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Great Guides = Best Summer Ever!!!

Have you ever wanted to spend your Summer working in the great outdoors of beautiful Door County?  Well here’s your chance………..

Gravity Trails Summer Jobs Available for 2013 

Internships / Full Time / Part Time
Positions Available:

Kayak Guide & Zip Line Guide
Full Time(25-45 hrs week), Internships available

Kayak Guide & Zip Line Guide Interests
-Outdoor Recreation
-Story Teller

Kayak Zip Line Guide Time Frame
Full Time Position:
June 10 to August 30 or September 15
30-45 hours a week

Guide Benefits: Get Strong! Get Tan! Meet People! Benefits include access to company kayaking gear on a space available basis (and according to skills), pro-deals on many brands of outdoor gear, free kayak trips for family, time to learn how to kayak, sail, kiteboard and the chance to work with a fun group of individuals. Access to kayaks and zip line equipment for pracitice, personal and family/friend use.

Kayak / Zip Line Guide Job Description: Must be self motivated and display confidence! You possess or have the potential to possess strong leadership abilities in outdoor situations. Most of this job will be unsupervised and we need people who can handle that responsibility. Full time guides will lead daily tours (see our Guide Duties) in the local Door County waters. Guides give paddling instruction, lead safe tours according to company guidlelines and provide interesting, funny and informative narratives.

Kayak Tour Guide Duties:
Arrive 1 Hour before Tour
Set up Kayaks/Paddles/PFD’s
Meet and Greet Guests, Remind them what they need to bring, bathroom location, etc.
Listen to local weather radio/web weather with guests and decide which location to paddle
Convey paddling iternary to Guests using Navigational Map
Entertain guests before launch
Facilitate ease of kayak setup with guests interaction
Give Lesson to Guests (max 12 guests)
Guide (Launch Kayaks / Stay close to nervous guests / Describe Natural Environment)
Entertain kids with supersoakers, adults with geology / stories / jokes
Photograph guests during tour using waterproof camera
Return to headquarters
Put away / clean / replace PFD’s / VHFs / Battery’s / Camera and Guide Gear equipment
Walk guests through Kayak Pictures assisting them with Cd Burning or Photo Printing
Thank and ask customers to return.
Log trip details on Blog

How to prepare for the Guide Position:

We realize that most of you do not have much kayak guiding experience or certifications. Past experience is not mandatory, but we will not hesitate to let you go if you are not comfotable and confident in a kayak by the end of our training. Fear not, start Studying/reading and playing in your school pool now! Our training program is intensive.

Mandatory Preparations
First Aid / CPR Certifications by training date.
Be legally able to work in the United States.
Read up on Door County and Kayaking Skills
Join our Facebook page
PFD and Guide Gear
Understand local ecology, geology, and the natural environment.

Kayak/Zip Line Guide Training:”Kayak/Zip Guide Training Camp consists of sea kayak/zip lining skills training, rescue training and trip leadership training most of which is conducted in kayaks and out at the zip lines. We also spend time learning about the local area and ecology. Guides will demonstrate their skills at the end of the training. Our first camp will consist of getting to know the basics of Gravity Trails and some basic kayaking and zip lining rescue and navigation classes. During the time between camps, guides are expected to join tours and use what they have learned to explore our tour locations with a partner or group of guides. The second camp will take place a week or two later(TBA) to give time for practice and familiarize yourself with the surrounding waters and zip lining. When completed, you will feel confident of your skills and prepared for whatever happens on the water, or on the zip lines as you will have practiced it in all conditions.

Communications Coordinator & Zip Line / Kayak Guide

Internship & Full Time Positions available!  If you enjoy creative marketing, socializing and talking, then this position is for you. 

Get College Credit! Internships are available for students and are usually given preference for hiring. Both positions require zip line / kayak guiding.


– A major or direction towards communications, sales, business, marketing, or advertising
– Enjoying updating online communities (Blog, Facebook, Email)
– Quick wits and humor is a must!.
– Ability to handle fast-paced environment
– Ability to prioritize and switch gears when needed
– Organized individual who is creative
– Forward thinking and takes initiative
– Prior PR and event experience a plus
– Good writing and researching skills are a must
– Be proactive, creative, intelligent, and persistent self-starters.
– Be hard working, have tenacity, enthusiasm, and honesty.

Opportunities for advancement!

Wow, there is so much opportunity in this world! Dare I say, do what you love and dream big, If you have the right qualities and can dream big, GT has a desire to expand with you into a global tourism business!

How to Apply
Please contact us, we love to talk. We know many of you will not have the experience or qualifications coming in as a kayak/zip line guide, so please show us your enthusiasm and desire to be a guide through your interesting application and continual communication to us until the start date of your guide training. Fill out and application here!

Also, don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions or concerns you may have. We also have some leads on great housing opportunities!