Sea Kayak Guide Employment with Powell River Sea Kayak

As a growing and dynamic sea kayaking company on the coast of British Columbia, we are always looking for bright and charismatic individuals to join our dynamic team.

Briefly About Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd.

A cruise through our website will provide a pretty solid idea of who we are and what we're about. Here are a few brief points to highlight:

  • 12 years in operation
  • growing each year
  • focus on high quality
  • focus on knowledge and interpretation
  • focus on organization

Our location

Powell River Sea Kayak has two locations:

One is located 30 km's north of the city of Powell River - on Okeover Inlet and adjacent to Desolation Sound Marine Park. This is a private 8 acre waterfront property and is the staging site for day and multi-day trips into Desolation Sound Marine Park and Toba Inlet. This site has a waterfront main office for reservations, rentals, tours, lessons, retail and tour preparation. The sheltered bay at this location is shrouded in coastal trees and is the main site for instructional programs.

The other location is in the village of Lund - at the historic Lund Hotel. This location provides rentals, day tours, retail sales and is the return site for our multi-day Desolation Sound tours. Key paddling destinations from this site include the sandy shores of Savary Island and the Copeland Islands Marine Park. Many paddlers also launch from Lund for trips into Desolation Sound, Cortes Island and beyond.

Our Guides in the Powell River area

Somewhat isolated, Powell River and it's ocean and backcountry areas provide awesome adventure and exploration on days off. Many of our guides have chosen to join us and return in subsequent years in part because of what this area has to offer. Powell River itself has a vibrant community of musicians, with venues and festivals for showcasing the variety of talent.

Mountain biking in the area is sweet and our guides often haul their bikes with them.

If you're into climbing, you may never want to leave - this area is just getting discovered. Multi-pitch granite walls in the Eldred Valley have been featured in climbing magazines, and the nearby routes at Higgy Land, Stillwater and the Lake Bluffs are great for a day or just a few hours of maintenance.

With the 180 km long Sunshine Coast trail and countless other trails, hiking in the area is endless.

Backcountry areas include ridge hikes in elevations of 5000-7000 feet and a couple of back country cabins. It's all Coast Mountain Range behind Powell River - the backcountry is endless.

The Powell Forest Canoe Route is one of the best in BC. The area between Powell River and the larger Coast Mountains is dotted with sprawling lakes that are connected with portage routes.

There's more if you need it. Perhaps you just want to paddle over to Savary Island for the day and meditate on the huge sandy beaches. Or, perhaps you need the adrenaline of the Skookumchuk narrows - just a quick ferry ride away. At 16 knots, this should do it!

Our multifaceted operations provide for a variety of opportunities.

Operations include:

  • Multi-day sea kayak tours
  • Day sea kayak tours
  • Rental operations
  • Sales
  • Sea Kayak Lessons
  • Snorkeling Tours

Positions within the operations include:

  • Multi-day sea kayak tours
    • Lead and Assistant Guides
  • Day Sea Kayak tours
    • Lead and Assistant Guides
  • Sea Kayak Instruction
    • Kayaking Instructors
  • General Operations
    • Kayak Transport
    • Reservations
    • Fleet maintenance
    • Customer Service
    • Sales
  • Multi-task Positions and Mentoring

Positions are available each year for individuals looking to take the necessary steps towards a career in the outdoor and guiding industry. These positions combine the General Operations with Assistant Guide positions. Benefits include learning the behind the scene operations of a busy kayaking company, mentoring from experienced guides and gaining valuable experience and knowledge.

Assets for Employment

Any tourism operation must impress the customer to be successful. This must happen at any level of the operation: from office staff right through to the guides and owners.

Here are a few general qualities we look for:

  • Charismatic: more concerned with making others feel good.
  • Character: strong ethics and big on the inside.
  • Communication: take something complicated and make it simple.

More specifically, here are a few key things we look for in guides:

  • knowledge of intertidal marine life
  • captivating interpretation techniques
  • storytelling ability
  • self-starting and motivated
  • outdoor "chef" abilities
  • leadership qualities
  • knowledge! (history, First Nations, flora, fauna, folklore, kayaks, kayaking, etc.).


At Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd., we are successful. This is evident in the response from our guests, from repeat business and from word of mouth reservations. To achieve this, we seek the best out of each member of our team. We believe rewards come in the form of a fun and dynamic environment to work in. However, we also believe that to attract high quality staff, we must also pay a top industry wage. As an example, our lead guides on multi-day tours earn as much as $300 per day plus gratuities.


Typical guide qualifications include:

  • Wilderness First Aid (80+ hours for lead)
  • CPR level C
  • Restricted Marine Operators License
  • Guide Certification and/or suitable experience
  • Applicable education and/or experience

Typical qualifications for office staff include:

  • basic sea kayaking experience
  • completion of one year post secondary education

To Apply

Please email your resume and a cover letter to: info@bcseakayak.com.
Attention: Adam Vallance