We are hiring a Snorkel Guide

  • If you love manta rays and the ocean
  • You’re organized and have extensive experience with customer support
  • And you live on the Big Island

Please read on! 

About us

Manta rays are beautiful and majestic animals that have a life-changing effect on people who meet them. But they’re threatened by pollution, badly regulated tourism activities, and human prejudice. 

At Manta Ray Advocates, we raise awareness and educate the public about safe and sustainable ways to swim with manta rays.

– We guide guests on manta swims so they can experience this first-hand

– We create underwater footage that touches the hearts of people globally

– We keep a database of manta rays in Hawaiian waters

– And much more.

However, awareness alone does not create change: we encourage others to take action and protect not only the mantas, but their whole ecosystem. This way, we hope people will be able to experience the magic of manta rays for generations to come. 

Read on if you’d like to join our team on this mission!

About you

Your values and core characteristics

These 4 characteristics are indispensable for working with us: 

  1. You’re a great communicator.
    You have excellent communication skills and are a real people person.
  2. You’re a multitasker and detail-oriented.
    You love a checklist and can work in an environment where every shift differs.
  3. You’re proactive.
    You ask questions when something is unclear, but you need little hand-holding beyond that. You can work independently. 
  4. You have the maturity to see the needs of others while simultaneously gauging the risks of ocean conditions.

Prerequisite skills

  • Applicant must currently reside on the Big Island of Hawaii
  • Enthusiastic personality and team player
  • Passionate about manta rays
  • Customer service experience (preferred)
  • Ocean snorkel experience
  • Lifeguard certification, or willingness to enroll in the course (offered locally @ Kona CPR), PADI Rescue Diver Certification can be substituted.
  • Associate Degree (required)

Job description

If you LIVE ON THE BIG ISLAND, consider this exciting opportunity to join our team of passionate ocean advocates!

We are looking for a committed part-time snorkel guide with the following benefits:

    • W2 employment
    • Schedule flexibility
    • Gratuities
    • Retirement Plan

Duties include:

    • Provide a positive environment for the guests
    • Sanitize, prepare, and breakdown equipment needed
    • Prepare and fit participants with gear by reviewing the proper use of masks, fins, and snorkels.
    • Naturalist Briefing: Provide a detailed introduction about the manta rays and safety aspects of the tour before taking guests into the water
    • Guide snorkelers through the night swim
    • Take short video clips of mantas and snorkelers with a GoPro
    • Review video clips before uploading them to the cloud
    • Admin work remotely (phone/email customer support) starting 1-2 hours before evening shift
    • Process payments
    • Printing the manifest
    • Prepare gear for the next night’s tours

We work with small groups of 6 participants from one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island and are privileged to have access to the manta rays by snorkeling from shore. No boat is involved, and no heavy scuba equipment is needed. There are no propellers, no dropping anchor, and no damage to the reef — a truly sustainable approach to viewing marine life. You will work closely with and for some of Kona’s most knowledgeable and experienced manta ray professionals.

Working Hours and Pay Range


  • Evening shift: 4-5 hours
  • Start time varies based on sunset changes.

Pay Range

  • $17-$20 an hour
  • Supplemental tips

Job Type

  • Part-time


  • Flexible schedule
  • Retirement plan offered after two years of employment

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