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NOW HIRING! Pilgrim Hot Springs Hospitality Caretaker

The Pilgrim Hot Springs (PHS) Hospitality Caretaker will report to the PHS General Manager and agrees to stay at PHS during the summer months as defined and agreed upon by Hospitality Caretaker and PHS General Manager. The Hospitality Caretaker’s responsibilities are to care for the Pilgrim Hot Springs property and buildings to the best of their ability, to greet and welcome visitors to the site, and to do so within the guidelines set forth by Unaatuq, LLC and within the laws of the State of Alaska. The Hospitality Caretaker, in executing their duties, will do so in a manner that will protect Unaatuq, LLC.

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  1. The Hospitality Caretaker will work as a team with the Site Maintenance Caretaker to be responsible for the day-to-day security and safety of the property known locally as Pilgrim Hot Springs and owned by Unaatuq, LLC.

  2. The Hospitality Caretaker will be responsible for greeting all day pass and overnight visitors, checking-in overnight guests, and ensuring that overnight accommodations are held to a high standard of comfort, safety and cleanliness.

  3. The Hospitality Caretaker will work within the Kawerak Environmental Program team and be open to working with other Kawerak staff and volunteers, and assisting with the coordination of onsite activities, workshops, and other events, as assigned by the PHS General Manager.

  4. The Hospitality Caretaker will enforce all rules required by Unaatuq, LLC. and Kawerak, Inc., including those contained on the Visitors Permit and Waiver of Liability.

  5. The Hospitality Caretaker will be responsible for duties related to the comfort, safety, and cleanliness of the facilities and property. This shall include but not be limited to:

    1. Checking-in permitted guests and issuing on-site permits to new visitors.

    2. Accepting payments for day passes, overnight lodging, and merchandise and maintaining a daily bank register.

    3. Assisting visitors that may be unfamiliar with Pilgrim Hot Springs.

    4. Ensuring cabins and camp areas are clean and available for renters and keeping track of visitor reservations.

    5. Cleaning and sanitizing all rental cabins after guest check-outs.

    6. Washing and drying all bed linens and household textiles from guest cabins, making guest beds, and keeping cabin appliances, kitchen supplies, dishes, decorations, and safety devices in proper order.

    7. Daily cleaning and sanitizing of outhouse and changing facilities.

    8. Following bear safety and best wildlife management practices, which may include use of bear cans, bear fence, or operating firearms.

    9. Protecting the integrity of the buildings and grounds from all and any degradation and vandalism and removing any trash. Assist Site Maintenance Caretaker with regular inspection of facilities, including tubs, ponds, buildings, and trails. Teach and exemplify environmental stewardship and leave-no-trace ethics.

    10. Pumping and transporting potable water to water storage tanks and refilling potable water amenities for overnight guest cabins and campsites.

    11. Assisting Site Maintenance Caretaker with equipment maintenance, facility projects, solar setups, and light duty construction, when needed, and program support/development as assigned.

    12. Closing access to areas that may pose a threat to visitors and mitigating any dangers that may be present.

    13. Enforcing all rules related to site safety.

  6. The Hospitality Caretaker will work with the Site Maintenance Caretaker to discourage any trespass onto Mary’s Igloo Native Corporation lands, whether such trespass occurs from the existing road or from the Pilgrim property. Trespass incidents shall be logged (time, date, name of trespassers, and point of access to MINC lands) and reported to Mary’s Igloo Native Corporation.

  7. Other duties as assigned.


  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D.

  2. Four years of experience working in a public-facing position; customer service, hospitality; tourism, etc.

  3. Experience with handling money, counting change, and maintaining a bank.

  4. Demonstrated wilderness competence and experience working and living in similar situations away from town and other people for long periods of time. Situational and predator awareness of bears, wolves, and moose and knowledge of appropriate response strategies.

  5. Firearm safety certification preferred or a willingness to take the course.

  6. Hold a current Wilderness First Responder (preference) or Wilderness First Aid certificate.

  7. Must be able to lift 30 pounds and be willing to work outdoors in inclement weather.

  8. Comfortable working in multi-cultural settings with an ability to accommodate people of a variety of backgrounds and inspire a sense of trust with visitors.

  9. Valid driver’s license & clean driving record. Must be able to pass background check, per Kawerak policies.

Native Preference per Public Law 93-638 Approved (2/1/2022)

Pay Rate: $22.29-$29.09

Division: Natural Resources

Close Date: 03-28-2023

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