People often tell me they are jealous of my job. And they should be. I love my job. My office one day will be chilling out in front of a tidewater glacier and the next day it could be hanging out with a breaching humpback whale. I am privileged with teaching people about Alaska and its history, wildlife, geology, and people. But often overlooked and one important thing that keeps me coming back every year is the community of people you become connected with in the guiding world. We as people are meant to be in community with others and in a world where it is easy to isolate yourself, the most refreshing aspect of my job is how it keeps me connected to the people around me. Sound intriguing?! Here are some of the highlights of seasonal guide life...
The yurt!!! Yes, we live in a yurt. Actually, we sleep in the yurt and have a separate guide cabin that has our kitchen, bathroom, and hangout area. Sleeping, eating, and hanging out in close quarters makes it incredibly easy to bond quickly with the people you work and live with. There can be challenges with this set up to be sure, but the benefits and relationships you build definitely outweigh the cons.
Communal Meals! Guiding can often be a busy job with lots of quick meals or food on the go, but at least once a week we like to get as many people together as are available to go all out with a nice family communal dinner. Who doesn't like weekly Thanksgiving!
Hiking partners! Guiding jobs are typically in beautiful places which means a day off is an opportunity to explore. And it is always nice to have a fellow guide or two to adventure with!
Travel adventures with friends! It can be costly to travel to all the places you want to visit, but when you live the seasonal lifestyle, why not combine work and play?! I spend my summers in Alaska which frees up my winters to travel to new and exciting places. Last summer several friends of mine were moving to Hawai'i for the winter so I said why not, that sounds fun! I found a job working on a boat and just like that I had a winter long working vacation that paid my travel expenses.
The lifestyle of a seasonal guide is not for everyone, but if you are a big fan of traveling, adventure, and community, it could be a good fit for you. And if kayaking in Alaska sounds like a ton of fun, feel free to read over what it is like to work here at Sunny Cove. We are already taking applications for next summer and I can personally attest that this is a life changing experience.