Join our team and experience a summer of a lifetime in remote Alaska!

Thank you for your interest in joining St. Elias Alpine Guides! We’re a diverse crew of outdoor enthusiasts and are looking for passionate and hard-working individuals to join our adventure family! 

We have begun accepting applications for the 2023 summer!

Positions Available

Office Team Members
Glacier Hiking Guide
Historical Tour Leader
Ice Climbing Guide
Raft Guide

*All employees are trained in and work as Glacier Hiking Guides and Historical Tour Leaders in addition to other types of guiding. See individual pages for details.

See QUALIFICATIONS for ALL POSITIONS here on our “Which Position Should I Apply for?” page!


Location & Living

St. Elias Alpine Guides is located in the heart of the largest National Park in the United States, Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Our staff currently numbers approximately 45 outdoor professionals dedicated to giving our customers the ultimate outdoor experience. Guides, Interns, and Office Team Members live together at our rustic compound, centered around the historic Motherlode Powerhouse, in McCarthy, AK. This basic housing is provided by the company and all employees take part in a variety of duties and chores unique to living and operating in an off-the-grid, Alaskan bush community. Being so remote (8hr drive from Anchorage), we provide logistical support to our employees such as food delivery and transportation at the start and end of the season.



For our 2023 season, St. Elias Alpine Guides will be leading trips starting May 26th and ending September 10th. Training will start in the second half of May and all new employees are required to attend. At the end of the season, there is a week or so of Closing Chores that all employees participate in to winterize the compound before departing. There may be some flexibility for different start or end dates and will need to be discussed ahead of time.



As in many outdoor programs, the work is generally mentally and physically demanding with long hours spent working in challenging environments. In addition, off-the-grid life requires us to deal with the dynamic Alaskan environment in creative and spontaneous ways. Our special community requires everyone’s effort to be positive and contributing members throughout the summer season. Those looking for a glamorous mountain guiding job should look elsewhere.

Our company is dedicated to growing professional guides and well-rounded experts and there are many opportunities available to our staff to expand their skill sets and explore the Alaskan backcountry. We live active lifestyles and are serious about adventure – we believe in getting things done, both professionally and personally. That said, as with any experience, you get out of it what you put into it, and the rewards can be spectacular. Perks, promotions, and rewards in the company are largely based on merit.


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Application Process

To apply, please email the following application materials to

  1. A cover letter stating why you are interested in working for us, which position(s) you are interested in, and your dates of availability for summer 2022
  2. A current and detailed work history resume
  3. A current and detailed resume or summary of outdoor experience and/or qualifications

Upon receiving your complete application materials, you will receive an email providing more information about the position. The entire hiring process will include additional email correspondence, a short (5-10 minute) two-way video interview, reference checks, and a final (~1 hour) video interview. The entire process can last 2-3 weeks and applications will be accepted until positions are full.



In addition to our guiding positions, we are also hiring for a manager/housekeeper for the McCarthy Guesthouse and a gift-shop/barista position at the Kennecott Trading Company. Please email us with a general resume and cover letter if interested in either of those positions.

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