Whether you are looking for a fun, busy seasonal job in tourism, a foot in the door to become a guide or work in our year round retail shop - The Whale Centre offers inspiring opportunities to friendly, passionate individuals. The Whale Centre is a great place to work in Tofino!

Staff accommodation is available. 

A list of our current opportunities can be found below. If you wish to be part of our crew please review the position and follow the instructions on how to apply.

If you wish to submit a general application for a future opportunity with us, please email your resume and cover letter to jensteven@me.com.  We would love to hear from you!


Schedule: Full Time/40 Hours a Week 


The Whale Centre, a Tofino based whale watching, bear watching and hot springs tour company is seeking marine vessel guides for the 2019 season. Applicants should have tourism experience, with knowledge of local wildlife and the Tofino area. Successful candidates have to be familiar with the local waters and will know how to safely operate a vessel in variable weather and sea conditions. The captains are also expected to have a thorough knowledge of local ecology, indigenous and migratory wildlife common to our region, a grasp of local First Nation’s history, and the ability to share their knowledge passionately with our guests.


  • Operate 12 passenger open vessel and covered vessels

  • Knowledge required - whales, marine mammals, bears, rainforest ecosystem.

  • Hosting clients pre / post trip and dealing with their concerns

  • Prepare people for being on the water

  • Have knowledge of local history, marine wildlife, and basic vessel mechanics

  • Wash / Maintain / repair equipment

  • Report vessel operation problems to supervisor

  • Complete vessel log at end of day.


Required skills and Knowledge:

  • SVOP

  • Marine Emergency Duties A3

  • Marine Basic First Aid

  • Restricted Operator Certificate (GMDSS)

  • Previous tourism experience preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills

  • Must have great verbal communication skills

  • Must be available to work weekends, some evenings and holidays

  • Basic knowledge of marine wildlife

  • Team oriented skills

  • Radio Operators Certificate Marine (ROC-M)

  • Enjoy being on the water


Number of positions: 2

These positions are seasonal from April - October, June - September.

Required Certifications: SVOP, MED-A2 or A3, ROC-M, Marine Basic First Aid

To apply for this job please email your cover letter and resume to jensteven@me.com, attention Jennifer.