Hybrid Deckhand/Naturalist/Kayak Guide Job Description

  • Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure Tours
  • Front-line
    • Full Time | 
    • Part Time | 
    • Seasonal
  • Dock E, Discovery Harbour Marina Campbell River
  • 1 position available
  • Accessible Employer: No
  • Open to International applicants with valid Canadian Work permits: Yes
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Posted on February 1, 2024

Job Description

As a member of the team with Campbell River Whale Watching and Adventure tours you
are responsible for the safety, enjoyment and positive experience of your guests. This unique hybrid position includes working part-time as a Deckhand/Naturalist aboard a whale watching vessel, and part-time as a kayak guide leading day tours. Deckhands and guides are our crew, naturalists and service professionals all wrapped into one! The ideal candidate will have a passion for educating and sharing knowledge with our guests about the marine environment, conservation and sustainability initiatives.

Responsibilities & Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
Small Non-pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS) or MED-A3 or equivalent
Marine Basic First Aid or equivalent
Radio Operators Certificate, Maritime (ROC-M)
Level 1 SKGABC Guiding Certificate or equivalent
Willingness to obtain the MERS Naturalist certification (unless already obtained)
Willingness to obtain CBVA Level 1 certification (unless already obtained)

Principle Responsibilities:

Alongside the captain, assist in safe operation of a 30 passenger, 40’ Aluminum vessel
Follow all procedures and policies outlined in the CRWW Employee Handbook, the CRWW Emergency Response Plan, the Campbell River Area Operator’s Code of Conduct and the NIMMSA Code of Conduct
Follow all Transport Canada policies, local laws and commercial whale watching regulations, including operating vessels in a responsible manner around wildlife
Participate in regular safety drills and training
Communicate regularly and efficiently with crew, management and/or the office
Ensure vessel is stocked with necessary safety equipment before leaving the dock
Pre-trip prep, including but not limited to assisting the captain with vessel checks, tidying of the vessel, and stocking of necessary lunch supplies
Completion of pre- and post-trip paperwork
Alongside the captain, deliver a pre-departure talk with guests related to safety and the trip outline and answer questions
Post-trip cleanup, including but not limited to cleaning of the vessel and assisting with vessel refueling
Ensure the comfort and safety of guests at all times
Maintain an awareness of surroundings and use best judgment in decision making
Provide or assist in rescue operations and first aid attention if required
As a representative of Campbell River Whale Watching, maintain a friendly and professional attitude at all times
Share information and knowledge of the local area, wildlife and history including First Nations history
Work professionally with company partners and industry members in the field
Serve guests lunch and snacks as required
Take photos of guests, marine wildlife and trip highlights
Inspire guests and reiterate an ethic of conservation and sustainability

Kayak Guide
Any relevant tasks listed above, plus;
Kayak instruction and on-water group management
Organize and teach a safety briefing on paddling technique, rescues, boat entry and exit, and life jacket fitting for all guests prior to trip departure from put-in location
Assess and maintain current knowledge or weather and conditions to determine when and where the group is safe to paddle at all times
Assist with loading and unloading of gear prior to departure and/or upon arrival

Desired Skills and Knowledge:
Experience aboard similar vessels and/or in a similar role
Experience leading kayak tours
Ability to work alone when required
Knowledge of the Discovery Islands and surrounding areas
Knowledge of local marine wildlife and other wildlife
Knowledge and understanding of tidal currents, marine weather and related topics
Understanding of guests needs and ability to accommodate
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with guests
Flexible schedule and willingness to work long days
Strong organizational and time management skills
Mechanical skills
Ability to problem solve
Ability to remain calm in stressful situations



Job Application Process

email careers@crww.ca

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