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Camp Denali and North Face Lodge
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge are looking for experienced naturalist guides with a solid understanding of ecological processes. A naturalist guide is a teacher of experiential learning, a backcountry hiking guide, and a competent driver. These individuals are the staff who connect our guests with Denali, and impassion them to embrace and support public lands moving forward.
The position will work an average of five 10-hour workdays each week, 2-4 of which will be guiding, with the balance of shifts worked across other departments (i.e. housekeeping/serving, operations, kitchen, etc.), depending on company needs. The position of naturalist-guide is a professional role, and implements the educational mission of Camp Denali and North Face Lodge.
This position requires a multi-disciplinary background including a firm background in natural history. Knowledge base should include, but is not limited to, North American bird and bird song identification; North American plant identification, including familiarity with botanical nomenclature and relationships; wildlife ecology; geologic processes; understanding of nutrient/energy cycling; Alaska’s history, including early humans, today’s native peoples, public lands, statehood, and the Alaska land acts; and Leave No Trace principles appropriate to the sub-arctic.
A solid academic background in the natural sciences is required (MS preferred) and experience in arctic/sub-arctic or alpine regions is desired. This is a rewarding and challenging position set in an unparalleled setting among an interesting and committed conservation-minded community of staff. We seek to offer the highest quality experience for visitors who venture out with our diverse and qualified staff of naturalists. This is not your average summer job in Denali.
Necessary skills include current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications, and the abilities to route-find in Denali’s trail-less terrain, lead people confidently and safely in the backcountry, and use the natural world as a classroom to enhance guests’ understanding of ecology. Guest interaction is a major component; naturalist guides must possess the ability to communicate articulately and with an easy conversational style, and have a sincere interest in people. Anyone in this position must have the willingness to train into a commercial driver’s license to drive up to 34 passengers in buses over the unpaved, mountainous Denali Park Road while providing interpretation.