EXPEDITION - Kayak Guide
Basel, Switzerland
vor 2 Tg.


Viking has grown to be The World’s Leading River Cruise Line, with double-digit growth in recent years. With the launch of its ocean fleet in 2015, the company has also become the leader in small ship ocean cruising.

With operational headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, Viking provides destination-focused itineraries designed for experienced travelers who have an interest in geography, culture and history.

Each journey includes a shore excursion in every port, and an exclusive Viking Culture Curriculum program that provides deep immersion in the destination through performances of music and art, cooking demonstrations, informative port talks and carefully selected guest lecturers.

Viking currently operates a fleet of more than 80 vessels, state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades since their launch from industry experts and travelers alike.

Viking was voted the #1 River Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, and for the third year in a row, has been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line* by Travel + Leisure readers in the World’s Best Awards 2018.


Viking Expedition is a new leg of Viking Cruises to deliver expedition cruises in destinations previously not operated by Viking Cruises.

Viking Expeditions is offering it’s guests the very exciting opportunity to kayak in some of the most remote and exciting regions of the world.

The Hobie pedal kayaks, provide our guests a stable and easy platform to better explore.

The Kayak Guide will be the facilitator to ensure that experience is done in the most safe and enjoyable fashion.

The Kayak Guide will


Professional Skills

Strong leader, team player and an inspiration to others

Ability to structure complex tasks

Fantastic communication skills

Knowledgeable about expedition operations

Works well under pressure

Smart, presentable, friendly and excellent people skills

Good computer & Microsoft Office experience (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc)

English speaking and writing to a high standard

General Duties

Assist guests with fitting the necessary gear

Drive the safety zodiac for the Kayaking or any other activity as directed by the Lead Kayak Guide

Ensure the maintenance of the kayak fleet and equipment is performed to the highest standards and logged accordingly as per directed by the Lead Kayak Guide

Lead walks, hikes or drive zodiacs as per instructed by the Assistant Expedition Leader

Socialize and be visible in guest areas as often as possible

When assigned, write a short blurb reflecting the day’s experiences

Assist with embarkation and disembarkation duties as necessary

Assist in any other general duties assigned by the Expedition Admin Team

Mindset and Values

Be well groomed and of professional personality and focused on delivering 100% satisfaction

Communication & Coordination

Report to the Lead Kayak Guide

Role Model

  • Be a role model to others and lead by example
  • Ensure a positive working environment
  • Your profile

    Previous experience in similar role or demonstrated experience in the Expedition Cruise Industry

    Good administration & organization

    Proactive problem solving

    Teamwork and good communication

    Well organized, efficient and positive

    Understand guest needs

    Time management

    Reliable and pressure resistant

    Proactive in upholding Viking standards of excellence

    Enthusiastic team member

    Marine Radio Operator’s license or equivalent

    Small boat license, RYA powerboat level 2 or equivalent / higher

    NOLS Wilderness First Responder or equivalent / higher

    American Canoe Association (ACA) Paddle Sports Safety Facilitator or Essentials of Kayak Touring Trip leader or equivalent / higher

    Guidelines and Regulations

    Implement Standard Operating Procedures & STAR Service Standards within the department.

    Ensure appropriate appearance and clothing according to the updated Grooming Standards.

    For work in Polar Regions : have passed the appropriate and most recent field staff online assessment of IAATO / AECO.

    The company reserves the right to change / extend this job description if necessary, at any point of time during her / his employment.

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