Kenai Backcountry Lodge Outdoor Leadership & Interpretive Positions

Essential Requirements for all Kenai Backcountry Lodge 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.
  • All positions (including managers) have camp chores and dishwashing duties. Please note: all dishwashing at this lodge is done by hand using a three-step method.
  • Ability to routinely lift and load luggage, supplies and equipment (up to 75 pounds).
  • Ability to live and work in a communal, camp-like atmosphere. 

Natural History Hike/Kayak Guide

Supports AWA Trip Leaders and guides with naturalist responsibilities while guests are at KBL. Also leads activities such as hiking and sea kayaking for independent lodge guests as well as an independently-designed evening program. Must have interpretation background and Wilderness First Responder or higher certification. Experience in sea kayaking or rafting class III white water (or higher) is a plus. Must possess or have the ability and experience to obtain a Restricted Operator of Uninspected Vessels (ROUPV) or greater Merchant Mariner Credential. (For details regarding license requirements please contact our hiring office.) Applicants must pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen and participate in a random drug screening program as required by Alaska State Parks and the United States Coast Guard. Pay is DOE.


KBL/Skilak Based Captain:

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in operation of vessels in inclement weather and seas. Alaska experience a plus.
  • Must possess at least a 50 ton Near Coastal USCG license.
  • Must possess at least a 25 ton inland USCG license.
  • First Aid/CPR or higher medical training.
  • Excellent customer service and natural history interpretation skills.
  • Communication skills with both guests and employees.
  • Ability to be flexible with daily schedule.
  • Pre-employment drug screen as well as participating in a random drug screen program during time of employment.
  • Maintaining a clean and organized vessel.
  • Be familiar with USCG regulations and be able to adhere to them.
  • Be familiar with outboard motors and possess the ability to maintain them.
  • Greet guests and orient guests to the vessel.
  • Perform Safety Speech required by USCG.
  • Be safety conscious in all aspects of vessel operation.
  • This is a lodge based position that requires other lodge based work outside of regular captain duties.
  • Be able to live remotely in a small group living setting.