Expedition Guide

  • Company:
    Seamax International Cruise Ship Employment Services
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    3 days ago
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Expedition Guides are part of a cohesive Expedition team whose goal is to inspire guests and help them
understand and have an appreciation for what they are experiencing during their cruise. Guides are supervised
by the Expedition Leader and work in teams of 2-5 members, along with the full vessel crew. Their primary
responsibilities include guiding and interpretation as well as onboard presentations and narration. They
interpret topics ranging from geology, geography, glaciology, marine biology, natural history and cultural
history, current issues in local destinations, and local flora and fauna. Expedition Guides lead groups of guests
on hikes ranging from shore walks to route finding, bushwhacking, and more technical hiking, skiff tours,
snorkeling, camping, paddle boarding, as well as whole and half day kayak trips on a daily basis. Expedition
Guides take ownership of delivering an unforgettable vacation experience to guests through sharing their
knowledge, guiding excursions, and exemplary customer service, with an emphasis on safety.


 Lead hiking and kayaking expeditions in remote wilderness settings with few or no defined trails,
utilizing safety standards and route finding skills
 Work within a cohesive and cooperative team led by the Expedition Leader, with heavy emphasis on
communication and teamwork
 Confidently and competently lead groups of up to 20 guests in the field and on the water, and create
an enjoyable experience for guests even when an excursion does not go as planned. Heavy emphasis
on customer service, dynamic thinking and safety
 Provide in the field, hands-on interpretation, and thematic, formal onboard presentations that are
integrated into a week-long interpretive program, and wildlife narration utilizing interactive tools such
as maps, charts, guidebooks, power point, microscopes and spotting scopes to involve the guests
 Develop and deliver educational presentations covering environmental science, history, or other
relevant topics to the itinerary as assigned by the EL for up to 90 guests
 Cultivate the guest experience by focusing on the observation of the surrounding geology, flora and
fauna by encouraging passengers to spend as much time on deck exploring and experiencing the
natural surroundings that may go unnoticed
 Maintain the cleanliness, order and function of all Expedition tools, including kayaks, paddleboards,
camping equipment, electronics and snorkeling gear
 Assist in general shipboard tasks during the operating season, including loading stores, laundry,
garbage, and luggage.
 Maintain a professional demeanor and appearance amongst crew and guests at all times, while living
in a close community setting.



 Minimum one year of naturalist interpretation or environmental education in the field and formal
presentations for groups of up to 90 participants
 Demonstrable written and verbal communications including interpretive materials and presentations
 Minimum education of a Bachelor of Science in natural and/or cultural history, or other relevant field
of study, or equivalent experience
 Minimum one year professional experience leading small groups in remote field settings and on the
 Exceptional and demonstrable customer service and problem solving skills
 A strong preference for working in a team setting
 Prior small ship cruise industry experience strongly preferred
 First Aid/CPR and Wilderness First Responder Certified

Required Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

• Valid Passport•CPR / First Aid / AED
• Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
• STCW Crowd Management (1)
• Security Awareness or VPDSD (1)
• USCG 25T Masters license (2)
• Costa Rica Guide Certification or Panama Guide Certification (3)
• Wilderness First Aid (4)•MARSEC Card (5)
• Medical Fitness Certificate (6)
• Certified Interpretive Guide certificate with National Association for Interpretation (7)

(1) Required for Safari Voyager, Safari Endeavour, and Safari Quest; preferred on other vessels. Company provided if needed.
(2) Near Coastal License required for Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary
(3) Required for Safari Voyager -Only for native Costa Ricans and Panamanians for their country of origin
(4) Acceptable for Safari Voyager in place of WFR
(5) Required on Safari Explorer Hawaii itinerary (If you do not currently have, there will be a training once onboard)
(6) Required for Safari Voyager(7)Company preferred