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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).
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.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.