Kayaking & Hiking Guide Positions Summer 2019 Season

Ascending Path is a mom & pop ecotourism summer day adventure company based in Girdwood, Alaska operating since 1995. We are hiring Spencer Lake kayaking & hiking guide positions for the summer season. These positions are for full or part time seasonal work based out of Girdwood, Alaska. This position is responsible for prepping and guiding the Iceberg Kayaking & Iceberg Viewing Hiking tours from Girdwood via the Alaska Railroad. Season: May 13- September 18, 2019. Special consideration given to Alaskan and Girdwood locals. Day rate of $140-175, salary or $15-$17/hr D.O.E,. End of season performance based bonus, housing stipend, tips, flexible hours, and other perks related to the outdoor industry (prodeals, etc).

Ascending Path

Job Location: Girdwood, Alaska
Application Dates: 16-Jan-2019 to 30-Apr-2019
Contact: Operations,  [email protected]
Submission Instructions: Please email us your resume and cover letter to operations.

Job Details

Kayak Guide Responsibilities 12-13 hour day 6:30am-6:30pm Prep, lead and guide Iceberg Kayaking and Iceberg Viewing Hikes from Girdwood, Alaska via the Alaska Railroad train to Spencer Whistle Stop. Duties: kayak guiding, hiking guiding, kayak safety briefings, ability to teach and instruct sea kayaking skills, safety and rescue procedures to non-experienced clients on land and the water, professional appearance and demeanor, naturalist knowledge to teach about flora, fauna, & natural history of Girdwood, the Turnagain arm, Spencer Whistle Stop and Spencer Glacier, in field knowledge to read weather, lake water and tide water glacier conditions to make safe guiding choices and management of clients in the field during changes from optimal to suboptimal conditions, ability to work independently as a solo guide and as a co-guide for larger groups, ability to listen to and take direction from management and colleagues, ability to work collaboratively on a daily basis with reservations and operations departments, ability to work long hard hours and maintain psyche for the cool job and environment you work in, ability to prioritize self care and rest when not working to prevent burnout, pre & post trip paperwork, pre & post trip food & gear management and maintenance, shuttle driving clients from Girdwood to Portage and Girdwood train depots via the Seward Highway in Ascending Path commercial Sprinter vans, ability to teach LNT ethics, requires a WFR, ability to problem solve people management/movement, vehicles and gear in a remote location without many resources, ability to relate and public speak/teach to all ages, skill levels and demographics, ability to read client readiness, abilities and group dynamics to lead a trip that is suitable for all skill levels signed up, punctuality, smartphone and computer knowledge to communicate with management before and after trips.


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