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10 Oct 2018

Other Outdoor Kayak Guide/Office Position

Outer Island Excursions – Posted by oixcareers Eastsound, Washington, United States

Job Description

We are looking to fill positions as lead kayak guides from April to mid-October (start and end dates flexible). Kayak guides are also expected to work in the company’s office 1-2 days a week assisting with the answering of phones. Kayak guides may also fill in as Marine Naturalists aboard whale watching tours, but primarily act as kayak guides.
Kayak Naturalists independently lead tours off the north shore of Orcas Island and around Sucia Island, focusing on the coastal ecosystem and intertidal zone. We rent kayaks and canoes directly on site as well as offer the option to deliver them anywhere on Orcas Island.
Familiarity with kayak rescue techniques, safety procedures, public speaking, strong communication skills, and guiding experience are required.
Responsibilities include:
-Providing safe, educational tours to customers
-Educating the public about the marine mammals, birds, intertidal life, geology, ecology, and the natural and cultural history of the San Juan Islands.
-Daily cleaning and occasional maintenance of kayaking equipment and powerboats
-Providing safety orientations prior to each tour and rental
-Delivering kayaks across the island
-Running check-in including collecting payment and processing online transactions
-When guiding tours effective communication between guides and office staff is critical
-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)
-Completed BS or above in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
-Valid driver’s license
-Subject to random drug testing
-Excellent customer service skills
-Strong communication and public speaking skills
-Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and strong work ethic
-Flexibility and open to an often unpredictable schedule
-Capable of working long hours in physically challenging outdoor environment (expect long hours June-August)
-Previous kayak guide experience strongly preferred
-Able to lift 50 lbs (capable of regularly lifting kayaks from storage racks, lifting kayaks on truck racks, hauling kayaks short distances, etc)
-Able to kayak for 6 hours
-Able to tow a kayak
-Able to communicate and work effectively with customers on the phone and in person
-Able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team

How to Apply

Send (1) Cover Letter (2) Resume or C.V. (3) Contact Information for 3 References. Please submit as 1 combined PDF document to with the SUBJECT: Kayak Guide_AJ Applications without the appropriate subject heading will not be received. Our expected timeline is to review applications each December, process interviews in January, and complete hiring by February for the following field season. Unfortunately at this time we can not accept applicants who are not US citizens.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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