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Gastineau Guiding Company

  • Main Street, Juneau, AK
  • www.stepintoalaska.com

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Naturalist Science Guide

Gastineau Guiding was founded on the idea that people genuinely want to learn and have fun while being outside in Alaska. We expect our employees to want to do so on their own time just as much as at work. For that reason, we believe in a work-life balance - even amidst the chaos that seasonal work can sometimes be. If you want to work seasonally because it means memorizing a script and then hitting the ground running for 65+ hours a week, then we're not the right fit for you. We want our staff to be well fed and well rested because that's when natural curiosity thrives. We demand passion because we don't want to tell you what to be passionate about. We demand honesty because we genuinely want to make this the best environment for every person who works here. And we demand fun because....well, because we work with people on vacation. It should be fun! For an unbiased look at working at Gastineau Guiding, check out our guide-generated videos on Vimeo: "GGC Summer 2 Second Video" (a guide's summer in 2 seconds a day) OR our EOY (end of year) slideshows. A COVID NOTE: Gastineau Guiding requires all staff AND guests be vaccinated. We ran a limited season in 2021, which demonstrated that our small group, outdoor only tours can run safely & successfully with limited impact this way.


min experience

salary range

$17 - $20 / hour

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Lead groups on interpretive natural, cultural and historical walks, hikes and whale watching tours. Share expertise on all ecosystem types in the Juneau area, including the alpine, sub-alpine, rainforest and coastline environments. This position is responsible for offering a variety of tours, but most specialized is that of our Citizen Science Adventure. Science Guides facilitate the gathering of raw, baseline data provided to partners like NOAA, the Alaska Sea Grant, the University of Alaska Southeast and others. Educational background in sciences is preferred.

Since this tour is conducted on both land and sea, you will be on the water almost daily. A willingness to train as a naturalist and obtain Coast Guard crew certification is mandatory. Gastineau Guiding provides an extensive one-month training program to educate guides on the cultural and ecological background of the area. Guides are also responsible for operating company vehicles (14-28 passengers)  and assisting with other tours. Interpretive certification(s) available. Pay is $14-16/hr DOE + tips.

Minimum Requirements

Please Note: All new hire guides are expected to have a Commercial Driving License or train for their Class C Alaskan CDL. In-house training is provided if the applicant meets age and driving record requirements. Guides must also be certified in CPR/First Aid.

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