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Employment with West Coast Expeditions

As a small company, we rely on maintaining a team of flexible and diverse staff who complement each others' skills and experience in a shared living and working environment.  As a team, we run a world-class wilderness retreat that delivers inspiring sea kayaking experiences in sync with the local area and community. 

Together, our Mission is:
To inspire people with the wonder and joy of getting to know BC's rugged and remote west coast through sea kayaking and marine/cultural ecology experiences that contribute in positive ways to the health and well-being of our guests, staff, community, and the Kyuquot area.
  In January 2016 we had the honour of receiving the "Employee's Choice Award" in the 2015 Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce Community Awards.  We have since established and sponsored the "Sustainability Award" for local businesses and organizations, encouraging awareness and improvements in our community.

We have many returning staff and some new for 2023! Meanwhile, we are still looking to fill the following position(s) on our team:

Otherwise, feel free to contact us if you think you'd be a great fit with West Coast Expeditions, either guiding (SKGABC certified), caring for camp systems and guests, or whatever other magic you offer.
  some of our WCE summer staff 2017

Each "position" on our team is often much more broad than the job title: we work together to support superlative guest experiences.  In addition to established industry certifications for each position, desirable skills, experience, and attributes that contribute to our overall team and any particular primary role include:
  • Commercial passenger vessel operations
  • Indigenous cultural relations, knowledge, and interpretation
  • Marine/coastal biology and ecology knowledge and  interpretation
  • Community and tourism sector relations and logistics
  • Infrastructure and facilities maintenance
  • Guest services (including housekeeping) and an aesthetic eye
  • Entertainment (story-telling, music, games, etc. for diverse ages)
  • Trip and transportation logistics

Foremost, we look for people with a demonstrated passion for the west coast, an interest in life-long learning, proven emotional intelligence, and a sense of gratitude and reverence for where and how we operate.

In return, we strive to ensure that our employees:
  • are listened to, feel valued, and value each other
  • have autonomy in personal styles/expertise for program delivery
  • experience a variety of trips types, group types, and the opportunity to work in smaller teams
  • receive competitive wages that are reviewed annually
  • share gratuities among all who contribute to the guest experience
  • have few living expenses throughout the summer (no "camp fees" for food and other consumables)
  • eat like royalty and have prime sleeping locations if/when working at our camp on Spring Island
  • have balanced work days with the opportunity for personal and rest time
  • have transportation covered to/from our remote camp
  • have access to a variety of kayaks and/or are compensated if providing their own kayak
  • feel that they become a part of the local area and community through meaningful interactions and outings
  • are encouraged and supported in their personal passions and professional development (including access to training funds for returning staff), and
  • know that they're an essential part of delivering exceptional experiences that meet high standards for responsible and sustainable travel, and make a difference in peoples' lives.
  western red cedar
If interested in joining our team, especially for one of the above opportunities, please email your cover letter and resume (with references) to


You can otherwise track updates to job opportunities/alerts with West Coast Expeditions through Guide Network!

  job alert for guide network


Thank you for your interest.