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Who We Are

Our company can be described as a small, local, family owned and operated business.

Captain Jim Binkley, Sr., followed in his father’s footsteps and piloted freight vessels on the Yukon and Tanana Rivers in the 1940’s. In 1950, noting the coming changes in the freighting business, Captain Jim and his wife, Mary, began the business. Over the coming years, their business grew from the Godspeed, a 25-passenger vessel, to the Discovery III, a 900-passenger vessel. Today, their grandchildren run the company and you will still see Mary B around the property and waving to the boat.

The Binkley’s also operate a mining attraction: Gold Dredge 8. This tour incorporates large scale mining and the smaller scale side of mining into an all-encompassing tour that also features the Trans Alaska Pipeline and a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad.

Who We're Looking For

We are looking for those with good work ethic. If you have that, we can teach you anything else you need to know to do your job effectively. Every position within our company is customer service based, and we strive to provide the highest quality of customer service to our guests. 

Alaska holds a special place in our guests’ hearts. It is a bucket-list destination that most have dreamed of visiting for a lifetime. To locals, the things about Alaska and Fairbanks that we are used to — like long daylight hours in the summer, dark winters, natural beauty, etc. — are exotic to our guests. We are looking for individuals who are nice, outgoing, optimistic, enthusiastic, and passionate about sharing our great state of Alaska with those who visit us!

Where We Work

Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8 are located in the heart of Fairbanks, the second-largest city in Alaska.

At 65 degrees north latitude, the sky takes on a capricious life of its own — a canvas for the aurora borealis, the midnight sun and sunsets and sunrises that last forever. Here there are serious mountain ranges, pristine rivers and lakes, abundant wildlife and a certain poignant solitude that is found nowhere else on earth. Locals embrace the natural world and have created a vibrant river city in the far north. Nowhere else can you travel to such a remote locale and still enjoy all the amenities of a charming downtown, a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, authentic Alaskan activities and attractions and endless opportunities for exploration.

Current Openings
Seasonal: Full Time

Join the Family! The Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8 offer a multitude of jobs in every department of the operation.

All of our positions at Riverboat Discovery & Gold Dredge 8 have an element of customer service; some more so than others. They can be categorized into two groups, On Stage and Back Stage. On Stage positions have more interaction with our guests, while Back Stage positions have less interaction. However, it is vitally important that every employee (whether On Stage or Back Stage) provides the highest level of customer service possible. As a company, we are committed to create a trip that is a memorable, first class experience for our guests.

The job descriptions and hours range from job to job, but we do not require our employees to come into a department with a specific set of skills in hand; as long as our employees are excited and energetic we can teach them anything they need to know to do their job.
We offer multiple levels of employment; opportunities to lead and manage a team.
Wages ranging from $15-$18/hour DOE. Wages include $1/hour bonus paid in a lump sum at the end of our season.

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Year Round: Full Time

Join the Family!  Our year round, full time employees become exactly that, members of our family.  Our full time positions offer great compensation, health benefits, 401K programs, flexibility in schedules and a great place to grow within the Alaska hospitality industry.  Please click the 'contact us' button below to inquire about job opportunities and submit a resume.

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