We do love our work… 

 

Hi,

Thank you for your interest in working with us at Kayak Fundy | FreshAir Adventure Ltd. Each year we welcome some new members to our team. We try to do our hiring early in the season; we start in February and keep hiring until our positions are filled. Our goal is to offer a fun and supportive working environment, competitive wages, annual raises and other perks. Since most of our employees live on site, we typically become an ad-hoc family – arguing over who takes the longest showers. 

If you are interested in working with us please see below for details. And feel free to reach out to us in advance of a formal application if you have any questions.

 

THE WORK – IN BRIEF

Kayak guides usually work in teams of two or three. You will be responsible for leading rewarding, safe, educational and fun trips for people of many backgrounds and levels of experience. Certification and training are only the building blocks of a great guide. We take our work personally and will offer “in-house” training that covers Kayak Fundy’s tour standards, safety and risk management policies. We expect guides to be – or learn to be – strong leaders who are knowledgeable in natural and cultural history, as well as good communicators with a positive outlook. Our operations and interpretation manual is provided to all guides prior to beginning work.

REQUIREMENTS: For kayak guiding positions, applicants should have:

  1. Minimum Paddle Canada Level 1 (junior) or Level 2 (ideally Level 3 for senior guides, or equivalent).
  2. Basic First Aid and CPR is a must for junior guides; Wilderness First Aid Certificate (40 or 80 hours) is preferred.
  3. Passion and skill for natural history interpretation, good safety judgment and positive motivating leadership skills are essential “soft” skills.
  4. Of course, you will also need to be legally entitled to work in Canada prior to being hired. 

TO APPLY: For applications to all positions please include:

  1. A cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of certifications (include expiry dates or plans for updating or acquiring certifications)
  4. Minimum of 2 references (please supply email addresses and phone numbers)
  5. Why you think you would be a good fit with KAYAK FUNDY

Please send your application to: kayak@freshairadventure.com or call Gina at 1 (506) 654-3221.


OVERVIEW

  • Work Term: May 20 to September 15
  • Hours: Approximately 40 hours a week
  • Location: Alma, NB
  • Wage: Based on experience – see individual positions for more information
  • Perks: Housing is provided at no charge (there are basic house rules); there is a per diem charge for meals.
  • Special: Because many of our guests speak French as their first language, bilingualism is a considerable asset

Positions


Senior Kayak Guide and Operations Manager

Salary: $15-$18/hr

Working closely with and reporting directly to Kayak Fundy owner Gina Miller, the Senior Guide & Operations Coordinator is responsible for the smooth running of the day to day operations that ensure all tours run smoothly allowing the guides to provide our guests with an exceptional trip.

This is a hands-on job. You will be working alongside and directing Kayak Fundy’s diverse team of kayak guides and staff, plus supervising gear cleaning/maintenance to staff to fulfill the following key responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities for Senior Guide:

  • Leading and/or assisting kayak tours and assisting on day tours and any expedition-style kayak tours. This includes:
    • Delivering an exceptional wilderness experience to all of guests
    • Kayak instruction and on-water safety of guests
    • Waiver explanation and safety standards review
    • Providing natural and cultural interpretation
    • Organizing on-shore activities, meal preparation and campsite safety
    • Conducting pre-trip orientation meetings with guests
  • Direct and aid in pre-trip gear and meal preparation
  • Direct and aid in Post-trip gear cleaning and maintenance

Key Responsibilities for Operations Coordinator:

  • Oversee calendar of guide tour leaders
  • Oversee cleanliness, maintenance, and repair of kayaks, kayak equipment, and camping gear
  • Oversee cleanliness and maintenance of company facilities, tools, and equipment
  • Shuttling vehicles, trailers, and equipment to launch sites as required
  • Oversee kayak guides’ food preparation team to ensure equipment and supplies required for each tour are prepared and packed
  • Monthly check of Kayak Fundy’s tour radius to ensure our risk management exit procedures are consistently actionable as required
  • Coordinate the end of season cleaning and winterizing of kayaks, kayak equipment, camping gear, supplies, and facilities

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Exemplary organizational skills
  • Minimum 1-year experience managing a team
  • Previous experience in an operations or coordinator role is an asset
  • Minimum Paddle Canada Level 1 (junior) or Level 2 (ideally Level 3 for senior guides, or equivalent).
  • Able to work as a member of a team, take directions, and provide direction
  • Adaptable, problem solving skills, good communicator, and independent decision maker
  • Familiarity with Google Calendar, Dropbox folders, social media updates
  • Reliable telephone and text communication in Alma, Fundy area (check with your service provider)
  • Able to lift 30-40 Kilos (65-85lbs) – specifically, kayaks!
  • Class 4 drivers license is required

Senior Kayak Guides

Salary: $13-$15/hr

Kayak guides usually work in teams of two or three. You are responsible for leading rewarding, safe, educational and fun trips for people of many backgrounds and levels of experience. Certification and training is only the beginning, as we expect guides to be strong leaders, knowledgeable in natural and cultural history, good teachers and communicators and handy with the typical equipment used on trip. Our operations and interpretation manual is provided to all guides prior to beginning work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Primarily leading and/or assisting kayak tours and assisting on any expedition-style kayak tours
  • Delivering an exceptional wilderness experience to all of guests
  • Delivering waiver explanation and safety standards review
  • Kayak instruction and on-water safety of guests
  • Providing natural and cultural interpretation
  • Organizing on-shore activities, meal preparation and campsite safety
  • Conducting pre-trip orientation meetings with guests
  • Adherence to safety regulations as set by Transport Canada and Kayak Fundy’s own policies and standards
  • Pre-trip gear and meal preparation
  • Post-trip gear cleaning and maintenance

Non-Guiding Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of gear and kayaks for kayak tours
  • Participate in guide training and orientation in early late May and early June
  • Gear maintenance and repairs

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Paddle Canada Level 1 (junior) or Level 2 (ideally Level 3 for senior guides, or equivalent).
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification (minimum 80 hour course)
  • Class 4 drivers license
  • Natural history interpretive skills
  • Bilingual or multilingual skills an asset
  • Culinary skills
  • Outgoing and personable; must be able to entertain varied groups
  • of individuals
  • Exemplary organizational skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, take directions, and provide direction
  • Reliable telephone and text communication in Alma, Fundy area (check with your service provider)
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Junior Kayak Guides

Salary: $12-$13/hr

Kayak guides usually work in teams of two or three. You will be responsible for learning to lead, and then leading rewarding, safe, educational and fun trips for people of many backgrounds and levels of experience. Our operations and interpretation manual is provided to all guides prior to beginning work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist Kayak Fundy lead and assistant guides with service delivery of day-tours along the Fundy National Park Coastal route. This includes:
  • Pre-tour preparation
  • Assist with loading of vehicles and trailers
  • Transporting guests and/or gear to loading/pick up point
  • Loading and unloading of equipment
  • Kitchen duties
  • Equipment cleanliness/maintenance
  • Customer service
  • Under the supervision of the Owner and Senior kayak guides, provide:
    • Assistance with getting guests in and out of kayaks
    • Interpretive information to guests
    • Kayak instruction and ensure guest safety
    • Delivering waiver explanation and safety standards review
    • Adherence to safety regulations as set by Transport Canada and Kayak Fundy’s own policies and standards
  • Trip clean up

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Paddle Canada Level 1 (junior) or Level 2 (ideally Level 3 for senior guides, or equivalent).
  • Minimum of Basic first aid and CPR
  • Class 4 drivers license (unrestricted)
  • Outgoing and personable; must be able to entertain varied groups of individuals
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, take directions, and provide direction
  • Reliable telephone and text communication in Alma, Fundy area (check with your service provider)
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