Seattle | Eco-Tourism Guide


Seattle-based Eco-tourism Guide for small group, luxury nature adventures in the Pacific Northwest.


The Evergreen Escapes guide directs small (generally 10 guests or fewer) public and private nature adventures that depart from Seattle, WA.  Evergreen Escapes seeks guides for the 2018 season with the possibility of long-term positions for the right candidate(s).  We operate tours year-round; tour volume is highest April through October, during which time we need Full-Time Hourly, Part-Time Hourly, and On-Call Hourly guides to join our existing veteran staff.  While most of our trips are single day trips, we regularly lead private multi-day trips.


Our mission is to inspire positive change through transformational experiences – connecting people, places, and our environment.

Evergreen Escapes is widely recognized as our region’s most reputable adventure travel company, specializing in crafting upscale nature, adventure, epicurean, and education-based experiences throughout Cascadia and beyond.  We provide authentic and educational local experiences via small group, custom and private half-, full-, and multi-day escapes, providing our clients with immersion experiences in our mountains, islands, waterways, culture, farms, fare, brew, wine, and spirits.  Our demographics generally include adults aged 25-70 from across the United States and worldwide. We maintain primary base camps in Seattle, WA, and Portland, OR, USA.


• Lead or assist a diverse range of half-, full-, and multi-day tours. Much of the time will be spent working alone with clients (partly the reason we look for experienced candidates). Naturalist/adventure tours of Mt Rainier, Olympic Peninsula, Mt St Helens, the San Juan Archipelago, and Seattle city tours will be among your primary workload.

• Give interpretive commentary about Pacific Northwest region (Cascadia), human history, natural history, and general ecology.  YOU MUST FEEL CONFIDENT BEING IN FRONT OF A GROUP SOLO ALL DAY.

• Safely transport clients in luxury Mercedes vans or SUV’s and ensure that clients are picked up and delivered to correct end point on time.

• Meet/exceed industry standard protocol when managing clients in various wilderness-adventure environments which may include: hiking, snowshoeing, sea kayaking, etc.

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

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


• Currently a resident of greater Seattle (a must).

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

• Responsible, independent, creative-thinking, self-starting, charismatic individual.

• Able to provide 5-star guest service for individuals from various backgrounds, beliefs and cultures.

• Clean driving record.

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

• Within first two weeks of hire, must have completed CPR and 1st Aid (WFR is preferred), DOT medical examiner’s certificate (minor physical), In-House Driver training, WA Food Handlers permit and “Class 12” alcohol handling “mixologist” permit (reimbursed by Evergreen Escapes).

• Ability to lift 40 lbs/18 kg.

• Pass a Washington State Patrol background check.


• 4-year degree or higher.

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

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

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

• Pertinent adventure certifications, including: WFR, Leave No Trace, ACA/BCU sea kayak certs, and/or avalanche Level 1.

• PNW region-specific knowledge of geography, culture, natural & human history, and ecology.

• Multilingual.


• Our base pay is $15/hour with significant opportunities for advancement and raises on these rates. Higher starting rates apply to those with appropriate certifications and experience.  Bonuses for leading many of our trips, customer gratuities, corporate gratuities, and potential reimbursements for trainings completed while on staff (i.e. WFR recertification, etc).

• On-the-job training and education.

• Friends-and-family discounts on tours.

• Opportunities for training, networking, & professional development in industries of: adventure travel, outdoor/environmental education, travel/leisure, food and wine, and meetings/event management.

• Industry discounts on services, equipment, and clothing.


Qualified candidates should email “dannys at” a resume, cover letter detailing your interest, and 2 references.  No calls, please. Positions are open until needs are fulfilled.