Current Jobs & Applications

Gastineau Guiding offers a wide variety of seasonal positions, from guiding to retail to operations. You can find all job descriptions below. If you have further questions before applying, do not hestiate to contact us via email or phone (see application for contact details).

Who We're Looking For

Thank you for considering spending a summer "Stepping into Alaska" with Gastineau Guiding Company. Working in the Alaska tourism business is demanding, fast-paced and always changing. The work is people intensive and requires a responsible individual who is adaptable, enjoys learning, solving problems, maintains a flexible schedule, consistently demonstrates empathy and enthusiasm, and leads with a positive attitude and a playful spirit. Teamwork is key and integral to running a solid operational program. It takes a coordinated group effort to insure tour quality in an environment with many moving parts and daily challenges. Strong communication skills are mandatory and a professional attitude and appearance must always be maintained. The desire and ability to share an understanding of the nature, history and story of the Tongass and the Juneau area is essential. Study, practice and planning are essential in developing your skill set. Providing excellent customer service, while giving each guest a safe, timely and enjoyable experience is always expected.

Training

Gastineau Guiding Co. provides extensive interpretive and operational training beginning mid-April each season. Our training model has been used to develop the state-wide Alaska Tour Guide Training Program and still serves as Juneau’s most in depth practical program for new guides. Most training is paid at a nominal stipend, and in most cases is a requirement to be considered eligible for hire. Our interpretive training is led by our “Master Naturalist” Linda Nicklin, a long-time Gastineau Guiding team member. Linda has created our interpretive training from the ground up, and imparts over 20 years of experience with the company, not to mention her experience with Linblad Expeditions and her work publishing for National Geographic. You can expect a mix of classroom and field sessions that will help provide you with all the various tools you will need as a successful professional in your selected position. 

Driving & Guiding Applicants - Please Note: Full time guiding positions are 6 days/week, with one set day off. Part time positions are also available, ranging from 3-5 days a week. Part time positions may have alternating days off on a rotating two week schedule. All new hire guides are expected to have a Commercial Drivers License or train for their Class C Alaskan CDL. In-house training is provided if applicant meets age and driving record requirements. Guides, Drivers and Captains must also be certified in CPR/First Aid. 

 

2017 Positions - are now filled! If you are interested in working for Gastineau Guiding in the future, please know that we begin our hiring process in January of each year. We encourage interested applicants to reapply in January of 2018! If you have questions about the positions beforehand, don't hesitate to call. 

Nature Center Interpretive/Sales Staff, with Optional PT Guiding - Applications being accepted; hiring currently paused until more positions are made avaliable

Located at the top of Mt. Roberts Tramway, Nature Center employees are expected to present formal and informal nature interpretation programs through visitor interactions, video programs, and presentations in the Alpine Tea House. Employees welcome visitors to the alpine environment and provide current trail information and assistance to guides. Daily skills also include specific retail functions on the point of purchase computer register, performing opening or closing procedures, inventory management and other duties as assigned. Nature Center employees may guide the Town, Tram and Timberline Trek as needed.

Naturalist Photography Guide (FT & PT Positions Available) - Applications being accepted; hiring currently paused until more positions are made avaliable

Please note: All Gastineau Guides are trained as Naturalist Guides. Specialized guide training, as in photography, allows for diversification in your guiding opportunities, but does not exclude you from those job’s requirements. Please review the Naturalist Guide job description.

Lead small groups on tours to Juneau’s hot spots while working to improve their photography skills. Responsibilities include everything from instructing guests on how to use their equipment, to visually demonstrating photographic techniques, to explaining the mechanics of the Mendenhall Glacier. The position requires a solid background in photography and strong interpersonal skills. Developing a media slideshow for instruction on tour is mandatory.

Naturalist Science Guide - Applications being accepted; hiring currently paused until more positions are made avaliable

Please note: All Gastineau Guides are trained as Naturalist Guides. Specialized guide training, as in photography, allows for diversification in your guiding opportunities, but does not exclude you from those job’s requirements. Please review the Naturalist Guide job description.

Lead groups of people interested in giving back to the environment as they get hands on in Alaska's glacial and marine environments. You will facilitate the gathering of raw, baseline data for local science organizations like NOAA, Alaska Sea Grant, UAF, ADEC, USFS, and Project Budburst. Marry meaning with adventure on this trip that operates at the Mendenhall Glacier and on the water of Stephen's Passage. Educational background in the sciences is preffered. A willingness to train as a naturalist and obtain Coast Guard crew certification is mandatory. Drive and operate company vehicles for guided tours, if eligible. You may be required to fill in as a Naturalist Guide when needed.

Dock Representative - 2017 Positions Filled

Represent Gastineau as the first point of contact for the 30,000+ passengers that tour with us each year! Assist with day-to-day tour operations on the cruise ship docks, assisting and entertaining passengers in the short period before their tour departs and acting as liaison with cruise line representatives before, during and after tours have departed. Dock reps help to foster sales and settle daily accounting with cruise lines, as well as prepping and monitoring inventory of tour snacks and supplies or other administrative duties as assigned. Must enjoy working in a fast paced environment while maintaining a positive and professional attitude. Full-time positions work 5 days/week, between 40-55 hours a week.

Naturalist Guide - 2017 Positions Filled

Lead groups on interpretive natural, cultural and historical walks, hikes and whale watching tours. Share expertise on all ecosystem types in the Juneau area, including the alpine, sub-alpine, rainforest and coastline. Lead tours that cater to your expertise and interest. This position offers variety, as you will be guiding on various trails which include the Moraine Ecology Trail, scenic West and East Glacier Trails, Mt. Roberts Loop Trail, the Rainforest Trail on North Douglas and possibly others. Since this tour is conducted on both land and seas, you will be on the water almost daily. A willingness to train as a naturalist and obtain Coast Guard crew certification is mandatory. Also responsible for operating company vehicles (14-28 passengers) for guiding and assisting to guide other tours. Interpretive certification(s) available.

Driver/2nd Guide (FT & PT Positions Available) - 2017 Positions Filled

Our shuttle drivers are required to obtain a valid Alaskan CDL class C with Passenger Endorsement and Air Brakes Restriction. Drivers are required to train as a "second Naturalist guide" for land portions of our Alaska’s Whales & Rainforest Trails tour, so this position does require lots of walking. This is a good opportunity for those who would like to gain a season of practical experience before jumping full force into guiding.

Scheduler/Daily Coordinator - 2017 Positions Filled

Work in Gastineau Guiding's bustling tour office to create and facilitate the smooth operation of the daily schedule. This fast-paced job requires knowledge of every aspect of Gastineau’s operations, including tours, guides, captains, dock reps and ship contacts. Supervise the overall operations of this bustling business as you respond to the unexpected occurrences of daily life, coordinating with all parties to make changes to the daily schedule or respond to emergencies as needed. Dispatchers/Schedulers may also assist Dock Reps or the Operations Manager in a wide variety of projects. Applicants should have a strong analytical ability, be able to juggle tasks well, keep a cool demeanor under pressure and enjoy a job that is always changing! This position has a set weekly schedule with 5 days on/2 days off, though overtime should be expected.

PT Boat Captain- - 2017 Positions Filled

25-ton certification required. Experience in local waters preferred. Captain a covered rigid hulled inflatable vessel for various wilderness tours within Stephens Passage. Knowledge of marine maintenance and care a plus. Must be flexible, outgoing and enjoy working with the public and being a part of a team environment.

 

Maintenance Mechanic - 2017 Positions Filled

Be a part of the small but key team that keeps us moving. Must be mechanically inclined, with outboard and light marine repair experience preferred. Must have an AK state driver’s license and have or be willing to obtain a CDL. Work includes scheduled maintenance and light repair for marine vessels, buses, vans and facilities. Strong organizational skills and basic computer skills required.

 

2017 Applications

Download an employment application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF format. (A note to Mac users: .pages applications do not format the application correctly. Please use Microsoft Word OR the PDF option.)

For MS Word: Please download & save, fill out and e-mail to summerjobs@gguiding.com

For PDF:  Please fill out and fax or mail by post OR scan & email to summerjobs@gguiding.com

Questions? Our employment email and phone number are available on the application.