Alyeska Resort Is Hiring, Underscoring an Uptick in Statewide Hospitality Positions
A year after the pandemic hit the hospitality industry hard, Girdwood’s biggest business is moving forward with over 100 jobs up for grabs.
Alyeska Resort is now hiring seasonal and full-time positions ranging from entry-level to skilled technicians, managers and directors.
“It’s a good sign when you see more ‘we’re hiring’ signs around town,” says Alyeska Resort General Manager Mandy Hawes. “But before we can see a positive shift in the economy, we need these positions filled.”
As more people continue to get fully vaccinated, many hotels and restaurants continue to update business models to follow local COVID-19 mandates and ramping up capacity to prepare for a busier season ahead. These changes mean more opportunities for those looking for employment.
Despite setbacks from the last year, Alyeska added Alaska’s first Nordic Spa, featuring a 50,000-square foot indoor-outdoor experience, that will open in 2021. Research of flight booking data suggests that Alaska, and specifically nearby Anchorage, is a top 10 destination for travelers this summer, according to a recent story in Conde Nast Traveler.
“Summer will be here before we know it, and we’re excited for the season to ramp up,” says Hawes. “To ensure we’re prepared for future guests, Alyeska is hiring over 100 entry-level, technical and seasoned positions including housekeeping and restaurant staff, security officers, a director of people and culture, as well as spa staff for our new Nordic Spa.”
Employees receive many exciting career opportunities and great benefits like paid time off, 401K, medical insurance and resort discounts. Recently added benefits include a commuter allowance and a summer seasonal bonus so they can work hard and play even harder.
The resort takes the health and safety of its employees and guests seriously. The resort continues to follow all health and safety guidelines, requiring all staff and guests to wear masks inside all public spaces. Updated and redefined sanitization protocols, as well as increased cleaning frequency, is also in place.
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