Superjeep Driver/Guide

at Arctic Adventures (view profile)
Location Skaftafell, Iceland
Date Posted 8th July 2018
Category Driver/Skipper
In the field
Leader/Guide
Job Type Contract/short-term

Description

As a driver guide, your primary responsibility is the safety of our clients while leading them through some of the most incredible glacier scenery in the world. But first you have to get there! In order to reach some of the more remote areas, a modified "super jeep" is required. These large passenger carrying vehicles, capable of traveling on and off-road through rough winter terrain, are an increasingly popular tourist attraction within Iceland in their own right. Working under the direct supervision of veteran Icelandic superjeep drivers, you will be driving our clients to their destination while delivering exciting information about the natural history, geology and glaciology of the local area.

As well as the driving component, you will be responsible for leading groups of up to 12 people to and from the ice caves. Ice caves vary in shape, size and colour but all have one thing in common- they are an incredible natural sight! As a guide you are responsible for delivering a memorable experience to our clients and a high level of care is expected. Attention to the safety and comfort of our clients at all times is your job.

This is not an entry level position- full training is provided, however it is important you have experience and confidence driving with passengers in winter conditions. Please read the requirements of this position carefully before applying.

What do I need to apply?

Our tours cater to tourists with no previous mountaineering experience and are best described as introductory in nature. As a member of our guide team, you must have the ability to entertain as well as the ability to keep our clients safe!

While full training is provided, a background in the outdoors (be it personal or professional) will greatly benefit your application. We want to know what it is about you that demonstrates you are enthusiastic about adventure. We value a history of outdoor activity, travel and adventure and our team is made up of staff from all over the world who share these passions.

Full, comprehensive initial training will be provided, covering all aspects of driving modified vehicles- however a degree of aptitude is necessary. This role will not suit a person who does not have experience working in an outdoor environment during the winter.

To be considered for a position with us you must be able to demonstrate the criteria listed to the right.

Necessary Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • The ability to communicate clearly in English. Any additional language skills will benefit your application.
  • A proactive attitude to learning and the mental fortitude required to work for extended periods in extremes of weather.
  • You are legally entitled to live and work in Iceland (nationals of EU/EEA countries or same rights).
  • A full, clean, category D or D1 driving license as well as a current and valid CPC qualification.
  • The desire and ability to develop advanced winter driving skills under supervision of experienced Icelandic drivers.
  • Necessary Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • The ability to communicate clearly in English. Any additional language skills will benefit your application.
  • A proactive attitude to learning and the mental fortitude required to work for extended periods in extremes of weather.
  • You are legally entitled to live and work in Iceland (nationals of EU/EEA countries or same rights).
  • A full, clean, category D or D1 driving license as well as a current and valid CPC qualification.
  • The desire and ability to develop advanced winter driving skills under supervision of experienced Icelandic drivers.

Before you apply...

Living and working in Iceland has it's perks. For many people, visiting the country ranks high on their bucket list and the reasons are obvious. Iceland is a beautiful country with a unique landscape that attracts over 2 million visitors each year. We feel privileged to call this island home.

We encourage our staff to explore the island and learn more about the history and nature of Iceland- our clients appreciate a knowlegeable guide! That said, it is important to understand that working in a busy tourism industry during peak travel season can be demanding. Consider the following points before applying for this position:

  • If you have existing commitments (travel plans, family or school obligations, work arrangements etc) within 6 months of the start date of the position that may intefere with your work in Iceland- consider applying at a later stage. It not possible to accommodate extensive periods of leave at any stage during peak season.
  • We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months from new recruits. Beyond 6 months we are very happy to discuss longer term employment, or returning to work with us the following season. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate bespoke length contracts (less than 6 months).
  • New recruits are responsible for organising and funding their own travel to Iceland. A designated meeting location/time will be provided to successfull applicants- this is typically in the downtown Reykjavik area the day before the position start date.
  • We provide a work uniform, however guides are responsible for providing their own suitable boots and a backpack. We recommend picking these up before arrival in Iceland if you do not already own these items.

Location

We work in the beautiful Vatnajökull National Park. The park is the largest National Park within Iceland and offers endless opportunities to explore. There are many famous attractions within a short distance of our base. Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon on the south coast is one of the most visited locations in Iceland, famous for it's natural beauty. Hvannadalshnjúkur, the tallest mountain in Iceland is visible from the road on the commute to work. In the winter, ice climbing both on waterfalls and the many glaciers is an option and when the snow falls ski touring here is great.

Where will I live?

Not too many years ago, there were no facilities available for permanent staff accommodation in the areas surrounding the glaciers on the south coast of Iceland. Guides would spend the summer living in tents, meeting potential clients as they arrived in the National Park car park!

Fortunately times have changed, and we have a number of dedicated staff bases available for our team of guides, drivers and office staff. Each base has the essentials- laundry, bathroom, kitchen and dining facilities as well as communal living areas. WiFi is provided! Food is ordered regularly and staff have access to it at all times.

The most obvious thing to consider is that our bases are shared facilities- you absolutely must be comfortable with the idea of sharing your living space with others. If you have experienced this in some form in the past then you should have no issue, however if you are coming from private living arrangements into a shared environment for the first time- please read the following points carefully:

  • Living arrangements are made up of both single private rooms, as well as shared twin/double/bunk rooms. We rotate rooms on a monthly basis to allow all staff fair and equal access to private rooms- however you should expect to spend some of your time sharing a room with your colleagues.
  • We expect all staff to behave considerately and responsibly with regards to staff facilities. You should be willing to contribute to the work required to keep our facilities comfortable- this includes regular cleaning and keeping noise levels to a minimum at night time when other staff on shift the next day are trying to sleep!
  • Not all of our bases are located within the National Park (building restrictions prevent this). From time to time you will be based in a location which requires a drive of up to an hour to arrive at work. We rotate staff between locations to allow for this.

Salary Information

We offer a competitive salary with additional benefits including food and accommodation both on and off shift. We offer training grants, which staff may use to fund courses such as the Wilderness First Responder. For full-time permanent staff members, we also offer an equipment allowance to contribute towards necessary work equipment such as sunglasses and boots. Salaries may increase over time, as staff gain more experience, skills and qualifications applicable to their work. Progression within the company is encouraged- with additional training and development available.

Apply now at https://aa-portal.com/recruitment/jobs/18

We are particularly keen to hear from members of the Explorers Connect community so please mention Explorers Connect in your application.