Written by Christopher Hinojosa
Overview: Ecotourism is a niche segment of the travel industry, and as such the job description for ecotourism guides has a significant amount of overlap with that of standard tour guides. A key difference between ecotourism guides and other tour guides is that ecotourism guides must be familiar with the environmental issues that affect our planet, the travel industry, and a specific travel destination. An ecotourism guide may have the following job description: Plan ecotourism itineraries, applying knowledge of travel routes, destinations sites and their applicable environmental and sustainability issues and assets; Arrange for tour or expedition details such as accommodations, transportation, equipment and availability of medical personnel while keeping in mind sustainability issues such as carbon offsets, alternative fuel options and environmental impact of tourism to a destination; Resolve problems with customers' itineraries, services or accommodations; Evaluate services provided during tour through customer feedback and supervision of activities to report to management and improve future tours; Lead individuals or groups to tour site locations and describe points of interest, paying particular attention to environmental factors.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Environmental Geographers
Skills: Regional Geography, Sustainability