Overview

The position of naturalist guide is a professional role, charged with implementing the educational mission of Camp Denali. A naturalist guide is a teacher of experiential learning, a backcountry hiking guide, and a competent driver. The position will be 2-5 days per week guiding, with the balance of responsibilities in the 5-day workweek in other departments, depending on company needs. The most common schedule is 3 days/week guiding, 2 days/week in other departments.

A naturalist guide is responsible for safely transporting guests over the park road, leading people safely in the trail-less backcountry of Denali National Park, and using creative teaching techniques to expand the guests’ knowledge of the area and encourage land stewardship. Responsibilities also include eating meals with guests, assisting serving staff, and acting as a resource to guests with questions. This position requires close communication with hosts and the operations crew. Other duties may include, but are not limited to, cleaning vehicles, presenting an evening program, washing dinner dishes, and chopping kindling.

This position requires a multi-disciplinary background. A depth and breadth of Alaska-specific knowledge is necessary. However, individuals with initiative, competency and a strong scientific background will be considered if they are willing and able to rapidly learn information specific to the sub-arctic and Denali. By early season, knowledge base should include bird and bird song identification; plant identification (including familiarity with botanical nomenclature and relationships); wildlife ecology; geologic processes; phenomena of northern skies; understanding of nutrient/energy cycling in northern climes; and Alaska’s history, including early humans, today’s Native peoples, statehood, and relevant pivotal legislation (i.e. ANCSA and ANILCA). History and operational features of Camp Denali and Leave No Trace principles appropriate to the sub-arctic will be taught upon arrival.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education

Qualifications:

- A solid academic background in the natural sciences (MS preferred).
- Previous professional guiding experience.
- Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.

Required Skills:

- Route-finding skills for navigating Denali’s trail-less backcountry terrain.
- Aptitude for using the natural world as a classroom to enhance guests’ understanding of ecology.
- Engaging verbal communication skills, and a true desire to lead and connect with guests of all ages and backgrounds.
- Flexibility, positive attitude, and professionalism at every turn.

Preferred Skills:

- Experience in arctic/sub-arctic or alpine regions.
- Familiarity with the history and culture of the far north.

About Camp Denali

Camp Denali is a family-owned and operated wilderness lodge located in the heart of Denali National Park. Our mission is to provide active learning experiences and foster stewardship of the natural world through a tradition of community, excellence, and place. The focus we place on educating guests about Denali National Park is what makes us special. Rain or shine, we offer three levels of hikes each day and our Naturalist Guides lead guests out into Denali to see, experience, learn about, and connect on an intellectual and visceral level with the remote wilderness that surrounds us. Our staff, whether guest-facing or behind-the-scenes, actively work towards our shared mission.

Camp Denali is currently operating as a fly-in lodge, which we will continue to do until the Denali Park Road reopens. We host approximately 25 guests at a time, with 30 staff onsite for the duration of the season. Each year we bring on a handful of new staff.

Application Instructions

Apply online at https://campdenalijobs.com/work/apply