Kayak Adventures Worldwide

The 2019 Crew!
Headed to Aialik Glacier

Explore. Inspire. Protect.

Kayak Adventures is a small, value based sea kayaking company in Seward, Alaska. We focus on our company culture which is deeply rooted in our personal core values, desire to protect the natural world and foster a supportive and inspiring work environment. We hire 10 - 12 sea kayaking guides to run half, full & multi-day sea kayaking tours in Resurrection Bay & the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Seward is a premier adventure town, with incredible trails easily accessible from our front door. Paddle & work in the Kenai Fjords National Park with abundant wildlife & large tidewater glaciers!

About Kayak Adventures Worldwide

When looking for an employer, it's important to make sure your personal core values align with the organization! Here's a little about us:

Kayak Adventures is a small, values-based sea kayaking company. We believe that our business profit is secondary to: the safety and education of our guests, the health of the wilderness environment we enjoy, and the health and safety of the wildlife we visit. Therefore we seek a clientele that desires information and education, rather than just access to wildlife and wilderness areas. We focus on our company culture which is deeply rooted in our personal core values, including our desire to protect the natural world and foster a supportive, inclusive, and inspiring work environment.

We strive to be conservation leaders for all of Alaska. As members of 1% for the Planet, in the past 5 years, we have donated over $50,000 to local non-profits working towards conservation efforts in the state. We ask guides to take an active role as educators, supportive team members, and stewards of the natural world.

Each year, we hire 10 - 12 sea kayaking guides to run half, full & multi-day sea kayaking tours in Resurrection Bay & Kenai Fjords National Park. Our tours are educational-based and focus on environmental preservation and Leave-No-Trace practices. Our goal is to inspire our guests to join us in reclaiming active stewardship of our natural world. 

We run the most extensive paid guide training in the area, which is required of all employees (new and returning guides), and lasts for about three weeks, starting in late April. It's a lot of fun and offers incredible opportunities for growth! We focus on climate change communication, purposeful interpretation of the natural world, and creating a dialogue with guests. 

KAW is all about our community. In 2021, we started the first-ever, Seward Farmers Market, as a way to put tourism dollars back into our community, and build climate resilience. We also started a sister company, Seward Wilderness Collective, dedicated to inspiring climate change communication in tourism and community programming. We are a caring, adventure fueled family that loves trail running, backpacking, packrafting, and playing outside every day. We enter each day full of humility and gratitude for the opportunities that this magical place, Seward, Alaska, provides us. 

Kayak Adventures values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC, LGBT individuals, members of ethnic minorities and marginalized communities to apply. The outdoors are for everyone, you are welcome here.

The Employee Experience

All guides are welcome to live at the kayak shop, our small house downtown. Summer housing in Seward is nearly impossible to find, and quite expensive, so we feel fortunate to have a place to share with guides. This is a huge benefit of the job here at KAW, as the friendships that are built throughout a summer together are life-long! The shop is within walking distance to downtown, lots of local trails, and Resurrection Bay. Some guides choose to live in off-site housing, which is a great option as well. 

It's a family affair here at KAW, and guides are expected to help each other out and lift one another up. It's not uncommon for a guide to jump off the couch to help load boats, assist in unpacking an exceptionally wet trip, or cook a hot dinner for a group of guides still out running an evening trip. The community & kindness we show one another is truly what sets us apart. 

Building a supportive, uplifting & inspiring team is one of the greatest joys of working at KAW for the summer, and we look forward to you being a part of it!

Ideal Candidate

  • Positive attitude & an unapologetic desire to grow, learn & share the outdoors with others! 
  • Strong work ethic. 
  • A very social & outgoing personality. 
  • Kindness, purposefulness, and desire to change the world. 
  • Good degree of physical fitness with solid upper body strength.
  • Interest in making the outdoors more inclusive & approachable for others. 
  • Inspired by collective climate action.
  • We hire based on company culture, so if your core values align with ours, we will train you to be an amazing guide! 

Room and Board

Housing is provided. Some trips include food. 

Employee Perks

  • Pro-deals on outdoor gear. 
  • Continuing Education Scholarships. 
  • 5-day Guide Training Expedition in Kenai Fjords National Park. 
  • Outdoor Certifications: ACA, NAI, LNT. 
  • Access to one of the most beautiful places in Alaska. 
  • Comp tours for other outfitters. 
  • Free housing.
  • Opportunity to be a part of a community actively working to shape the future of tourism in Alaska. 
  • Epic 5-day End of Season Trip somewhere in Alaska! 

Getting Here and Getting Around

Guides are welcome to drive, but do not need their own car to get around the small town of Seward. KAW has a communal guide car that guides are welcome to use around town. We also have a number of shop bikes as well. Each year about 50% of our guides have their own vehicles. 

For Fun

Seward is a premier adventure town with world class trails, waterways, and mountains, all within walking distance of the shop. Come for the job, stay for the community and sense of place. 

How to Apply

If our company culture seems to align with your personal core values, we’d love to hear from you. Building a supportive, uplifting, and inspiring team is one of the greatest joys of working at KAW for the summer, and we look forward to you being a part of it. Please contact the owner, Trent, via email at fun@kayakak.com, for access to the application. This will most likely be the hardest job you'll ever love. 

We require all guides to send in a completed application with references and to take part in an interview process. We collect applications until January 15th each year. Don’t wait – give us a shout now to access an application, as we review them and hire on a rolling basis.

Kayak Adventures values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC, LGBT individuals, members of ethnic minorities and marginalized communities to apply. The outdoors are for everyone, you are welcome here.


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