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Wildland Adventures Seeks Program Director for Africa or Latin America

Written By:
Christopher Doyle

Adventure travel industry professionals seeking new jobs may access positions currently featured at the ATTA Career Center, while companies seeking to hire may also post new positions at the Web site.  Here’s an example of a recent posting by ATTA Member Wildland Adventures: 

Join a small group of specialized travel professionals working together in a dynamic ecotourism company to provide personal and responsive customer service designing international adventures that are life-changing experiences for travelers and host country communities. Program Directors are responsible for sales and administration of group and individual travel arrangements for specific destinations in Africa or Latin America. They have a large degree of autonomy, contribute to strategic decision-making, and work together in a collaborative atmosphere.

SUMMARY OF PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITES AND REQUIRED EXPERTISE

• Destination Sales and Marketing:  Conceptualize marketing strategy for the region; develop competitive positioning and rationale for each itinerary; provide marketing direction; customer phone and email sales
• Trip Development:  Conceptualize, design and craft detailed itineraries
• Trip Operations:  Manage block space reservations and confirm land services; ensure on-site logistics; build relationships with outfitters and guides; trouble shoot and solve problems in the field; assure quality; coordinate air reservations
• Administration and Pre-Departure Services:  Prepare and maintain accurate and current marketing and customer materials in print and web.
• Finance:  Client invoicing, accounts payable and receivables; supplier deposits and payments; budgeting, reporting, and negotiate pricing.

Travel typically includes an average of 3 weeks per year on educational and business trips to inspect service providers, develop local ground operator relations, and maintain detailed destination knowledge in order to provide exceptional travel planning expertise to our clients.

Qualifications include 2-3 years experience in tour operations and administration, or commercial adventure travel field experience in Africa or Latin America with first-hand knowledge of destinations, travel logistics, accommodations and related tourism services. Essential skills include excellent spelling and English language ability, exceptional organizational skill, detail-oriented, vibrant and confident telephone presence, and versatility in defining and completing a variety of tasks.

Acceptable applicants should be highly proficient with computers and will develop a working knowledge of our database, word processing, spreadsheet calculations, and desktop publishing. Knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel and database management necessary.

Wildland Adventures, Inc. is an award-winning ecotourism and adventure travel company specializing in worldwide cultural and natural history explorations for small groups, families, and individuals since 1986. Active and inquisitive travelers appreciate our extraordinary itineraries, boutique accommodations, and exceptional native guides creating authentic cross-cultural encounters on soft-adventures that include walking, hiking and trekking, wildlife safaris, small yacht voyages, honeymoon adventures, and personalized custom adventure travel to Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, the South Pacific and Alaska.

Business Hours: 8:00AM to 5:30 PM Monday-Friday
Salary: Based on experience
Benefits: Medical, Travel, paid holidays and sick leave, vacations, optional 4-day workweek

Wildland Adventures office is located in north Seattle with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainer, Lake Washington, and the Cascade Range. Office features include gourmet kitchen, outdoor deck, office garden, and yard for staff dogs. Our Program Directors travel an average of 3 weeks per year on educational and promotional business trips to inspect service providers, develop local ground operator relations and maintain detailed destination knowledge in order to provide the best advice to our clients.

For Further Information: Email letter of intent and resume to [email protected] [Please no unsolicited employment calls.]

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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