“It’s not like picking up a job at the pizza place down the street in a big city,” Lauren Fidati says of landing a job with CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC).
Fidati is the assistant food and beverage manager for the Foraker Restaurant and Base Camp Bistro at CATC’s Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. When she conducts interviews for potential restaurant staff, she lets them know that working in a small, out-of-the-way Alaskan town isn’t for everyone. “It’s important to have the right expectations,” she says. “But it’s also a great way to network and make connections. Getting to know people in the industry is a lot of fun, and continuing to have the opportunity to be promoted through the company has been great.”
CATC is now accepting applications for its 2016 tourism season. The company has a variety of seasonal job openings at its lodge and restaurant operations in Talkeetna, Seward and Fox Island, as well as in the Anchorage office and aboard Kenai Fjords Tours’ sightseeing vessels.
“Working for CATC has allowed me to explore new adventures and areas around the country,” Fidati says. “And the opportunities that go with that are really nice.”
CATC will host a booth at the upcoming CIRI Job and Resource Fair, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. The event is open to CIRI shareholders and descendants (attendees are asked to bring their CIRI shareholder or descendant identification cards). If you can’t make it to the job fair, visit www.ciritourism.com to view current job openings and apply online.