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Kayak Instructor / Guide


Working Conditions:
Guides should expect to work 5 days a week, and sometimes long hours. Sometimes you will be expected to work overtime. You should not expect weekends off, and should expect rotating schedules and hours.

Guides should expect to work in all weather conditions. It is critical that all employees are comfortable enough to lead our clientele in these challenging conditions with a smile on their face.

Medical Qualifications:
Hiring preference is given to guides who have an up-to-date Wilderness First Aid Card or better. Guides are required to have a current CPR and First Aid Card because you are not allowed to operate in the State Parks system or National Parks system without one. If you do not have this when you arrive for work, you will not be able to work until you do. 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 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. All kayak guides must demonstrate satisfactory rescue skills, paddle float re-entries, and will be assessed on how well they give kayak lesson courses. Typically, mid-May of each season, there is a group training required for all Kayak staff, involving proficiency training and practice. Millers Landing is willing and able to train motivated, athletic persons willing to put in the time and effort. Basic kayak guide training typically takes between 10-14 days and is intensive, wet, and voluntary. Side work can be made available to hard working guides needing extra money during this time.  Guides who are not able to pass this testing period will not be retained.

Affordable housing is difficult to find in Seward. Miller’s Landing will provide a tent camping area in “tent city for employees ” for $100 per month. We also have shared VERY basic bunkhouse rooms with a community kitchen for $200 a month. Rooms are given out by seniority. Some rooms may have up to 3-4 occupants. All employees must provide their own bedding and camping gear. Camper space is available in employee designated locations in the campground for $150 a month. There are no electric sites available, so it must be 100% propane powered for lights and heat. You must have full coverage insurance and current licence plate tags to park a camper. Coin-operated shower and laundry is available in our campground, and while Miller’s Landing does not provide tokens for its employees to use in these facilities we subsidize the cost of living accordingly. All employees are responsible for their own meals. Housing is not available to relatives, family or friends in the bunkhouse or tent camping areas.

Pro Deals:
Miller’s Landing has pro deal/wholesale purchasing agreements with: Necky, NRS, Patagonia, Kokotat and others.

New Hires:

  • All new hires subject to pre-employment drug screening
  • All new hires will be employed on a probationary basis
  • All new hires are required to sign terms of employment
  • Point of hire is Seward, Alaska

Miller’s Landing employs hard workers who are independently driven and need little supervision. We favor hiring Alaskan residents, but do consider non-Alaskans. We expect you to be capable of handling Alaskan weather, waters, and hardships in a wilderness setting. Most of our guides love their work, return each year, and work for much less than they make in their “real jobs” (in off-season). We are looking for people who love kayaking, love the water and are not as concerned about the money.

Qualities And Skills Necessary:

  • Independent individual who can manage priorities
  • One year of Sea Kayaking Guide experience or equivalent
  • Physically fit; strong enough to lift 80 lb kayaks; load and unload kayaks on water taxi boat and to shore for clients
  • Knowledge of self rescue
  • Ability to rescue others
  • Ability to teach kayak lessons
  • Friendly, outgoing personality
  • Clean cut appearance
  • Well spoken and articulate
  • Eager to excel
  • Must work weekends and holidays
  • Natural history and interpretive skills a plus
  • Wilderness Responder Course a plus
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • ACA or BCU Certification a plus
  • Willing to work overtime if asked
  • Enjoys campfire cooking and is a good cook
  • Is very organized and thinks of every little thing….
  • Willing to do other responsibilities as needed such as helping with reservations; miscellaneous office work or outside work; equipment repair, maintenance, kayak repair, training etc.
  • Does not get seasick on boats (we use water taxi to transport to remote areas)
  • Loves camping
  • Willing to wait on clients when camping/guiding
  • Backcountry knowledge and 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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