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Job Details

  • Date Posted: April 4, 2022
  • Location: Juneau , Alaska
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary: $11 / hour + tips
  • Housing Offered: Yes
  • Experience: Some experience needed

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  • Juneau , Alaska
  • $11 / hour + tips


Working at Taku lodge is a fantastic experience. You wake up in your own room with your own bathroom to a glacier in your front yard. It is easy to build positives attitudes in the workplace when everybody wakes up to these views and fresh mountain air. I work hard to build a team of compatible staff so that everybody here can work in this incredible environment as peacefully as possible. You can expect to work with great people in a beautiful environment. Work hard to play hard is our motto at the Lodge.

We are a day lodge that serves the cruise ship passengers that visit Juneau every summer day. Tourists arrive on 10 passenger turbine-powered seaplanes. More than anything we are a restaurant. Each group of guests enjoys a home-cooked meal including a fresh piece of wood fire-grilled salmon. After the meal folks are welcome to join in on a guided trail walk, explore on their own, or just sit back and take in the scenery. When 2 hours are up the planes will return with a new group of tourists ready to partake in the adventure.

5-6 days of the week we are very busy (9+ hour days). Depending on the time of the season, the other 1-2 days of the week are a bit lighter usually consisting of 6-8 hours of work. After the workdays, especially on the lighter days, we are able to get out and explore the stunning Taku River valley.

Days off and slow evenings provide for adventures unmatched as we are able to explore the Taku River valley. We often take the boats to one of the infinite places that we can explore. Adventuring around the changing glaciers, streams, meadows, mountains, lakes, slews, sandbars, and more is always a new and unforgettable experience.

Our Positions:

Bartender/ Host or Hostess- These positions are front and center when it comes to guest services. Excellent customer service skills are a must. Duties include making and serving drinks (soft drinks and beer and wine), cleaning and resetting the dining room, and interacting with and helping customers with their questions and needs. There are two server positions available. One person will be responsible for a 10-minute presentation to the groups telling the history of Taku Lodge and answering guests’ questions while the other person does most of the busing and table service. We will be looking for front of house restaurant experience.

Dishwasher/Bear Guard- Obviously, like the dishwasher, you would be spending a good chunk of the day in the kitchen at the dish sink, but there is lots of opportunity for outdoor work in this position as well. As mentioned before, our guests come in groups, so there is always a rush of dishes followed by long lulls in which you would help with a variety of tasks wherever the help is needed. Some of these tasks would include, but are not limited to … further helping to maintain and prepare the kitchen for the next rush, assisting on the docks as planes come in, bear guarding, yard and building maintenance, etc. As you know by now we have many bears that venture around the lodge property and during these lulls, it would often be your duty to bear guard. Much to talk about on that topic later, but the basic gist is that you would be responsible for monitoring the wild bears that visit the property and ensuring that our guests stay safe while viewing them.

All Jobs start at $11+ room and board. Also included is tips, overtime, completion bonus, and other perks.

Living accommodations and basic amenities are provided on the grounds at the lodge. Every employee gets their own private quarters complete with bed, bathroom and living space at no charge. The rooms are all heated, comfortable, and are maintained well.

In addition to your room, meals are also provided. Most evenings a home-cooked dinner is prepared by one or more of the crew members. It will often be your responsibility to prepare your own breakfast and lunch. We have a fully stocked pantry that is available to all employees at any time. Special dietary needs or food preferences are generally easy to accommodate as you can request these specific foods or ingredients on the weekly shopping list.