Certified Guide Applicants, base crew and Internships

Work Opportunities with Nordic Ventures for the 2018 Season

Nordic Ventures is looking to hire employees for our 2018 kayaking season! We are based in two locations: Gudvangen, at the start of the Nærøyfjord, and have a smaller booking location and meeting place in Voss, on the lakefront. We operate  Sea Kayaking tours and Multi-day Adventure tours. You can find more information on the About Us page.

Our operational season runs from Mid April to early October – available positions range from 3 months to 5 months contract length. All first year guides must complete a non paid training program in the last week of April, prior to starting work.

If you are interested in working for Nordic Ventures, please fill-up the application form here.

Positions Available

Kayak Guide

Location: Gudvangen

Timeframe: April to September (full season); June to September (peak season)

Number of positions available: 15

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Preparing for kayak trips, including setting up kayaks and associated gear;
  • Greeting clients, providing trip briefings and equipping clients with all sea kayaking equipment;
  • Providing safety orientation for guests, including paddle technique and capsize skills;
  • Ensuring safety of clients on trips through continual monitoring of potential hazards and observation of clients’ abilities;
  • Monitoring tide, wind and weather conditions;
  • Providing an educational and enjoyable educational experience for clients through interpretation of wildlife, natural history and social history of the Nærøyfjord and surrounding area;
  • Setting up camp, instructing clients in camping etiquette, Leave No Trace principles and cooking great outdoor meals in the field;  
  • Packing food and cooking gear for kayak and hiking trips;
  • Preparing kayaks and gear and providing safety briefings for rental clients;
  • Cleaning and drying of client paddling gear (wetsuits, sprayskirts, PFDs, paddle jackets and neoprene booties);
  • Drying and cleaning camping gear returning from trips (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and rain tarps);
  • Ensuring that vehicles are cleaned and fuelled as necessary;
  • General cleaning and maintenance of base;
  • Assisting other guides and base staff as required.

Qualifications required:

  • Sea Kayak One, SKOANZ, NZOIA, BCU or similar Sea Kayaking Guide Certification or relevant work experience (you must have guided for at least two seasons commercially);
  • Current first aid and CPR certification;
  • Excellent spoken and written English;
  • A strong interest in learning and educating about local social and natural history.  
  • Reliable, self-motivated and enthusiastic with strong communication skills and the ability to converse with people from different cultures and backgrounds;
  • Physically fit and enjoy being outdoors in all weather;

Guides are required to provide the following personal equipment for their use:

  • PFD;
  • Spray skirt;
  • Paddle jacket wiith hood;
  • Tow line;
  • Water shoes;
  • Tent;
  • Sleeping bag;
  • Sleeping mat;
  • Hiking boots suitable for full day hikes in sometimes wet terrain and on snow;
  • Hiking day pack;
  • First aid kit with splint;
  • Warm, synthetic clothing suitable for outdoor activities.

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Base Crew

Location: Gudvangen

Timeframe: April to September

Number of positions available: 8

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Receiving camping gear returning from trips (tents, sleeping bags , sleeping mats and rain tarps) –  drying and cleaning, repacking meticulously and storing for reuse;
  • Repairing broken tents, rain tarps and sleeping mats;
  • Cleaning and drying wetsuits, paddle jackets, spray skirts, PFDs and neoprene booties;
  • Packing client gear bags for day trips and multi day trips;
  • Cleaning and repairing kayaks;
  • Assisting with moving and preparing kayaks for guided trips and rentals;
  • Assisting with loading of kayaks onto trailers for transportation;
  • Packing food and cooking gear for kayak and hiking trips – ranging from half day through to 10 day trips. This often involves packing several trips per day;
  • Cleaning all cooking gear and food returning from trips – there are often multiple trips returning each day;
  • Ordering and restocking food supplies;
  • Creating and managing food orders for upcoming trips and co-ordinating with supermarket for pickup.
  • Cleaning fridges, freezers and kitchen equipment on a daily basis.
  • Cleaning of Nordic Ventures vans.

Qualifications required:

  • Fluent in English
  • Physically fit
  • EU Passport

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Office Staff

Location: Gudvangen

Timeframe: April to September

Number of positions available: 2

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Greeting clients and handling inquiries at the front desk;
  • Booking trips and rentals over e-mail and phone;
  • Entering confirmed bookings into our booking system and following up with clients;
  • Processing trip and rental payments;
  • Replying to e-mails continously and keeping track of communication with clients;
  • Answering phone inquiries;
  • Processing trip photos for clients.

Qualifications required:

  • Flawless spoken and written English;
  • Positive attitude and outstanding customer service skills;
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Office;
  • Highly organized;
  • Great logistical skills
  • Flexible, self-motivated and able to work without supervision.

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Driver

Location: Based in Voss or relocating there

Timeframe: May to September

Number of positions available: 2

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Safe and Courteous transportation of our clients at all times:
  • Responsible driving at all times:
  • Meeting clients in Voss and transporting them to our Sea Kayaking Center in Gudvangen;
  • Transporting clients back from Gudvangen to Voss;
  • Transporting clients from Gudvangen to Undredal and return;
  • Picking up clients from the cruise ship dock in Flåm;
  • Driving airport shuttles to and from Bergen Flesland airport;
  • Complying with Commercial Driving Regulations of Norway
  • Day time and night time driving required.

Qualifications required:

  • Clean criminal record
  • Full Class D bus licence with Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC,  also known as Code I 95) and proof of your driver qualification card to drive a 50 seater bus.
  • European Code I 95 on your driving license
  • Good logistical understanding, can manage airport pick-up’s of groups unsupervised
  • Team Player and able to communicate well with base staff, guides and clients alike.
  • Good technical understanding of vehicles and trailers and the ability to perform basic maintenence on same

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Internship Guide Trainee opportunities with Nordic Ventures for the 2018 Season

Current # of unfilled positions: 8

Sea Kayak Guide trainee/ internships: April 20th to September 17th

Nordic Ventures have opened up 8 internship guide trainee positions for the 2018 season. If you are burning for making yourself a career in the outdoor industry, our Internship guide trainee course may be a great way for you to get started.
Becoming a good guide requires passion, dedication, hard work and a lot of time. Often you will need to work many days, weeks or months for free while building up your qualification and experience level. This can be a hard and frustrating process and you don’t always end up with guaranteed work.

At Nordic Ventures we don’t believe in unpaid internships as we respect your time and value your efforts.
At the same time we are unable to offer fully paid guide jobs to people who do not meet our minimum requirements for guide positions listed. We have therefore developed our own internship program which includes training, equipment and everything needed in order to get started with guiding, without having to invest a lot of free time and money prior to securing your first guide job.

Our Internship Program – that will be offered the first time in 2018, consists of the following modules:

  • A 5 day Fjord Guiding module
  • A 5 day White Water Kayaking module to greatly improve your kayaking skills in a short time
  • A 5 day Open Water Kayaking module in exposed parts of the Norwegian West-Coast to further build your skills
  • A First Aid Course and various lessons covering safety in the outdoors
  • Kitchen, Base and Guide work at Nordic Ventures paid by an hourly rate – 700 hours of work guaranteed
  • A Gear package that you will need to complete some of the modules above
  • How does it work?

    Accepted candidates ( maximum 8 ) will be offered the Internship Guide Trainee package that are basically the training modules listed above. You pay a tuition fee and a gear fee for this course, which is then deducted from your salary during the season so that all in all you actually end up with quite a good deal:

    Tuition/ Course fee: NOK 25.000,- ( 3 x 5 day modules, First Aid Course, various company training )

    Gear fee: NOK 10.000,- ( Drysuit, Guide PFD with towing line, Neoprene Sprayskirt – these things are all new and will be yours to keep )

    Total Course package: NOK 35.000,- ( if you have your own Drysuit, PFD and Sprayskirt that we can approve, you can save the gear costs of NOK 10.000,- )

    Work: In conjunction with/ following your training program, you will be offered work in our operation on a starting level. This will involve kitchen work, base work and guiding tours. All this work is paid for and will help you insure you can complete the Internship Guide Trainee program at no expense and still have a fair amount of money in the bank at the end of the season. A rough calculation shows that after paying for the Course Fee, Gear Fee, Taxation on your salary, House Rent and Food Expenses, you should still be able to save up around NOK 50.000,- over summer. We think that is a fair deal.

    At the end of the season you may want to pursue a certification process to have all your accumulated experience turned into a rating or certificate. We are able to assist you with documentation for your acquired skills but any certification costs are to be paid for by the Internship Trainees themselves as Nordic Ventures is not a certifying body or organization. The possibilities for this will be discussed with the accepted candidates as it may be beneficial to you to become certified in your own country depending on your future work wishes.

    Our season runs from late April to early October – The Internship Guide Trainee Course starts on April 20th 2018 and will end by middle of September 2016. You are required to arrive in Norway and be available for training starting on April 20th.

    To express your interest in this program or apply to be accepted, please fill out our online guide application and select Internship . Please make sure to include a couple or recent and clear images when sending us your resume. Incomplete resume’s may not receive a reply.

    Personal Requirements you need to have to be considered for an internship

    Internship Guide Trainee requirements:

    • European Passport
    • You can still apply if you don’t hold a European Passport but UDI processing will cost you NOK 3.700,- for your Visa.

    • Hold a valid drivers license for a regular car, candidates with minibus license + passenger endorsement preferred
    • Fluent in English and strong verbal Communication Skills
    • A good swimmer
    • Great people skills and client focused.
    • Other keywords: Hard Working, Outdoor enthusiast, Team player, Fit, Neat appearance
    • Non Smoker

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