The Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel are two great hotels located on the flanks of Sugarloaf Mountain, above the Nenana River Valley and adjacent to the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. Incorporating over 6 million acres, abundant wildlife, and North America’s tallest peak, in Denali both pristine wilderness and outdoor adventure lies just outside our doorstep. Where better can you work and play in one of nature’s largest playgrounds? For many people, going to Alaska and Denali National Park is a bucket list item and the dream of a lifetime. Just think! You may have the opportunity to spend an entire summer seeing and exploring this beautiful and exciting area!
Both the Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel are operated by JL Hospitality Management and provide summertime seasonal employment opportunities in both our hotels and restaurants.The Hotels are seasonal properties open in the summer months with employment beginning early May through mid-September. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for hospitality and the outdoors. We offer competitive wages as well as a bonus program. Ideal applicants should also be available to work 6 day work weeks and for the full summer season. The application process begins in November with interviews beginning in January.
The Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel hire international applicants who are legally eligible for work in the United States and students traveling on the work/travel J1 visa.
The Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel do not sponsor individuals such as those looking to obtain an H2B visa.
Federal Law requires that you have the following documentation in order to be eligible for employment:
International Applicants can call our support line at 1-888-224-0450 so we can direct you to specific partners we work with in your home country.
There is so much to see and do in Alaska and the Denali National Park area! Some of these activities include:
Room and Board is available for employees living in housing for a nominal fee. Room and Board includes a laundry facility, utilities, WiFi and all meals throughout the day. Each housing unit (comprised of two (2) separate rooms) is set up “Jack and Jill” style with the two rooms connected by a shared bathroom in the middle. Nearly every employee will share a room with another employee (4 employees per housing unit). Housing also comes with a linen package (bedding, pillow, towels) and a mini-fridge in each room. A common area is also available for employees living in housing and is equipped with a large flat screen TV and DVD player, Ping Pong, Games, and Fitness Equipment. Housing is located within walking distance to both the Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel.
Housing in the Denali area is extremely limited and those who choose to live in employee housing are required to follow the rules and policies set forth in our Employee Housing Agreement. Violations of the stipulations included within our Employee Housing Agreement can result in the loss of both housing privileges and employment. In addition, all employees are required to abide by the “Quiet Hours” rules, and to portray a common courtesy to everyone residing in housing, with the understanding that living areas are small and not soundproof. Therefore, a respect for fellow employees working a variety of shifts, around the clock, is an absolute necessity.
All company owned property, to include Employee Housing, has a zero tolerance drug-free policy, to include all cannabis products. Alcohol possession and consumption is permitted within designated “21 & Over” resident units, but such privileges do incorporate rules and regulations which are clearly outlined within in the Employee Housing Agreement, and must be strictly followed.
Note: A limited number of employees beneath the age of 21 may be permitted to live in housing, but only within designated “21 & Under” resident units. Note: A limited area within housing may also be designated for employees looking for more of a quiet living environment.
Note: Pets are not permitted in the employee housing.
It is important to remember that Denali is located in a very rural area of Alaska, and therefore offers very limited options for shopping and services. If you require specific personal items such as medications or certain hygiene products, which may not be readily available for purchase in a “convenience” type of store, please plan to bring such items to Denali with you. In addition, if you have special dietary needs, your food options may be limited and we may not be able to accommodate certain dietary requests. Vegetarian options are available within our Employee Dining Rooms, but are generally limited.
Our Employee Dining Room (EDR) offers 3 meals daily. While our Chefs work very hard to provide creative and healthy options, it can be very challenging to accommodate all meal restrictions, meal choices and needs. Therefore, if you have strict dining requests, we suggest that you plan accordingly. Menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner are posted a week in advance and there is a small market 10 miles away. A weekly scheduled shuttle to the store is available for our employees through the Employee Housing Department. A salad bar is provided at the lunch and dinner times for a healthy option and a vegetarian option is also available. All employees are required to participate in the meal plan; no exceptions may be granted. Cooking is not allowed in the dormitories.
The weather in Denali can vary dramatically from hour to hour or day to day, with temperatures often dropping below freezing (+32F) especially in May and September. Conversely, temperatures can sometimes rise to above +90°F at times throughout the summer. Therefore, packing for various layers of clothing is highly recommended. Below outlines a general list of items we suggest you bring:
Most positions require Black Dress Pants, Black Closed-Toe/Non-Slip Shoes, Black Belt, and Black Socks. Please discuss the uniform requirements with your Hiring Manager.
A Grooming Standard will also be provided and must be followed.
Note: It is very important to bring only what you need and to not over pack! The storage area in each housing room is limited in space.
The closest airports to Denali are located in Anchorage (Ted Stevens International Airport) and Fairbanks (Fairbanks International Airport). Anchorage is located 6 hours south of Denali and Fairbanks is located approximately 2 hours north of Denali. While Anchorage is further away, flights may be less expensive and transportation to Denali may be more readily available.
Upon your arrival to Anchorage, employees may take the following modes of transportation to Denali: The Alaska Railroad, Park Connection or Alaska Yukon Trails motor coaches. Upon your arrival to Fairbanks, employees may take the following modes of transportation to Denali: The Alaska Railroad or Alaska Yukon Trails motor coach. A Hotel shuttle may also be available with a limited schedule and a limited number of seats. All methods of transportation to and from Denali will require a reservation made in advance of the desired day of travel.
Various Hotel discounts, Transportation discounts and Hotel Employee Shuttle information will be provided to employees who have been offered a position with the Grande Denali Lodge and Denali Bluffs Hotel. Such information will be included in the Hire Packet.
Once in Denali, employees are permitted to ride the Hotel’s Guest Shuttle (if there are seats available) to the Hotel Properties, Employee Housing, Denali National Park and Preserve Visitors Center, Wilderness Access Center, and Nenana Canyon (shops and restaurants).
The Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel would like to thank you for your interest in working with our dynamic team! For further information on anything we have listed above, to include more specific employment details, please contact your Hiring Manager.
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