Our Little Sand Bay Sea Kayak staff introduce the skills and pleasure of paddling and hiking in the beautiful Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Adventures range from 1-14 days, and begin and end at our Little Sand Bay Base Camp near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Some staff choose to live, at no cost, at the base camp during the season, while others will be based out of St. Paul and commute for each trip.

We recognize that as an industry, there is much to do to increase representation in our field to reflect the communities we aim to serve. We also know that diversity of identities, experiences and ways of thinking result in better solutions for our communities. For this reason, we especially encourage applicants from communities who experience systemic barriers – including people of color, women, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities – to apply for this position.

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding


A minimum of Basic First Aid & CPR (or ability to obtain).
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) preferred
Staff must possess a WFA or WFR to be eligible for promotion in kayak leadership.
Desire to lead, motivate, and manage groups of varying ages, abilities, and identities in an outdoor setting
Ability to provide excellent customer service
Ability to work as a team and conduct themselves in a way that contributes to a positive working environment with peers

Required Skills:

Willing to keep flexible hours
Must pass a background check
Must be at least 18 years of age
Must be legally allowed to work in the United States
Once hired, attendance at annual Outdoor Leader trainings and any activity-specific training required in order to accomplish the position including: North canoe training and assessment and driver training (if eligible)

Preferred Skills:

Wilderness Water Safety, Lifeguard or other Professional Rescuer
Current driver’s license* and a safe driving record dating back at least five years
One or more seasons or years of professional experience in outdoor recreation or education, leadership or guiding, group facilitation, or other related experience
Experience working with youth and adults from diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds.
Proficiency in Spanish, American Sign Language, Hmong, or Somali

About Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Through the medium of outdoor adventure travel, we inspire personal growth, enhanced awareness of the environment and community integration. Wilderness Inquiry is all about access, inclusion, and opportunity. We believe exploration of the natural world is a birthright we all share, and we act on that belief. We operate in a manner that facilitates full participation by everyone, including people of all ages, background, and abilities.

Application Instructions

Apply directly through Wilderness Inquiry website: https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/job/little-sand-bay-sea-kayak-outdoor-leader/