Pacific Northwest Work Adventures

Summer Jobs in San Juan Islands

Map of the United States with a callout to San Juan Islands in Washington State

Program Highlights:

  • Live in The San Juan Islands
  • Work with top tourism & adventure organizations
  • Get access to the nature of Pacific Northwest
  • Complete personal finance training

Program Benefits:

  • First Aid and Outdoor Certifications
  • Included career coaching
  • Guaranteed affordable housing

Application Deadline:

  • Summer: April 15th

Your Program Cost:

  • You don’t pay AdventureEXP anything
  • Housing: up to $500/month deducted from your paycheck
  • Travel cost to your destination

    Work in The San Juan Islands

    Pacific Northwest Work Adventures takes you to an iconic island community while working with leaders in tourism and adventure. This destination work program is located in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state.

    Our partners in the San Juan Islands want teens and college students for positions as Sea Kayak Guides and Operations Leaders.

    We’re Here For You

    We connect you with temporary employment and affordable housing in San Juan Islands. You earn money, life skills, and job training while getting access to the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest – wildlife discovery, camping and hiking right in your backyard

    Sound like a win-win scenario? Apply to our Sumer seasonal program for access to the most adventurous summer job of a lifetime.

    Dates / Season:

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    San Juan Islands Program Details

    The Washington Pacific Northwest Work Adventures program isn’t just a summer job. It’s an opportunity to invest in your skillset. Once we connect you with a position that fits your experience and interests, we support you throughout the job.

    As an Adventure EXP program participant, you’ll get personalized career coaching with our team. You’ll also complete basic personal finance training in budgeting, credit, investing, and earnings.

    Most of our job seekers travel to Washington from across the country. We’ll get you settled into your new home by connecting you to housing, transportation, and excursions. We’ve got your back at every step of the way.

    The Pacific Northwest Work Adventures provides the following benefits:

    • CPR/First Aid Certification and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
    • Paid seasonal positions working in the outdoors in an exciting tourism industry
    • Shared housing up to $500 / month
    • Excursions to local points of interest

    For this program, you will need to provide your own waterproof gear for cold-water conditions. Detailed needed equipment will be provided to you with recommended vendors

    AdventureEXP’s shared housing typically requires an upfront cost of a refundable deposit equal to one month’s rent and your first month’s rent. Remaining months will be deducted from your paycheck

    Program Costs

    Application Fee
    Program Fee

    **housing deposit not included and varies on the employer

    We ensure that all participants have the option of a cost-positive experience. All of our positions are paid, meaning that you walk away richer in cash and experience.

    We hope to make our program accessible for all students. Talk to your Adventure Guide for more information about scholarships and payment plans.

    Summer Jobs at Pacific Northwest Work Adventures

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    Once you’ve been accepted to Pacific Northwest Work Adventures, you’re guaranteed a summer job with one of our partner employers. Most of our positions are full-time, temporary roles. We have entry to mid-level opportunities in the following industries:

    Positions Available
    Starting Rate
    Outdoor Adventure Guide
    Sea Kayak Guide
    Pay per trip ≤ $20 / hour
    Operations Lead
    $20 / hour
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    On every AdventureEXP program, our programs are designed as a structured & guided but independent experience. We plan a couple activities and day trips to help you get acquainted with the destination and add-value to your travel experience. All of these excursions are included in your Program Fee, although they are optional.