Work for and learn from an established guide service in remote Alaska!

guiding in alaskaThe goal of our internship program is to provide participants with the unique and exciting opportunity to experience many facets of working for, and the operations involved in, running a guide service in the remote community of McCarthy, Alaska and the largest National Park in the US!




Interns take part in guide training for glacier hikes, alpine hikes, historical tours, and, depending on experience and motivation, ice climbing seminars. The focus will be placed on safety, leadership, and client experience.

Depending on experience and ability, interns will independently lead Historic Tours and will assist senior guides on Glacier Hikes (and possibly Ice Climbing).

Interns live with the guides at our rustic compound, centered around the historic Motherlode Powerhouse, in McCarthy, AK. Along with the guides, they take part in a wide variety of duties unique to operating a guide service in a remote, Alaskan bush community.

Depending on their experience, interns will have the opportunity to take part in one multi-day, backpacking or rafting trip deep in the wilds of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. These trips range from 4 to 8 days and will be paid for by the company.

Throughout the program, interns will be exposed to a wide variety of tasks and issues surrounding the operation of a long-established guide service in a National Park that is relatively new, rapidly evolving, and very remote. They will work alongside managers in different aspects of the business, learning what goes on behind the scenes of a successful guiding operation. Interns are expected to come prepared with a good attitude and a willingness to work hard and learn new things. Because interns work in all “departments,” their non-guiding tasks can range from repairing broken gear, helping senior guides pack for expeditions, helping with vehicle repairs, giving slideshows to guests of the local lodge, helping the office team take reservations, to general maintenance, like cleaning an outhouse. 

Interns are required to attend training, which begins in late-May, and are asked for a minimum commitment of two and a half months (until August 15th) but are highly encouraged to stay the full season (until mid-September) if their schedule allows.

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  • Round trip transportation between Anchorage, AK and McCarthy, AK.
  • $500/month stipend
  • Room and (basic) board
  • Participation in our pro-purchase program
  • Training including guiding techniques, leadership, group management, natural and human history, and Alaskan backcountry travel skills

There will be many more opportunities to learn everything from rope rescue skills to small engine fixes from managers and senior guides, but it is up to each intern to capitalize on these opportunities.



To apply please email the following application materials to

  1. A cover letter stating why you are interested in working for us, as well as which position(s) you are interested in and your dates of availability for summer 2021
  2. A current and detailed work history resume
  3. A current and detailed resume or summary of outdoor experience/qualifications

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