Safari West Wildlife Preserve and Tent Camp is looking for wildlife enthusiasts, witty entertainers, and welcoming hosts to join our safari guide team! The primary responsibility of guides is to lead 3 hour safaris across nearly 400 acres in the rolling oak woodlands of the Mayacamas Mountain Range outside of Santa Rosa, California.
Our safaris include a walking trek and game drive component, and are focused on sharing our diverse collection of more than 100 animal species from Africa and beyond with tour guests. Safaris are completely unscripted, each guest is different, and many of our animals roam around large habitats, so no 2 tours are the same! Safari guides have the opportunity to tailor their tour to their own interests while engaging guests in conversations about zoology, ecology, anthropology, conservation, and much more. But, this is not a lecture position—making sure our guests are safe, comfortable, and entertained is just as important as teaching them about wildlife.
Our business is seasonal—peak season is April – October. We are open every day of the year except Christmas, but work availability is dependent on guest attendance so year-round full time work is not guaranteed.
Starting salary is $15/hr. Skilled guides have the opportunity to make generous gratuities.
For more information about Safari West, visit safariwest.com
Breakdown of Job Responsibilities:
Providing informative & entertaining tours to our guests
Pre-tour preparation and post-tour clean-up
Minor maintenance as needed (hosing down our aviary paths, cleaning trucks, etc.)
Other tasks as assigned by supervisors
At the time of a contingent job offer, a background check will be completed.
How To Apply:
Send a Resume, Cover Letter, and 3 professional or personal references to the provided email address.
Please send your application documents as PDF attachments, with your last name included in the title.
Please mention in your application email which job board you found this posting on.
OPTIONAL: Instead of a cover letter, applicants may submit a short video (less than 4 minutes) telling us your first and last name, what draws you to this position, and share a few facts or stories about your favorite animal (individual or species).
Videos require no production value and can be submitted from a phone or computer using the link below:
Application deadline is at the end of October
Applications will be processed the first week of November
Interviews will be conducted throughout the rest of November and December
The job will start on Tuesday January 4, 2022
We will also be hiring a second cohort of guides to start at the beginning of March—if you are interested in being considered for that start date as well, please let us know in your application.
Thank you for your interest!
Candidates must live or plan on living within 45 miles of Safari West
Must have a valid driver’s license
Must be a willing and collaborative team player
Must be willing to work in all weather conditions
Must be able to lift up to 50lbs
Must be responsible for the safety of guests and animals on property while on safari
As part of our rigorous training process, we will teach you all of the skills and knowledge needed to give our tours, but any prior experience in these areas will be beneficial in the application process:
Public speaking experience
Interpretation and/or teaching experience
Working knowledge of wildlife, biology, and the natural world
Working knowledge of guest hospitality
Experience driving manual transmission and larger vehicles