Alaska law dictates that an individual have the following: "has legally hunted big game in the State of Alaska for at least 30 days in a calendar year or a cumulative total of 60 days of big game hunting activity over a period longer than two years, if at least 30 of the 60 days is spent working in a guide camp or supervised by a licensed guide while performing guide-related duties. Documented completion of a board approved assistant guide training course may count for 10 days". The most difficult requirement to meet is the essential recommendation from a registered guide, state trooper, or wildlife biologist. Other requirements are First Aid certification (typically an 8 hour course at your local Red Cross chapter), and the individual must be 18 years of age, and a US citizen, and complete background checks (normal back ground check and Fish & Wildlife reports) from Alaska and the state of the applicant's residency.
The newest regulation that makes becoming an assistant guide difficult is as follows; "has directly participated in the spotting, stalking, and subsequent harvesting of at least three big game animals during a guided hunt in this state;". To fulfill this requirement you could have been on a guided hunt yourself, or you will have had to have been apprenticing as a packer on a guided hunt. A self-guided hunt, or hunts with friends will not qualify. Apart from getting the written recommendation this is by far the biggest hurdle, and it takes time. You may get lucky and be packing on a 10 day hunt and a client get 3 animals, but more than likely you will have to be on several hunts as a packer to meet this requirement.
I should qualify here that not all individuals are cut out for this business, and my recommendation is not guaranteed! While I am interested in potential employees myself, and in referring qualified individuals to other outfits, I do reserve the right to refund an individual's apprenticeship fee ($1,500), and send them home! My goal is to help you get qualified and licensed, but some individuals are more qualified for other things. If you have what it takes for this business, then I can help you become an assistant guide. Other laws and regulations governing assistants, and registered guides in Alaska will be covered in the course of the apprenticeship. The laws governing the conduct and licensing of guides can be found here: Statutes and Regulations for Big Game Guides and Transporters. If you already meet the experience qualifications, then an assistant guide application can be found here: Assistant Guide Application. For more info, please visit the Big Game Commercial Services Board home page.
Once again, openings will be available on a first come, first served basis, but we do reserve the right to refuse applicants after an evaluation of their resume' and bio. We look forward to helping you on your way to an exciting new career in the Great Land.