We are expanding in 2022 and accepting applications for multiple positions. Please read on for more information about available positions and click ‘Apply Now’ to fill out our online application. We will contact qualified applicants to set up an interview.
Bicycle Tour Guides – Skagway and Haines – Spend the summer on a bike! Our guide positions generally begin in May and run through September. Good leadership skills, the ability to keep organized, and a desire to learn and share information about the local region to visitors of all backgrounds are the main qualifications. Experience with bike touring, basic bike mechanics, and leading groups is preferred. Our guides also need to be qualified to drive our tour vans while towing trailers.
Skagway and Haines based guiding positions are available. Skagway positions are generally full-time, and employee housing is available in Skagway. Multi-day tour guiding positions are generally filled by our most experienced guides, but we also encourage applications from experienced guides for specific tours or other multi-day tour positions.
Bicycle Mechanics – Skagway – Building new bikes, performing customer service and repairs, and maintaining our fleet of bicycles for tours and rentals are the main job duties. Some customer service including bicycle rentals is also involved. Tour driving and support may also be part of the position depending on your experience and interest. We mainly work with Trek, Specialized, and Salsa bikes. Our fleet is comprised of hardtail mountain bikes, gravel bikes, e-bikes, and f/s mountain bikes.
Bicycle mechanic certification or two years of shop experience is preferred. Vehicle and trailer experience is a plus.
Retail Sales – Skagway – Our retail shops are busy serving tourists and local customers through the summer season. Bike rentals and apparel sales are steady, along with regular bike service and sales. Knowledge of bicycles, accessories, apparel and computer/POS experience is required. Positive customer service is a top priority for us. Tour driving and support may also be part of the position dependent on qualifications.
-Employees must be US Citizens or have a green card or work visa for the USA.
-Must be at least 21 years of age.
-Positions that involve driving vehicles require a clean driving record (no DUI’s) and a DOT medical examiners certificate, which can be obtained after hire.
-Guides and managers must have current CPR/First Aid certification.
-All employees are required to sign a contract when hired and to fulfill the terms of the contract.
Compensation & Benefits:
Seasonal positions generally have a starting wage of $15 – $18 per hour, and can include significant additional tips depending on the position. Returning staff or experienced applicants may qualify for a higher wage.
Management and year-round positions are salaried depending on experience and may also take advantage of the Sockeye Cycle Simple IRA and a healthcare subsidy.
Other benefits include affordable subsidized housing in Skagway, industry pro-deals, and trips and events throughout the summer.
We have company housing available in Skagway with lease terms that match your employment contract. Single and shared rooms are available and cost $250-$400/month per person (depending on occupancy). The rooms are located the same building above the business, with a separate entrance. There is a communal kitchen, living area, 3 bathrooms with showers, wifi, and (free) laundry room in the building for staff use. There are limited options for other rentals in Skagway.
We do not have company housing in Haines, but are able to help you search for an apartment or room rental. Vehicle based camping is an option in Haines, with campgrounds, private parking options with services, and off-grid options available.
Haines and Skagway are located north of Juneau in the Southeast panhandle of Alaska. Skagway has a population around 1000, which grows to over 2500 in the summer. The economy is based on tourism and Skagway sees multiple cruise ships most days throughout the summer. Haines has a year-round population around 2500. The economy is a mix of commercial fishing, tourism, mining, and timber. You can drive to both communities from the Alaska/Canadian Highway, about a 4-day drive from the Canadian border with the lower 48. Ferry and airline travel (through Juneau) are also options.
The area is a part of the coastal temperate rainforest stretching up the northwest coast of North America through Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Haines and Skagway are somewhat drier than other areas of Southeast Alaska, but gray “Pacific Northwest” weather is common. We are at the northern end of the Tongass National Forest, the country’s largest at 17 million acres. It is the last remaining largely intact temperate rainforest in North America, home to brown and black bears, moose, mountain goats, black tailed deer, bald eagles, five species of salmon and a multitude of other wildlife.
Recreational opportunities abound depending on your abilities and cooperation from the Alaskan environment. Locals and visitors enjoy hiking the extensive trail systems, kayaking, canoeing, packrafting, backcountry skiing/split-boarding, trail running, climbing, dog mushing, fishing, hunting, and of course road, gravel, mountain, and fat biking!