This position is responsible for assisting with Sunny Cove operational activities including, but not limited to trip logistics, shop duties, maintenance and repair of equipment, guiding or co-guiding trips, and participation in guide training. Must be willing to learn all aspects of operations, including guiding and sales office, follow directions, and have a clean US driver’s license. Prior guiding and management experience is preferred. This is a position that will begin with participation in the entirety of guide training, and will develop, and expand over time as the person in this position becomes comfortable with all aspects of our operations.

Expected number of hours: 45 – 50+/week, including possible guiding shifts

Dates: On-location, early April – late September. Some remote hours available October – March.

Pay: DOE, per Alaska regulations, overtime after 8 hours daily, and 40 hours weekly. In addition, there will be an annual bonus, health insurance reimbursement and performance bonuses. SEP IRA company contributions will be available after completing year two.

Schedule: Will vary depending on volume of trips and organizational needs but will be 45 to possibly 50+ hours per week.


Previous experience in tourism, preferably with tour companies in remote locations

Excellent communication, management & organizational skills

Ability to work well with both staff and guests, potentially in demanding situations

Top notch leadership and mentorship skills

Valid Wilderness First Responder Cert

Strong computer skills

Valid driver’s license, clean driving record.


Work closely with Guest Experience Coordination, and Fox Island Coordinator

Work closely with staff of our charter partner, Seward Coastal Charters

Weekly meetings with Owner

Duties (includes but not limited to):

Support the owner and staff in day-to-day operations

Assist in organizing guide training

Oversee regularly scheduled feedback and skills progression

Organize mentoring program

Skill progression, work-ethic, teamwork, community living

Oversee housing, and track housekeeping schedules

Solicit feedback, ideas and concerns from guides to keep community harmonious

Assist in managing vehicle fleet

Assist in opening up for season, and closing down for season

Assisting in maintaining day trip food inventory

Create day trip food orders within budget

Maintain organization and cleanliness of prep facilities

Train staff to proper food preparation standards and expectations

Prepare food as needed

Assist in maintaining all gear & equipment at all locations

Keep an accurate and up-to-date inventory of all gear and equipment, including current status

Assist in maintaining, and keeping launch locations organized

Support development, quality, efficiency and overall programming of Sunny Cove tours

Support in other duties, needs and maintenance as they arise

Assist in overseeing kayak camping program

Fill in guiding, as needed

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding

About Sunny Cove Kayaking

We’re more than a group of kayakers, we’re a group of people who deeply care about our hometown, our wild places, and the people who have given us the privilege of sharing their Alaska experience.

For us, it’s not just about the bottom line, it’s also about contributing to our community, protecting our natural environment, and educating the people who join us in our backyard. It’s also about providing a quality, fulfilling place to work, live and play for our staff.

Application Instructions

Please visit https://www.sunnycove.com/employment to learn more.