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Working with Portland Paddle

Learn about opportunities to join our community of talented people who love paddling.

Portland Paddle is a community-focused organization, and one of our main priorities has always been to create and sustain a sense of community for our staff as well as for our customers. We’re proud that so many of our staff have returned to work with us year after year, often recruiting friends and family members to join the team too. We strive to attract exceptional talent and also to give less experienced individuals chances to join our team and develop professionally. And we strive to create a fun and supportive environment that presents opportunities for growth and offers fair compensation. 

Most of our staff members are seasonally employed for the summer months, and we do most of our hiring during the winter and spring months before our peak season begins. If you are interested in working with us during the next season, it’s best to apply well in advance. However, we are always looking for terrific people to join our team, and opportunities often pop up throughout the year. 

How to Apply

1.  Read the full job description (see above) for the job that interests you. Make sure you meet the qualifications. Also take a look at our website so you understand a bit more about us and what we do. 

2.  Complete the online application by clicking the appropriate button below. Use the “Guide Application” if you are most interested in sea kayak or SUP guiding and either have a guide license or are able to take our guide training course in May. Use the “General Application” for all other roles. 

What Our Staff Like About Working at Portland Paddle

"I love Portland Paddle's emphasis on education and community involvement as well as offering visitors and tourists an opportunity to experience the magic of Maine's coastline. Working at Portland Paddle Paddle gives me a sense of purpose within the Portland community as a trusted resource for anyone interested in getting out into Casco Bay and beyond."

– Henry Austin, Sea Kayak Guide & Instructor

"Getting a tan, getting a workout, playing in the ocean, meeting cool outdoorsy people, paddling...what's not to love about working at Portland Paddle?!"

– Ashley Flowers, SUP Guide and SUP Yoga Instructor

"There are a number of great aspects about working at Portland Paddle. At the top of my list are my co-workers. They are fun, positive and very supportive. Just a terrific group of people to work with! They make a fun job even better."

– Peter Eckel, Sea Kayak Guide and Instructor

"I love the positive attitude and camaraderie I feel when I go to work at Portland Paddle. There's always a smile (or several) to meet me. I also love how helpful everyone is. When there's a tour to get ready everyone works hard to make that happen. We're a team!"

– Suzanne Blackburn, Sea Kayak Guide and Instructor

"My favorite part about working at Portland Paddle is the amazing people i get to work with. They're supportive, positive folks who love to have fun!"

– Ashley Leedberg, Sea Kayak Guide & Instructor

"Portland Paddle is a great place to work! Fun people, good shore support for tours and expeditions, lots of paddling options, and accommodating scheduling. As I guide I couldn’t ask for better."

– Janet Robinson, Sea Kayak Guide & Instructor

Updates from Our Blog on Hiring

Want to Join Our Terrific Team? We’re Hiring for Summer 2024

Open Positions Include Sea Kayak Guides, Site Manager & Shore Staff Portland Paddle is staffed by a talented team of folks who are passionate about paddling. Many of our staff members return every summer, but we’re also seeking new members of our team for the 2024 paddling season. OPEN POSITIONS SEA KAYAK GUIDE: Spend your…

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December 5, 2023