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12 Nov 2022

Water Guide / Naturalist

Coastal Expeditions – Posted by CEXpeditions Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Job Description

Come join our team of fun, hard-working, life-long learners at one of our premier Lowcountry locations!

Since 1992, Coastal Expeditions has been putting people safely and securely in the path of beauty. As guides and storytellers, we delight in sharing all that we know about the Lowcountry–its land and water; plants and animals; and history and culture–with everyone we meet.

We are looking for an energetic, nature-loving spirit to join our committed team as a kayak Guide / Shop Assistant at our headquarters location on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

This employee will receive extensive training in safety and outdoor skills, gain an in-depth knowledge of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Lowcountry, and hone skills as an educator. Guides who excel over time can move into senior positions that lead trips in some of the most pristine, contiguous natural landscapes in the country, including the Francis Marion National Forest and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Coastal Expeditions offers a unique and fun work environment with amazing views of Shem Creek. Employees enjoy unlimited access to kayaks and stand-up paddleboards!

All guides-in-training will initially work mostly office and shop shifts. Over time, shifts will include more training and guide shifts. Shop shifts require intense manual labor in the heat of the South Carolina summer—lifting and moving kayaks and equipment, cleaning equipment, and helping customers into and off the water. Office shifts will require administrative and clerical work, as well as reception responsibilities. A new guide can expect primarily shop duties in March and April while training, and before part-time summer shop help begins.

Shop duties:
Assisting with rentals: paddle instruction, carrying boats to launch and back, launching/landing, and cleaning boats
Helping other guides with tours: carrying boats, cleaning boats and gear, and helping clients
Assisting with office duties as needed

Guide duties:
Guiding kayak and paddleboard tours (2 & 3-hour on-site tours and 6-hour wilderness tours)
Assisting with hiking and kayaking field trips
Assisting senior guides on multi-day camping expeditions (as needed)

A positive, friendly, and enthusiastic attitude
An interest in local, natural, and human history
A desire to constantly learn and grow
Customer service and communication skills
Ability to work full days performing hard physical labor in the heat of Charleston summer
A team player mindset

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field
Education or guiding experience

This position is available beginning February 2023. The work is seasonally influenced, with peak times occurring in the fall, spring, and summer. Part-time work is available through the winter for employees returning the following season. Weekend work is often required.

Starting pay for this position is $12.50/hour plus tips, commensurate with experience. Including tips, guides can anticipate making an average of $18/hour. After the first full season of employment, employees are eligible for an IRA matching program and health insurance benefits. Other benefits include CPR, First Aid, AED and lifeguard training, kayak instructor training, interpretive and educational training, and use of kayaks and SUPs.

How to Apply

TO APPLY Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Water. Job Tags: #seasonal.

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