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Position: Eco-Tour Guides / Cottage Cleaners / Trolley Drivers
Type: full-time seasonal (May-Sept 2018); relocation assistance (see below); students and non-students welcome to apply
Organization: Explore Pelee
Location: Pelee Island, Ontario

NOTE: This position requires temporary relocation to Pelee Island, Ontario, from May to September, 2018 (start and end dates can be negotiated). Explore Pelee assists all staff in acquiring affordable accommodations, but only those who are committed to relocating will be considered. Explore Pelee also requires a MINIMUM FULL Ontario Class G Driver’s License or other provincial equivalent.

The eco-tourism based company Explore Pelee was established by Anne Marie Fortner 10 years ago with the hope of igniting tourists’ interest in the human and natural history of Canada’s most southern ecological gem. Over the last decade, Explore Pelee has gone from offering simple biking tours of Pelee Island to providing motor tours, shuttle service, accommodations and anything else visitors require. In 2016 we added two rickshaws to our fleet and now offer rickshaw rides between the West Dock and Pelee Island Winery Pavilion. In 2017, we started renting bicycles to improve our clients’ bike tour experience. With Explore Pelee, no two days are ever the same.

Are you tired of your day-to-day grind? Are you looking for a new experience or looking to leave a soul-sucking corporate job behind? You’ll be in good company at Explore Pelee.

Explore Pelee’s staff is hard-working, dynamic and ready to adapt at a moment’s notice to the unpredictable nature of tourism on Pelee Island. We can never entirely predict who or what will happen in a given day, which is why our staff are always prepared for anything. Our staff also puts the customer’s needs first. We aim to provide the best possible standard of service every single day. We also value fun, learning and adventure. As a part of our team, you can expect to work very hard, but also experience many opportunities for personal growth.

Explore Pelee offers its staff enumerable opportunities for experimentation; we are constantly evolving and welcome new ideas and projects. Want to blog about your experiences? Great! Want to make some promotional videos? Awesome! Have a special skill that you want to use in order to promote or change the way we do business? Let’s talk about it! Whatever your skill set or interests, Explore Pelee hopes to develop a niche for each of its staff members that is mutually beneficial.

Who We Hire:

  • Students returning to a post-secondary institution

  • Recent graduates looking for that elusive first job

  • Young professionals looking for a new experience

  • Adults looking for a new opportunity or way of life

  • Anyone with a sense of adventure and great people skills

What To Expect:

Explore Pelee is looking for staff to fill each of the following positions: Tour Guides, Cottage Cleaners, Trolley Drivers and Office Administrative staff. While we understand that not everyone will want to participate in all aspects of our business, those willing to do all kinds of work will receive the highest consideration.

Tour Guiding: Guide tourists/students around Pelee Island, delivering human and natural history. Guide will be trained in basic plants, trees, animals, reptiles, etc. Collecting tour fees, coordinating recreational activities, describing points of interest, resolving itinerary and other problems, develop and deliver commentaries, attend to customers' special needs. A key facet of each day ensuring that tour vehicles are clean and well-maintained.

Tour Types: Bike Tours, Walking Tours, Motor Tours, Step-on-Tour Guide Service, as well as Environmental Field Trips for students. Some tours will be biking up to 30 km around the island (3-4 hours), other tours will be driving around the island. The tours are at a casual pace and the island is flat.

Administrative Duties: When tours are not busy, employee will be servicing vehicles, updating databases, answering emails, researching marketing and advertising ideas, dropping off flyers and event posters at different island businesses. All related travel and tourism business administrative tasks.

Shuttle Service: Employees are also expected to assist in driving/dispatching shuttle services on Pelee Island, which sometimes requires early morning or late night shifts.

Cottage Cleaning/Property Management: Explore Pelee manages several vacation properties on Pelee Island and therefore has work related to cleaning cottages between guests, checking in guests and general maintenance of cottages. We hire separate cleaners to handle the workload, but are also happy to accommodate people looking to work in multiple areas of the business.

Trolley Driving: Explore Pelee has partnered with Pelee Motion to bring a 36-passenger trolley to Pelee Island in order to increase the number of people we can accommodate on our tours and to provide better public transportation to Pelee during the peak tourist season. We are looking for dedicated trolley drivers, but are also looking to train individuals who can both drive the trolley and act as tour guides. A valid Ontario B Class License is required or equivalent, and Explore Pelee assists in training during the month of April.

Requirements:

  • Ontario F Class Driver’s License or equivalent for tour guiding (employer will assist in getting this if needed)

  • Legal eligibility to work in Canada

  • Proficiency in oral and written English

  • Ability to pass criminal background check

  • Minimum Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent

  • Outgoing, friendly personality

  • Presentation skills

  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team

  • Time management skills

Preferred:

  • Ontario Class B or C License

  • Sales and Business skills

  • Customer Service skills

  • Some proficiency in French or another language

  • CPR/First Aid training

  • General knowledge of vehicle upkeep & maintenance

  • Post-secondary education in environmental studies, biology, geography, or a related field

Interested candidates can apply by answering the following questions. Append your responses to your cover letter and resume, and please submit all materials in a single, PDF format document to explorepeleestay@gmail.com by February 4, 2018.

PART A

A1. Please indicate in which areas of Explore Pelee’s business you are interested in participating in the Subject Line of your email:

  • Tour Guiding
  • Administrative duties
  • Shuttle service
  • Cottage cleaning/property management
  • Trolley driving

A2. What class of driver’s licence to you have?

A3. Do you own a smartphone?

PART B

Please answer the following questions in 300 words each or less.

B1. Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken.

B2. Describe what a successful life looks like to you and how you think Explore Pelee fits in to you personal/career goals.

B3. What specific skills and experience do you possess that you think will lend well to being a part of the Explore Pelee Team?

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Numéro : 43374       Date publiée sur GoodWork.ca: Jan 3 2018