Working in Alaska’s Tourism Industry Creates Experiences of a Lifetime


Working in Alaska’s tourism industry is a rite of passage for adventure seekers. For decades, Alaska has drawn a workforce from all backgrounds, including from inside the state, the Lower 48, and internationally—all looking for exciting experiences in the 49th state.

Glaciers, bears, mountains, fishing…and dishwashing? For many, this is an accessible avenue for exploring the north.

Alaska is situated in the high latitudes of the globe and can be an extreme environment. For thousands of years, Alaska Natives have stewarded the landscape, gathering abundant food resources during the energetic spring, summer, and fall seasons, then “putting it up”—preserving it—to sustain them through the year. Visitor patterns to the

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