Thanks for your interest in working for the Green Tortoise. The following positions that may currently be available:
Green Tortoise Driver Application Information
The following will outline the application process and help to introduce most aspects of the driver's job. Please read this carefully before filling out the Driver Application available on the next page.
We’re happy you are interested in working with The Green Tortoise! The information below will give you a good idea of whether the Tortoise is the right place for you. Some questions in the application may not seem pertinent to the job, but they are important for understanding you better and evaluating skills that are essential to the job. If you are not 100% drug free and able to stay that way please do not apply.
We are looking for excellent, safe drivers who can skillfully navigate winding national park roads and tight campgrounds. While we love when drivers have the ability to guide our adventures, as well, it is not a requirement. Some of our drivers have outgoing, adventurous personalities and can handle long drives along with providing passengers with information and performing kitchen duties. Others simply have a safe, clean driving record and transport passengers smoothly to their next destination.
Green Tortoise guides are outgoing, friendly and work well in a fast-paced, outdoor environment. They have positive attitudes and enjoy sharing their knowledge about hiking and camping. Guides are also responsible for provisioning and facilitating meals for up to 34 people. To perform these duties, a guide needs strong leadership and organizational skills, as well as the ability to delegate, all while making the activities fun!
The ideal driver applicant already has two years of commercial bus driving experience or has a certificate of training from qualified school or previous company. Drivers may still need to attend a commercial driving school, but we offer tuition aid and tuition reimbursement programs. If hired, your first driving runs will likely be as a "Second" driver on shorter trips.
All applicants may be scheduled on a training run or trained one-on-one. You might share the experience with one to four people. You’ll see all kinds of trip conditions, as well as helping with the preparation of Green Tortoise cookouts.
Driving and/or guiding for the Tortoise is a seasonal job (about three quarters of our trips run from May through October) with some opportunities to work year-round. Chances of long-term employment are good. In the winter we continue to do special charter and winter adventure trips that go to Baja, mainland Mexico and Central America, as well as Death Valley.
The Green Tortoise is very flexible about scheduling drivers. You can usually specify when you want to work, and if you keep your commitments and things go well, we can work people on and off trips smoothly. It works out for some people to live in the Northwest and drive the Green Tortoise, even though most of our trips originate in San Francisco. You may need to commute to the Bay Area but when asked to, we make it worth your time and expense.
Pay & Duties
Potential earnings may vary based on your skill and experience. In addition to driving the coach you will have other duties, including pre-trip inspection at the terminal and handling of luggage. Guides are responsible for instructing passengers on the Green Tortoise style of travel, things to do at our destinations, provisioning, and facilitating the cookouts.
For example, a three-day Yosemite run, with Eastern Sierra campouts and time to hike and swim pays $465 ($155 per day) plus tips for a Second Driver or guide. After experience is gained and you become a Lead Driver the pay is $165 to $215 per day. Tips can vary based on the trip, the customers, and your performance. It is not at all uncommon for driver to earn an extra $30 to $60 each per day.
Before contemplating a job with the Green Tortoise, you should ponder some of the impact it may have on life-as-you-know-it. The day-to-day (to night) challenges of the job and the demands of leadership, as well as constant social interactions should certainly be considered (and hopefully intriguing) before applying.
A certain social awareness is central to being a Green Tortoise employee. You must care about people and know how to please them. Someone whose idea of a good time is an evening in front of the TV with a six-pack, a man who thinks every woman is available, a woman who hates men, or a person who does not have an open heart and mind will have a difficult time relating to a majority of our passengers. On the other hand, if you have lots of energy and a good spirit, you might surprise yourself with how well you do at the job!
Thank you again for your interest.
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Seasonal Office Work
Fun, Flexible Seasonal Office Work!
This would be a great summer job for a student or someone who is passing through San Francisco for a short period of time. This would not be the best job if you have to commute long distances. But, if you love hiking/camping , the great outdoors, and meeting people from all over the world, then check out our website to get a feel for what we do. You can also fill out an online application:
- Familiarizing yourself with the details of our itineraries in such a way that you are able to talk about, sell, and answer questions about our adventure trips.
- Answering calls, emails, and printed correspondence from potential passengers and travel agents.
- Data entry (experience with Macintosh and Filemaker is a plus).
- Processing cash and credit card transactions.
- General office upkeep (filing, mailing, etc.)
- And more!
The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with a phone presence that is cheerful, clear, and engaging. Since you would be communicating with a number of non-English speakers, patience is important, too. Experience in sales would be beneficial, but an enthusiasm for helping people plan their travels is most important (as you will pick up on the sales aspect of the job when you become well versed in the specifics of our various trips). Self-direction and eye for detail are also preferred.
Though not required, it would be great if you have already taken a Green Tortoise trip and have a feeling for what our adventures are all about! Applicants with a driver's license and clean DMV record will carry some weight. Lastly, you should be easy to talk with, personable and able to laugh at yourself. This is not your standard, straight-laced office job! Ours is a fun, funky office, and while we expect you to do your job well, we are planning vacations here, not trading stocks.
The seasonal term of employment is Spring through Fall. Please fill out an online application to apply for this job. No calls, please.