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

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Job Opportunity:

Fishing Captain– Tarpon Bay Explorers is looking for USCG-certified Captains to drive back bay fishing charters. Must have at least a 6-pack license to apply and need to be familiar with local waters and fishing. Must also be good with kids and happy and willing to take families fishing. Fun place to work in the heart of the J.N.”Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. All equipment, insurance, bait, tackle, fishing license, etc. provided by company. Posted salary does not include gratuities. Part time. Position available immediately.