Other Outdoor Marine Naturalist/Deckhand
Outer Island Excursions is based on Orcas Island in the heart of the San Juan Islands of Washington State. People from all over the world come to this beautiful region to experience the great outdoors, and we offer authentic wildlife experiences including kayaking, fishing, whale watching, and much more.
We are currently hiring applicants to fill the position of Marine Naturalist. Applicants must be flexible with scheduling! Naturalists perform duties as kayak guides, deckhands on whale watching tours, interpretive center guides, and office staff. Schedules will be weighted accordingly based on applicants’ experience and aptitudes.
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 across the island.
Deckhands on whale watching tours are naturalists for powerboat tours, focusing on marine mammals, birds, and the ecology of the region. Deckhands are also responsible for fueling and cleaning boats before and after trips. Familiarity with vessel safety procedures, public speaking, strong communication skills, and guiding experience are strongly preferred.
We also operate OrcasW.I.L.D., an interpretive center/museum in the town of Eastsound. Naturalists operate the museum, gift shop, and additional kayak rentals in town. When working at the museum Naturalists also must maintain the touch tank and aquarium and oversee children interacting with various displays.
-Providing safe, educational tours to customers
-Educating the public about the birds, marine mammals, 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
-Office duties including answering phones, checking online reservations, coordinating with guides, customer service, etc.
-When guiding tours effective communication between guides and office staff is critical
-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)
-BS in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
-Valid driver’s license
-Subject to random drug testing
-TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card)
-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
-Experience on powerboats strongly preferred
-Able to lift 50 lbs (capable of regularly lifting kayaks from storage racks, lifting kayaks on truck racks, hauling 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 ApplySend (1) Cover Letter (2) Resume or C.V. (3) Contact Information for 3 References. Please submit as 1 combined PDF document to email@example.com with the SUBJECT: Naturalist_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.
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