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Field Employment

NHA hires field staff worldwide based on excellence in service and a passion for nature. Potential employees and independent guides and operations staff possess a keen interest in customer service and a deep knowledge of natural history specific to their region of work. If you have substantial experience in the field and you feel you meet the highest standards in the guiding industry, email a cover letter telling us why you want to work with Natural Habitat Adventures. Include a resume describing your field experience and your education and send it to us at employment@nathab.com.

Current Job Openings:  2



KODIAK OPERATIONS ASSISTANT & DRIVER
The Kodiak Operations Assistant & Driver is a seasonal position based in Kodiak from mid-June through mid-September. This person is responsible for a wide variety of administrative duties supporting the operation of Natural Habitat Adventures’ Kodiak to Katmai Coastal Grizzlies Tour.

Natural Habitat Adventures runs approximately 20 departures with more than 140 travelers passing through Kodiak during the season. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Shuttle Driving
  • Drive a 15-passenger van and/or an SUV to transport guests between the Kodiak airport and the Kodiak Inn.
  • Greet guests in a warm, friendly, and welcoming manner 100% of the time. Engage guests in conversation during their ride from the airport to the hotel. Point out landmarks, answer guests’ questions about the area, and answer basic questions about their upcoming adventure. Maintain a positive, upbeat atmosphere in the van. Keep conversation flowing for the entire ride.
Day Tour
  • Train with a local guide to develop a 3-4 hour day tour of Kodiak (specific itinerary will be provided). Initial tours can be co-led with a local guide.
  • Drive a 15-passenger van for the day tour
Other Duties
  • Run errands in town as needed.
  • Support Expedition Leaders or other operations staff whenever necessary.
  • Confirm passenger information and reservations.
  • Provide excellent customer service at all times, often in challenging interpersonal situations.
  • Represent NHA as a fully trained, professional staff member. Read NHA brochures/website to understand our company, our trip offerings and other involvements.

Due to the intense nature of the short season, long hours, including very early mornings and late evenings, are required most every day in order to achieve ultimate customer service.

Requirements
Must be at least 26 years old. Clean driving record and background. Confidence and comfort driving 8-15 passenger vehicles. Willingness to work long hours; dependability to be at work every day at the time needed. Neat and clean physical presentation appropriate to the hospitality environment. Must be personable and unfailingly punctual. Ability to lift at least 50 pounds. High levels of integrity, maturity and enthusiasm. Must be able to adapt to changing and flexible responsibilities. Ability to work individually and as part of a team. Must possess the interpersonal skills to work cooperatively with all types of people: staff, guides, clients, vendors. Knowledge of Kodiak required (can be learned upon acceptance of the job).

Compensation
A daily rate, depending on experience plus travel to work site, accommodations and meals.

Contact
To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and compensation requirements to resumes@nathab.com with the subject line KODIAK OPERATIONS POSITION. No phone calls please. Applicants will only be contacted in the event we wish to pursue your candidacy.

About Nat Hab
Natural Habitat Adventures has been perfecting the art of nature expedition for more than 25 years. Operating ethically and responsibly in the areas where we run our trips and in our own community has always been a crucial component of our core ideology. Our adventures take travelers off-the-beaten path where they can experience our planet's greatest natural wonders, such as observing mountain gorillas in a rainforest, viewing polar bears on the arctic tundra, exploring the Galapagos Islands from an intimate yacht, or any number of other enriching wildlife and nature encounters. For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, see www.nathab.com.



TOUR GUIDES (EXPEDITION LEADERS) REQUIRED IN ALASKA
We require Expedition Leaders to serve as a guides/naturalists to small groups of travelers (e.g. 9 to 15 per group) visiting areas of abundant wildlife or other natural phenomena Alaska. In line with our philosophy of continual improvement, NHA expects our Expedition Leaders to strive to raise the standard of eco-tourism and conservation. This is an independent contractor position beginning during the summer season from late June to early September.

Main Job Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide interpretation of the wildlife, culture and natural history of area visited. Explain the unique ecology of the area and any interesting features. Share facts and interesting anecdotes about what the group is viewing. Educate the entire group.
  • Uphold the highest regard for the safety of our travelers in light of adverse weather conditions and the potential dangers of wildlife encounters.
  • Prepare and present evening programs such as slide shows on topics relevant to the arctic and/or its wildlife.
  • Coordinate with local vendors to ensure a smooth and consistent client experience. This may include confirming operations such as hotels, transfers, meals, flights, activities, etc.
  • Communicate with the head office on any missing items and potential improvements.
  • Keep apprised of recent reports, articles, etc. regarding the current environment of the region.
  • Help preserve the environment through education and sound eco-tourism principles.
  • Ensure the well-being and comfort of the clients, including but not limited to, assisting in food serving, group transportation, passenger special needs assistance. Demonstrate courtesy and helpfulness at all times.
  • Represent NHA as a fully trained, professional staff member. Read NHA brochures/website to keep current on our trip offerings and other involvements.
  • Complete required post-trip reports and any other paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Participate in telephone conference calls with head office regarding guiding format (as scheduled and as required).


Education/Experience:
Bachelor’s degree with major course work in the natural sciences, or related field, or high school diploma with minimum of 5 years of experience/expertise required. Minimum of 5 years’ experience leading group travel related to polar bears or large carnivores. Must have a demonstrated passion for travel/tourism, environmental responsibility, and nature/wildlife.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Requires knowledge of bear biology and familiarity with other wildlife in Alaska. Knowledge of other marine mammals is preferred. Knowledge of Alaska’s ecology, natural history, and culture highly preferred. Maintain current knowledge of the area visited: its wildlife, its culture, climate issues and other influences affecting the destination. Fluency in oral and written English required. Ability to memorize and recall facts, figures and information required. Ability to make independent decisions and respond to immediate needs of guests, emergency situations, and program needs. Ability to walk on uneven terrain (occasionally while assisting others), tolerate adverse weather conditions and lift heavy objects. Ability to work long hours to include early mornings, late evenings, weekends and holidays. Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills required. High levels of integrity, maturity, patience and enthusiasm required. Must be able to adapt tour to changing weather conditions. Ability to work individually and as part of a team. Current CPR and First Aid Certificates are required.

Contact:
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to employment@nathab.com. No phone calls please.

About Nat Hab
Natural Habitat Adventures has been perfecting the art of nature expedition for more than 25 years. Operating ethically and responsibly in the areas where we run our trips and in our own community has always been a crucial component of our core ideology. Our adventures take travelers off-the-beaten path where they can experience our planet's greatest natural wonders, such as observing mountain gorillas in a rainforest, viewing polar bears on the arctic tundra, exploring the Galapagos Islands from an intimate yacht, or any number of other enriching wildlife and nature encounters. For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures, see www.nathab.com.

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