ALASKAN KAYAK, HIKE & GLACIER CRUISE TOURS
Our strength is in our culture, built by the adventurer’s spirit and our unique identities, to form a coalition of educators, showcasing the beautiful world we inhabit. Our number one requirement; a willingness to learn, enthusiastically. You’ll learn how to safely guide your guests on a journey of awestruck wonder, how to become better stewards of the world around you and how to connect with people of all identities and nationalities to make the world we share more harmonious.
Would you like to be a part of our community? Take a short quiz. How many of the statements below can you answer with a 'yes'?I have a passion for and background in outdoor education and/or guiding.I have an enthusiasm for wilderness, and I'm always curious to learn more about wild places.I love living in a tight-knit community of hard-working, like-minded people.I am excited to work and laugh hard to be recognized and earn more responsibility.I love to problem solve and I can remain calm and positive under stress.I am a great listener, and know how to give, and receive, constructive criticism to create a stronger team.I love to challenge myself through new, exciting experiences.I enjoy making real connections with all types of people from all over the world.I enjoy the respect, forgiveness and understanding required for living and working within a diverse culture in close quarters. Authentic experiences and making lifetime friends are important to me.My values and the values of Sunny Cove share an alignment. Can you answer 'yes' to all of the statements? Then Sunny Cove Kayaking might just be a perfect fit for you. Working for Sunny Cove isn’t just a summer job, it’s joining a value driven culture and a life-style. We're a diverse culture of adventurers who love friendship, traveling, amazing experiences, and quiet once in a lifetime moments in the wilderness. Keep reading to learn more!CULTUREOur strength is in our culture, built by the adventurer’s spirit and our unique identities, to form a coalition of educators, showcasing the beautiful world we inhabit. Our number one requirement; a willingness to learn, enthusiastically. You’ll learn how to safely guide your guests on a journey of awestruck wonder, how to become better stewards of the world around you and how to connect with people of all identities and nationalities to make the world we share more harmonious. SCHEDULINGYour schedule may entail any number of combinations of trips or chores. In general, during the high season guides can expect to participate in 1-3 trips per day for 5-9 days at a time. Driver’s can expect to work 8-10 hours per day and drive 20-30 miles per day. This can sometimes make for a 12 hour day with a few very short breaks in between trips. The daily schedule is extremely dynamic and it's common to be 'on-call' and expected to be available until released by cut off times or a manager. All staff members are expected to be available for the entirety of the season including weekend and holidays. Extended periods of time off will not be available.TRIP OPPORTUNITIESGuiding generally entails leading or assisting our many day tour opportunities. As guides become more familiar with our paddling terrain they may graduate to more challenging trips. Guides who have obtained Lead Guide seniority are given first priority on any available multi-day trips. However, we do our best to provide opportunities to junior staff to experience an overnight adventures.
GEAR Guides will be responsible for providing all their personal paddling gear, including but not limited to, paddling clothing, PFD, spray skirt, boots and gloves. We'll provide good advice and the kayaks and paddles. A full gear list will be provided to those who are invited to training, and we do have access to discounts on gear through pro deals. Sunny Cove will not be held responsible for any gear expenses should a prospective guide not complete training successfully.
All prospective team members are required to attend all Sunny Cove training. The initial training period usually runs around three weeks and will cover many areas including (but not limited to) leadership skills, trip logistics, company policies, paddling technique, understanding weather and water conditions, kayak repair, risk mitigation and rescue training. Our goal is to foster a motivated learning environment, and your full participation is key to making it all work. Most meals are provided during training and all trainees are paid an hourly rate. Completion of training is required to become a member of the Sunny Cove team. Please note: The Assistant Guide/Intern position does not promote during the first season, however, those who return for a second season will have the opportunity to promote to full guide status.
Sunny Cove offers free* communal, bunk house style accommodations to our full-time guides. Space is extremely limited and requires patience, respect and the ability to work together to make housing comfortable for all types of personalities. Guides are generally rotated between our home base at Lowell Point and our outlying base at Fox Island. Housing consists of a communal yurt on Fox Island and a communal yurt or cabin, in addition to some other facilities at Lowell Point. There are kitchen facilities at Lowell Point and there is very limited storage space for the guides. We encourage guides to bring 'toys' but please keep in mind space is extremely limited. You cannot bring your pets to Sunny Cove. Smoking is also never allowed on any of our properties, partner properties or any of our trips. Getting along is pretty easy at SC with a few simple guidelines... 1) respect each other 2) keep your gear & body clean 3) keep the doors of communication open. Your bunk is waiting! *there is a $100 refundable cleaning deposit due upon moving into housing.
Seward has a multitude of recreation opportunities, as well as access to a small Alaskan community.