THE OPPORTUNITY

INDIVIDUAL SEATS ON NON-PRIVATE TOURS

Nature Nuts Adventure Travel takes small groups (2-12 travelers) on shared and private all-inclusive tours that depart from Seattle, WA. We’re a young company with a huge amount of room to grow. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who would like to build his or her career in the tour, travel, outdoor or hospitality industry.

We are looking for tour guides (Adventure Specialists!) for our 2021 tour season, which typically hits its peak from April through October. While that 7-month window is our busy season, we operate tours and charter services throughout the year and there may also be some opportunities for extended work through the winter.

You will work directly with the company’s owner on a daily basis to operate tours. You will have opportunities to propose and design new tours and experiences. This is a pure meritocracy. If you have a good idea that proves to be valuable to the company, you will be recognized for it. Interested and committed candidates will also be given the opportunity to work behind the scenes on marketing, sales, promotion and guest relations. Ambitious, hard working guides will be first in line for promotion opportunities and leadership positions as the company grows.

WHY WE’RE HERE

We’re doing this because we feel most fulfillled and energized when exploring the Pacic Northwest outdoors. We constantly stare at the mountains and seascape around us and wonder what’s around the next corner and how we can get there. We are passionate about sharing our fascination for this world around us with visitors to Seattle.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

Guide full-day, small-group tours in Seattle and throughout the Greater Puget Sound region. You’ll be on your own for the duration of the day, responsible for picking guests up in the morning, taking them on an adventure of a lifetime and returning them safely in the evening. Our tours operate to Mt. Rainier National Park, the Skagit Valley, the San Juan Islands, Deception Pass State Park, and Olympic National Park. We also oer Seattle area half-day and full-day tours, which are primarily focused on local history, sightseeing, and culture.

You’ll provide commentary on everything that is relevant to the tour and would be of interest to our guests. Common interpretive topics include geology, botany, travel in the region and beyond, glaciology, and history. Successful guides will probably know a lot about one area but you’ll have to know something about mostly everything so you can field common questions.
You’ll be eligible to lead our helicopter-hiking and seaplane-hiking tours after having demonstrated that you are 100% dialed-in and unswervingly dependable. We are the only tour company in Seattle to oer these types of tours. If you love the idea of getting paid to hop on a seaplane or helicopter to give our guests an epic adventure of a lifetime–this is the job for you.
You’ll guide nature walks and short hikes, providing interpretive commentary as you go, stopping at scenic spots and helping guests find wildlife. Our hikes are designed as opportunities for guests to explore each destination and take in incredible views. We do not oer lengthy grueling hikes, backpacking, rock climbing or other technical activities because very few paying customers actually want to engage in these activities. If you aspire to be a mountaineering or multi-pitch rock climbing guide, that’s awesome and you have our utmost admiration, but that’s not what we do and you will not be able to build those skills at our company. There are much better opportunities for you out there.

You’ll serve food and beverages on most of our tours, so you will need to be prepared to deliver that kind of attentive service. You’ll safely transport our guests in 12 or 15 passenger Ford Transit vans and ensure that guests are picked up and dropped o according to the day’s schedule. These vans are between 20-22 feet long. If you are not a very condent, calm and extremely aware driver who can safely maneuver a large vehicle in and out of Seattle rush hour traffic and streets full of pedestrians and cyclists who are glued to their cell phones as they cross traffic—this is not the job for you. Sometimes you’ll also need to tow a luggage trailer behind that van. If you are unsure of whether or not you want to be given that responsibility, this probably isn’t for you.

HOW WE’LL COMPENSATE YOU

Base pay is $16.00 to $20.00 hour, depending on experience, with opportunities for advancement, raises and eligibility for promotions as our company and team grow.

Guest gratuities have the potential to double or even triple your daily base income. The average daily gratuity in 2019 for a guide on a full-day tour was approximately $150. Strong gratuities for some of our premium tours are as high as $300 to even $500 per day. We never require gratuities, but we show our guests a great time, and most guests choose to recognize that with a gratuity of some kind.

 

WE ALSO OFFER:

  • Monetary bonuses when your service earns a verified 5-star online review
  • Sales commissions when you guide a guest on your tour to book another tour with us
  • Pay while undergoing in-house guide training program
  • Tuition reimbursements for successful completion of specific certifications while on staff
  • Opportunity to earn a year-end performance bonus

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Nature Nuts Adventure Travel is a small, but rapidly growing company. That means that you may be required to perform duties beyond this job’s description. Our company is evolving rapidly–tours change, new tours are offered, and the needs of the company change frequently. If you’re looking for a static, consistent environment in which you can run the same tour daily, say the same things at each designated stop off of a script that we prepared for you; this is not the job for you. Guides are responsible for the following duties:

  • Lead interpretive discussions about Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and its natural surroundings. You will be in front of a group the entire day, on your own, so you must be relaxed, confident and approachable. We can teach you the basic material, but you must be empa-thetic and be able to quickly relate to people. Technical knowledge and “trivia” are good to have and will make this easier for you, but first and foremost, the group MUST LIKE YOU and want to spend their day with you.
  • Your should have experience in environmental science, outdoor education, or adventure travel.
  • You must already live in the greater Seattle area, know the region and love it here!
    Spotless driving record and comfortable driving a 12 or 15-passenger van in all conditions (heavy city traffic, winding mountain roads, driving rain, etc.)
    You absolutely must be punctual. Pick up of our vans and pre-departure work usually starts at 6:30am. Downtown Seattle pick-ups usually start at 7:30am.
  • You must be able to think quickly and independently, be charming and pleasant to be around. A good sense of humor goes a long way in engaging people and putting them at ease. You must be able to deliver consistent, excellent service to a wide variety of people who come to us from all over the country and the world. You must be observant and caring–take notice when someone is having difficulty or is lagging behind the group. Take the initiative to engage with and chat up the solo traveler who may feel left out of a group mostly made up of couples and families.
  • Pass a Washington State Patrol background check.
  • Wilderness First Responder certification (or able to complete this course before starting work).
  • Ability to frequently lift up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs. (i.e. help load luggage into the van if guests are traveling with their baggage).
  • Gassing up and cleaning the van’s interior and exterior after every tour day.
  • Drive safely and attentively for extended periods of time—up to 8 cumulative hours per day and up to 2 hours at a stretch without taking a break.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 4-year degree or higher degree in a relevant area of study (anthropology, glaciology, volcanology, environmental studies, botany, outdoor recreation or adventure leadership)
  • Experience in outdoor education, improvisation, acting, theatre, public speaking or other area that would make you comfortable and engaging with an audience of strangers.
  • Minimum 1 year of prior experience as a tour guide or other formal interpretive position.
  • Relevant outdoor activity and safety certifications Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace, CPR. Note: Wilderness First Responder certification is a mandatory to guide some of our tours. Qualified candidates will be eligible for tuition reimbursement for certification or recertification if the course is successfully completed before your onboarding date.
  • Prior experience (either professional or recreational) in other outdoor activities such as Stand up Paddle (SUP), kayaking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rafting, whale watching, etc.
  • Multilingual.
  • Any prior experience working with or around helicopters or small planes.
  • Any prior experience in tourism, travel, or hotel sales and marketing, customer service, writing, blogging, or photography.

 APPLICATION PERIOD

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all required positions are lled. Our need for on-call or back-up guides will probably continue long-term. This may be a good opportunity for those in the Seattle area who are looking for some additional work but would like to maintain a part time job on the side. Part-time work may lead to full-time work as demand for our tours grows.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] . In your cover letter, please indicate how many hours or days of work per week you’re looking for and explain why you’d be a good t for the position.