Kayak Guide, Rental Operations

  • Seattle, WA

Company Description

As kayakers, paddle boarders and outdoors enthusiasts, John and Becca started Ballard Kayak to share their love of the Puget Sound with the residents and visitors of Seattle.
Ballard Kayak’s mission is to provide the general public a means to experience the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest in the safest way possible. We offer the highest quality excursion, defined by our attention to detail, our quality meals, our creative approach and our stellar staff, all for a reasonable price.

Job Description


Ballard Kayak is hiring multiple positions for our 5-star Sea Kayak and Paddleboard tour and rental operation out of Shilshole Bay Marina for the summer season. These are great positions for those who are outgoing, love people and are passionate about the outdoors.

Positions are available for the summer season, June - September. These positions may provide flexible hours, ranging from part time to full time. Compensation will be based on prior experience and all positions include daily tips.


We are hiring to fill three positions: (see below for descriptions)

  • Kayak/paddleboard guide
  • Kayak/paddleboard rental staff


Kayak/paddleboard Guide Position

This position will mostly consist of leading kayak tours in the Puget Sound and through Salmon Bay with clients of all ages and skill levels.  You will also



-       Leading tours ranging from 1 hour to overnight with clients of all types and skill levels

-       Educating clients on the Puget Sound environment, history of surrounding areas, wildlife and ecology.

-       Communicating new information in a clear, understandable way

-       Keeping clients entertained, excited and happy

-       Providing an educational and fun experience

-       Ensuring client safety

-       Collaborating with Ballard Kayak on tour structure and potential improvements

-       Cleaning and maintaining equipment and gear

-       Transporting gear and kayaks via truck and trailer when needed

-       Assisting with tour logistics





-       Kayaking and/or paddleboarding Experience

-       Knowledge of the Puget Sound area- history, wildlife, ecology

-       Knowledge of kayak safety

-       Confident leadership

-       Leadership experience

-       Exceptional attention to detail




Kayak/Paddleboard Rental Staff

In this position, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of our kayak and paddleboard rental shop in the Shilshole Bay Marina



-       Maintaining the rental schedule

-       Lead client nstructionals on basics of kayaking and paddleboarding

-       Helping clients on and off the water

-       Multi-tasking: providing customer service while keeping track of rentals on the water

-       Attracting potential customers to the location with a friendly and outgoing personality

-       Advertising Ballard Kayak in and out of the marina

-       Collaborating with Ballard Kayak on how to improve rental operations

-       Transporting gear and kayaks to and from Golden Gardens on select weekends

-       Cleaning and maintaining equipment and gear



-       Customer Service Experience

-       Excellent attention to detail

-       Process-oriented

-       High energy and a magnetic personality


To apply, please send us your resume, list of references, and a brief description summing up why you are the best person for the job. Please indicate which position(s) you are interested in.


-       Motivated, outgoing, high energy, strong people skills and communication skills

-       Passion for the outdoors and ability to effectively share that passion with customers

-       Ability to work weekends

-       Ability to lift 50lbs regularly

-       Valid Driver’s license with clean driving record

-       Experience driving a truck with trailer a plus

-       Work well with others, team mentality

-       Current first aid/CPR certification

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.