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CAREERS WITH OUTER ISLAND

Join our team of dedicated Captains and Naturalists! Outer Island Excursions welcomes a few new naturalists and captains each year. Many of our team members return each season from late April through mid October, but we are always expanding and usually have a couple openings each year.

TO APPLY

Send (1) Cover Letter  (2) Resume or C.V.  (3) Contact Information for 3 References as 3 separate PDF documents to oixcareers@gmail.com with the SUBJECT

“Marine Naturalist Application”
“Captain Application”
“Kayak Guide Application”
“Orcas WILD Application”

Applications without the appropriate subject heading will not be received. Our expected timeline is to review applications each December, process interviews in January, and complete hiring by February for the following field season. Unfortunately at this time we can not accept applicants who are not US citizens.

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Captain Position Description:

We accept rolling applications for seasonal Captain positions from mid-April to mid-October. Captains safely and responsibly operate vessels for daily whale watching tours, fishing tours, private charters, and water taxi services. Must be comfortable working long hours, working with a diverse team, and working independently. Join one of the fastest growing marine tourism companies in the region at a competitive wage (DOE). Visit our website for more information about our company and tours.

Primary duties include:

-Operating 6 pacs, Coast Guard Inspected 30ft, 35 ft, and 38 ft vessels

-Responsible for safety of passengers and crew

-Pre- and Post-trip cleaning / fueling of vessels

-Basic maintenance of vessels

-Practice responsible whale and wildlife viewing (following the Pacific Whale Watch Association Guidelines)

-Maintain ship’s log

-Punctuality in timing back-to-back tours

-Flexible for scheduling

-Capable of working long hours in physically demanding outdoor environment (expect long hours June-August)

-On larger vessels, responsible for overseeing the deckhand

Qualifications: 

-USCG Masters License or OUPV

-Current CPR / First Aid

-TWIC

-Subject to random drug testing

-Powerboat handling skills

-Mechanical comprehension and trouble shooting skills

-Effective communication skills

-Capable of working independently on small vessels and with a deckhand on larger vessels

-Capable of lifting 60 lbs

-Public speaking skills and strong communication skills

-Remains calm under pressure and capable of taking charge in emergency situations

-Fishing skills; understanding of and compliance with fishing regulations

-Previous guiding experience a plus

Marine Naturalist Position Description:

Each year we hire applicants to fill the position of Marine Naturalist from April to mid-October (start and end dates flexible).  Naturalists perform duties as deckhands on whale watching tours, interpretive center guides, kayak guides, and office staff. Schedules will be weighted accordingly based on applicants’ experience and aptitudes.

Kayak Naturalists independently lead tours off the north shore of Orcas Island focusing on the coastal ecosystem and intertidal zone. We rent kayaks and canoes directly on site as well as offer the option to deliver them across the island.

Deckhands on whale watching tours are naturalists for powerboat tours, focusing on marine mammals, birds, and the ecology of the region. Deckhands are also responsible for fueling and cleaning boats before and after trips. Familiarity with vessel safety procedures, public speaking, strong communication skills, and guiding experience are strongly preferred.

We also operate OrcasW.I.L.D., an interpretive center/museum in the town of Eastsound. Naturalists operate the museum, gift shop, and additional kayak rentals in town. When working at the museum Naturalists also must maintain the touch tank and aquarium and oversee children interacting with various displays.

Responsibilities include: 

-Providing safe, educational tours to customers

-Educating the public about the marine mammals, birds, intertidal life, geology, ecology, and the natural and cultural history of the San Juan Islands.

-Cleaning and occasional maintenance of kayaking equipment and powerboats

-Providing safety orientations prior to each tour and rental

-Running check-in including collecting payment and processing online transactions

-Office duties including answering phones, checking online reservations, coordinating with guides, customer service, etc.

-When guiding tours effective communication between guides and office staff is critical

Qualifications:

-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)

-Completed BS or above in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field

-Valid driver’s license

-Subject to random drug testing

-TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card)

-Excellent customer service skills

-Strong communication and public speaking skills

-Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and strong work ethic

-Flexibility and open to an often unpredictable schedule

-Capable of working long hours in physically challenging outdoor environment (expect long hours June-August)

-Previous kayak guide experience strongly preferred

-Experience on powerboats strongly preferred

Abilities:

-Able to communicate and work effectively with customers on the phone and in person

-Able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team

-Able to lift 50 lbs (capable of regularly lifting kayaks from storage racks, lifting kayaks on truck racks, hauling short distances, etc)

-Able to kayak for 3 hours

-Able to tow a kayak

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Kayak Guide Position Description:

Each year we hire 1-2 applicants to fill the position as lead kayak guides from April to mid-October (start and end dates flexible).  Kayak guides may also fill in as Marine Naturalists (see description above), but primarily act as kayak guides.

Kayak Naturalists independently lead tours off the north shore of Orcas Island and around Sucia Island, focusing on the coastal ecosystem and intertidal zone. We rent kayaks and canoes directly on site as well as offer the option to deliver them anywhere on Orcas Island.

Familiarity with kayak rescue techniques, safety procedures, public speaking, strong communication skills, and guiding experience are strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include: 

-Providing safe, educational tours to customers

-Educating the public about the marine mammals, birds, intertidal life, geology, ecology, and the natural and cultural history of the San Juan Islands.

-Daily cleaning and occasional maintenance of kayaking equipment and powerboats

-Providing safety orientations prior to each tour and rental

-Delivering kayaks across the island

-Running check-in including collecting payment and processing online transactions

-When guiding tours effective communication between guides and office staff is critical

Qualifications:

-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)

-Completed BS or above in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field

-Valid driver’s license

-Subject to random drug testing

-Excellent customer service skills

-Strong communication and public speaking skills

-Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and strong work ethic

-Flexibility and open to an often unpredictable schedule

-Capable of working long hours in physically challenging outdoor environment (expect long hours June-August)

-Previous kayak guide experience strongly preferred

Abilities:

-Able to lift 50 lbs (capable of regularly lifting kayaks from storage racks, lifting kayaks on truck racks, hauling kayaks short distances, etc)

-Able to kayak for 6 hours

-Able to tow a kayak

-Able to communicate and work effectively with customers on the phone and in person

-Able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team

Orcas W.I.L.D. Volunteer Position Description:

We are now accepting applications for volunteers from June through August (start and end dates flexible).  Volunteers who meet the criteria for Naturalists may also fill in as Marine Naturalists on power boats (see description opposite), but primarily operate the museum.

OrcasW.I.L.D. is an interpretive center/museum in the town of Eastsound. Volunteers operate the museum, gift shop, and additional kayak rentals in town. When working at the museum Volunteers maintain the touch tank and aquarium and oversee children interacting with animals and the various displays.

Responsibilities include: 

-Educating the public about the marine mammals, birds, intertidal life, geology, ecology, and the natural and cultural history of the San Juan Islands.

-Daily maintenance of touch tank and aquarium

-Operation of gift shop, organizing merchandise, collecting payment for purchases

-Assisting customers with kayak rentals

-Effective communication between museum and office staff is critical

Qualifications:

-Excellent customer service skills

-Strong communication and public speaking skills

-Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and strong work ethic

-Flexibility and open to an often unpredictable schedule

-Completed BS or above in Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Environmental Science, or related field

-Valid driver’s license

-Subject to random drug testing

-CPR and First Aid Certified (before arrival)

Abilities:

-Able to lift 25 lbs (capable of handling merchandise, assisting with kayak rentals, etc)

-Able to stand for 6 hours

-Able to communicate and work effectively with customers on the phone and in person

-Able to work independently and as part of a dynamic team

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TO APPLY

Send (1) Cover Letter  (2) Resume or C.V.  (3) Contact Information for 3 References as 3 separate PDF documents to oixcareers@gmail.com with the SUBJECT

“Marine Naturalist Application”
“Captain Application”
“Kayak Guide Application”
“Orcas WILD Application”

Applications without the appropriate subject heading will not be received. Our expected timeline is to review applications each December, process interviews in January, and complete hiring by February for the following field season. Unfortunately at this time we can not accept applicants who are not US citizens.