Our guides are employed, not contractors. Employed guides are insured, for both liability and for Workers' Compensation. Employed guides have employer paid CPP and EI contributions, contractors do not-they have to pay it all themselves. Employed guides have much of their gear supplied, contractors have to have their own gear, at a considerable cost.
Sea to Sky Expeditions and its sister company, Coastal Bliss Adventures, have a wide variety of tours, giving their guides the opportunity to grow through many experiences, and a bigger guide community.
We provide essential training and advancement opportunities.
We have a structured employment approach, so you know where you stand, and how you can advance.
We hire people that really want to work outdoors and have a sense of purpose. We really look for the following qualities:
✔ Confident with people, easy with a conversation.
✔ Interested in people and want to help them experience the outdoors.
✔ Proactive to take care of problems and to find solutions with few resources.
✔ Loves to learn and pick up new skills.
✔ Has a real and driving reason to be a guide.
✔ Is looking for mutual commitment for the future.
We have hired guides with little or no qualification, just experience outdoors and a real reason to guide. Of course, that is a rare find, but not being a fully qualified guide does not prevent you from working for us. We want our guides to work our season, which runs from mid-May into October.
We do multiple activities, so guides that have broader experience and qualifications are better suited to what we do, particularly for full-time work.
Qualifications We Look For:
❤ SKGABC Level 1 Guide Certification
❤ Wilderness First Aid(40-50 Hour) Certification with CPR-C
❤ Paddle Canada Basic or Level 1 Instructor Certification
❤❤ SKGABC AOG or Level 2 Guide Certification
❤❤ Advanced Wilderness First Aid (80-90 Hour) Certification
❤❤ Class 4 Unrestricted Commercial Driving License
❤❤✚ Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) Assistant Hiking Guide Certification
❤❤✚ SKGABC Level 3 Guide Certification
❤❤✚ Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT)
❤❤✚ Canoeing Instructor Certification
There are some obvious overlaps in the listed certifications that we love to see. Certifications do not guarantee anyone a lead guide position. That comes with experience and trust. What we really look for on top of certifications is:
❤❤❤ Lots of experience outdoors and demonstrable experience leading and taking responsibility for others.
We have multiple tasks that must get done to serve our clients every day. Rarely do we have an employee or contractor that focuses on one activity only. The people we hire full-time will likely be doing an assortment of the following over the course of the season, depending on qualifications:
➫ Renting gear and assisting clients for tours at our dock in Cowichan Bay
➫ Guiding short kayak tours in Cowichan Bay
➫ Leading or assisting on kids' camps in Cowichan Bay or Maple Bay
➫ Prepping food and gear for multiday hiking and kayaking tours
➫ Assisting on multiday hiking or kayaking tours
➫ Driving clients and kids to activities
➫ Creating posts and marketing materials
➫ Cleaning and maintaining gear and premises
➫ If fully trained and qualified, lead multiday hiking or kayaking tours
We have qualification levels that we call Guide & Outfitter I, II, III, IV, V, VI, or VII. Responsibilities and advancement are based on these levels. Most people start at GOI or GOII; however, experienced multiday guides usually start at GOIII, GOIV or GOV. A GOI would be working mostly at the dock and doing prep work. A GOII is qualified to lead short kayaking tours, assist on multi-day hiking tours, lead day tours for birding (with interpretive knowledge), lead and assist on kids' day camps, and to drive clients (with proper driving license). GOIII is the starting level for multiday assistant guides, and lead guides start at GOIV. A link under "Job " will take you to the job descriptions and pay rates. Qualified lead guides will mostly be on multiday tours, but may be called in to other areas in the shoulder seasons.
For the 2023 season, we are looking to fill the following positions:
FOR OUR MULTIDAY TOURS:
☑ Hiking Lead Guides, Guide Outfitter IV, V, VI
☑ Canoeing Lead Guides, Guide Outfitter IV, V, VI
☑ Sea Kayak Guides, Guide Outfitter VI, VII (SKGABC Level 2 and Level 3)
☑ Assistant Guides, Guide Outfitter II, III
For detailed job descriptions, go to Positions.