The Sea Kayak Guide and Naturalist (‘guide’) is a mature, personable member of the Outdoor Odysseys staff, available for a minimum of 2 consecutive summer seasons, May-September. Under general guidance of the Outdoor Odysseys (‘OO’) Owner/Operator, guides are responsible for preparing and leading sea kayaking tours ranging from 3 hour half-day tours to 4 day (or more) overnight tours. Tours are designed with a high standard of quality in safety, naturalism, itinerary, campsite maintenance, and cuisine; guides are encouraged to bring their own creativity, passion, and skills to these areas. Guides are expected to apply expertise and thoroughness to all aspects of a trip, from preliminary planning and packing through trip clean-up.

Responsibilities include:
-Plan, pack, and execute single and multi-day sea kayaking expeditions, customized to guests’ interest and needs (physical, dietary, etc).
-Instruct beginner to intermediate paddlers on paddling technique, safety, and assisted rescue.
-Share and discuss natural history and pertinent wildlife knowledge with customers, including legal requirements for proximity with protected wildlife interactions.
-Design menus specific to trip dietary restrictions. Pack and purchase food within financial guidelines.
-Individually prepare three meals a day for up to 8 customers. Collaborate effectively with other guides for larger groups.
-Thoroughly pack, clean, and report repair needs for all Outdoor Odysseys gear and kayaks.
-Participate in all aspects of improving the team, including education/training of other team members and contributing to process/communication improvement initiatives.
-Work with Owner and HR Manager to set professional goals for career development.
-Act as back-up for other team members and functions, as needed.
-Perform other duties as assigned by Owner.

Tagged as: Water Skills


Wilderness First Responder certified and up to date (completed in advance of hire).
Adult and Child CPR certified.
Demonstrated ACA Level 3 skills or comparable experience.

Required Skills:

The nature of the work may require exposure to inclement weather conditions and hazardous conditions on the water.
Must be willing to work in a variety of weather conditions.
Must possess the physical characteristics to perform the duties of the job including sufficient strength to lift 60 lbs.
Must be able to paddle approximately 10-12 miles per day and tow a customer’s kayak in case of emergency.
Driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record

Preferred Skills:

Formal education, degree, or equivalent experience in the natural history disciplines (e.g. biology, ornithology, environmental studies, etc.).
Completed outdoor guide training program (e.g. NOLS, IWLS).
ACA Level 3 certified, or equivalent experience.

About Outdoor Odysseys

About Outdoor Odysseys
Outdoor Odysseys has been in operation since 1987 and has built a well-deserved reputation for offering high quality, meticulously crafted sea kayak tours. We’ve explored the islands with over 100,000 paddlers in the past 30 years, while staying committed to providing personal, small group experiences.

Our Mission: To provide the most enjoyable, safe, and informative kayaking experience in the San Juan Islands.

Application Instructions

Please send a resume, cover letter and three references to [email protected]