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Kayak Guide

Overview

Miller’s Landing is a family run business that started operations shortly after Kenai Fjords National Park was established in 1980 and the tourism industry began to form in Seward. We work hard to provide every guest with a memorable experience, with a focus on safety, education, stewardship, and fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment. 

When choosing to be a guide with Millers Landing you are choosing to be a leader and team player while serving clients and creating memorable experiences. You will be challenged with long, strenuous days in variable outdoor conditions while ensuring our guest’s safety. After training is completed, guides are then responsible for trip preparation, cleanup, gear repair, and providing exceptional customer service and safety to our clients. While this may be one of the hardest jobs, it comes with a number of benefits like experiencing our trips, engaging with other tour operators, meeting tourists from around the world, wildlife, and the stunning scenery. As an employee, you have the opportunity to not only engage with these tourists but also educate them on our history, culture, and the natural history of the area. With the potential to impact their experience as well as behaviors towards the outdoors, showing them how amazing and important our natural environment really is. 

We highly recommend, at a minimum, a BCU 2-Star certification (representing beginning skill levels) or ACA Certification. Hiring preference will be given to employees meeting these certification standards. However, we offer all motivated persons willing to put in the work a three-day introductory certification course. All kayak guides must demonstrate satisfactory rescue skills, paddle float re-entries, and will be assessed on how well they perform in different scenarios. Our training takes place on the first of May, starting with the introductory class, lasting two weeks. It’s incredibly fun, challenging, and offers lots of opportunities for growth. 

In order to apply, you must be 18 years of age or older. Guides are expected to be in Seward by April 29th, the first day of training for new guides is the 1st of May. Before arrival guides must have a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certification, a basic CPS and First Aid certification may be accepted but is not preferred. Please arrange for this prior to arrival. There are no classes available once you get here and the nearest town providing them is 126 miles away in Anchorage (and those classes may only be offered once or twice a month there).

We want to hire people who are kind, reliable, passionate about the outdoors, mature, hard-working, have a positive attitude, are natural leaders, or are looking to improve their kayaking or guiding skills. We expect you to be capable of handling Alaskan weather, waters, and hardships in a wilderness setting. Most returning guides love their work, the water, outdoors, and are seeking a true Alaskan experience. 

Additionally, when working for Miller’s you will have access to not only the stunning Kenai Fjords but pro deals/ wholesale purchasing with brands like Necky, NRS, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, Kokatat and others. Returning guides have year-round access.

We are located three miles outside of Seward on Lowell Point via dirt road, while some employees live in town many opt to live on property where we offer different housing options. A big part of the Millers’ experience involves communal living. Most employees will be living with and working as a crew for the majority of the summer, and the experience you will have will last a lifetime. This type of communal living requires certain compromises to be made to ensure a high level of overall productivity and happiness for everyone involved. We ask that everyone living and camping communally, take part in cleaning, maintaining the campgrounds and creating a safe, comfortable living environment.

 Qualities And Skills Necessary:

  • Independent individual who can manage priorities
  • Patient when working with customers
  • One year of Guiding experience or equivalent
  • Physically fit; strong enough to lift 80 lb kayaks; load and unload kayaks on a water taxi boat and to shore for clients
  • Friendly, personable, outgoing personality
  • Committed to maintaining a clean and groomed appearance
  • Well-spoken and articulate
  • Natural history and interpretive skills are a plus
  • Wilderness Responder or First Aid Course or CPR and First Aid Certified
  • ACA or BCU Certification is preferred
  • Willingness to work overtime or help others
  • Enjoys backcountry or campfire cooking 
  • Organized
  • Willing to do other responsibilities as needed such as outside work; equipment repair, maintenance, kayak repair, training etc.
  • Does not get seasick, we use water taxis to transport clients and kayaks to the National Park.
  • Loves camping, the outdoors and is familiar with Leave No Trace, and has basic backcountry or survival skills.
  • Professional, “Can do” attitude

Miller’s Landing is committed to employing top quality kayak guides dedicated to the training and education of Miller’s Landing clients, in an atmosphere of professional excellence.

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