San Juan Island's Original Sea Kayak Outfitters & Guides Since 1980
Kayaking with orcas

Employment Opportunities

San Juan Kayak Expeditions is searching for a special person to fill a guiding position for our 2018 season.  Below are the qualifications we look for and the requirements of a job as a sea kayak guide/naturalist.  If you have sea kayaking experience and outdoor leadership skills, and feel you would be an asset to our company, please submit a introductory letter, resume and three references.

Kayak Guide

Company background: San Juan Kayak Expeditions is the original sea kayaking company in the San Juan Islands and is a small family owned and operated business. Its founder, Tim Thomsen, guided 3 and 4 day trips in the San Juan Islands for over 33 years. Those hired by SJKE will have the unique opportunity to work under Tim’s tutelage.

We have a reputation for providing top quality equipment, a high level of instruction, impeccable safety while conducting fun and educational kayak tours, rentals and expeditions.

Qualifications: Guides will be outgoing, enjoy entertaining and educating a diverse audience, confident and skilled in a leadership role, and have a passion for nature and natural history and a love for kayaking. All will be mature, professional, punctual, well-groomed and possess a proven strong work ethic.   Strong communication and public speaking skills and excellent interpersonal skills are essential. Experience in multi-day camping trips preferred.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be willing to work long hours outdoors in all types of weather conditions.
  • Be physically fit, and able to lift 50+ lbs to load and carry kayaks in uneven terrains.
  • Ability to make sound decisions quickly and work calmly in tense or chaotic situations.
  • ACA or BCU certified or repeated demonstration of bracing, rolling and rescue techniques.
  • First Aid and CPR Certification/Wilderness First Responder preferred
  • 21 years or older
  • Clean Driving Record
  • Possess a cell phone with texting capabilities
  • Internet and email access
  • Practice Leave No Trace Ethics


All photos in our website have been contributed by past guests. Thanks to all who have shared their experience! And special thanks to guest Philip Robinson for his fun pics.

Contact Info

San Juan Kayak Expeditions
Tim and Sally Thomsen, Owners/Operators since 1980
PO Box 2041
275 A St, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, USA
Open 7 days a week for questions & reservations.

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