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AOG/Level 2 Certified Guide

We are seeking an AOG or Level 2 certified guide to be part of a small team that provides multi-day kayak guiding from Coast Mountain Lodge on Read Island, as well as day guiding services from Discovery Islands Lodge on Quadra Island. The business is family owned and has been operating since 1987. We are ideally looking for someone who already has at least one season of guiding under their belt, but are also open to someone new to guiding who has significant personal paddling and backcountry experience. 

This is a full-time position. You will primarily work with a crew of 3 people leading multi-day sea kayak tours through the Discovery Islands and mainland inlets, but will also have the opportunity to guide day and half-day tours through the Surge Narrows Marine Park. In addition to guiding, you may also help with lodge duties, including assisting the lodge hosts, renting equipment, and providing information to guests.

Your co-workers are experienced, friendly and enthusiastic individuals who make work fun – and play hard when there’s time. Our ideal candidate is personable, attentive to detail, and eager to be part of a dedicated team. You’ll receive training to further your leadership and technical paddling skills, including in nearby tidal rapids. 

Knowledge of coastal marine history and ecology is an asset; willingness to learn and develop skills and knowledge is essential. Basic on-site shared accommodation on Read Island is provided, as are all meals while working. Some shared meals on non-work days will also be provided, but you should be prepared to provide your own food on non-work days. Our ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about living and learning from an off-grid, remote island lifestyle.

Due to Covid 19, we have a strong preference for applicants willing to follow provincial health guidelines and minimize social interaction outside the workplace. Because of the pandemic, our actual operations for the upcoming season may need to be modified, so applicants should be ready and willing to adapt to changes in our scheduling and operations.

Season: Mid-June – late September (start and end dates somewhat flexible). 5 days/week.

Candidates should be prepared to provide their own:

  • PFD
  • VHF radio
  • Quick release towline & stirrup
  • Appropriate guiding clothes, sturdy footwear, personal drybags
  • Marine chart(s)& compass
  • Spare clothes/items for guest mishap
  • Personal camping equipment