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Guide with Butterfly Tours

Butterfly Tours may have positions available for professional assistant sea kayak guides on summer 2022 Haida Gwaii tours and expeditions.  We are accepting applications from certified guides interested in joining our team.

Butterfly Tours assistant guide positions are filled for summer 2021.  We are now accepting applications from certified guides interested in joining our team in 2022.

Prospective guides may be interested in considering our apprentice program.
We currently have positions available for apprentice guides to join our 2021 trips.  Completing an apprenticeship may lead to advancement and future employment as a Butterfly Tours assistant guide.

Our trips operate in the most remote regions of Gwaii Haanas National Park.  We specialize in providing expertly guided multi-day tours and expeditions with small groups, in single kayaks.

Butterfly Tours assistant guides generally work four to six consecutive weeks in the wilderness, returning to the remote community of Rose Harbour once a week to resupply.  Our guides enjoy the unique benefits of paddling a single kayak on nearly every trip.  This is an entirely unparalleled, world-class guiding opportunity.

Guides must obtain a Gwaii Haanas registered guide card, issued by Parks Canada.  This requires each guide to hold valid certification.  Butterfly Tours will consider applicants who qualify for certification with the Association of Canadian Sea Kayak Guides (ACSKG).

SKGABC certified Assistant Overnight Guides and Paddle Canada Level Two Instructors are generally considered equivalent to ACSKG Assistant Guides and may apply to transfer to the ACSKG.  Transferring certification is a simple process for guides who qualify.
Guides commonly obtain SKGABC & ACSKG dual-certification.  Butterfly Tours covers annual ACSKG certification fees for our guiding team.  Guides can apply to Butterfly Tours before transferring to the ACSKG.

Assistant and apprentice guides are provided with three wholesome meals each day plus the use of a kayak, sprayskirt, paddle, spare paddle and PFD during the expeditions.  Guides may provide their own tent, or a tent may be loaned by Butterfly Tours.  Two-way speedboat transport between Sandspit and Rose Harbour is included.

Assistant guide earnings vary according to how many guests are on the trip.  The majority of our trips tend to sell out with six guests plus two guides.  Some trips may include an apprentice and assistant guide, making a total of three certified guides on a trip.  Returning guides are provided with a raise each year.  Savings accumulate rapidly, as there is generally no time-off between trips and no expenses for guides while working.  Additionally, gratuities supplement earnings.  Assistant guides who commit to more than one month of work will be provided with a transportation subsidy for travel to Sandspit.

These guide positions require refined communication skills plus the ability to pay consistent attention to details.  Guides must also be in excellent physical condition, as there is daily heavy lifting and carrying involved with the job.

Before applying, prospective guides are asked to familiarize themselves with our apprentice program.  Applicants are also encouraged to read our trip itineraries and FAQs to become more familiar with the tours and expeditions we offer.  Our trip schedule is available online.

To apply to Butterfly Tours, send Gord an email mentioning that you've read this employment webpage and indicating if you are applying for an assistant or apprentice guide position.  Please include a brief note explaining why you wish to work with Butterfly Tours.
Additionally, please complete this questionnaire.

Thanks for your interest in working with our team.
You are welcome to contact Gord if you have any questions.

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Updated by Gord on October 19, 2020