Would you like to work at North Island Kayak?
The work culture at North Island Kayak is based on mutual respect and performance. Each member of our team has the responsibility and is equipped, or provided training to acquire, the skills to perform their contribution to the smooth running vacation experience our guests deserve, while being assured that those around them are equally dedicated and skilled at performing their roles.
Our tours operate on a seasonal basis and our employment opportunities follow this seasonality. Although many North Island Kayak employees return year after year there are always opportunities for enthusiastic new team members.
Summer 2017 Opportunities
North Island Kayak currently has employment opportunities for the following positions;
- Kitchen & Hospitality Coordinator – June through September
- Maintenence Coordinator - Mid May to Late September
- Sea Kayak Day Guides (SKGABC Level 1) – June through September
- Kayak Store Retail staff – July & August
- Gear Preparation & Maintenance staff – June to September or July & August
- Lead Sea Kayak Guides (SKGABC L2 & L3) – Mid May through September - Filled
- Assistant Sea Kayak Guides (SKGABC AOG) – Mid May through September - Filled
- Assistant Store Supervisors – June to September - Filled
About North Island Kayak
North Island Kayak operates sea kayaking tours and provides sea kayak rentals from Telegraph Cove on northern Vancouver Island. It has been in continuous operation in this area since 1991, the current owners Steve Emery & Louise Defryn having been involved since 2006. Our goal is to provide our guests with a spectacular wilderness vacation experience, while ensuring the safety of all and minimizing any negative environmental effects of our presence. Our kayak tours and rentals are in operation between the months of May & September each year. Maximum staffing levels are reached in the months of July & August when our team reaches approximately 35 people.
- An opportunity to work in a beautiful area with spectacular wildlife.
- A great work environment.
- Very competitive pay rates.
- Team based continuous learning skill development.
- Subsidized further training opportunities.
- Special family and discounted friends’ rates.
- Subsidized local camping style accommodation.
- Access to Pro-deal purchases from leading outdoor suppliers
- Discounted opportunities to partake of other Telegraph Cove activities and attractions.
To apply for a position with North Island Kayak, please review the following requirements and send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please clearly identify the position applied for and include the following information.
- A cover letter detailing why you are interested in the position and why North Island Kayak should hire you.
- A current resume.
- Contact details for at least two references work references.
- If you are at college or university, provide one faculty reference.
- Details of relevant certifications, achievement dates and renewal dates if applicable.
- Expected pay.
- Availability dates.
All positions require the following.
- Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
- A valid driver’s licence.
- Proficiency in English, other languages especially French & German are an asset.
- The ability to work as part of a team.
- Responsible, reliable, decisive, mature individuals
- Good organizational skills
- Familiar with outdoor environment
- Articulate and people-oriented
- Ability to work with little supervision
- Robust to inclement weather
- Physical requirements: Must be able to lift up to 50lbs. Some bending and turning.
- North Island Kayak maintains an alcohol and drug free workplace.
Sea Kayak Guide Positions
Sea Kayak guide positions require the following.
- Appropriate SKGABC certification (Level 1, AOG, Level 2, Level 3, etc.) or Paddle Canada, BCU, ACA, equivalents.
- Appropriate First Aid certification – Typically 35-40 hour Wilderness First Aid for Level 2 & below with 70-80 hour for Level 3. Must include CPR & CPR-C.
- Food Safe.
- Marine VHF Restricted Operators Certificate.
- Appropriate experience for the position.
- Paddle Canada Instructor certifications are an asset.
- Progressively increasing depth of knowledge of the Pacific Northwest, its flora, fauna, first nation history and geological features.
- Appropriate personal equipment, e.g. PFD, Marine VHF, immersion clothing, etc.
- Must have completed or be attending post high school education.
- Previous experience in a retail environment.
- Basic Microsoft office and computer skills.
- Familiarity with tourism.
- Awareness of marine environment.
- Food Safe.