea kayaking.
  • Wilderness First Responder or higher is required.
  • 120 days (or more) of documented experience with motorized boats (Sea Service).
  • Experience in sea kayaking and rafting class III whitewater (or higher) is a plus.
  • Pre-employment physical and drug screen required for USCG "Six-Pack" and Kenai River Guide licenses.

Guide Journey 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. Guided Journey 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, Guided Journey 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.