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25 Oct 2017

Water Sea Kayak Guide/Naturalist Educator

Sea Quest Kayak Tours and Whale Watching Trips – Posted by Sea Quest Kayak Tours and Whale Watching Trips Friday Harbor, Washington, United States

Job Description

Qualifications: The employee must possess the following qualities and/or abilities to succeed: the ability and willingness to lead interesting and informative discussions on natural history strong leadership abilities in a variety of situations excellent interpersonal and communication skills with particular focus on guest geniality a clean, neat presence including presentable clothing and personal grooming. Experience traveling on marine waters; camping and kayaking. Driver’s license and clean record with no moving violations in past 3 years. Be able to lift 50 lbs overhead and be physically fit. Current CPR and at least standard first aid required. Possession of tent, suitable outdoor clothing, and other miscellaneous items. Before being eligible to work as a kayak guide, applicants must pass tests for basic guiding skills, local natural history knowledge, navigation, unassisted re-entry of a capsized kayak, assisting others in re-entry, towing kayaks, emergency procedures, etc. Testing will be practical, verbal, and written and these are mandatory requirements before employment as a guide can begin. If you are deficient in any skills you may participate in our Sea Quest Guide Training Program at no cost. The full class for beginners requires 10 days to complete in May and/or June, but depending on your skill level, you may need to participate in only part of the class. Internships available for students working towards their degree and apprenticeships for those with less experience.

Duties: Assist in all phases of field operations, including leading sea kayak tours. Provide discussions to guests about Puget Sound natural history, marine environment, flora and fauna, conservation issues, etc. Teach guests the basics of sea kayaking and water safety, assist guests when entering/exiting and moving kayaks, adhere to all safety protocols, preparation of food and equipment, routine maintenance, etc. Summer program: mid-May to mid-October. Some positions may start in late June and/or end between late August to early September.
Salary: Highly dependent on skills and experience; ranges from $100/ day for assistant-level to $200+/day for lead guides.

Closing date: Open until filled. Phone interviews will take place immediately for qualified individuals.

How to Apply

Applications are by resume only. Send a standard resume augmented with details of sea kayaking / marine travel experiences, and marine natural history skills. Please be very complete when providing the augmented kayaking and marine experience information. We must have the specific information requested in order to properly evaluate applicants. Keep in mind that if you are in good physical condition, we can train you to be a safe and strong kayak leader very quickly. On the other hand, natural history knowledge is something that takes much longer to acquire, and you will likely need to already be knowledgeable in this area or spend several months studying before you arrive for training. We will provide a required reading list for this purpose! Contact person: Martine Springer, Expedition Director. Please send your resume to Please no phone calls.

Job Categories: Seasonal. Job Types: Water. Job Tags: biologist guides, san juan islands, sea kayaking tours, and whale watching.


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