Guide Applicants

Work Opportunities with Nordic Ventures for the 2017 Season

Nordic Ventures is looking to hire employees for our 2017 kayaking season! We are based in two locations: Gudvangen, at the start of the Nærøyfjord, and 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 training trip 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 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 weathers;

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;
  • 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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