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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES 2021

By December 4, 2020March 3rd, 2021Employment, News

Kenai Backcountry Adventures is now hiring for 2021 summer season! 

Kenai Backcountry Adventures operates in a variety of wilderness land units that span several regions of Alaska in challenging, austere environments. Guiding trips for KBA requires a dedication to the outdoor industry and a passion for adventure in some of the world’s most remote and beautiful locations.

Qualifications for a guide position include, but are not limited to: extensive outdoor experience, a variety of teaching and guiding styles, a high level of physical fitness, and very high-degree of professionalism.

*All candidates must have a current WFR credential (or equivalent) by the time they start their season.

We are currently hiring for the positions listed below. These positions are based and located in Seward, Alaska, unless otherwise notated. Guides are required to be in Seward, by the end of April, to attend a company orientation, training program, and fitness program/assessment prior to working trips in the field.

To apply:

Send your resume, and cover letter, indicating the position you’re applying for, and your desired wage/salary, to:

Email: Fun[at]KenaiBackcountryAdventures.com

Phone: 907-331-4912

Open Positions

Expedition Guide – “Swiss-Army Knife”

Seward, AK – (summer season)

Our Expedition Guides are the upper echelon of our Guide tribe. They are high-caliber professionals with a skillset, and experience list as long as a glacier. They can go anywhere, and do anything, whether on foot, packraft, or board/skis. They are strong, spirited, humble, and elite.

GUIDE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or equivalent credential at time of guiding. (WFR class held in April in Seward)
  • 5+ years of expedition guiding with an emphasis on LNT and eco-travel principles.
  • Guiding experience with a heavy emphasis and focus on mountaineering.
  • Guiding experience must include multiple clients at one time in either an assistant or leader role in remote environments, for several days in a row.
  • Physically *and* mentally fit for long, demanding work days/weeks/months.
  • Able to carry 100+ lb backpacks for long distances in remote, austere environments.
  • Must be able to “lead” 15+ mile routes per day with heavy packs, over extremely rough, rugged terrain.
  • Professional, passionate, outdoor enthusiast, reliable, personable, outgoing, mature, stellar work ethic.
  • Competent, safe driver with a vehicle loaded with passengers and gear.
  • Clean driving record.

CREDENTIALS / SKILLS (most, but not all, required)

  • Superior client care, awareness
  • Expedition experience
  • Backpacking experience
  • Mountaineering experience
  • Glacier travel & crevasse rescue
  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • Swiftwater Rescue Training
  • USCG 6-Pack License (Freshwater OUPV is sufficient)
  • Expert route finding skills
  • Expert navigation, map, and terrain reading skills
  • Mountain / alpine travel experience and skills; technical and/or non-technical
  • Dense brush / foliage travel experience and skills (bushwhacking)
  • Knowledge and experience with Alaska flora and fauna
  • Rafting experience and skills; oars and/or paddle raft
  • Backcountry camp setup, and maintenance
  • Meal planning, meal prep, food packaging, and inventory
  • Backcountry camp cooking experience and skills
  • Experience traveling and camping in brown bear and black bear habitat
  • Firearm experience; marksmanship, tactical, high-stress situations, SA

The season will conclude between mid-to-late-September. Expedition Guides will be working a variety of different programs ranging from multi-day expeditions, to day trips. Expeditions primarily focus on mountaineering trips, backpacking trips, base camp trips, glacier trips, packrafting trips, and bears trips, or a combination of all of these.

KBA operates expeditions and day trips in several areas of Alaska, but we primarily focus our trips in the Kenai Mountains, Aleutian Range, and Alaska Range.

Guides in this position must also be willing to support any and all our other excursions in a driving/guiding capacity. Based on performance and experience, other opportunities may become available throughout the season.

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Backcountry Guide

Seward, AK – (summer season)

KBA is looking for skilled backcountry guides for the summer season in Seward, Alaska. Applicants should possess at least three years of experience as an expedition leader, co-guide, or assistant guide, and have a valid WFR, WEMT, or equivalent medical certification.

Backcountry Guides will be working a variety of different programs ranging from day-trips to extended multi-day expedition programs. Programs primarily focus on backpacking, base camp trips, and hiking. Some applicants may be considered for additional packrafting, rafting, and glacier trekking programs. The season will conclude mid-September.

KBA operates expeditions and day trips in several areas of Alaska, but we primarily focus our trips in the Kenai Mountains, Aleutian Range, and Alaska Range.

Guides in this position must also be willing to support any and all our other excursions in a driving/guiding capacity. Based on performance and experience, other guiding opportunities may become available throughout the season.

Glacier Guide

Seward, AK – (summer season)

KBA is seeking highly-skilled and experienced Glacier Guides for the summer season in Seward, Alaska.

To be considered for a Glacier Guide position, candidates must have extensive glacier travel/trekking experience that can be sufficiently documented. Candidates must possess at least 3-5 years experience consisting of glacier travel from a guide or leadership role, and have a valid WFR, WEMT, or equivalent medical certification. Candidates with current crevasse rescue training is a huge plus.

Glacier Guides will be primarily guiding our glacier trekking day trips, but trip assignments may also include extended multi-day expedition programs. Expedition programs focus on glacier travel, and may take place on mountaineering trips, backpacking trips, base camp trips, packrafting trips, and hiking.

Some applicants may be considered for additional programs. KBA glacier trips are based primarily in the Kenai Mountains, Aleutian Range, and the Alaska Range. The season will conclude mid-September.

Guides in this position must also be willing to support any and all our other excursions in a driving/guiding capacity. Based on performance and experience, other guiding opportunities may become available throughout the season.

*Glacier Guide applicants must provide an outdoor resume outlining the following:

  • Glacier travel experience; listing the names and locations of each glacier, and date(s) on the glacier
  • Equivalent mountaineering/climbing experience on non-glaciated terrain
  • Duration, or amount of experience on each glacier
  • Technical aspects; traverse, roped, ice climbing, skis, etc
  • Role; Guide, assistant guide, client, personal, etc

**Candidates with a solid guiding background may be trained for this position as well. 

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Boat Captain / Hiking Guide

Seward, Alaska – (summer season)

KBA operates several incredibly scenic day trip boating and hiking programs on mountain and glacial lakes in the region. We guide passengers on flat-water boating in a very stable inflatable boat, powered with a large outboard motor, during 6 to 12-hour tours. Tours consist of boating, and hiking, and require guides that are agile and nimble because the tours may vary in format from day to day. Individuals need to be safety conscious, energetic, positive, effective communicators, and work well in a team environment.

All applicants must have extensive boating and outboard motor experience, hold a 6-pack or greater license, be familiar with tiller outboard motors, and remote marine environments with large weather fluctuations, have wilderness/alpine hiking experience, and have current WFR and CPR certifications. The season will conclude mid-September.

Guides in this position must also be willing to support any and all our other excursions in a driving/guiding capacity. Based on performance and experience, other guiding opportunities may become available throughout the season.

Fly Fishing Guide – Hike-In & Fly-In Fishing

Hike-In: West side Kenai Peninsula – Ninilchik to Anchor Point – (summer/fall season)
Fly-In: West Cook Inlet – rivers & streams on the west side – (summer/fall season)

KBA is seeking an experienced Fly Fishing Guide to guide our hike-in & fly-in fishing trips on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula, and the west side of Cook Inlet. The months of potential trip assignments are May-October.

The ideal candidate is an experienced fly fishing angler, with small river and stream experience. Targeted fish species are mostly Kings, Silvers, Sockeye, Dollies, and Steelhead, with a focus of catching these on the fly.

Guides can be located anywhere in the area, but must be able to travel by their own transportation to Ninilchik, Anchor Point, and Kenai for trip assignments.