We typically employ ten kayak guides each summer. Every year, we have some guides return, and we hire a few new guides. Our training program is incredibly extensive (3+ weeks), and begins on the evening of April 30th. It is required for all guides, new and returning, and is something we take great pride in! By the end of training all guides receive a Level 2 ACA Sea Kayaking Skills Assessment, ACA Day Trip Leader & Kayak Camping endorsement.
We look mostly for people who are kind, mature, reliable, active, passionate, enthusiastic, natural leaders, and simply honest, hard-working individuals. Company culture is incredibly important to us here at KAW, so we seek individuals who are passionate about inspiring stewardship of our natural world in our guests through our educational tours. Previous kayaking skills and guiding skills are great to have, but these are things we will definitely teach you either way. The days are long and bright, leaving plenty of time to both work and play! This truly is a great summer job. We ideally look for people who want to return every summer... and grow within the company over the years. Returning guides enjoy perks like a $200 Continuing Education Scholarship to be used for anything from Spanish classes to gaining more outdoor certifications.
Everyone lives at our shop - so housing is included with your employment.
All guides working for Kayak Adventures must be at least 21 years old. Guides are expected to be in Seward by April 30th to begin our training, and must be able to stay through mid-September when the season ends. You must hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification by the time employment begins (we offer a class in the spring, if you need it). We will teach Leave-No-Trace ethics as part of our training, but we do look for people who are environmentally oriented, and previous experience with these practices is very helpful.
If you're interested in learning more, please call Trent or Tess at 907.224.3960, or send us an email at email@example.com, and we'll let you know how to access an application. We require all guides to send in a completed application with references, current driving record (you'll be driving company vans), and to take part in an interview process.
We collect applications and resumes any time through early January each year, and usually try to be ready to hire in the last week of January. So don't wait - give us a shout now to access an application!