Be a part of the Chilkat Guides team and join us this summer in Southeast Alaska where mountains and glaciers meet the ocean! We are currently seeking to fill raft guide and naturalists positions for summer 2022!
The Haines Raft Guide’s main responsibility is to carry out the company’s mission of providing passengers with a safe, enjoyable, and educational wilderness experience. The Haines Raft Guide will lead passengers by raft through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve safely and enthusiastically with an ultimate goal of satisfied passengers at the end of each trip. Our rafts are 18 ft. oar-rigs and we will take up to 8 passengers at a time on either the Tsirku, the Klehini or the Chilkat Rivers. This trip has no whitewater.
We do not require previous experience for raft guide positions. Familiarity or previous experience is a plus, however, we offer comprehensive training programs for these positions. In order to participate in training, a successful applicant should plan on traveling to Haines by March 30th or early May depending on which guide training session they plan on attending. Most positions will operate from April through October. We have the flexibility for those in college or otherwise requiring an earlier end date to their contract.
Our river guide training is free of charge for employees, however, in order to work for us, a successful applicant will also need to be certified in First Aid/CPR and Swiftwater Rescue for all rafting positions.
Description of Guided Trip:
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float Trip: This rafting tour takes place through the scenic Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the preserve is home to the world’s largest concentration of bald eagles. Guides will outfit guests with raft equipment, including boots, pfds, and rain gear (when appropriate) . Once a safety talk is complete guest will load up into our 18ft oar rafts and enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour float through the Preserve.
The tour is 4 hours in duration (from pick up to drop off). Guides may assist in driving & guest transfers or ready the rafts prior to the guests’ arrival by van/bus.
On any given day we may run 3-4 overlapping trips at a time. In addition to these raft-based tours, guides may help facilitate driving shifts or participate in guided hiking, scenic, and wildlife viewing tours.
Duties & Responsibilities:
As a Raft Guide:
For CDL Driving:
Becoming a guide with Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG) / Chilkat Guides in rugged southeast Alaska requires verification of your technical competency, leadership skills, sound judgment, and knowledge of company policies and procedures. Over the length of required training there will be a segment of unpaid training and a segment of paid training. The unpaid portion will comprise of courses through the International Wilderness Leadership School (IWLS). IWLS is an accredited, recognized leader in experiential education. Training length may vary depending on class size and how quickly you demonstrate leadership and technical proficiency.
Paid Training for all guides, 1-2 days
CDL is a required job qualification for employees over the age of 21. AMG/CG will assist and help provide training to achieve a CDL if you currently do not have one.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the preferred medical certification for all positions and is required for some positions. While we do offer WFR & SWR training in Haines, these certification courses have fees associated with them (which can be deducted from future paychecks) and space is limited. Our season ends officially ends in early October, but special considerations can be made for college students who need to leave early to return to school.