Employment Opportunities

Work for the best kayak expedition outfit in the San Juan Islands.

2019 Sea Kayak Guide

Position Overview: San Juan Kayak Expeditions is searching for a special person to fill a guiding position for our 2019 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.

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


Please send your intro letter and resume to adventure@sanjuankayak.com