Our Rail Operations Department consist of four private two-story dome rail cars known as the "Wilderness Express". We operate on the Denali Star Route attached to the Alaska Railroad locomotives and passenger cars traveling 350 miles between Anchorage and Fairbanks during the summer season (May-September). Our goal is to provide our guests with a first-class service while they travel on their own scenic rail adventure through The Last Frontier. We are looking for hard-working, positive, and reliable applicants to join our team for the 2017 summer season!

Position Summary

The Bartender-Barista provides beverage service to all guests and staff while they are on-board the Wilderness Express rail cars. Each rail car has its own bartender serving a maximum capacity of 80 people, so candidates must be prepared to work quickly and efficiently while providing excellent customer service. Our bartenders make a variety of alcoholic, non-alcoholic, coffee, and espresso drinks. They operate in a very small bar area located upstairs in the front of our dome rail cars while safely traveling up and down narrow aisles and spiral staircases to take orders and deliver drinks to our guests. Did we mention that this all takes place while moving on a train! This position is demanding however, it provides one of the best "office views" that you will ever have!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Able to provide first class service for up to 240 guests throughout a 14 hour shift
  • Capable of lifting and balancing beverage trays with approx. 8-10 drinks
  • Consistently execute full bar menu items according to drink specifications provided
  • Check inventory and supply levels according to manifested guest count
  • Greet guests at each depot and provide speech about bar operations/menu over the microphone
  • Organize and complete guests orders and accurately input into point of sale system
  • Assist Host Guide with gift shop orders and brief narration as needed
  • Accurately close all bar tabs before guest departure (*note: we are a cashless train)
  • Maintain a clean and sanitary bar environment throughout the day, while also completing weekly side work and end of the day cleaning assignments
  • Promote teamwork and positive relationships with crew members, railroad personnel, and Tour Directors that accompany their guests on-board
  • Assist with additional duties as needed

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates for the Bartender-Barista position must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • 21 years of age prior to beginning of season
  • Be a U.S. citizen or show proof of eligibility to work in the U.S
  • Must be able to work a FULL season
  • Be able to lift a minimum of 50 lbs
  • Complete courses to obtain valid Anchorage Food Workers Card and Training for Alcohol Professionals Card (assistance provided by Wilderness Express)
  • Able to complete 14 hour shifts spending a majority of time on your feet
  • Previous Bartending or Barista experience preferred