Most employers, since the pandemic, have had to lower their expectations of employees. For some the entire hiring process consists of an mindless on-line application and gauging whether the applicant can show up and fog a mirror.
In a lot of places, this results in poor service and poor product quality. And you can imagine the culture when you have a crew of people that can just barely show up for work.
We’re not lowering the bar.
In fact, we’re making it more difficult to get a job with us. We’re making it more challenging to complete the training. We’re setting higher expectations to get invited back for the next season. And we’re making the second season even tougher.
The goal is to make our Crew the most professional group of humble bad-asses that you’ll find in the guiding industry. We’re going to work hard to not compromise. We turn away business for more development of our interns. The priority is not the bottom line.
1. Do this first…
Save yourself some time and read all the information available on this site and be familiar with the requirements for the various positions.
2. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have the qualifications for the job? What we’re looking for is quite clear on the website. (Pro tip: If you apply for positions for which you have no qualifications then you just look like you didn’t read the details, you can’t follow instructions, or completely lack humility).
- Do you want the job? Is this something you really want to do? It’s not for everyone.
- Can you take the job if offered? How will you get to Alaska? Can you meet the dates that the job requires?
3. The application process
The only way to apply for any position is by completing the form linked below. Frankly we’d rather be doing something fun outside than sitting in front of a computer so follow the instructions.
If you meet the requirements, you may apply for multiple positions. Feel free to address your preferences in the cover letter.
Before starting the application process, you should have the following ready to upload:
- Cover Letter
- A photo or two to help us get to know you – at least one of these photos should be a “head shot” showing your face. (Photos help us put a face to a name, but we don’t view them until we screen your other application materials so they don’t influence our hiring decisions)
Your resume’ should be comprehensive, not just your climbing or outdoors resume. We want to know about your jobs, education, activities…the whole package!
Get in touch with questions (email is best), but unless you have a specific question, we’re going to refer you to the information found here.
4. Next steps
We review applications starting in December and through mid to late February. If we see potential we’ll send you much more detailed information concerning the jobs and the culture. If you then think it’s a good match then proceed with the next phase of the application process by supplying references and answering some other questions for us (usually in essay form).
The next stage is an online interview with some members of the Crew or the owner.
5. How we decide
We’re not just filling positions, we’re putting together a team and inviting people into our community. We have more qualified applicants than positions and take additions to our tight-knit crew seriously so we consider more about your character and personality than do many other companies.
I really believe that the employees come first. If you care about them, they’ll do a good job. The customers will be happy and the company will succeed.
— Don Wray, Owner.