We operate three of the largest gift shops at Denali National Park. All of the stores are located in the center of the Denali Park business district. The Park business district is located one mile North of the entrance to Denali National Park along a 3/4 mile stretch of the Parks Highway.
The business district has several lodges including the McKinley Chalets, Denali Canyon Lodge, Denali Princess Lodge, Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel. There are approximately 2000 hotel rooms and a dozen bars and restaurants in this area. There is also a liquor store, gas station, two convenience stores, flightseeing operations, river rafting companies and over a dozen gift shops along with other tourist type operations in the area.
Over 2500 seasonal employees work in the area and there are over 7000 visitors each day as well. Just inside the Park entrance is the Visitor's Access Center, the Interpretive Center, Post Office and the Alaska Railroad Depot.
At the Denali National Park and Preserve Visitor's Access Center you can take bus rides 90 miles into the Park, obtain camping permits, attend interpretive programs, take hiking trails and numerous other daily Park activities. More information about Denali Park can be found here: http://www.nps.gov/dena/
Our businesses are located in the center of all the activity at Denali National Park. We are the busiest independent gift shop operation at the Park. We offer an exciting, fast-paced work environment you will enjoy and can learn a lot while doing it! We have been in business longer than almost everyone in the area - over thirty years now.
If you are 18 years of age or older and this sounds like the summer you are looking for read more below and submit an online application today.
Seasonal Employment Opportunities
At the peak of the season we employ over 30 persons. We begin accepting applications in January each year for the upcoming summer season.
We have created a fun, interesting and challenging place to work in a small rather than large-business environment. Everyone is scheduled about 40 hours within four-five days each week depending upon the time of the season. Pre and post seaon we will work five - 7-8 hour days while during the peak-season we may work four - 10 hour days. When working the four - 10 hour days you will have three days off each week. Overtime is occasionally available at time and a half during the season. We try and allow for flexible scheduling in order to give you time to be with your friends and explore Alaska. Currently there are openings for customer service associates, cashiers and an experienced maintenance person.
We are the busiest independent gift retailer at Denali National Park. Our gift shops require many customer service associates and merchandising personnel. All of our employees must know or be able to learn how to operate a computerized POS cash register and be able to complete sales. All of our associates will be involved in pricing, folding and stocking large volumes of T-shirts, garments and other merchandise on a daily basis. Some will spend more time making sales while others may be warehousing and merchandising more often. We will train you in all aspects of the job.
We ask only that you have a healthy work ethic and strive to do your job well. We encourage a positive attitude. People without happy and positive personalities will not like working for us and will very likely not finish the season nor collect a bonus check. People who party a lot or have a drug problem will definitely not be with us for long and should not bother to apply!
Our season runs from early May until mid-late September. A few employees will begin working in April. Most employees will begin working the first and second week of May. Some will begin late May or early June. Individual employment dates are discussed at the interview and all questions will be answered at that time.
We will all be working, eating, sleeping, and generally living together for four months. This requires positive efforts from everyone to ensure we get along well every day. We want everyone to be comfortable in order to make the most of this summer experience. We ask that only those persons who truly enjoy working with people, specifically the Alaskan Visitor, apply. If you are such a person, please read on!
***Pay Scale and Bonus Schedule***
The starting wage is $9.00 per hour plus a $1.00 per hour bonus. When factoring the wage scale please note that our Housing Program is one of the least expensive of any business in the Park!! This program will put $100's of dollars more in your pocket throughout the summer.
Experienced store managers and supervisors earn more than the base starting rate.
Payday is every other Friday. We can direct deposit your checks or you can mail them to your bank. We will also cash your personal checks or paychecks.
The Bonus is payable at the end of the season in one lump sum less taxes. Typical Bonuses run between $400 and $700 per season per employee, depending on the number of hours worked. There are a few ways to lose your bonus - among them are: quitting before the end of your contract, stealing, unsatisfactory performance, drug use, or alcohol abuse at work.
Your bonus check will be given to you when you leave the housing complex. Before receiving your bonus your cabin and immediate area around your cabin will be inspected for cleanliness and/or damages. any cleaniness or damage problems will be deducted from your bonus - so PLEASE leave your cabin as you found it!!
***Employee Housing Complex***
We house about 18 to 25 of our associates in the town of Healy, Alaska. Healy is a small year-round town with a population of about 400. It is located ten miles north of the Denali Park business district. There is a fire station, medical clinic and State Troopers office in town. Also within walking distance from the employee complex are gas stations, restaurants, bars, convenience stores, hotels, etc.
We shuttle all of our associates to work and back to the housing complex twice a day morning and evening shifts.
There are several other Park businesses, notably Princess Tours, that house a total of about 2000 employees in the town. The population of Healy more than quadruples in the summer.
This is an "EMPLOYEE Housing" program. We ARE NOT renting cabins, we are charging for EMPLOYEE Housing-- not cabin rent! We do not fall under the landlord/tennant laws. If you quit or are terminated you must leave the property immediately. We ONLY house our employees. We charge $3 a day ($21 a week) for use of the cabin, showers, main house cooking and internet facilities and utilities.
The employee cabins are small wood-framed cabins. Some cabins are in better rapair than others. The cabins are insulated, sheetrocked and have electric heat and lights. Each cabin also has a refrigerator. We supply mattresses and bed frames. Some cabins have primitive shelving and have been fixed up over the years by the employees. They are clustered together on two acres of land in Healy, Alaska.
There are usually two persons to a cabin. We will try to put compatible personalities into the same living quarters. You are free to swap roommates as you become friends with other employees.
There is a shower house with private shower and toilet rooms. There are three showers and four toilets available to the 18 to 25 folks living on-site. There are coin operated washers and dryers as well.
No animals are allowed in the employee housing complex.
The employee housing and warehouse property is privately owned. For security reasons no non-employees are allowed on the premises.
We have a 3 bedroom log cabin on the property located very close to your sleeping cabins. It has a kitchen and dining area. In the log cabin we have a computer online with wireless high speed DSL connections. These are available to you at all times free of charge. You may be able to receive the wireless DSL signal in your cabin as well.
You (and your roommate) will have a refrigerator in which to store your food in your cabin. You will cook your meals either individually or in groups in our kitchen in the log cabin. You will need to bring your cooking utensils, small frying (eggpan), large frying pan, sauce pan, spatulas, etc. These items are yours and your only source for cooking daily meals therefore you need to wash them after each meal and return them to your cabin for safe-keeping. We will provide certain food and food preparation items such a seasonings, salt, pepper, cooking oil, rice, beans and some paper products.
You will need to buy your own food. There are two small grocery stores and two other convenience stores in the area where you may shop daily. We also make trips into Fairbanks most weeks where you can go shopping at large chain stores for groceries and other items.
There is a garage on the property and a portion of the garage has been converted into a non-smoking recreation room. It has a flat screen TV, dvd player along with a large selection of movies, couch(es), chairs, etc. This is an area for employees to gather when not at work. High spped internet access is in the rec room.
The three dollar per day charge does not include consierge service nor maid service. It is up to all employees to work together to keep the shower house, main log cabin/kitchen area, rec room, common areas and your cabin clean. Garbage needs to be put in the garbage trailer, etc. You will all be living together and everyone needs to work together in order to keep the employeee complex a clean, nice and fun place to live all summer!
You CAN SAVE some money this summer!! Other than food, personal items and laundry, you can save most all of your earnings, as you will have few other expenses.
***Taking care of the Customers***
The summer visitor to Alaska is the only reason this business, other businesses in the Park area, and your job exists. At all times we must consider the customer and his/her needs more important than any other aspect of the business.
The tourist, most often, has never been to Alaska before and will have a variety of questions and needs that we must have empathy for and try to answer and solve. This portion of your job can be fun and personally rewarding if handled with the right attitude. Visitors will fondly remember a friendly employee. You should be fairly well oriented to the Park and surrounding areas within a few weeks after arriving. This knowledge will help you direct visitors to local attractions, etc...
All personnel wear normal, regular, conservative, comfortable clothes that may include non-patched jeans and sturdy shoes (hiking boots work well) and a Company Polo or T-shirt. (We issue the shirts but you must wash and care for them.)
Special employee discount shopping times will be arranged under the supervision of management so that you can purchase gifts and clothing at very reasonable prices.
***Getting to Alaska and to Denali Park***
The main form of transportation to Alaska is by air. It is cheaper to fly into Anchorage (ANC). The other option is to fly into Fairbanks (FAI). We reecommend flyiing into Anchorage for several reasons. It is less expensive if you have to overnight (using the International Hostel). The shuttle leaves daily from the Hostel. You ma see Mt. Mckinley on the way further North and you will see a lot more of Alaska on the five hour drive.
There are hostels in either city at which you can overnight until transportation to the Park is available. The Anchorage International Hostel (1-907-276-3635) is located in downtown Anchorage. It is cheapest and easiest to take the daily Parks Highway Express shuttle van. http://www.alaskaone.com/phe/ or 1-888-600-6001.
If you are hired and need help finding reasonable fares feel free to call and ask me about this before making your plane reservations. Round trip fares should be around $500-$700 from the West coast and possibly a few hundred dollars more if flying from the East. Check nearby major airports also as some larger airports have more competition and the fares can be dramatically lower.
Most employees can earn enough bonus money or overtime pay to cover the cost of the flight to and from Anchorage. Some employees may elect to drive the Alcan Highway from Seattle to Fairbanks/Denali. It is about 2400 miles from Seattle to the Park.
Come Join Us!
If you have further interest in this summer adventure, please submit this Seasonal Employment Application. You will be contacted within a day or two for an interview.
We try to have all positions filled and all applicants notified by early April. Most employees will be notified far earlier and shortly after the telephone interview of their hired status. (Please do not submit applications between August and December of any year.)
We have been in business at Denali National Park for thirty years now. In that time we have had over 1500 summer employees work with us. Well over 98% of them have had a great time and really enjoyed it. There have been a dozen or two that did not. It is very unsettling for us to have someone come all the way North only to find out upon arrival or part way through the season that they do not like it.
Therefore it is highly advised that you make certain that you are prepared to live and work in a fairly remote, faraway place for about four months prior to applying or accepting a job with us. Pay close attention to the remoteness of our area. The living conditions, jobs provided, type of housing, cost of housing, food, travel, etc., as well as wages offered all need to be considered.
At the top left of this page next to "Denali National Park" you may click the link to a few testimonials from former associates that enjoyed thier summer working with us.
Alaska State Trooper at employee housing giving an orientation meeting regarding laws and safety.