Share your love of the outdoors guiding visitors through Sitka Sound's wildlife filled waters!
Perched on the western edge of Baranof Island and framed by island-studded waters
- Sitka, Alaska
- $12.00 / hour
- Some experience required
- Start Date:
- Job starts in 3 months (May 01, 2020)
Hello job-seeker and fellow explorer! We are recruiting sea kayak guides and support staff to join us this summer season. We approach this process knowing that we can only be as good as the people who work with us.
Do you love exploring wild Alaska and sharing this love with others while having fun? Do you have natural leadership and interpersonal skills? Can you work hard, in the rain all day, while smiling? If this sounds like you, please read on and explore if this is the job for you! This fantastic little sea kayaking company was founded in 1994 and has been a desirable company to work for since. We offer unique guided half and full-day sea kayak tours, guided multi-day expeditions, kayak skills instruction, and kayak rentals & sales.
Our 2020 season will begin with an orientation for all crew on May 1st, followed by a week-long, comprehensive training program for new guides. We will start getting busy with tours in the second week of May. As the majority of our tours are conducted for people arriving in Sitka by cruise ship, we expect to be quite busy from late-May through early-September. In mid-September, we will put on an end-of-season kayak & gear sale and start prepare our equipment for winter storage.
The length of our workday is variable, mostly depending on the number of cruise ships in port and how long they’re scheduled to stay. We usually start our workday at about 7:30am, but it is almost impossible to know in advance when the workday will end. A guide might lead one shorter-duration tour, working 4-6 hours, or he/she might guide two or more tours and put in a 10+ hour day. Our full-time guides and staff will be scheduled to have at least one entire day off per week.
Previous guiding experience is helpful but not essential. Our comprehensive, in-house training program includes: First Aid & CPR certification, kayak & gear orientation, kayak safety & rescue techniques, guide leadership skills, navigation rules-of-the-road, tide/current/wind/seas awareness, tour orientation & goals, the natural & human history of the area, and leave-no-trace camping ethics.
This “guiding” principal is so important to the success of our business, we’re going to give it to you right now, here, for free: It is not just possible to mix work and pleasure while guiding – it is absolutely essential! Our guests entrust us to provide a wilderness experience that is safe, educational and FUN. But, if we’re not having fun, they’re not having fun. We can teach our guides the skills they’ll need to conduct a safe and informative tour, but fun … that’s just something we all have to bring to the job. We will do everything we can to foster a professional, respectful – and FUN – work environment.