Staffing & Employment Oppurtunities

 

 

Say hello to our friendly staff! Also, look below for a list of 2017 Job Descriptions.

Joe Jacob –  President, Instructor & Guide

An aquatic biologist and environmentalist, Joe Jacob spent two decades working with The Nature Conservancy — serving as Director of Science for the Southeastern United States and working two years with the Conservancy’s Alaska office — before launching his first paddlesports business.

Joe has a strong background in marine ecology. He has worked as a researcher in a marine lab, and taught at both the high school and university levels. He also is trained in first aid and is a certified canoe and kayak instructor.

For 14 years, Joe owned and directed another paddlesports business, eventually selling that operation to spend more time helping others discover their connection to Nature by getting them out on the Haw River.

Profile picture Jacob Matheny – Instructor, Guide & Operations Manager

Passionate about our rivers, Jacob Matheny began guiding on the Haw River in 2008. He soon found out there was more to paddling than just putting blade to water. The Greenville, S.C. native enjoys sharing what he, himself, has found worth experiencing, spending time on the river, and introducing the sport to as many people as he can. In the past Jacob has guided, run our summer camp program & our instructional classes, and now handles logistics for the company during the summer season. During the winter months Jacob enjoys running the dam releases in the southeast, with some of his closest friends; from moving flat-water sessions, where the water resembles glass, to some of Appalachia’s most Classic whitewater runs.

Maddie Baker – Guide

From her youthful days playing in the creek to the long treks along mountain sides, Maddie fuels her fascinations with any chance to engage in the outdoors. After studying agro-ecology and sustainable development at Appalachian State, she continued finding any opportunity to expand her skills and knowledge. A jack of all trades, she has since dove into a variety of outdoor/indoor recreation to include backpacking, yoga, survival skills, kayaking, and bouldering. After exploring the country’s wild places on the road she joined a conservation corps in Vermont, and also fed her yearning for experience in farming, wild foraging and herbalism. Now Maddie has integrated into the Village of Saxapahaw where she works at the General Store and looks forward to exploring the Haw River with guests!

matt Matt Gannon – ` Guide & Rental Operator

Matt Gannon has been working, and guiding with The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co. since the beginning of the 2014 season. Matt is an avid outdoorsman, respectful hunter, fisherman, father of 3, and an experienced paddle sports guide. He has an encyclopedic knowledge when it comes to outdoor adventure and skills. Whether it is guiding one of our special events, running our rental operations, teaching fly fishing or answering a guest’s question in office, it is easy to tell he thrives in the natural world. He enjoys passing on skills learned over many years to our community’s youth and any other person interested in reconnecting with what our land and water has to offer. Anyone would be hard pressed to find an individual more dedicated to sharing what we have to offer at The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co..

Reservations Specialist & Guide: Kandyce Jones

Kandyce, a western North Carolina native and elementary school teacher locally, began working in our office in 2016 as the Reservation Specialist.  She expanded her role to include guiding groups on the Haw.  Now living in Bynum, NC, Kandyce will direct our Summer Camp programs.

 

img_4476Rental Operator & Guide: Charles Rogers

A south Florida native, Charles is a firefighter in the local community.  Beginning in 2015, he started spending his spare time helping us put our guests on the river. Charles’ experience includes stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing.

Guide: John McCue

John is an experienced and competitive paddler. He enjoys teaching others about proper kayaking technique and skill. John is full of knowledge about the routes along the Haw River and enjoys instilling a passion for paddling in our guests.

Rentals Operator & Guide: Kelly Evans

Kelly is a NC native and has lived in Chatham County for 15 years. When people ask her what she does for a living her response is “semi-professional adventurer sponsored by Duke University”. Playing outside is how she chooses to balance all those hours spent in front of a computer.  You can often find her paddling on the Haw River as well as running natural-surfaced trails both near and far with the best dog on the planet. She recently became Wilderness First Aid Certified. She began guiding with us in 2016 specializing in women’s trips and night-time paddling.

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Rentals Operator & Guide: McCrae Wahl

McCrae is an Elon student who enjoys spending his time away from school paddling and assisting our rental facility.  He began working with us during the 2016 season.

 

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Rental Operator – Job Description

Weekends – April through September

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Rental Operator is responsible for the safe conduct of canoe, recreational kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental trips. He/She is familiar with the logistical, safety, risk management, loss prevention and natural and cultural history aspects of each rental trip. The Rental Operator schedules all needed equipment, makes sure it is clean and in good working condition before the rental trip begins and hauls it to the designated meeting place. He/She makes sure that all rental trip forms are complete and unpaid trip fees and waivers are collected. The Rental Operator provides a pre-trip briefing that insures that participants understand the activity in which they are about to participate and have had an opportunity to withdraw from it. He/She organizes shuttles, provides introductory instruction and offers natural and cultural history interpretation when possible. The Rental Operator returns all equipment and gear in clean and working condition. He/She is responsible for making sure that all forms, collected fees and completed waivers get back to the office. Finally, when the Rental Operator is not directly involved with getting guests, boats and paddling gear on and off the river, he/she greets the general public and provides them with information about what The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. offers.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

1.Current driver’s license, excellent and safe driving skills and ability to tow and back-up a trailer are required.

2.Current certification in First Aid & CPR or equivalent is required. Advanced first aid certification preferred.

3.Paddling and river rescue experience a plus.

4.Personal qualities must include enthusiasm, good organizational skills, honesty and good interpersonal skills.

5.Concern for and commitment to conservation.

River Guide – Job Description

Part-time – April through September

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

The Day-trip Guide is responsible for the safe conduct of canoe, kayak and/or standup paddleboard day trips. He/She is familiar with the logistics, safety, risk management, loss prevention and natural history aspects of each day trip he/she guides. The Day-trip Guide schedules all needed equipment, makes sure it is clean and in good working condition before the trip begins and hauls it to the designated meeting place. He/She makes sure that all trip forms are complete and unpaid trip fees collected. The Day-trip Guide provides a pre-trip briefing that insures that participants understand the activity in which they are about to participate and have an opportunity to withdraw from it. He/She organizes shuttles, provides introductory instruction and offers natural history interpretation. The Day-trip Guide returns all equipment and gear in clean and working condition. He/She is responsible for making sure that all forms and collected fees get back to the office.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS1.Previous guiding, teaching or similar leadership experience required.

2.Current certification in First Aid & CPR or equivalent is required. Advanced first aid certification preferred.

3.Willingness to attend and participate in The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. guide training orientation.

4.Paddling and river rescue experience a plus.

5.Personal qualities must include enthusiasm, good organizational skills, honesty and good interpersonal skills.

6.Concern for and commitment to conservation..

Summer Camp Counselor – Job Description

Week-long, Part-time – mid-June through mid-August

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Camp Counselor is responsible for the safe conduct of half-day and full-day Paddle Camps. He/She is familiar with Paddle Camp lesson plans. The Camp Counselor makes sure all trip forms are completed prior to the start of a Paddle Camp. Before a Paddle Camp begins, He/She becomes familiar with each camper’s Medical Information Sheet and, if necessary, discusses medical issues with parents. The Camp Counselor makes sure a vehicle, trailer, boats, PFDs, paddles, first aid kit, rescue gear and other necessary gear are scheduled, clean and in good working condition before the day of the Paddle Camp. He/She stages equipment before campers arrive. The Camp Counselor greets arriving campers and lets adults dropping them off know when to pick them up. He/She collects any forms and unpaid fees before the Paddle Camp begins. The Camp Counselor follows the appropriate half-day or full-day lesson plan. He/She does their best to instill in campers a respect and concern for the natural environment, including local animals and plants and for landowner property rights. The Camp Counselor returns all equipment and gear in clean working condition. He/She notifies the Operations Manager if any repairs or maintenance are needed.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

1.Previous camp counselor experience or comparable teaching experience preferred.

2.Current driver’s license, excellent and safe driving skills and ability to tow and back-up a trailer are required.

3.Current certification in First Aid & CPR or equivalent is required. Advanced first aid certification preferred.

4.Paddling and river rescue experience a plus.

5.Personal qualities must include enthusiasm, good organizational skills, honesty and good interpersonal skills.

6.Concern for and commitment to conservation.a

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Reservations Specialist – Job Description

Weekends – April through September

SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Reservations Specialist is responsible for knowing about all courses and trips, when they are scheduled and what is appropriate for an inquiring guest. He/She responds to inquires by immediately answering phone calls and e-mail messages and returning phone calls. The Reservations Specialist guides potential guests through the online registration process or completes Registration Forms for them. He/She invoices guests via PayPal and follows up if there is no response. The Reservations Specialist makes sure that all paperwork is complete and that fees are paid before an activity begins. He/She monitors weather conditions and river levels and notifies guests and partner organizations if courses or trips need to be canceled. The Reservations Specialist registers “walk-ins”, insures that boats and instructors or guides are available, collects fees and makes sure that waivers are read and signed. He/She coordinates changes in course or trip numbers with Instructors and Rental Operators. The Reservations Specialist collects money from the sale of concessions, keeps track of what is sold and for how much and reconciles sales at the end of the day. He/She keeps the office clean throughout the day and, if time allows, assists with the cleaning of boats and gear.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS 1. Exceptional organizational skills in maintaining both paper and computer files. 2. Ability to clearly communicate with guests and staff. 3. Personal qualities must include enthusiasm, honesty and good interpersonal skills. 4. Customer service experience a plus. 5. Paddling and river experience a plus. 6. Concern for and commitment to conservation essential.