Our Credentials / Job Opportunities

Our Credentials / Job Opportunities

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Tarpon Bay Explorers operates in partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and 15% of all our sales benefit National Wildlife Refuges across the country. Tarpon Bay Explorers is committed to being a successful eco-tour company by providing excellent customer service and quality educational tours, rentals & merchandise all while furthering the goals of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. We encourage superior stewardship of our unique natural environment.

Guide Certification

  • All naturalists have a biology or environmental science related degree or naturalist certification
  • All employees have taken at least one, if not more, Guests First Customer Service Training Programs to ensure top notch customer service
  • Includes guides who are Certified Interpretive Guides (CIG) by National Association for Interpretation (NAI).
  • All SUP guides have ACA Certification Level I
  • All captains are United States Coast Guard licensed
  • All guides and captains are CPR/First-Aid certified
  • Some guides are certified by American Canoe Association Coastal Kayak Instructor-Level II

Awards & Accolades

  • Received numerous “E Awards” & Honorable Mentions for Outstanding Hospitality Service from the Lee County Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Consistently received 4 ½ out of 5 stars on Trip Advisor


  • United States Coast Guard licensed & inspected pontoon boat
  • Tram drivers have a Commercial Drivers License Class C
  • Dolphin SMART participant since 2010
  • Authorized Special Activity License from the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission to collect specimens for Aquarium Touch Tank

Job Opportunity:

  • Boat Ramp Professional: Responsible for assisting customers with all rental needs. Tarpon Bay Explorers offers kayak, paddleboard, pontoon and bike rentals. Other general and various maintenance responsibilities included. Please visit our website at www.tarponbayexplorers.com to see all that we offer. We have been in business for 15 years. If interested please send resume to owner and general manager Wendy Schnapp at EcoErler@gmail.com.

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