Field Positions

Senior Kayak Guide

$19.00 / hour + tips

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Above and Beyond Alaska (ABAK) is a seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as Senior Glacier Guide in Juneau, Alaska.  ABAK has been facilitating outdoor adventure experiences on the ocean and ice for 20 years and employs 35 seasonal team members from April-September. 

Our guides embody Above and Beyond Alaska’s dedication to safety, customer service, and environmental conservation. ABAK Guides must be able to participate in an intensive pre-season training program at the end of April to learn or develop technical skills, natural history knowledge, and superior customer service strategies.   

Applicants for the Senior Kayak Guide position should be highly proficient in technical skills, passionate about environmental education, and keen on working with entry-level guides in an outdoor leadership role. 

Our guide training program is designed to teach people of strong character and drive the skills they need to successfully and safely facilitate our kayak adventures. In the early season, the Senior Kayak Guide will organize gear and facilitate all technical training for kayak guides and kayak specialists. This includes teaching novices and experienced team members basic skills, rescue technique, navigation, group management, ABAK CIRP protocol, and all field logistics/timelines for kayak trips. The Senior Kayak Guide should be able to adapt teaching strategies to accommodate learning styles of the group or individual.

Once our operating season is fully underway, the Senior Kayak Guides will lead 4-5 trips per week, assist as MOD (Manager on Duty for Incident Response) 1-2 days per week, facilitate on-going training sessions for ABAK team members, instruct introduction sea kayaking courses as needed, assist and support at the kayak rental shop, and assist Operations Team with remote site, equipment, and facilities maintenance. 

The Senior Kayak Guide will be trained as a MOD at the beginning of the season and develop a comprehensive understanding of trip logistics, company protocols, including critical incident response. The Senior Kayak Guide will coordinate incident response in accordance with ABAK’s CIRP, assess weather conditions daily and weekly, and make go/no go calls when dangerous conditions develop or exist in operating zones. This position reports directly to the Operations Manager. An ideal candidate has leadership experience, seamlessly adapts to last-minute changes in their daily schedule, and can make sensible, time-sensitive decisions in a fast-paced environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Train sea kayak guides and rental specialists in skills, safety, and rescue techniques in relevant operating areas (Pack Creek, Channel Island State Marine Park, Auke Bay, Eagle Valley Center) and facilitate on-going development workshops throughout the season
  • Guide 4-5 days per week as lead guide, instructor, or to observe guide team
  • Report as MOD one day per week and works with dispatch/office staff to assist in any incidents that arise from the field. 
  • Assess site conditions on a weekly basis and communicate developments with guide team and management
  • Recommend new gear purchases and needs to the Operations Manager throughout the season
  • Coordinate and Facilitate Bi-Weekly Team Meetings for sea kayak guide team
  • Observe sea kayak guides in the field and provide feedback throughout the season on skills, theory, and navigational checklists through mid-season and end-of -season evaluations
  • Collaborate with Operations Manager to improve existing products, rental program, develop new kayak products
  • Teach sea kayaking classes and assist with organizing community events
  • Prepare equipment and food for assigned trips, process used gear post-trip, make repairs as needed, and maintain a clean workspace. 
  • Actively contribute to a collaborative team environment in the field and company headquarters. 
  • Provide transportation to clients in company vans to and from downtown Juneau.
  • Loading kayaks/canoes and lifting heavy gear in all operational zones.
  • Pack, clean, repair, and maintain ABAK outdoor apparel, equipment, facilities and vessels.

General Requirements

  • High School Diploma – Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in preferred
  • US Citizen OR Be Eligible to Work in the US
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification or higher (valid through September 30, 2022)
  • 2 years Sea Kayak Guiding Experience in Wilderness or Semi-Wilderness Setting 
  • 21 Years of Age with a Driver’s License and Clean Driving Record for past 5 years (Valid Through September 30, 2022)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working Knowledge of ABAK Operating Areas (Mendenhall Glacier, Channel Island State Marine Park, Auke Bay, and Admiralty Island)
  • Knowledge of Southeast Alaska ecosystems, wildlife, and glacial environments
  • Experience coaching, teaching, and/or mentoring individuals and groups
  • Ability to lead productive team meetings and effectively communicate with coworkers

Start Date: April 15, 2022 – September 30, 2022 

Compensation: $19/hour + tips 

Bonus: All employees who fulfill the terms of their employment agreement are eligible for an end-of-season bonus that is based on 3% of gross wages.

Perks: Free use of all equipment (kayaks, SUPs, outdoor gear), free or discounted rates for most Juneau-based tour operators.