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Icy Strait Point

  • 108 Cannery Road, Hoonah, AK
  • www.icystraitpoint.com
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Boat Captain

Experience an authentic and remote Native village with Alaska-sized adventures and unspoiled wilderness

Have you always wanted to spend a summer working in a remote Alaskan village while expanding your customer service skills? Has the beauty of Alaska been calling your name? Are you looking to spend time away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Do you enjoy being a part of a team and working in the tourism industry? If so, Icy Strait Point wants to talk to you! Icy Strait Point is a private cruise ship destination located on Chichagof Island in the archipelago of Southeast Alaska. One of four communities on the island, it is the largest Tlingit community in Alaska and has a population of 765 year round residents.

About Icy Strait Point

About Icy Strait Point

Icy Strait Point is now hiring for the 2022 cruise ship season (April through October) with positions available in a variety of areas including tour guides, sales, food & beverage, CDL drivers, retail and more. Located 40 miles west of Juneau on Chichagof Island, Icy Strait Point is located in the rural community of Hoonah, Alaska (pop 765), which is only accessible only by plane or boat. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Built as a salmon cannery in 1912, Icy Strait Point had several incarnations before being restored by a local Native corporation into a private cruise ship destination. It requires approximately 225 team members to operate our site; therefore we are in full operation only when there is a ship in port (209 visits from late April to late-September). Some positions work on non-call days but primarily our workweek is 5-6 days per week, some days are longer than others. We offer numerous tours and excursions including whale watching, wildlife search, world's largest ZipRider, two aerial gondolas, fishing, walking tours, etc. Additionally, we have multiple food and beverage venues and retail shops.  We are a one-day destination and do not offer overnight lodging for guests. Check us out on Facebook: Icy Strait Point

The Employee Experience

Icy Strait Point is Alaska Native owned and operated with all profits directly supporting the local community.  We provide a work environment that focuses on teamwork and having a positive attitude that leads to lasting memorable summer experiences.  Employees are expected to actively participate in the FUN program by providing Friendly greetings, Unsurpassed hospitality, and Neat appearances throughout their employment with Icy Strait Point. While we understand the summer season can be challenging with long hours, we value our employees and strive to provide enjoyable employee moments such as team building, recreation, and other opportunities as available.   Employees who share the enthusiasm for tourism and meeting new people with a positive work attitude can only help make our work environment more enjoyable and our team stronger!

Ideal Candidate

Come join our team for 2022! We are looking for individuals with the following skills:
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Enjoys working with the public on a daily basis
  • Works well with others
  • Understands the importance of being flexible
  • Dependable and reliable
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • One dose of single dose vaccine (J&J)
    • Two doses of two dose vaccine (Moderna, Pfizer)

Room and Board

Icy Strait Point does offer employee housing for employees in Hoonah, Alaska. There is a flat monthly rate that is payroll deducted if you choose to stay in company housing.  The rate covers the monthly rent, electric, trash, water/sewer, and internet. This is about 75% less expensive than if you were to try and find housing on your own.  Hoonah has very limited housing simply due to the size of the community. Please note: dependent upon availability you may have a roommate and/or shared common areas (kitchen, restrooms, laundry facilities). Several housing facilities are similar to college dorm units. We do provide each house with basic furniture including pots/pans, dishes, single twin beds, a couch, and a dining table. What is NOT covered in the charge for employee housing is anything you would normally purchase for your own house such as basic necessities, groceries, cleaning supplies, sheets, towels, etc. No smoking in employee housing.  No pets.

Employee Perks

  • Signing Bonus of up to $500
  • Training Bonus of $500
  • Seasonal Incentive Bonuses ranging up to $1,200 may be earned based on performance and length of employment
  • 40% discount on meals at Icy Strait Point
  • 25% discount in ISP’s retail shops
  • Free tours and excursions on a space-available basis

Getting Here and Getting Around

It is the employee's responsibility to make their own travel arrangements from their home to/from Juneau, Alaska. Alaska Airlines is the major airline that operates from Seattle to Juneau. We will cover your travel from Juneau to Hoonah, dependent upon availability the options are the Alaska Marine Highway state ferry or the small regional airline, Alaska Seaplanes.  Please note that the largest aircraft is a 9-seater and ferry service is not daily. Once here, it is 4 miles from one end of town to the other so walking or bicycles are easily an option.  Icy Strait Point does provide complimentary transportation to and from work from employee housing.

For Fun

Hoonah is a small village and much of the joy of being here is the peaceful, outdoor, unique lifestyle that is truly Alaska. One must be able to find his/her own ways of having fun, whether it's spending time with newfound friends on a picnic 'out the road,' going fishing, photography, hiking, camping, reading in solitude, bird watching, learning a new craft, watching TV, or computer time. We are not so off the grid that internet connections aren't available but we don’t have the same quality of speed and connection that you're probably used to.


min experience

salary range

$25 - $30 / hour

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview


Category:  ​Seasonal (April through September)

Salary Range:  ​DOE

Location:  ​Icy Strait Point

Position Summary:

The overriding responsibility of a boat captain is to SAFELY provide a high-quality experience for anyone being transported by boat at the direction of Icy Strait Point.  Captains are expected to be able to provide interpretation and narration for guests departing on excursions and may be required to switch excursion assignments as needed.


• Conduct all activities and decisions according to Icy Strait Point’s guiding principles: Best, Authentic and Profitable Tour Destination.
• Always Captain in a SAFE, responsible manner and keep all equipment in SAFE condition.
• Deliver a first-class experience to all guests and visitors.
• Effective public speaking when addressing guests, crew or the public.
• Ensure compliance with USCG laws and regulations
• Follow all directives and regulations for keeping and maintaining boats in proper operating mode.
• Communicate with supervisor/manager when boats need additional maintenance.
• Must pass USCG pre-employment drug testing as well as random drug testing throughout the season
• Learn and impart knowledge to guests and do site promotion of Icy Strait Point
• Provide excellent customer service to all IPS guests.
• Ensure the safety of all guests on tours.
• Assist guests who need or request assistance in getting on/off boat.
• Participate in all required training.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Experience, Skills and Qualifications:

• Three years prior experience operating a boat.
• Must hold at a minimum 25-ton USCG certification.
• Thorough knowledge of Coast Guard regulations.
• Have or be able to attain First Aid/CPR certification.
• Driver’s License with clean driving record.
• Must be insurable with Icy Strait Point (DUI, DWI, negligent or reckless driving citations within the past 5 years is uninsurable).
• Pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion of drug and alcohol testing.
• Must be able to learn a Tlingit Introduction, knowledge or willingness to learn about Tlingit culture.
• Knowledge of the local area (marine life, plants, animals, birds).
• Must have good customer service skills.
• Must have good verbal communication and presentation skills.
• Able to lift and carry 25 pounds.

Icy Strait Point is a Native-owned and operated enterprise and offers Native Preference under P.L.93-638.  Applicants must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

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