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Assistant Bear Guide 

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Req Number KWA19-0003  
Category Tourism  
Division Karluk Wilderness Adventures  
Location KWA Kodiak, AK  

Karluk Wilderness Adventures (KWA) is hiring an Assistant Bear Guide in Kodiak, Alaska. This is an opening for the 2019 season.

This is your opportunity to work for Alaska’s premier bear viewing destination, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center, which offers a true Alaskan adventure and world class bear-viewing. The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located on the southwest side of Kodiak Island in the heart of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, and provides exclusive guided bear viewing tours at the famous Thumb and O’Malley Rivers on Karluk Lake.

Job Summary:

Assistant Bear Guides are responsible for providing the safe transport and supervision of all clients while conducting bear viewing and sport fishing operations at any of the designated locations and supporting facilities maintenance as directed by the Lead Guide.

Essential Functions include, but are not limited to: (Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.)

  • Keeping the KBBC campus area clean of debris and safe of hazards.
  • Maintain and clean all guide equipment and materials.
  • Understand and comply with all bear viewing protocols procedures as defined by the Kodiak Brown Bear Center’s standard operating policies.
  • Recognize and identify different species of trout and salmon.
  • Operate and use a satellite phone, VHF radio.
  • Plan and prepare lunch for fishing clientele on riverside, while conducting sport fishing guided activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Ability:

  • Skilled and able to provide a high level of verbal communication, as demonstrated by the effective “customer service” interface with clients, KWA and Koniag staff.
  • Ability to pass firearms safety training, practical field demonstration and charging bear course.
  • Ability to work in remote setting for weeks at a time, all days of the week and holidays.
  • Ability to successfully complete Company provided training specific to the operations at KBBC, as demonstrated through written and practical examination.
  • General mechanical experience and ability.
  • Ability to maintain a clean and groomed appearance at all times and wear required KBBC guide apparel and uniform.
  • Able and willing to be trained and learn new skills.
  • Able to follow directions.
  • Able to work as a member of a team and independently.
  • Able to read, interpret, and follow written & verbal instructions.
  • Must be able to travel and live for extended periods of time in a remote location.
  • Must be able to work for extended periods in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must have good eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance.
  • Must be able to move weight-bearing materials and equipment on uneven terrain.
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working in remote camp experience, preferably in of Alaska.
  • HS Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Must have a basic to intermediate knowledge of bear safety protocols and equipment, fly fishing, rods, equipment and tackle.
  • Must have intermediate to expert knowledge and experience with firearms.
  • Must be able to pass a background check, required to carry a firearm while conducting guide operations.
  • Successfully pass a firearms safety training, practical field demonstration and charging bear course.
  • Must have prior experience working in a remote environment and experience in maintenance operations of remote facilities and its equipment is a plus.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to obtain and uphold these licenses and certifications:
    • CPR and First Aid certifications and have the ability to obtain a Wilderness First Responder certification.
    • Alaska Freshwater Guide License (preferred but not required
    • Current USCG OPUV 6 pack license (preferred but not required).

Office Location and Travel:

The incumbent would report to the City of Kodiak and be responsible for his/her own travel costs to/from and living expenses while in the city of Kodiak. KWA will provide travel to and from Kodiak to Camp Island. While on Camp Island, lodging and food are provided by KWA. KWA maintains internet, phone, showers, power, cooking facilities and diesel heat at Camp Island.

Working Environment & Conditions

The work environment requires incumbent to be able and willing to work in all types of weather conditions and varied temperatures. Must be able to travel by small boats, airplanes and all-terrain vehicles. Work will be performed mostly outdoors and under a variety of settings, such as but not limited to, a lodge environment, loading dock, remote field and bear viewing platforms, leaving the incumbent exposed to the elements for long periods of time. Position requires incumbent to be able to stand or sit for extended periods of time on even and uneven terrain and uphold good vision and hearing. The incumbent must be able to lift, move and carry up to 50 pounds over uneven terrain, game trails and ground conditions. Noise level is moderate to high. Position requires that incumbent be able to use the five senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch) and be able to distinguish colors.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The work load may require the incumbent to stand for extended periods of time. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Travel Requirements Must be able to travel in all means of air and ground transportation commonly used in remote Alaska. Exposure to inclement weather conditions.  
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About our Company

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koniag, Inc., an Alaskan Native Regional Corporation established by Congress in 1971 under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANCSA settled the aboriginal land claims of Alaska Native people by conveying land and seed capital to Native for-profit corporations representing various geographic regions of the state. Koniag represents the Native Alutiiq people of the Kodiak Island Archipelago.


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