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Sea Kayak Guide/Naturalist Educator


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Qualifications: A degree in one of the natural sciences; strong leadership abilities in outdoor situations; able to provide detailed discussions on marine natural history. Experience traveling on marine waters; camping and kayaking. Drivers license and clean record with no moving violations in past 3 years. Be able to lift 50 lbs overhead and be physically fit. Current CPR and at least standard first aid required. Possession of tent, suitable outdoor clothing, and other miscellaneous items. Successful completion of our intensive pre- season Sea Kayak Guide Training Program is mandatory.

Duties: Assist in all phases of field operations, including leading sea kayak tours. Provide discussions to guests about Puget Sound natural history, marine environment, flora and fauna, conservation issues, etc. Teach guests the basics of sea kayaking and water safety, assist guests when entering/exiting and moving kayaks, adhere to all safety protocols, preparation of food and equipment, routine maintenance, etc. Summer program: averages full-time from late June to early September, and part-time in May to early June and from late September to mid-October. Depending on your individual position begin either mid-May or late June and end sometime between early-September to mid-October. Sea Kayak Guide Training Program Work Location: Near Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington.

Closing date: Open until filled. Phone interviews will take place immediately for qualified individuals.

How to Apply
Applications are by resume only. Send a standard resume augmented with details of sea kayaking / marine travel experiences, and marine natural history skills. Please be very complete when providing the augmented kayaking and marine experience information. We must have the specific information requested in order to properly evaluate applicants. Keep in mind that if you are in good physical condition, we can train you to be a safe and strong kayak leader very quickly. On the other hand, natural history knowledge is something that takes much longer to acquire, and you will likely need to already be knowledgeable in this area or spend several months studying before you arrive for training. We will provide a required reading list for this purpose! Contact person: Martine Springer, Expedition Director. Please no phone calls.

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