Alaska Geographic is hiring one more sea kayak instructor to lead four expeditions for diverse groups of Alaska youth and lead one teacher course for Alaska teachers. These trips are FREE for the youth students and provide an amazing experience that they often don’t have access to. The season runs from May 22-August 11, and pay is $180-$215/day. Free housing is provided. Programs are based in Anchorage. ACA Level II or equivalent and WFR are required.

Trips run in the Western Prince William Sound, with one trip in Kenai Fjords National Park (living aboard a charter vessel!) Find student trips here: akgeo.org/youth-expeditions, and teacher trips here: akgeo.org/teacher-opportunities

Co-lead teams have full autonomy over their curriculum and food and can design their own logistics for trip routes. We are the official non-profit partner of Alaska’s National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Alaska State Parks. Many trips incorporate rangers and staff from these agencies.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


- 21+ years old
- 2+ seasons of guiding or instructing experience, preferably in Alaska
- 2+ seasons of experience working with teens
- ACA Level II certification or equivalent, or ability to obtain prior to May 2023
- Wilderness First Responder and CPR, or ability to obtain prior to May 2023
- Must be able to comfortably guide in a boat with a 22" cockpit, or provide a custom boat
- Must have valid driver's license
- Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Required Skills:

- Ability to work effectively with the same co-guide throughout the season in a demanding environment with a high level of responsibility.
- Willingness to be flexible and adaptable, understanding that programs may change on short notice due to unpredictable circumstances. These situations may unexpectedly extend program days.
- Proven group management in an expedition setting.
- Comfortable working with highly diverse teen groups, including groups where English is second language.

Preferred Skills:

- Strongly prefer Alaska-based candidates
- Strongly prefer candidates with experience on the Prince William Sound
- Experience working on small staff teams

About Alaska Geographic

Alaska Geographic is the official nonprofit education and fundraising partner to Alaska’s National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, and BLM Conservation Lands, creating and delivering exceptional education programs and products through our collaboration with public lands agencies.

Alaska Geographic is a dynamic non-profit that offers a diverse array of outdoor programming, expeditions, stewardship projects, and education tours around Alaska to engage people in their public lands. We have been running programs since 2009 and have two education program bases – Anchorage and Denali National Park. For more information and for Denali job postings, please visit akgeo.org

Application Instructions

Email resume to [email protected]

Company Website