Work For Us
We organise guided and self-guided kayaking adventures with every practical aspect taken care of. Our guests are international visitors who love the idea of spending time in the outdoors in a very free and practical way. They are often professionals who live in cities, with an interest in being active in nature. Not necessarily kayaking, often hiking, cycling, canoeing etc. They are intrigued by being able to move and camp so freely in the outdoors, and appreciate having all the logistics and knowledge that go into preparing for this type of adventure provided. They also feel secure that we provide top quality equipment maintained to the highest standards. As opposed to ‘just renting a kayak’.
Our goal is to surpass their expectations manyfold, and not only supply the necessary means to do the adventure, but to do it in a way that is friendly, attentive, knowledgeable, comfortable, and if problems occur, solve them smoothly.
Why we run Do the North
- We wish to inspire people to spend more time in nature.
- We wish to offer a way to experience Sweden’s nature in a sustainable, responsible way.
- We wish to support the local community by dispersing income to the many small establishments in this rural area.
- We wish to have a good collaboration with landowners and the regional Country Board, and show them that their considerations are very important to us by taking on responsibilities that go way beyond “the right of public access”.
- We wish to collaborate with other sustainable nature travel companies to promote a way to increase the value of our Swedish nature without exploiting it or “the right of public access”.
- We wish to give our crew members the opportunity to grow and make a career in the nature tourism field.
We who run Do the North and our crew
How many employees does Do the North have? It depends a little bit from year to year, around 9-10. Most of our crew members work during the kayaking season, May-September. Not everyone the whole season, not everyone at the same time.
Out of the guest’s perspective, Do the North is who they meet during their adventure and who they communicate with before and after the trip. But for us, Do the North is everyone who make our season happen, no matter if you’re visible to the guest or not.
Do the North is a pure team effort and a thrilled guest is our collective success. We hope that you will also feel like you are Do the North!
We who work year-round:
Thomas Ohlander Assistant manager of operations, owner, product development, website
designer, kayaking guide, photographer.
Helena Hjort Manager of operations, customer contact, product development, marketing, copywriter, wilderness chef.
Jon Gilbraight Our tech wizard who built our Do the North app and much more
But above all we have a fantastic crew who make our kayaking adventures possible. Guides, instructors, drivers, maintenance and repairs.
We all live together at the base or in surrounding cottages and your personality really matters to us. It’s not just important that you have a great work ethic and function extremely well in a team, but also that you’ll fit in with our easy-going fun-loving crew. We are like a family and when the work day is over or on days off, we like to really enjoy each others company and the beautiful location we’re in.
As a driver you’re the first face the guests will see when they arrive and the last when they leave. It’s very important that they feel warmth and enthusiasm from you, and that you inspire confidence behind the wheel.
Although you’re not expected to have the same wealth of knowledge that the guides and instructors do, you should be able to answer frequent questions, have a general idea of what the adventure they’re about to embark on will entail, and what the next steps will be. We encourage that you arrive earlier than your start date to join a guided tour.
Our guests having a top-notch experience is very much dependent on the work we do behind the scenes. Cleaning, maintaining, repairing, testing and packing our equipment so it upholds the highest standards is an extremely important and time-consuming part of what we do.
This position includes lots of maintenance work. It can be physically demanding, especially loading/unloading kayaks and gear. It can also be somewhat tedious, and for the season to run smoothly it’s vital that you push yourself to work meticulously and efficiently.
- Drivers license and at least 5 years driving experience
- Experience in a physical and efficient field, e.g. service industry, factory work, gardening etc.
- Preferably some experience with handling guests
- Genuine interest in the outdoors
- Outgoing and personable
- A good handle of the English language
Please send a personal letter and CV to email@example.com. Give examples of how you work in a team, how you like to spend time in the outdoors and who you are as a person.
All our guiding positions for 2020 are filled, but feel free to contact us about 2021!
This is how we would love for the guests to describe you as a guide or instructor after the experience:
- Warm, personable and attentive
- Enthusiastic & engaged
- Very knowledgeable – about kayaking, safety, flora & wildlife, history & geology of the area, wild cooking.
The position is divided between guiding groups on a 5-day adventure, and instructing self-guided groups at our launch. Each guided tour of 8 participants is led by 2 guides, you will start out as an assistant guide. Often you will spend every other week guiding, and every other week instructing (which involves some driving of guests). You are also expected to help out with maintenance and cleaning of equipment.
- Certified kayaking guide
- First Aid certification
- At least 26 years old
- Experience working as a guide and handling guests
- Drivers license, at least 5 years driving experience
- Preferably from Sweden or northern Europe
- Fluent in English
Additional skills like photography, bush craft or cooking. We’d love to add more female guides to our team!
We consider it a given that you have the proper qualifications as a kayaking guide, but it’s very important to remember that being a guide is so much more than paddling skills and maneuvers. It’s first and foremost about people!
No one is coming just to kayak
Most guests come to experience nature and spend time with each other, whether that’s with friends and family, or people they’ve never met before. Kayaking is often secondary.
Try to figure out what each group member is hoping to get out of the experience. There are so many different aspects of kayaking and wild camping, and not everyone is interested in the same things. What everyone has in common is that they want to have a great time together!
Treating everyone as an individual – attentiveness is key!
Treat each participant with personal interest and respect. Try to see to each participant’s needs as much as you can, especially if someone has any previous injuries. Be very perceptive to the dynamics of the group and of each kayak if they’re sharing a double. Take time to give extra attention to different interests, for example wildlife, wild cooking, kayaking maneuvers or history of the area.
Making sure the group bonds
Your personality and social skills are a major factor in a successful tour. Although your expertise and professionalism is ever present, you are also just part of the gang. Our goal is that you are all in this adventure together and become friends (as opposed to a strict divide instructor/participant).
Include the participants in all the tasks – cooking, navigating, deciding on a route together etc. It’s a great way to bond and for everyone to learn new skills.
Make sure each group member feels included. Give extra attention to the most quiet guests. This is a very important responsibility when leading a group! Not everyone comes running out the gate, but if you put in the time and effort, they will open up.
Please send a personal letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org Elaborate on how you view group dynamics, and give examples of how you work in a team and who you are as a person.