An internship is a great opportunity to get on board with us. Since many of our crew return year after year, there are often few openings for people to enter in a professional position but many good Interns are invited back in professional positions after their first season.
We’re committed to providing the opportunity for a fun, educational and rewarding opportunity for our Interns. In return for a lot of hard work, Interns get a stipend to help cover living expenses, extensive training in their job, a bonus to offset travel expenses and tips, and the potential to return as a senior staff.
Lindsay and Morghan started as AG interns. In her second year, Lindsay helped launch Glacier Camp – one of our most ambitious projects. Not bad for a kid from Chicago!
Baxter started as an LT and became a guide in his third season. Using his broad knowledge and skills, he plays an important role in everything we do.
Two types of Interns
These are training positions and we take that training very seriously. Interns are either Apprentice Guides (AG) or Logistics Team (LT).
Apprentice Guide Interns
Apprentice Guide Interns, AGs, have the opportunity to take their existing skills in climbing, paddling and backcountry travel and learn how to use these skills to help others enjoy the outdoors. The position is geared towards aspiring guides and outdoor educators.
Competitive applicants have a minimum medical training of Wilderness First Responder, other relevant certifications, a good driving record, and a strong foundation of outdoor skills.
Apprentice Guides are given a range of opportunities to develop a variety of skills that make a professional guide. They may assist on ice climbing trips, lead zipline tours, act as a camp host, prepare guest meals and more.
Once trained and “checked out”, they will often lead their own glacier hikes with clients. An AG will get a lot of experience in working with and leading groups of all types on the Matanuska Glacier.
AGs lead treks. Lots of treks.They do not have the same diversity of role as LTs. AG Interns also learn to belay, build anchors, teach climbing skills and operate the zipline.
Logistics Team Members
LTs have the opportunity to learn a lot about how a small business operates and what it takes to be a successful company. LT Interns work in the office as well as on the glacier at Glacier Camp. This position is designed for organizational thinkers who enjoy some guiding, but want learn the skills needed to run a small business.
The LT needs to have a great customer service attitude, admin experience, a good driving record, and a solid foundation of computer skills.
These Interns get basic glacier training, have access to many of the same courses in outdoor skills as the AG Interns, receive basic helicopter training, and spend about 1/3 of their time living and working on the glacier at Glacier Camp as a host.
LT Interns also learn our reservations system, operate our zipline, make great coffee, sell tours and much, much more.
Guiding the zipline is one of the many jobs of the LT, spending a few days a week there. LTs also work and live on the glacier for 6-8 days at a time throughout the season.
At every level in our family of companies there’s a focus on learning. Our training curriculum is extensive and constantly refined through over 20 years of experience and with the help of professional educators.
Our Internship program is much like a Trade School. Skills are learned then often immediately put to work and evaluated. There are formal classes, assignments and tests but most of the training is very hands-on.
In addition to training in the skills needed for our company to operate, our big focus is in Building Capable Humans. All of our crew can learn to split firewood, change a tire, jump start a car, make a fire, use tools, build trails and more.
We also have formal classes in survival, navigation, backpacking and general outdoors skills.
A significant amount of time and effort is invested in the Interns. LT Interns progress towards a paid position during their first season with us and will often progress rapidly in terms of responsibility.
AG Interns give back by guiding on the glacier or zipline, and by working on projects. Projects could be construction around our Base Camp, building a remote trail or helping out one of our neighbors with their garden. Just about anything is possible.
Apprentice Guide Interns:
Monthly stipend of $500. End of season bonus based on length of season and performance. Tips, while not guaranteed, are often sufficient to cover living expenses during the summer.
Monthly stipend of $500 until fully trained up and checked off to perform all aspects of the LT position; at that point this will become a paid job (no longer and Intern) with an end of season bonus.
Why the difference? The LT often work longer hours and once trained up have a more complex job with less supervision.
Bonuses are only paid upon successful completion of the season to the agreed upon end date. (Usually the date specified in the job application).
Our company was founded on three pillars that we live by – professionalism, community & humility. At the end of the 2020 season, the senior staff pooled together our bonuses to create the MICA Opportunity Grant, in hopes to help someone tackle the necessary expenses to start a season of work on the Matanuska Glacier. Our goal with this grant is to provide an honest and sustainable experience for self-identifying Black, Indegenous, and/or Person of Color who has interest in becoming an outdoor professional. Based on our age demographics, nearly every single person we hire could use some help covering the cost of the hard goods, soft goods, and/or one-way transportation needed to take on a season of guiding on the Matanuska Glacier. Our intentions are to break down some of the barriers to entry into outdoor professionalism for people who have historically been excluded from the outdoors.
If you are a self-identifying Black, Indigenous, or a Person of color and would like to apply for the MICA Opportunity Grant, please fill out the corresponding boxes in the intern application.
All first-year positions can start as early as May 28th, however typically begin on May 31st. Specific dates vary from year to year. Interns must be able to stay until approximately mid-August at the earliest. Some may leave at that time for school but we need most to stay until mid-September.
Sorry, but there is no flexibility in these requirements.