Working With Us


At the Water’s Edge Adventures is a tight knit company made up of less than 10 total staff. We generally see a high number of returning staff but are always on the lookout for new talent and personalities to join our welcoming community.

Although AWE is the newest company in Telegraph Cove, our team accounts for a considerable portion of the experience on the Johnstone Strait. We strive for quality with an emphasis on adventure and offer significant tour customization with many of our guests.

Telegraph Cove is out of the way and at the end of the road. Unless living locally on the north island, it is not easy to commute. All of our previous staff have lived onsite in our off-grid Staff Accommodation area. We each have our own private sleeping quarters (cabin, trailer, etc.) but live and work in consistent close contact, developing a strong community. This community, along with the job itself, plays a major role in why we see high retention in our staff.

This standard of living is not for everyone. Although viewed as a glamorous lifestyle, off-grid living comes with challenges. Off-grid means walking to outhouses, walking for showers, no heat or electricity. It means waking up to bald eagles and black bears but it also mean a recurring battle with mice and mould. Cell service in Telegraph Cove is intermittent and wifi is a memory of cities.

In a small community, each individual’s contribution impacts the quality of living for all. Potential applicants will require not only the passion and attributes for the job, but also for the lifestyle it demands.


2022 Employment Opportunities


  • Assistant Overnight Guide (AOG) / Support Staff
    • Contract Dates: (flexible)
      • June 1 – August 31, 2022
      • August 1 – September 25, 2022
    • Must hold current AOG certification (or plans to hold before contract start) in good stranding with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC 
    • Will be responsible for:
      • Assisting on multi-day kayak tours ranging from 2-10 days
      • Supporting tours and other company needs from shore
    • Guide salary ranging from $175 – $215 per day depending on guiding experience. Shore rate ranging from $17-$23 hourly depending on experience


  • Level 2/3 Guide
    • Contract Dates:
      • July 1 – August 31, 2022 / September 25, 2022
      • August 1 – September 25, 2022
    • Must hold current L2/L3 certification in good standing with the Sea Kayak Guide Alliance of BC.
    • Will be responsible for:
      • Leading and assisting multi-day kayak tours ranging from 2-10 days
      • Supporting tours and other company needs from shore
    • Guide salary ranging from $220 – $330 per day depending on guiding experience. Shore rate ranging from $17-$23 hourly depending on experience


  • Operations Support Staff
    • Contract Dates: (flexible)
      • June – September
      • July – August
    • Must have valid drivers license
    • Will be responsible for:
      • Supporting tours (maintaining and organizing tour equipment, grocery obtainment, prep kitchen management, assisting guides with tour prep and deprep, etc.)
      • Supporting staff accommodation and camp needs (recycling management, supplies and materials inventory and management, etc.)
      • This position calls for a quick learner and an individual with high initiative
      • Although primarily in a team environment, you will be relied upon to work competently unsupervised, completing tasks that will require problem solving and decision making
    • Salary ranging from $17-$25 hourly depending on experience


  • Handyperson/Contractor
    • Contract Dates:
      • Project based work, piece work. Examples:
      • March – June: many of our projects will occur within this timeframe before the operating season begins.
      • July – October: ongoing work throughout full operating season on a casual/as needed basis
    • Skills of Interest
      • Carpentry, electrical, fibreglass, small engine mechanics, heavy equipment mechanics, plumbing, welding, heavy equipment operating, milling, SVOP, trail building
    • Wages:
      • Based on experience and project/contract.
      • Please apply with salary expectations and availability
    • Our preference here is to find 2-3 handy north island locals interested in casual, part time work. This is not a full time position. Off-grid accommodation can be provided for the duration of a project if needed



Employee Benefits


  • We have a lot of fun together!
  • Top level renumeration
  • High quality tour equipment – best in the industry
  • Competitive work in a world class sea kayaking destination
  • Opportunities for certification grants and subsidies
  • Dedicated and experienced team around you, from top to bottom. Everyone plays a vital role and chips in where needed
  • Pro-deals with company affiliations
  • Incredible training opportunities offered by experienced staff – staff trips, personal expedition opportunities, pro-dev/training focus mindset
  • Affordable, off-grid accommodation offered for duration of contract. Season long ping pong tournaments, wilderness movie nights, spontaneous live music and scare pranks come part and parcel. Have you heard of Oodie’s? We love them
  • Local rock climbing bluff, hiking trails, sunset viewpoints and ocean vistas right from your backdoor!



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