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Learn how to become a kayak guide with Anacortes Kayak Tours.

Learn how to become a kayak guide with Anacortes Kayak Tours.

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Anacortes Kayak Tours: Sea Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

Anacortes Kayak Tours

Summer Sea Kayak Guides and Office/Logistics Staff

Anacortes (Home Port to the San Juan Islands) is an easy 90 minute drive from Seattle and is located on beautiful Fidalgo Island. The west side of Fidalgo Island offer outstanding views of the Olympic Mountains and the rest of the San Juan Islands.

With one of the most comprehensive kayak guide training programs in the region, Anacortes Kayak Tours is looking for professional, mature and fun-loving individuals who are passionate about working and playing in the great outdoors. Sea Kayak Guides must commit to at least a mid-June through Labor Day time frame, in addition to pre-season training activities. Applicants who can commit to a longer period of time are preferred. A cheerful, organized and computer literate Office/Sales person is also needed to help run the AKT office, sell tours and assist with logistics. For Guide positions, send your resume to Erik Schorr with details about your personal and professional experience. For Office staff, send your resume to Megan Schorr.

Read a great article about Erik Schorr and family-owned Anacortes Kayak Tours over at TravelDew.

Erik Schorr
Anacortes Kayak Tours
2009 Skyline Way
Anacortes WA 98221

(800) 992-1801

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Located on 185 acres of forest, wetlands and waterfront, Killoqua provides a unique outdoor experience for youth and adults.

Camp Killoqua

Outdoor Education Instructors

Camp Killoqua is located close to Seattle, Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades National Parks, the San Juan Islands, Vancouver BC and many other great Northwest destinations — and just a short 5-mile drive or bike ride from the Puget Sound!

Camp Killoqua is a non-profit residential summer camp and outdoor education facility located on 185 acres of forest, wetlands and waterfront in beautiful Western Washington. Outdoor Education Instructors are responsible for teaching a curriculum that focuses on forest, wildlife, and wetland ecology of the Pacific Northwest, leading team building and outdoor recreation activities (including the climbing wall, canoeing, archery, outdoor living skills, and orienteering), as well as evening activities (such as night hikes, cooperative games, and campfires). Positions are available during the spring (March to early June + summer camp option) and the fall season (September to early December). Applicants must have two years or more of college, plus experience working with children in the outdoors, the ability to be a positive role model, ability to be creative on the go, and have a flexible attitude and strong work ethic. Also seeking summer camp staff for a variety of positions!

Spring Season Employment Alert
Camp Killoqua is currently accepting Instructor applications for the spring season (March to early June + summer camp option).

Cassie Anderson
Outdoor Education Director
Camp Killoqua
15207 E. Lake Goodwin Rd.
Stanwood, WA 98292

(360) 652-6250

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Located on Orcas Island, YMCA Camp Orkila has been welcoming kids and teens since 1906.YMCA Camp Orkila

Residential Outdoor Program Instructors

Living on an island is a wonderful way of life! Camp Orkila is settled on the Northwest corner of Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, which means that you’ll enjoy views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and spectacular sunsets every night. To get to the island, one must take an hour-long ferry ride from Anacortes to Orcas Landing.

YMCA Job ListingWith facilities that include an 18,000-gallon salt water aquarium, salmon hatchery, organic garden, 1,000-foot zip line, several challenge courses, climbing tower, archery range and crafts center, YMCA Camp Orkila programs include summer camp, Teen Leadership, Family Camps, Retreats and Conferences, Community Programs and the Outdoor Environmental Education program. Residential Outdoor Program Instructors (32 openings) will be responsible for teaching classes in marine & aquatic sciences, terrestrial ecology and earth science as well as facilitating group development and challenge course activities. Positions are available during the spring (March 5th to June 17th), with options to work through the summer and fall (early September to late October). Seeking applicants with strong communication and leadership skills, current CPR/first aid certification, and a passion for kids. Fill out the online application or email Haley Winchell for more information.

Hot Jobs @ YMCA Camp Orkila!
In addition to Outdoor Program Instructors being hired for the spring season, Camp Orkila is also accepting applications for summer positions as well! Learn more about the Orkila Teen Expeditions Program and the Orkila Summer Staff site, or contact Jordan Bright for more information. View all current job openings »

Haley Winchell
Site Director, Outdoor Environmental Education
YMCA Camp Orkila
484 Camp Orkila Rd.

P.O. Box 1149
Eastsound, WA 98245
(360) 376-2678, ext. 103

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Located on Vashon Island and operated by Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, Camp Sealth is a year-round facility that offers traditional summer camp, environmental education and retreats.

Camp Fire Central Puget Sound — Camp Sealth

Summer Camp Staff

Camp Sealth is located on Vashon Island in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The 400-acre property includes over a mile of saltwater beach on Puget Sound, plus evergreen forests, wetlands, and wildlife. It’s also conveniently located about an hour away from both Seattle and Tacoma.

If you love the outdoors and want to make a positive difference for kids, Camp Sealth may be the place for you this summer! Summer camp positions include Cabin Counselors (lead, guide, and provide activity leadership for a cabin group of 6-8 campers and assist campers with group living and personal development), Activity Specialists (teach and lead specialized activities to kids of all ages, help supervise campers, and assist with camp-wide events, overnight camp outs, and unit activities), Support Staff (including kitchen staff and health care) and Supervisors. Most positions start on June 17th and conclude on August 29th, and all staff are expected to work the full season, including the training weeks. If you are caring, compassionate, energetic, enthusiastic, willing to learn, and enjoy working with kids, browse the list of available jobs and learn how to apply.

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Alex Kirschner
Assistant Camp Director
Camp Fire Central Puget Sound — Camp Sealth
14500 SW Camp Sealth Rd.
Vashon, WA 98070

(206) 463-3174

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Sharing nature, enriching lives, with over 35 years of experience hand-crafting adventures around the globe!

ROW Adventures

Adventure Guides

ROW offers guided whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking, biking, canyoneering, stand-up paddle board instruction, kayaking and fly fishing adventures in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona and Utah; sea kayaking in Baja California and British Columbia; diverse adventure tours around the world; and owns and operates the River Dance Lodge, an outdoor adventure resort in North Central Idaho.

Program in the Spotlight Attention friendly, self-starting, energetic, creative and hard-working individuals who have a love for people, life and the natural world: ROW Adventures is hiring experienced and inexperienced Adventure Guides in the Northwest Rocky Mountains for the summer season (May–August). No whitewater guiding experience is necessary to apply, but all hires must successfully complete ROW's Guide School Program and other required training before guiding commercial trips. If you’d like to work for a leader in the adventure travel industry that pride’s itself on their professionalism and commitment to guest services, conservation and interpretation, apply to join the ROW team!

ROW Adventures
ATTN: Employment
P.O. Box 579
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816
(208) 765-0841

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Northwest Youth Corps — Empowering Youth Through Conservation.

Northwest Youth Corps

Camping & Community Based Team Leaders, Field Staff and Crew Members

Across Northern California, Oregon and Washington

AmeriCorps Education Award ProvidedImagine working and camping in remote, rugged and beautiful natural areas throughout the Pacific Northwest and getting paid for it! The Northwest Youth Corps is about accepting challenge, getting in shape and being outdoors. It is a life where boots, sleeping bags, mosquito repellent and dips in icy cold lakes replace the usual comforts of home—time where building a campfire, pitching a tent and cooking in a Dutch oven becomes second nature. Field Staff responsibilities include supervising the successful completion of conservation projects, implementing environmental educational programs, coordinating camp life, preparing paperwork, leading weekend recreation trips (for residential programs), and learning skills to safely operate chainsaws. Read through the Field Staff FAQ, apply online or email work@nwyouthcorps.org for more info. Positions are available throughout the year.

Are you fluent in American Sign Language? NYC also hires ASL Crew Leaders to work outdoors with deaf/hard of hearing youth and young adults.

Northwest Youth Corps
2621 Augusta St.
Eugene, OR 97403

(541) 349-5055
(541) 349-5060 fax

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Through adventures designed to foster community, build confidence and teach leadership, Adventure Treks operates wilderness-based programs for teenagers.Adventure Treks

Outdoor Adventure Instructors

Washington (and throughout British Columbia, Alaska, California, Oregon, Colorado and Wyoming during the summer months, and North Carolina during the fall season)

Through adventures designed to foster community, build confidence and teach leadership, Adventure Treks operates 13 to 30-day wilderness-based programs for teenagers. Instructors are in charge of managing group dynamics, coordinating logistics and leading activities that include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, ice climbing, ziplining, cooking, orienteering, Leave No Trace concepts and general environmental education. There is the opportunity to work both summer (early June to mid-August) and fall school group programs (late August through late October). To apply, email your resume to to Erica Van Steenis. Applications are due by May 15th for summer positions and August 15th for fall positions.

Erica Van Steenis
Staffing Director
Adventure Treks
P.O. Box 1321
Flat Rock, NC 28731

(828) 698-0399 phone/fax
(888) 954-5555 toll free

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