Thank you for your interest in employment with ActionQuest!

As a leader in the field of international adventure travel programs for teenagers, we attribute our continuing success to the quality of our staff and the strong relationships we build in pursuit of our mission. Below you will find more information about us and how you can begin your path towards an exciting and rewarding summer experience.

Company Overview

Backed by over 40 years of experience in the field of experiential education, ActionQuest is part of Global Expeditions Group (GXG). ActionQuest offers international sailing, scuba and leadership training programs for teenagers and our mission is to provide incredible adventures that promote social, emotional and intellectual growth.

Over the years, we have taught thousands of teens to sail and scuba dive. All of our programs involve a combination of these sports along with water skiing, windsurfing, marine biology, and ecology. These are the hard skills. More important are the soft skills that our students learn in the process of living and working together in small teams aboard a sailing vessel: Communication and leadership skills, personal effectiveness and integrity. Our philosophy is to educate, instruct and facilitate the development of both the hard and the soft skills, thereby arming our students with a new set of tools for the future.

Employment

ActionQuest is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented and passionate individuals with an unending devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Almost all are 21 years or older, although we would consider a 19+ year old for a Staff-In-Training (S.I.T.) position if they possess the desired level of qualifications. Most of our staff are U.S. citizens, though a wide range of nationalities are represented every year. We accept applications on a year-round basis but begin our summer hiring process between January and March. Contracts vary in length from 7 to 11 weeks depending on the location(s) assigned. We seek summer staff for the following positions:

Skipper / Boat Leader

Role Description

The role of an AQ skipper goes far beyond that of simply piloting the vessel. Our skippers are primarily responsible for the safety of the students and work closely with the other staff aboard to oversee everything from cooking and cleaning to scheduling and support during the team building and leadership training. Our staff live aboard the vessels full time and so must be used to living and working in a close quarters type of ‘expeditionary’ environment. The words ‘But I’m the skipper’ do not apply at ActionQuest, where roles are diverse. One minute you could be running the dinghy, the next teaching knots and splices. The position is not only fun and high paced but also carries an enormous amount of responsibility.

Preferred Qualifications / Experience

  • USCG Captains License or equivalent, such as the RYA Yachtmaster
  • Considerable documented experience skippering a vessel of 50 ft
  • Capable of teaching to the standards of US Sailing, IYT and the ASA (instructor certification a bonus but not required)
  • Be familiar with yacht systems and basic maintenance on diesel engines and electronics
  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Be confident in their own boat handling and instructional abilities that they can let the students take the helm and learn by doing.

Mate / Support Staff

Role Description

While our Skippers & Boat Leaders typically serve as the primary sailing instructor, we also have a team of support staff who will serve as mates and assistant instructors on board our vessels. In addition to assisting with teaching and boat operations on our 50ft monohulls, these staff members will also teach and supervise our other watersports (windsurfing, dinghy sailing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding). Our staff lives aboard the vessels full time and so must be used to living in a close quarters type of ‘expeditionary’ environment. At ActionQuest, where roles are diverse, one minute you could be running the dinghy, the next supervising dinner preparation.

Preferred Qualifications / Experience

  • Formal sailing instruction experience
  • Capable of teaching to the standards of US Sailing, IYT and the ASA (instructor certification a bonus but not required)
  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Experience in outboard engine powered dinghy and/or RIB operation

PADI Scuba Instructor

Role Description

ActionQuest is a PADI Gold Palm Facility. We offer certification courses to our students which run from the Open Water Diver Course through Divemaster and include a number of different specialties. The level of experience that an instructor has will determine which ActionQuest program they are likely to instruct. Our dive instructors live aboard the yachts full-time and will aid the skipper with all aspects of running the vessel and the program. This includes helping with the cooking, cleaning, and sailing as well as the team building and leadership training. When the sails go up, the instructors do not go down! A lot of our instructors comment at the end of the program that actual dive instructing was a minor part of their job description!

Qualifications / Experience

  • Hold a minimum of the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Certification
  • Active teaching status
  • Reasonable knowledge of equipment maintenance
  • Experience in dinghy operation
  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Be fit and healthy with a love of teaching

Additional Helpful Qualifications / Experience

  • Some marine science background
  • MSDT status, or specialty instructor in Wreck, Night, Naturalist, Boat, Navigation, Search & Recovery, Equipment Specialist, and/or Digital underwater photography
  • PADI 02 instructor
  • Over 25 Certifications

Marine Science Instructor

Role Description

Although marine biology and ecology are part of any ActionQuest program, we also offer a dedicated Marine Science program to already certified students who want to learn more about the underwater world. This course is very practical in nature and includes oceanographical, marine biological and geological elements. Our marine biologists live aboard the vessels and interact with the students on a full time basis. The position includes helping with all aspects of the program from sailing, cooking and cleaning, to filling tanks, running shore excursions in the dinghy and aiding in the facilitation of the team building and leadership training aspects of the program. Our marine science program includes PADI specialty courses, so we fill our positions with PADI instructors first and turn to Divemasters only if additional help is needed.

Preferred Qualifications / Experience

  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree in marine biology or an associated subject
  • Be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent (ideally have a PADI Instructor Certification)
  • Feel comfortable preparing and presenting material to the group
  • Have a love for teaching and be able to bring the subject alive
  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Be fit and healthy

Medical Support Staff

Role Description

At ActionQuest, we have a number of positions open to EMT’s, Paramedics and Wilderness First Responders. Typically we look to hire people who are multi talented and are perhaps a skipper, sailing instructor, or dive instructor in addition to their medical training, but occasionally we may hire someone particularly qualified for a specific role as a medic. Sailing experience is a significant plus.

Preferred Qualifications / Experience

  • Be at least 18+ years old
  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Be fit and healthy
  • Hold a current Paramedic, EMT, or WFR certification

Things to Know Before You Apply

Staff Expectations

Our professional staff need to be the embodiment of the actionquest mission, philosophy, policies and procedures. We place high expectations on our summer staff, thus applicants should consider all of the following before applying.

  • Our staff must be enthusiastic and young enough at heart – as well as physically, mentally and in all ways able – to work with teenagers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in an environment that is highly active and adventurous, is physically and mentally demanding and lacks personal privacy, space and time off.
  • Risk management comes first in everything we do at ActionQuest. Staff are expected to create a fun, educational environment for our students that limits the possibility of loss or injury due to the inherent risks of our activities.
  • As international travel, adventure activities and work with teenagers is in many ways unpredictable, staff need to be able to think on their feet and be flexible enough to handle change and associated challenges.
  • Although English does not need to be a first language, staff are expected to be fluent.
  • Staff need to maintain professional conduct and present a professional appearance at all times. Staff must be available for work through the duration of the Adventure(s). When applicable, staff are required to attend ActionQuest Staff Training, usually held several days before the beginning of our summer.
  • All staff are required to be trained in First Aid and CPR. Special consideration is given to applicants with advanced medical training such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. In some situations, ActionQuest will pay for a highly qualified candidate to become certified upon hire.
  • We are a strict tobacco, alcohol and drug-free program for our students. As our staff are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are models of the behavior we expect from our students, our staff must be able to maintain tobacco, alcohol and drug-free behavior during their contractual periods. On exception, staff are permitted to consume alcohol in moderation during approved times off, but staff must understand these are infrequent exceptions to the rule rather than regular occurrences. All staff agree to random drug testing in the workplace.
  • Employment is conditional upon successful completion of ActionQuest Staff Training, a passing background check and an acceptable medical history form and/or examination by a licensed physician.

Compensation and Benefits

ActionQuest offers compensation packages competitive within our field. Compensation is dependent on many factors including staff qualifications, experience, position and responsibilities, adventure location and duration. Compensation packages generally include expenses to attend ActionQuest Staff Training, round trip air tickets from a major airport to the adventure’s starting/ending point, staff apparel, room, board, and a temporary medical insurance plan. Most staff are afforded the opportunity to join us for multiple summers, and in some cases experience multiple adventure locations. Please contact our office at employment@actionquest.com if you have specific questions regarding compensation and benefits.

How to Apply

If you think you have what it takes, not just the right qualifications but also the right outlook, motivation and commitment to our programs, we’d love to hear from you! Click on the link in the footer bar to start your online application. If you have any questions before application, please e-mail us at Employment@actionquest.com.

Please note that our employment process is highly competitive. Upon receipt of an Application for Employment, ActionQuest is only able to contact potential candidates for interviews.

Our professional staff need to be the embodiment of the actionquest mission, philosophy, policies and procedures. We place high expectations on our summer staff, thus applicants should consider all of the following before applying.

  • Our staff must be enthusiastic and young enough at heart – as well as physically, mentally and in all ways able – to work with teenagers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in an environment that is highly active and adventurous, is physically and mentally demanding and lacks personal privacy, space and time off.
  • Risk management comes first in everything we do at ActionQuest. Staff are expected to create a fun, educational environment for our students that limits the possibility of loss or injury due to the inherent risks of our activities.
  • As international travel, adventure activities and work with teenagers is in many ways unpredictable, staff need to be able to think on their feet and be flexible enough to handle change and associated challenges.
  • Although English does not need to be a first language, staff are expected to be fluent.
  • Staff need to maintain professional conduct and present a professional appearance at all times. Staff must be available for work through the duration of the Adventure(s). When applicable, staff are required to attend ActionQuest Staff Training, usually held several days before the beginning of our summer.
  • All staff are required to be trained in First Aid and CPR. Special consideration is given to applicants with advanced medical training such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. In some situations, ActionQuest will pay for a highly qualified candidate to become certified upon hire.
  • We are a strict tobacco, alcohol and drug-free program for our students. As our staff are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are models of the behavior we expect from our students, our staff must be able to maintain tobacco, alcohol and drug-free behavior during their contractual periods. On exception, staff are permitted to consume alcohol in moderation during approved times off, but staff must understand these are infrequent exceptions to the rule rather than regular occurrences. All staff agree to random drug testing in the workplace.
  • Employment is conditional upon successful completion of ActionQuest Staff Training, a passing background check and an acceptable medical history form and/or examination by a licensed physician.

ActionQuest offers compensation packages competitive within our field. Compensation is dependent on many factors including staff qualifications, experience, position and responsibilities, adventure location and duration. Compensation packages generally include expenses to attend ActionQuest Staff Training, round trip air tickets from a major airport to the adventure’s starting/ending point, staff apparel, room, board, and a temporary medical insurance plan. Most staff are afforded the opportunity to join us for multiple summers, and in some cases experience multiple adventure locations. Please contact our office at employment@actionquest.com if you have specific questions regarding compensation and benefits.

If you think you have what it takes, not just the right qualifications but also the right outlook, motivation and commitment to our programs, we’d love to hear from you! Click on the link in the footer bar to start your online application. If you have any questions before application, please e-mail us at Employment@actionquest.com.

Please note that our employment process is highly competitive. Upon receipt of an Application for Employment, ActionQuest is only able to contact potential candidates for interviews.

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