Sea Kayak Operations Manager

Job Description

Position Description

The Operations Manager position is a seasonal 6-month position.  The Operations Manager is responsible for supervising, scheduling, and training volunteers and other seasonal staff, for the management of program operations on San Francisco and Tomales Bays, for leading sea kayak trips from one to five days in length, and for overseeing equipment maintenance and upkeep.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • 60% Acting as Trip Leader and on trips and trainings
    • Lead and mentor a team of guides and interns to facilitate one to five day sea kayak trips for people with special needs, disadvantaged youth, and benefit groups
    • Supervising and providing ongoing training for volunteers and other seasonal staff
    • Facilitate activities focusing on group development, kayak instruction, environmental education, and human and natural history
    • Provide safe, educational, and fun outdoor experiences for ETC participants
    • Plan and organize social events, workshops, and other events for the guide community
  • 40% Managing program facilities and equipment and providing logistical support to the Sea Kayak Program Manager
    • Oversight of San Francisco Bay and Tomales Bay equipment storage locations
    • Supervising the upkeep, maintenance, and inventory of program equipment
    • Assist in managing program logistics including gear purchasing, developing menus and conducting food buys, and meal preparation
    • Drive company vehicles to transport equipment and support program logistics



  • 2+ years sea kayak guiding experience
  • Previous experience as a kayak trip leader, managing a team of guides, is highly desired
  • Proven ability to set a positive tone while supervising diverse groups of people, preferably in an outdoor education setting
  • Enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with people of all abilities and backgrounds
  • Excellent organization, communication, and problem solving skills
  • Able to work independently and comfortable working on multiple projects at a time
  • Experience with boat maintenance or other repair skills
  • Experience working with youth or special needs programs a plus
  • Have a valid drivers license, willing to adhere to ETC Driving Policies, experience driving large vehicle and trailers, and access to a personal vehicle
  • CPR and First Aid Certified (WFA or WFR strongly preferred)
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds



  • Participation in ETC’s Sea Kayak Guide School in April 2017 (if available)
  • Participation in ETC’s Inclusion Training in May 2017 (required)
  • Individual training from Sea Kayak Program Manager
  • Ongoing skills development throughout employment


Term & Commitment

  • Full time May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017
  • Twenty-two days per month.  The Operations Manager will be asked to work on weekday and weekend days and on overnight trips. 
  • Up to three weeks of unpaid time off can be scheduled during the season and should coincide with program needs


Reports To

  • Sea Kayak Program Manager



  • Salary $2300-2500/month, dependent on experience
  • The ability to check out ETC sea kayak equipment for personal use (subject to ETC boat use policy)

Access to ETC’s pro purchase programs with various outdoor equipment manufacturers

Job Availability: 

May 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

To Apply

To Apply: Submit resume with references and a cover letter explaining why you are an ideal match for this position via email, fax, or post to Oren Frey, Sea Kayak Program Manager by March 15, 2017.

            Environmental Traveling Companions                                    Email: [email protected]

            ATTN: Oren Frey                                                        Phone: 415-474-7662 ext. 13

            2 Marina Blvd #C385                                                  Fax: 415-474-3919

            San Francisco, California 94123                                               Web:

Application Closing Date: 
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Job Location: 
San Francisco
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
May 1st, 2017

Job Details

Job Details: 
Seasonal Program
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