Each summer we hire new staff as housekeepers and servers, kitchen helpers, cooks, operations crew members, and naturalist guides.


All of our jobs are physically demanding and require long days. Staff generally average 45-60 hours/week (though may work less or more, as needed). A standard workweek is five days, with two consecutive days off through the majority of the summer. At the beginning and end of the season, you may work 7 days/week for 1-2 weeks, as we train and prepare for the season, and close up buildings for the long offseason. All staff must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs., stand and walk for long periods of time and on uneven foot trails, and independently traverse the one-mile, 500 vertical foot driveway from the park road to Camp Denali. Walking is our primary form of transportation day in and day out. 


We request flexibility and willingness to help with a range of tasks of all our employees. Most first year and returning staff can expect to work at least two jobs throughout the summer; the ratio of work will be dependent upon experience and company needs. We’ll seek to discover what combination of roles will be best for you as part of our application and interview process.

Position-specific wage information is provided in each job description below. Pay is provided via direct deposit on a monthly basis, shortly after the first day of each month. In addition to hourly wages (and an average 1.5-2 hours of overtime pay each workday), employees receive a share of pooled tips (averaging >$500/month), a uniform stipend, free room and board for the duration of the summer season, and a travel stipend upon completion of a full contracted summer season.

We have completed hiring for 2020. We will begin accepting applications in November 2020 for the 2021 season. Please keep us in mind for the future.

Naturalist Guide

The position of naturalist guide is a professional job, tasked with implementing the educational mission of Camp Denali. Our naturalist guides are teachers of experiential learning, experienced backcountry hiking guides, and trained drivers. Even though we operate our active learning program for just 14 weeks each summer, this position provides a career-building opportunity, not just a summer job.  


Operations Crew

This skilled and physically demanding position assists the Facilities Manager in maintaining our property. Members of the "Ops Crew" work individually or with a group of 2-5 others performing daily chores and specific projects related to maintenance of grounds, trails, buildings, vehicles, water and electrical systems, and more. Two or more years of experience in building trades, plumbing, mechanical or other operations-related work required.  

Grower and Groundskeeper

This position is responsible for producing organic vegetables and flowers (in a 20ft x 40ft greenhouse and outdoor raised beds) that are incorporated into the meals at Camp Denali. Other core responsibilities include maintenance of decorative flower boxes and baskets, compost system, trails, lawn and grounds. There are collaborative, supervisory and educational aspects to round out the responsibilities of this position, as well.

Dinner Cook

The dinner cook position is a food service leadership role that assists in the training and supervision of a kitchen assistant and kitchen helper, prepares dinner for guests and staff, participates in cleaning tasks, and is responsible for overall kitchen organization and cleanliness during the shift.

Breakfast Cook

The breakfast cook position is a food service leadership role that assists in the training and supervision of a kitchen assistant and kitchen helper, prepares breakfast for guests and staff, may prepare staff lunch and/or be responsible for other food preparation tasks, and is responsible for overall kitchen organization and cleanliness during the shift. The position can be combined with the position of dinner cook, depending on education, experience and company needs.

Kitchen Helper/Dishwasher

This is an entry level food service position which is responsible for assisting the breakfast cook in the preparation and plating of guest and staff breakfast, dishwashing, and a schedule of other kitchen organizational and cleaning duties. 


An ideal way for new staff to join our team and gain experience in Denali, this position includes a variety of housekeeping tasks and working as a server for guest breakfast and dinner. Housekeepers and Servers make up the backbone of our organization and lay the groundwork for an exceptional guest stay. The importance of strong performance in this department truly cannot be overstated.

Megan Meyer, Personnel Manager
PO Box 67, Denali National Park, Alaska 99755
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