Canadian Wilderness Adventures seeks self-motivated, responsible individuals to lead outdoor adventure tours in Whistler, BC. Our tours include snowmobile, snowshoe, dogsled and snowcat in the winter season; and ATV, 4×4 buggy, jeep, and canoe in the summer.
Job Description: CWA Guides independently lead wilderness adventure tours of up to seven machines with an emphasis on safety and local history and ecological interpretation on Blackcomb Mountain and in the Callaghan Valley. Additional duties include ensuring vehicles, equipment and facilities are clean and maintained on a daily basis. Individuals must be accountable for their actions and report to the Shift Supervisor on a daily basis. CWA operates 365-days per year winter peak period running mid Dec – end March and summer mid June – September.
Minimum position requirements:
1. First Aid:
- Snowmobile / ATV / 4×4 Buggy Guides min. 80hr+ Advanced First Aid (OFA 73, OEC, WFR) + CPR-C certificate.
- Snowshoe / Dogsled / Canoe Guides min. 40hr+ First Aid (OFA 2, AWFA) + CPR-C certificate.
- Snowcat / Jeep Drivers min. 16hr First Aid + CPR-C certificate.
- Shuttle Drivers do not require First Aid
2. BC Class 4 unrestricted drivers license, with driver’s abstract.
3. Ability to work effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships.
4. Motivated to provide excellent customer service and exceed customer expectations on a daily basis.
5. Amazing conversationalist with an abundance of personality and a great sense of humour.
6. Professional appearance, sound judgment and capable of maintaining a safety-first mindset.
7. A passion for sharing the outdoors with people of diverse social backgrounds.
Desirable additional qualifications:
1. Previous experience working in the great outdoors, in a fast-paced environment.
2. Working verbal ability in Spanish, French or German.
3. AST 1, 2, or Operations Level 1 Avalanche certifications.
4. Experience driving a truck and trailer, or a desire to learn.
5. Mechanically minded, with problem-solving talent.
6. A “We make it happen” attitude.
Additionally, Successful Candidates will:
- Complete a week-long extensive training program in the field, plus tail guiding.
- Need to acquire a radio harness, DOT helmet, Class 4 License, etc.
- Have a vast and wide-ranging knowledge of the history, geography and ecology of the Whistler area, or a willingness to learn!
- Be self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
- Previous guiding and/or riding skills are not required, but are an asset.
Canadian Wilderness Adventures (CWA), Canadian Dogsled Adventures, and Canadian Mountain Productions (CMP) are the operating companies of Canadian Wilderness Adventures Ltd. We have been successfully running outdoor adventure tours by snowmobile, ATV, canoe, jeep, dogsled, snowshoe and snowcat in the Whistler area since 1993. We have exclusive access to the roads, trails and glaciers of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and we also operate on commercial tenure in the Callaghan Valley and Bralorne. We are one of the highest profile adventure companies in Whistler.
- Work schedules are on an on-call basis, guides are expected to be available and on call for all scheduled shifts. Daily hours of work are often 10-12 hour shifts but can vary seasonally.
- We work outside in all weather conditions, you will need appropriate clothing and attitude to stay warm, dry and keep smiling.
- Whistler has a notorious housing shortage, we recommend finding year-long accommodation as soon as possible, keep in mind you may need to share a room.
- Guiding can be repetitive, but each day is different and each tour must be fresh and new.
Guide staff are hired twice per year for winter and summer seasons with training in November and May. Please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org Interviews (in person only) are conducted in April, September/October. All emails will be acknowledged and applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone or email.