Short-Term Job Adventures Washington
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.
Anacortes Kayak Tours
2009 Skyline Way
Anacortes WA 98221
Outdoor Environmental Educators
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.
With 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. Outdoor Environmental Educators 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 this spring (March 6th to June 15th), with options to work through the summer and fall. 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.
Site Director, Outdoor Environmental Education
YMCA Camp Orkila
484 Camp Orkila Rd.
P.O. Box 1149
Eastsound, WA 98245
(360) 376-2678, ext. 103
Environmental Education Instructors
Camp Sealth is located on nearly 400 acres of forest and wetlands on the southwest shore of Vashon Island, conveniently located near both Seattle & Tacoma. The property includes over a mile of saltwater beach along Colvos Passage. The main camp area is right beside the water and features a large play field, dining hall, office and most sleeping cabins and meeting spaces. Upper camp can be reached by car or on foot and includes two large play fields, the Wrangler Retreat Center, Uncle Wigglebottom’s cabin, campsites, and miles of hiking trails. Most of the property is undeveloped, allowing for kids and adults to explore and learn about the natural world in a near-pristine environment.
Camp Sealth is seeking individuals who have an enthusiasm for the outdoors, have experience teaching and leading, a strong work ethic, and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a rigorous, fast-paced, hard working, fun and tight-knit outdoor education community! Environmental Education Instructors will teach classes to youth of all ages with a curriculum including forest and marine ecology, outdoor living and sustainability. Instructors will be trained in several recreational activities such as archery, challenge and low ropes course, waterfront, arts & crafts and games. Positions are available during the spring (early April to mid-June, with opportunities to extend into the summer months) and fall (late August to early November). Longer-term work extensions are an option depending on qualifications and performance. To apply, fill out the online application (five references will be required).
Environmental Education & Retreats Program Manager
Camp Fire Central Puget Sound — Camp Sealth
14500 SW Camp Sealth Rd.
Vashon, WA 98070
(206) 463-3174 ext. 34
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 15–June 10 + summer camp option) and the fall season (September 11–October 19). 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!
Outdoor Education Director
15207 E. Lake Goodwin Rd.
Stanwood, WA 98292
Marine Naturalists and Captains
Island Adventures offers five departure locations – Anacortes, Everett, La Conner, Port Angeles, and Seattle – are strategically set up to offer the best whale viewing opportunity. Every tour has the opportunity to see up to five types of whales (resident orca, transient killer whale, minke, humpback, and grey).
Island Adventures is the premier whale watching company in the Pacific Northwest. Marine Naturalists will provide interpretative and entertaining tours for guest excursions. Marine Naturalists must have past experience on boat-based tours, a love for whales and wildlife and great customer-service skills. Captains will drive some of the most state-of-the-art vessels on the west coast while providing a lifelong memory for guests. Applicants must have a 100-ton near coastal license, STCW Basic, TWIC, and past experience as a whale watch/tour boat captain. An hourly wage will be determined based upon experience. Most positions will be hired as full-time, seasonal for the peak whale watching season from March to October. If you are fun, energetic, eager to learn, and are passionate about the San Juan Islands and Pacific Northwest, whales and wildlife, send your cover letter, resume, and references to Jess Plier.
Island Adventures, Inc
1801 Commercial Ave.
Anacortes, WA 98221
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.
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!
P.O. Box 579
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816
Read the FAQ about Guiding for ROW
Camping & Community Based Team Leaders, Field Staff and Crew Members
Across Northern California, Oregon and Washington
Imagine 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 firstname.lastname@example.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) 349-5060 fax
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, 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 Joe Sisti. Applications are due by April 30th for summer positions and August 15th for fall positions.
P.O. Box 1321
Flat Rock, NC 28731
(828) 698-0399 phone/fax
(888) 954-5555 toll free
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