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Are you interested in joining the elite summer team at Alaska Alpine Adventures?

We look for guides who have a genuine ability to work with people and those who understand that it takes an outstanding character to be a great guide. Our trip leaders are more than just naturalists, escorts, or drivers. They are also cooks, baggage handlers, camp hosts, wilderness navigators, and are always willing to lend a hand and to provide extraordinary customer service to our guests. If you have any questions about employment, please give us a call for more information and detailed position descriptions. Alaska Alpine Adventures is an equal opportunity employer, offers great pay, training opportunities, and incredible travel benefits.

Wilderness Guide:

Leads our remote wilderness backpacking, kayaking, & hiking trips. These adventure trips are multi-day camping based adventures which take place in some of Alaska’s most remote wilderness areas. Qualified candidates must have a current WFR and CPR certification, and be expert outdoor leaders with a variety of skills and training. Successful candidates typically possess 2-3 years of Alaska experience as a trip leader, must have documented multi-day expedition experience in remote wilderness regions, and have an outstanding customer service record. Candidates considered will also be required to have a broad understanding of Alaska’s natural and cultural history.

If you have never worked as a professional guide in Alaska (or similar remote, trail-less wilderness areas), you will not be considered for this position. Consider applying as an Assistant Guide.

Wilderness Rafting Guide:

Leads our remote wilderness rafting and hiking trips. These are multi-day river rafting and hiking adventures along Alaska’s most remote and spectacular rivers. Qualified candidates must have a current WFR and CPR certification, a current Whitewater Rescue Technician certification, possess at least 2 seasons of Alaska experience as a trip leader, must have documented multi-day rafting or river canoeing experience on remote rivers with at least 120 days of boating experience, the ability to safely navigate Class III whitewater, and an outstanding backcountry skill set. Candidates considered will also be required to have a broad understanding of Alaska natural and cultural history. Many of our staff are cross-trained and should expect to lead both land-based and water-based itineraries.

Assistant Guide:

Assistant guides are being developed into full-fledged AAA Guide staff and can assist on all of our tour types. Qualified applicants must have previous guiding experience but may not meet all of the many requirements to lead their own trips. Our assistant guides get the outstanding opportunity to mentor alongside our veteran staff and build the necessary qualifications to move into larger leadership roles. Qualified candidates should have multi-week trip-leading experience, and/or be enrolled in an outdoor recreation program at an accredited university, be comfortable in a wilderness setting, and have a current WFR & CPR certification.

Warehouse Lead/In-town Logistics

This is a 4-month position that primarily focuses on backcountry expedition logistics. The responsibilities of the position include supporting multi-day wilderness trips by assisting with food and gear prep, repair and maintenance of AAA equipment (tents, sleeping bags, inflatable boats, etc.), maintaining a clean and orderly warehouse facility, providing van shuttles with occasional long-distance transfers, and interacting with guests during pre-trip orientations. In addition, there may be opportunities to guide during the season which will be dependent on scheduling, staffing, and prerequisite certifications held by the applicant (WFR required).

This position is best suited for an Anchorage local or an individual that prefers to be Anchorage-based and enjoys being part of a fun team of outdoor leaders!

Qualifications for Employment:

  • 21+ years of age and legally allowed to work in the United States
  • Valid Driver’s License & excellent driving record with experience driving 15-passenger vans
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR required for ALL positions
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician if guiding river trips
  • Municipality of Anchorage Food Handlers Card (able to acquire after hire)
  • Prior professional guiding experience expected; customer service background is highly recommended
  • Ability to work long days performing all duties of a professional guide
  • Physically capable of lifting 70 pounds
  • Positive attitude and supportive team player
  • Flexibility, in how you spend each day, and with your schedule during the season

To be considered for a position, please send the following to the attention of Nick Allen at

A cover letter that addresses:

  • How you heard about Alaska Alpine Adventures.
  • The job you are applying for and the relevant skills you bring. Please attach any supporting documents (e.g., professional or personal trip log, expedition resume, river log, special skills & talents etc.).
  • Your dates of availability; the first and last day you could be working in Alaska. Our full season is late May through early-September. Preference is given to applicants who can work the whole season (50-60+ field days).

A current resume that indicates:

  • Your education, relevant work experience, and any leadership or volunteer positions held
  • Current certifications or documented trainings
  • At least 3 employer references

If your resume and cover letter are accepted, we will schedule an interview – by phone or in person. Once interviews have taken place, applicants will be asked complete a thorough questionnaire. Our hiring process begins December 1st and concludes March 31st.

Please save your documents in .doc or .pdf format. If this is not possible, please include them in the body of the e-mail.