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To apply for a position with Urban Kayaks, please download the entire job application using the link below. Make sure to actually download and fill out the PDF version before you fill out the embedded application on the right. After completing and saving the PDF, please submit your completed application using the form on the right.

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Interested in outdoor jobs in Chicago? Urban Kayaks is always looking for new talent to join our crew of outdoors enthusiasts! Take a look at our open positions and send in an application if you think you’re a fit.

Point of Sales Position

The front desk staff are the first individuals to greet our customers when they arrive at Urban Kayaks. This person will need to help clients sign up for a kayak tour or rental. They will also be the last point-of-contact when helping customers check out after a tour.

Office Administrator

The office administrator ensures that every customer is greeted professionally and helped in a timely manner. This role also keeps track of appointments, checked-out equipment, and customer information.

Kayak Tour Assistant / Water Staff

The kayak tour assistant’s main job is to provide kayak instruction on Urban Kayaks’ 1-hour introductory courses. They also will provide as-needed instruction when assisting kayak tour guides.

Kayak Tour Guide

The kayak tour guide is the star of the show here at Urban Kayaks! This role provides customers with facts and stories about Chicago’s architecture, river, and history over the course of a 2-hour paddle down the Chicago River. The kayak tour guide also works in conjunction with kayak tour assistants to provide a safe and engaging experience for all customers.

Support Staff

A support staff member assists customers with registration by providing direction through each step of the check-in process. This role also cleans and organizes Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) and provides assistance in fitting customers. Support staff manage safety orientations for kayak renters, introduce customers to their guides, and provide support to dock staff by cleaning and organizing equipment.

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