_DSC3913Tide Rip Grizzly Tours Ltd. is a small independent company located on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For over 16 years, Tide Rip has been leading daily boat-based expeditions to view and photograph the wild grizzly bears and other spectacular wildlife native to coastal British Columbia. We subscribe to the philosophy: ‘conservation through coexistence’ and endeavour to promote our passion for bears through outreach education programs and presentations, fundraising projects, and sponsoring conservation NGOs, in addition to our daily operations.


Currently, the Tide Rip Team is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic, conservation-minded individual to fill the seasonal fulltime position of Sightseeing Boat Operator between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2016. Duties for this ecotourism position include, but are not limited to: competent operation of a 5 ton water taxi; pre- and post-trip fueling, maintaining boat and equipment on board, cleaning and provisioning of vessel(s).


The energetic applicant must have all pertinent certifications including a minimum of SVOP, MED A3, MC-ROC and Wilderness First Aid/CPR (or their equivalents) in addition to extensive coastal boating experience in all weather and sea conditions. A basic understanding of boat mechanics and the ability to troubleshoot are invaluable skills while operating in remote areas and in the absence of readily available assistance. Working on and around boats is also physically demanding and involves both dexterity and intuition.

Additional Information:

Refined interpersonal skills are preferred due to high level of guest-oriented care, that is the ability to communicate effectively and in a manner that is engaging, entertaining and inspiring all the while ensuring the safety and comfort of guests. Describing points of interest, answering questions and supplying information are key components to the job. Situational awareness and the ability to assess and respond to audience needs and interests are imperatives. Geological, cultural and natural interpretation of the Pacific Northwest with an emphasis on bear physiology and ecology is necessary; promotion of grizzly bear and bear habitat conservation; and successful spotting of wildlife are additional duties to position. Sharing area knowledge, leading groups and advising on safety, and understanding and implementing the specific regulations of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of British Columbia are performed daily.

The ideal candidate will possess professional interpretive skills as pertaining to the natural, geological and cultural history of coastal British Columbia and an awareness of contemporary issues as they pertain to coastal BC. Graduates with majors in biology, environmental education, natural resources or other related fields are preferred.

Although not necessary, the ability to speak a second language (especially German and Dutch), Food Safe recognition and wildlife photography skills are considered assets.


Competitive wage ($26.82/hr) is commensurate with experience and gratuities are divided equally between crew. Tide Rip provides either modest accommodation in the Telegraph Cove Resort campground situated in a beautiful rainforest setting or subsidies for lodging elsewhere. Tide Rip also provides both breakfast and lunch.

If you’d like to join our hard-working team, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and list of 3 references with the subject line ‘2016 Tide Rip Sightseeing Boat Operator” by April 1st, 2016 to Derek at: kyostia’at’

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Please note that only those nominees selected for consideration will be contacted.

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