L.L.Bean, Inc

  • ODS Kayak Instructor

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    L.L.Bean Kayak Instructors, Freeport Maine


    L.L.Bean, Inc. has been a trusted source for quality apparel, reliable outdoor equipment and expert advice for over 100 years.  Since we opened for business in 1912, the principles of innovation, integrity, service and respect have fueled our success.


    We are looking for talented Kayaking instructors who are eager to share their love and knowledge of kayaking for this seasonal part time position in Freeport, Maine. Our ODS Instructors are confident self-aware leaders who are passionate about the outdoors and the environment. They maintain highly technical expertise and possess the ability to lead and inspire others to participate in Outdoor Discovery School kayaking sports. 


    Our season runs from mid-May to mid-October. Candidates must be available to work a minimum of 30 days over the course of the season as well as attend pre-season training.



    Outdoor Discovery Schools Goals 

    Promote and retain new customers with our dynamic, creative classes and new activities 

    Inspire people to engage in new outdoor activities

    Increase participation by providing exemplary service 

    Increase sales conversion rate of ODS customers especially in equipment, outer and active wear categories 



    Demonstrates ability to create a safe and inclusive environment for all participants

    Understand and consistently perform all responsibilities associated with our safety protocols and program procedures

    Confirms all equipment used is in appropriate working condition

    Report any unsafe acts or conditions to the appropriate person

    Ensures compliance with the L.L.Bean comprehensive Health and Safety program by knowing and following all safety guidelines, policies, procedures and expectations

    Takes immediate and appropriate action to rectify any unsafe conditions



    Conducts self at all times according to the highest ethical and moral standards.

    Represents the teaching profession at its highest level at all times

    Communicates and lives our company core values of Outdoor Heritage, Service, Respect, Integrity, Perseverance, Safe and Healthy Living

    Communicate professionally with all stake holders

     Provide professional and timely feedback to peers and colleagues when the need arises


    Knows and maintains expertise of equipment and products utilized in the courses you teach

    Knows specifications (uses, materials, pros and cons) of relevant L.L.Bean equipment and apparel and effectively shares information with customers to encourage product sales

    Participates in promotional events when equipment expertise is needed

    Is knowledgeable about regional ODS programs, and promotional offerings


    Course curriculum

    Has a firm understanding of course content.

    Possess the ability to teach in a relaxed, clear and confident manner to a variety of participants

    Effectively delivers all components of the curriculum in the allotted time

    Delivers all key points required for course openings and closings

    Perform daily administrative duties associated with instructing classes


    Accurate and daily completion of the Daily Activity Reports 

    Participant agreements


    Incident report

    ADA documentation

    Facilities Inspection log

    Other as assigned

    Health and Safety Requirement: Every employee is responsible for contributing to a safe and healthy workplace. Employees are expected to be active participants in health and safety by following all safety policies and procedures reporting unsafe conditions or at-risk behaviors to leadership and conducting work in a safe manner. Those in a leadership role are also expected to model safe behaviors evaluate risk and ensure that risks are reduced to acceptable levels.




    Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide license

    Wilderness First Aid (or higher) and CPR certification

    Proven experience planning, organizing and leading outdoor experience trips

    Expertise in active gear appropriate for activity Proven leadership skills with the ability to develop and motivate participants Ability to maintain a high level of enthusiasm, motivation and a positive attitude Established time management and organization skills Demonstrated interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

    Ability to work a flexible schedule including nights, weekends and holidays and provide a minimum of 30 days of availability


    Certification or specialized training such as ACA certification


    L.L.Bean offers competitive wages, additional pay if working on a holiday, access to 401(k) program, as well as a significant (2520-40%33.3%) employee discount. For more details, please refer to the benefits section on our website at www.llbeancareers.com


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