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Staff Recruiting 2017

Staff wanted for 2017 Summer season (April - October)

Canyons is Japans premiere adventure guiding company. We have been pioneering the industry for over 20 years and are currently the largest operator for canyoning in Japan. We use international standards for training, certification and operations.

We are looking for outgoing, positive people that are keen to upskill and become a part of our team. The following positions will be available:

1 Canyoning Guide
2 Reservations staff
3 Cafe staff

For the Winter season in Japan:
Wanted English speaking Ski/Snowboard instructors!

 Ski Snowboard instructors

You do not require experience, we will train you up to international standards.
Skills you will gain: Japanese language, professional guiding, hospitality/customer service

Have an awesome time while you REFRESH customers!

Canyons creates a very international atmosphere with over 40 staff from various countries.  We are all working together to deliver our company mission to "REFRESH the world through adventure experiences". We do this by providing world class adventure experiences with a high level of customer service.

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1) CanyoninG Guide

One of the best ways to experience Japans incredible nature. If you love nature, adventure and people then canyoning may be for you. We provide training to international standards based on the CIC systems. 
Training starts at the end of April and usually takes around 6-8 weeks to become a commercial guide. 

cicCIC - International Association of professional CIC canyon guides 

  • Locations: Gunma Prefecture Minakami, Kusatsu, Tokyo Okutama
  • Pay: Between 6000-10000yen per trip, up to 2 trips per day (based on guide level)
  • Accommodation: Staff housing available
  • Benefits: Free training, free Japanese lessons, free lunch when working full day, deals on equipment

2) Bilingual Reservations staff

  • Locations: Gunma Prefecture Minakami, Tokyo Okutama
  • Dates: April - Ocotber OR July-September
  • Pay: Between 6000-9000yen per day (depending on skills and experience)
  • Accommodation: Staff housing available
  • Benefits: Free training, free Japanese lessons, free lunch when working full day, free outdoor tours

 

3) Cafe & lodge staff 

Canyons also runs a cafe/bar, bbq area and lodge for tour customers. We have positions for lodge cleaning staff, food prep and serving and bar staff.

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  • Job description: Food preparation, serving
  • Dates: April - October OR July - Septmeber (weekend only work also available)
  • Pay: from 890 yen/hour (depends on skills and experience)
  • Accommodation: Staff housing available
  • Benefits: Free training, free Japanese lessons, free lunch when working full day, free outdoor tours

 

Tell me about canyons!

The owner of Canyons is Mike Harris, a New Zealander that has been pioneering adventure tourism in Japan for the past 20 years. Canyons have a large number of international staff and many of the Japanese staff have also worked over season before. Canyons aims to be the "world leader in adventure experiences" by providing world class REFRESHing experinces.

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chris Criss (USA)

Becoming a Canyoning Guide at Canyons, was probably one of the coolest things I've done in my life. How many people can say they jump off waterfalls for a living?

I had never been canyoning in my life, and actually didn't know what it was, but Mike was so enthusiastic and encouraging, that I figured I'd give it a try. I failed to mention at the interview that I had a massive fear of fresh water.

When I arrived at Canyons it was a hive of activity, and all the guides were very friendly. There was such an international, and chilled out feel to the place, with a mix of Japanese, New Zealand, Nepalese, Australian, and English guides, who themselves had travelled the world, I was immediately looking forward to the rest of my season.

Not one to waste time, the very next day we went canyoning, this was just to check out the canyon, and at the time the water was quite high. I was with five experienced guides and another trainee, and although I was quite safe with so many guides around, I was still terrified. The first time, they lowered me down the 20 meter waterfall, I was too terrified to even scream. But the waterfall wasn't the worst of it. After that there was a 5 meter jump... with 6 people jumping before me without hesitation, all looking up in eager anticipation.... I couldn't do it. It was definitely one of those moments, we all knew it.. if I couldn't jump, I'd never become a guide.

But I just kept showing up for training, and every day I resolved to face my fears a little more. Eventually I did start jumping, but the first three attempts, I belly flopped it. That hurt, in fact in those early days of training I would wake up in pain every morning, everything was sore. But I relished the pain, I was becoming stronger, and more confident in myself. The guides introduced new challenges little by little, and at the end of every day we received feedback on our performance, and discussed other ways to make the tours run more smoothly, and improve customer experience. The guides were all very helpful, and kind, and with their encouragement I managed to complete my training.

When I finally passed my test I felt such a sense of accomplishment, and pride. "You fu*^ing Did It" was the theme song of the day. Actually working as a canyoning guide was much more fun than the training.

The best parts for me was going out on course checks, throughout the summer other canyons would open up and we would have to check it before taking clients, so it would just be a small group of guides, just playing around doing backflips, taking videos etc. My favorite canyon was Yamanashi, its just like a natural water park. You can jump and slide off most things, and the jumps aren't so big that they are intimidating. The other amazing thing about working as a guide is the guests, getting to meet so many amazing people from around the world, and having fun with them is part of my job, thats awesome.

Having done a season at Canyons I would love to return, and having met all the other guides from around the world I've learned a bit about canyoning in other places too. I feel that I can take the skills I've learned here and use them to travel the world, exploring canyons and meeting amazing people along the way. If you ever get the opportunity to be a part of the Canyons Crew, I highly recommend you take the leap!

4)Ski Snowboard Instructors

Canyons Snowsports School currently has operations in Minakami, Yuzawa and Nozawa in central Japan.
We employ over 60 instructors and are now hiring staff for the 2016-2017 season.
Our usual employment dates are from late November until the beginning of April.
If you are interested and are a qualified instructor or have good hospitality skills please send us an e-mail with your CV and references

This offer is for people who want to enjoy some world famous JAPOW, great food,
fantastic people and diverse culture.

We are looking to fill the following positions:

1. Part/Full time ski, snowboard or Dual instructors

Requirement

  •  NZSIA L1 or L2 or equivalent
  •  Teaching experience (Must for L1 applicant)

If you're not yet qualified,please visit our partners for courses.  See more details>>

2. Ski/Snowboard Lesson Receptionist

Requirement

  •  Experience with data base software. At minimum proficient with computers.
  •  Familiarity with snowsports. Ideally, some ski, snowboard or BC qualifications.
  •  A "people" person who has worked in customer service and is detail oriented.
  •  Experience handling credit cards and cash.
  •  Basic Japanese language ability would be an asset.

Duty

  •  Organizing lessons including desk, e-mail and telephone inquiries.
  •  Occasional teaching for those with ski/snowboard qualifications.

Requirement

  •  Experience with data base software. At minimum proficient with computers.
  •  Familiarity with snowsports. Ideally, some ski, snowboard or BC qualifications.
  •  A "people" person who has worked in customer service and is detail oriented.
  •  Experience handling credit cards and cash.
  •  Basic Japanese language ability would be an asset.

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