4x4 Tour Driver
We seek gregarious, entertaining, and intelligent folks knowledgeable in history and geology who are ALSO technically savvy 4x4 vehicle drivers. This combination of diverse skills stems from your role navigating our 1974 completely manual Unimog 404s through the mesas and drainages of the southwest Zion Plateau, offering interpretation on flora, fauna, human, history, and geology along the way.
Overland Tour Guide responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Driving courteously, avoiding risks which could harm passengers, vehicles, or the environment
• Facilitating meaningful, helpful, informative, and pleasant conversations with customers
• Maintaining the tour vehicle for cleanliness, fueling, fluid checking, routine maintenance needs, and occasional impromptu repairs
• Offering knowledge, anecdotal stories, and interactive communication with clients on flora, fauna, geology, local history, natural history during tour routes.
• Educating clients in the principles of minimum-impact Overland travel
• Solving problems with grace and efficiency
• Informing clients for our guided events, Narrows outfitting, and other Zion activities
• Offering expertise on local recreation opportunities and logistics
• Building an impressive knowledge base of the roads, hikes, canyons, and hidden secrets of Zion National Park and the surrounding area on personal time
• Enhancing and engaging the Overland experience to help make it a viable product for the organization by developing strong relationships with your guests and the environment
We begin training at $12/hour. Training occurs in 3- to 4-hour sessions over a period of a few weeks. After the training period, drivers earn $12/hour while delivering the first 5-10 tours. An average tour is about 3 hours of driver time. After drivers prove competency to the Overland Coordinator, pay rate moves to $15/hour. Upon completion of twenty tours as a solo Overland guide, a $5/person commission is paid per client, for 3 or more clients.
Part- and full-time job positions available with a minimum driver availability of two tours per week to qualify.
Training begins March 1, 2012 for solo Overland driving by mid-April. Trained drivers can expect 4 - 6 tours per week, May through September. Generally, Overland guides will complete their season by Halloween.
1) Must have a valid, clean driver's license with a commercial taxi endorsement and obtain a UTAH license with TAXI Endorsement prior to first day of work.
2) Must have valid First Aid and CPR certification, or WFR.
3) Must be at least 23 years of age upon start of work.
4) Must be physically fit with strong hiking ability in case of emergencies.
5) Active adult who seeks outdoor recreational activities, then able to offer first hand knowledge on activities in and around Zion National Park.
Apply online here:http://www.zionadventures.com/about/career-opportunities/2012-employment-application.html
Application deadline: February 15, 2012 for positions beginning March 1, 2012