Sea Kayaking Guides & Paddling Instructors

Seasonal Full & Part-Time, and Internships Available

We hire our guides based on who they are just as much as on what they can do. We're looking for people who love providing memorable experiences for others within the amazing natural areas in which we work. Good judgment, a love for nature, and ability to work with groups of diverse people is a must.

How about paddling skills? New guides must either come in with basic sea kayaking experience and first aid, or attend our pre-season skills training. This training is an intensive two weeks of skill building and group management. At the end of this training period all staff are on the way to becoming American Canoe Association (ACA) Trip Leaders and will learn all about kayak repairs, driving 15 passenger vans, food preparation and the natural and cultural history of our amazing location. Staff development opportunities are also offered weekly throughout the summer season.

Experienced guides and returning staff have opportunities to advance their skills and gain ACA Instructor certifications.

The Work

Guide/Instructors lead half day, full day, and multi-day sea kayak camping trips and teach safety and instructional courses in kayak and stand up paddle boarding. Guides may also lead SUP trips, fix boats, and have other work opportunities around the shop. This job requires you to work with people of all backgrounds, while being able to lift kayaks, work often long hours, and be out in all types of weather. Staff need to communicate well and work as a team, be in good shape, and be willing to learn. You can expect a positive work environment and a lot of opportunities for fun and personal growth. 

Our Guide Structure

Level 1: Apprentice Guides - This is the period when you shadow senior guides on trips and training courses. Apprentices shadow until they are ready to be an assistant guide. 

Level 2: Assistant Guides - Are developing outdoor leadership experience and gaining paddling skills. Level 2 guides assist on day trips and skills classes. Assistant guides are required to have first aid certifications, as well as proven on-water leadership skills and judgment.

Level 3-5: Lead & Mentor Guides - The Lead Guide positions require solid outdoor leadership skills and rough water rescue ability. Often, lead guides possess an instructor certification in sea kayaking as well as advanced first aid certification such as WFA or WFR. Our hope is to get all new guides to level 3 - Lead Guides within the first month of work, since level 3 is the minimum required to lead trips on your own within the park. 

Qualifications & Responsibilities

  • Timely and able to work early and late hours.

  • Good communication skills.

  • Sense of humor

  • Friendly people-centered attitude. 

  • Willing to spend the time with clients to make it the best experience possible. 

  • Confident problem-solving attitude

  • Own transportation to and from work

  • Love of the outdoors!

  • Other desired skills: Ability to do minor repairs, grace under pressure, paddling skills, leadership and teaching experience.

Compensation & Benefits

We have a five-tiered system, with paddling skill, time in the field, and leadership experience bringing commensurate increases in compensation. Substantial increases are given to guides for gaining certification levels, returning for following seasons, and for previous experience. We also offer a bonus to all staff who complete their contract dates.

Guides get free personal use of equipment, paid training once hired, and access to our employee equipment purchase program offering up to 50% off retail prices on boats and other gear.

Position dates

Our trips start mid-May with new staff training starting after Memorial Day. We give hiring preference to those who can stay at least through Labor Day, though flexibility with ending date is possible. Staff staying into September can expect laid-back shoulder season work with opportunities for taking personal trips.

To Apply


Positions are open until filled. Our goal is to have all positions filled by March 1st, Currently have one position available.