Eco-Tourism Guide – Seattle – Now Hiring

SEATTLE NATURE GUIDE POSITIONS FOR 2019

Lead all-inclusive, small-group outdoor adventures departing from Seattle!

Evergreen Escapes guides lead all-inclusive, small-group (generally 10 travelers or fewer) public & private National Park tours and nature adventures that depart from Seattle, WA. We seek guides for the 2019 peak season with the possibility of long-term positions in our growing tour program. We operate tours year-round. Our tour volume is highest April through October, during which time we need Full-Time, Part-Time Hourly, and On-Call/Flex nature guides to join our team. Our guides work varied schedules that are tailored to their lives & schedules. While most of our trips are single day trips, experienced and willing guides regularly lead private day trips and multi-day adventures.

We have a lovely team of guides/educators and a few administrators. We enjoy spending our time outside in the great Pacific Northwest and we genuinely care about the travelers that choose to spend their relaxed moments with our team. We work hard to serve travelers and to ensure we’re happy & fulfilled in our shared work lives. We’re looking for teammates that are curious, kind, and open!

Position Specifics

Our base pay is $16.00 to $19.00 hour with opportunity for advancement and raises. Gratuity from guests can significantly increase guide income (appx. $4 to $10 per hour).  Bonuses for leading many of our private trips, corporate gratuities, and reimbursements for specific training completed while on staff.

• Lead full-day, small-group nature tours in the Greater Seattle area as a solo guide. Tours of Mt Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, Mt St Helens, the San Juan archipelago, and Seattle area will be among your primary workload.  Training provided.

• Within first two weeks of hire, must have completed First Aid & CPR certification, in-house driver training, WA Food Handlers permit, and alcohol handling “mixologist” permit (all reimbursed by Evergreen Escapes).

• Provide interpretive commentary about the Pacific Northwest, geology, volcanology, local cultural history, ecology, botany, sustainability, travel, and more. Lead nature walks & hikes.

• Professionally present and serve local/organic food, coffee, and wine.

• Safely transport clients in Mercedes vans or SUVs and ensure that clients are picked up on time. IF YOU’RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE THOUGHT OF DRIVING A LARGE VEHICLE IN CRAZY TRAFFIC–turn back now 🙂

• Maintain a professional appearance and conduct with all clients, colleagues, and partner organizations.

Qualifications:  Required

Evergreen Escapes encourages a “jack-” or “jill-of-all-trades” team environment, and you may be required to perform duties beyond this job description to assist travelers, teammates, or to achieve strategic company aims. Our Seattle guides are responsible for the following duties, including but not limited to:

• You’ll lead discussions around the Pacific Northwest on its history & ecology. YOU MUST FEEL CONFIDENT BEING IN FRONT OF A GROUP SOLO ALL DAY.

• Experience in environmental, outdoor, and/or adventure education (semi-confident naturalists required).

• Currently a resident of greater Seattle (absolutely necessary). You need to be intimately familiar with the Northwest!

• Responsible, independent, creative-thinking, self-starting, charismatic individual. Possess the ability to provide 5-star guest service for individuals from various backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.

• Clean driving record. Comfortable driving 10-passenger vans or SUV’s in all conditions (city streets under heavy traffic, mountain roads requiring chains to be installed/removed, etc.).

• Pass a Washington State Patrol background check.

• Ability to lift 25 lbs.

• You must possess strong curiosity, a drive to learn, and a love of people.

Qualifications:  Welcomed (any)

Pacific Northwest region-specific knowledge of geography, geology, culture, natural & human history, and ecology are essential. We understand that you can learn these things, but it helps to be passionate about them already and know something of them.

• 4-year degree or higher.

• Experience in leadership development, team building, and/or group facilitation.

• Minimum 1 year of experience as an educator and/or interpretive guide.

• Knowledge of naturalist specialties which may include: anthropology, birding, botany, geology, glaciology, or volcanology.

• Pertinent adventure certifications, including: WFR, Leave No Trace, etc.

• Multilingual.

• Innate desire to be a more kind, more curious, and more-frequently outdoors human being.

• Wine sales, tasting room, or seasonal wine production experience.

Please send us an email detailing your background & interest, a CV or resume, and 2 professional references to:   bookings@evergreenescapes.com

INCLUSIVITY STATEMENT:

Pivotal to the Evergreen Escapes mission is the need to embrace and value…

…the diversity of our team members, partners, and guests. Acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual, we seek to cultivate an environment that encourages freedom of expression. We firmly believe that every individual has the right to feel safe to express ideas that differ from those held by other members of our community. All persons who aspire to be part of our community must accept the responsibility to demonstrate civility and respect for the dignity of others. Recognizing that the proper balance between freedom of expression and respect for others is not always apparent or easy to achieve, we must continually engage ourselves and each other in an atmosphere of mutual concern, good will and respect. Therefore, expressions or actions that disparage an individual’s or group’s ethnicity, gender orientation, religion, sexual orientation, relationship status, indentity, age, ability, views, etc. are contrary to the mission of Evergreen Escapes.’