Kayak Guide/Naturalist

Outer Island Excursions
Orcas Island, WA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$17/hr +tips
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
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 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 strongly preferred. 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 -Providing safety orientations prior to each tour and rental -Delivering kayaks across the island (requires lifting of 80lb+ gear onto roof racks of company trucks) -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 -Previous sea kayaking experience required TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter via email to outerislandx@hotmail.com
Contact Person
Katie Kisner
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