Our Work Week
Because of the limited number of days (essentially 90 work days) in our summer season, all Within The Wild Adventure Company employees can expect to work a 10 to 12-hour day, 6 days per week. Please think of our experience as a “full-immersion” experience that requires you to be dedicated to the the values and mission of our lodge life. With one day off per week, it is possible to leave some camp settings for your day off. Often, many people remain in camp for the duration of their contract. If you choose to fly out (from Winterlake Lodge) or boat over to Homer (from Tutka Bay Lodge), there is a nominal fee for employee travel.
All lodge-based employees are offered a monthly salary that’s calculated on an hourly wage in compliance with the State of Alaska’s wage and hour requirements to include a 12-hour workday.
We have plenty of fun and employees leave with new friends and lifelong memories. What we really need is a committed team member who can fully focus on the lodge and work at hand. This is not a good job for someone who wants to tour Alaska or have a great deal of private time.
For those who have never lived in a rustic environment before, camp life can be a transition. There is limited employee housing at all camps and employees are required to share a room with one other staff member of the same sex. There is the occasional compelling exception to offer an employee a private room. At Winterlake Lodge, some employees are housed in “weatherport” structures, which are rigid wall tents situated on platforms. Some employees are required to spend extended time on remote float trips and out camp adventures.
As with any small community, the lodges require rules and regulations so that we can remain organized and professional. An employee manual is located at each lodge site. All Within The Wild Adventure Company employees who begin the season with us will undergo a complete orientation. Employees that join us into the season will be given an orientation by their direct supervisor. We try to make lodge life as comfortable, easy-going, and fun as we can. Some rules are strict and will be absolutely enforced, as with our no-drug policies. We do not center our social activities on alcohol. We enjoy challenging ourselves both mentally and physically to explore new areas of the backcountry and to learn new skills. We are passionate collectors of music and particularly enjoy bluegrass.
We try to create off-time social opportunities amongst ourselves in camp. Some individual and team sports activities, such as volleyball, have been popular. On employee days off, we try to offer experiences (such as going on a helicopter ride, bear-viewing or going along on a flight-see to Mt. McKinley) that will enhance your Alaskan summer experience. Employees take meals together at regularly scheduled meal times. The lodge chefs prepare food for the staff as well as the guests.
It is very important that employees remain with us for the duration of their contracted period, as it is critical to our success to employ a full staff for the entire season. If you are a student and need to return to school before the season ends, or you find that you may have other obligations, we request that you discuss them prior to accepting a position with us. We desire to say farewell and send our seasonal employees into the autumn season with good memories and the satisfaction of knowing that they have fulfilled their commitment and have pride in a job well done.