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Our internships.

Internships: We can work with any of our local colleges or universities with park and recreation, outdoor activity and education, or field research programs.

 

When working or volunteering with us, we provide free training to practice in preparation for certification in guiding and water rescue as well as opportunities for increasing your skills in outdoor interpretation, education and research. Interns and employees must pay for their actual certification testing. Group rates may be available if testing with our team. Partial to full reimbursement of fees may be available for interns and employees that complete their contracted period of internship.

 

Field Research Internships: Volunteer: May include paid hours.

If doing research by water access: CPR / First Aid and our water safety workshop is required.

Options: We work with your education schedule and research needs. In many cases you may build your own project. Paid internships involve working with our clients in activity support and sharing your knowledge of your field for outdoor interpretation. This also could involve intern mentoring.

 

  • Most common months to start are:

 

January or February: Winter into Spring: Common subjects: Biology ( Flora, Fauna or phytoplankton and diatoms). Cetations and Pinnepeds, water dynamics,. or create your own

 

May or June: Spring into Summer: Common subjects: Biology ( Flora, Fauna or phytoplankton and diatoms). Algae and phytoplankton blooms, Cetations and Pinnepeds, water dynamics,. or create your own

 

August and September: Fall into Winter: Common subjects: Biology ( Flora, Fauna or phytoplankton and diatoms). Algae and phytoplankton blooms, Cetations and Pinnepeds, water dynamics, or create your own.

 

Three and Four Month Programs: Introduction to Field Research
Six Month Program: Field Research and introduction to Intern Mentorship

Nine Month Program: Field Research, Intern Mentorship, Introduction to Project Management
One Year Program: Field Research, Intern Mentorship, and Project Management


A one year program is necessary to experience full seasonal fluctuations in environment, wildlife, plant, water or program dynamics.

 

Sustainable Eco-Tourism: Paid Internships and Employment:

 

  • Bonus Pay Contract: An additional $1-$2 per hour: Timely completion of training commitments required for employment and pay advancement. Completing contracted time period.

  • Free practice training: In preparation for safety certifications. Interns and employees pay for their certification testing. On passing a certificate is awarded.

  • Reimbursement: Of basic certification fees or reduced fees: Available on completion of contract.

 

 

 

All employees and interns should aquire basic safety certification:

 

  • CPR / First Aid / AED Adult and Child: In Class Testing. Online only is not accepted.

​​All staff must be available to assist as a team with potential safety situations. Interns or employees  may not assist with clients on the water without this basic certification.

 

  • Water Safety Positions: (Kayak Safety Reviews and Client Monitoring) Required: Water Safety Certification as in... Lifeguard, Deep Water, Swift Water or Dive Rescue.

 

  • Lead Guide Positions: Must pass Day Trip Leader Certification to handle logistics and serve as Lead Guide running guide teams for larger youth, military veteran and school groups. May work in shift supervision for full-time hours.

 

  • Instructor Positions: Must possess current certification as a level 2 or above instructor in your profession. A private kiddie day camp certification is not sufficient but is a good start. We hire Sailing, Kayak and SUP instructors with certifications through ACA, BCU, NOLS or equivalent. May supplement hours by working in rental shift management.

 

Training and Employment

 

  • Water Training: For positions involving water safety: Part-Time

     

  • Spring Training for Summer Employment: March, April, May:

  • Summer Training for Fall through Winter break employment: September, October:

  • Winter Training for Supervisory Position or Guide Employment: January, February, March:

     

  • Client Reservations, Sales, Outfitting and Staff Communications:

     

  • Start Dates: At least one month prior to wanting full time work. All others are in a part-time assistant position.

 

Four Month Program: Includes part time skills and paid training: Introduction to Eco-Tourism, Client Services and Recreational Safety and Risk Management and Mentorship and / or Outdoor education.

Training and Employment Options: (Includes training dates.)


Starts Part-Time. Ideally increases to full-time. Part-time options.

  • Mid April – Mid August ( Spring – Summer Tourism Focus )

  • Mid Mid May - Mid September ( Spring – Summer Tourism Focus )

  • Mid June - Mid October ( Summer into Fall Tourism and Outdoor Education Focus )

  • Mid July-Mid November ( Summer into Fall Tourism and School Field Research Focus )

  • Mid September -Mid January ( Fall and Winter Tourism and School Field Research Focus )
     

Six Month Program: Eco-Tourism, Client Services and Recreational Safety and Risk Management and Mentorship: Introduction to outdoor education: This program should ready interns for assisting in supervising a similar eotourism program, but not for winter or moving water programs.
Training and Employment Options: (Includes training dates.)

6 Months: Preferably starting with water skills and safety and risk management training in spring months and water.


Starts Part-Time. Ideally increases to full-time. Part-time options.

  • Mid March – Mid September ( Spring through Summer Tourism Focus )

  • Mid April - Mid October ( Spring into Fall Tourism and Outdoor Education Focus )

  • Mid Mid May - Mid November ( Spring into Fall Tourism and School Field Research Focus )

  • Mid June – Mid December ( Summer into Winter and School Field Research Focus )

  • Mid July – Mid January ( Summer into Winter and School Field Research Focus )

 


Nine Month Program: Eco-Tourism, Client Services and Recreational Safety and Risk Management and Intern Mentorship and / or Outdoor Education:

This program should ready interns for supervising a similar eotourism program, but potentially not for winter or moving water programs, unless choosing to include winter months.
 

Training and Employment Options: (Includes training dates.)

9 Months: Preferably starting with water skills and safety and risk management training in spring months and water.


Starts Part-Time. Ideally increases to full-time. Part-time options.

  • March – December: Spring - Winter Break: Tourism, Youth Groups and School Research, beginning moving water... if rain fed currents exist.

  • Mid April - Mid January or Mid May - Mid February: Spring - Winter Break: Tourism, Youth Groups and School Research, + Beginning Moving Water Guided Tours. +Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Qualified may also intern with local fire departments.

  • June – March or July – April or August – May: Summer into Spring: Tourism, Youth Groups and School Research, + Beginning Moving Water Guided Tours.+ Assists with Intern Training for Summer of the next year + Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Qualified may also intern with local fire departments.

  • September -June: Fall into Summer: Tourism, Youth Groups and School Research, + Beginning Moving Water Guided Tours. + Assists with Intern Training for Winter Break Tourism and for Summer of next year. + Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Qualified may also intern with local fire departments.


One Year Program: Eco-Tourism, Client Services and Recreational Safety and Risk Management, Mentorship and Outdoor Education Program Management
 

Training and Employment Options: Starts Part-Time. Works Full Time Seasonally.

  • One full year: Preferably starting with water skills and safety and risk management training in winter or spring.

  • A one year program is necessary to experience full seasonal fluctuations in; environment, flora, fauna, marketing, client dynamics and safety and risk management.


 

 

Sustainable Ecotourism: Client Services And Sales and / or Office and Marketing Management. Part-time: Minimum three months or longer. Possible Seasonal Full time.

 

Descriptions:

  • Client Services And Sales: Works directly with our clients. Processes Payments, Reservations, Outfitting, Supply and Equipment Management, Staff Communications. Trains to eventually manage comparable recreational client outfitting, reservations, daily sales, and emergency service communications with staff and maintains functional inventory of supplies and outfitting. Preferably also assists in tour and safety support for more hours.

Office and Marketing Management: May work mostly from home online with one day each week on site with the main team. Processes payroll, purchases, tracks expenses and payments, communicates with local businesses and organizations for marketing and networking, updates online marketing and social media. May take or request marketing photos from staff. Assists one day each week on site. A three month intern may become familiar with most aspects while having a specific focus. For example; Social Media and Online Marketing or Office Management and Photography.
 

Recreational Safety and Risk Management: ( Interns are paid apprentices.)
Certification Requirements: New certification holders or with minimal experience will be in the intern program gaining experience to upgrade. Ongoing Guide and / or Water Rescue Training.

  • Employment Description: Beach and Water Management: Requires full certification in Water Rescue. Employed Supervisors will either have significant lifeguard experience with at least some open water background who also train with us for paddle sports safety or fully certified paddle sport guides or instructors with water rescue certification. Tracks Water and, Wind and Weather Conditions as well as Estuary, River Mouth and Wild Life Considerations for Guided Tours and / or Rental Activities.

  • Certified Guides with Experience:Manages preparing team and equipment for larger tours.

       Part-time: Minimum three months preference or longer.

  • Preferably also works in activity support and intern training and supervision for more or full time hours. We also keep an “On Call Certified Guide List” for leading guided tours.

  • Winter Month Tours: A Moving Water Certification is Required.

 

Youth Educator / Outdoor Educational Programs: ( Interns are paid apprentices.)
Employment Description: Ongoing Personal Training.

(Learns to and...): Prepares educational guide teams for leading schools for field research.
Part-time: Minimum three months preference or longer. Preferably also works in activity support or safety for more hours. This position can be included in a Supervisor position when qualified.