Working with TDA is a unique and exciting opportunity with many benefits. Please refer to the job descriptions below for the requirements of each position. If you feel that you are qualified, please complete our employment application form. TDA’s goal is for the successful candidate to return to work on at least 3 tours with 2 out of the 3 on the same tour. It is not possible for us to hire people looking for a 1-time experience. If you feel that you are qualified, please click ‘apply now’, fill out the application form and hit submit.
Regardless of which position you feel you are most suited for – be it mechanic, medic, driver, or communication – your first tour is essentially a training trip and part of your role will be that of the Assistant Tour Director (ATD). So please read the ATD job description first as it applies to most first year staff.
Want to improve your chances of being hired? Each year we host special Staff Days. These are predetermined days where you can come and join one of our tours to gain first hand knowledge of how the day to day operations work. Past Staff Days have taken place in Western Europe, Australia, and North America. But we hope to host more of these in Africa, and South America in the future. These are typically 2-5 days in length. You would pay your costs to meet us en route, and then we cover your accommodations and food while on the tour.
Interested? Fill in our job application, then email us and tell us you would like more information on our upcoming Staff Days.
TOUR DIRECTOR (TD)
The TD oversees the entire project. The position involves coordinating group safety, food and water provisions, logistics, navigation, route selection, vehicles, participant health issues, rider meetings, staff meetings, border crossings, promotional events, campsite location, accommodation reservations, bike donations, local contacts (guides, police, media, tour operators, diplomats and delegates), communications, website updates, sectional rider logistics, conflict resolution, emergency response and general troubleshooting. It is rare that we hire someone directly into this position; as every organization is unique we typically like people who are qualified to start in at “ATD” role in order to learn our systems.
ASSISTANT TOUR DIRECTOR (ATD)
This is a training position for an individual who would like to become a tour director on a future tour. Their goal is to become intimately familiar with the route and logistics. Responsibilities consist of mainly shadowing the tour director, to learn, offer relief to the TD for the many tasks at hand and to assist the other staff members and participants with their duties and needs. They will also be responsible for daily communications with the office. All staff may be asked to take on additional responsibilities as required, including but not limited to; time keeping, waste management/disposal, food preparation, photojournalism and assisting other staff.
We are looking for people who have experience in leading a group / long distance cycling / traveling to “off the beaten track” areas / have great communication skills / first aid training / can deal with stress and adversity / and have a passion for adventure. All ATD candidates must have a valid Wilderness First Aid certificate or a reasonable equivalent.
TDA’s goal is that the successful candidate returns to work on many more Tours, hopefully in the Tour Leader position. It is not possible for us to hire people looking for a 1-time experience.
While all staff members must have basic first aid training, this position must be filled by a medical professional who is familiar with medical practices in developing nations and tropical diseases. Responsibilities include dealing with all medical issues faced by participants and staff. This may include a variety of ailments ranging from saddle sores to heart attacks. They must also maintain the medical supply inventory for the first aid kits in all vehicles and diligently track all medical expenses incurred throughout the journey. These costs include transport and accommodations should it be necessary to transport a victim to a medical care centre. It is also necessary for all medical assistance to be documented and filed. Prevention of the transmission of illness throughout the group is vital. The medic must ensure the adequate sanitation protocols are in place and that all staff and participants conform to the practice. All staff may be asked to take on additional responsibilities as required, including but not limited to; time keeping, waste management/disposal, food preparation, photojournalism and assisting other staff.
We typically bring a medic on our expeditions that take us into the most remote areas, such as; Africa, the Silk Route, India, and South America.
The head chef is not required to prepare each and every meal but is directly involved in the planning and coordination of each meal. Grocery shopping, maintaining the food budget, menu planning (including for those with dietary restrictions), sanitary food preparation techniques, and the provision of dish cleaning and hand wash stations for staff and participants are the main responsibilities for this position. All staff may be asked to take on additional responsibilities as required, including but not limited to; time keeping, waste management/disposal, food preparation, photojournalism and assisting other staff.
The successful candidate should have experience managing a camp-style or mobile kitchen / have traveled to “off the beaten track locales” / be happy to camp, and be physically fit and capable of moving heavy equipment each day during set-up and takedown of the kitchen. TDA is looking for Chefs who will return for multiple Tours.
While preventative bike maintenance and cleaning are the responsibility of the clients, the mechanic is responsible for maintaining the bicycles for all participants in the Expedition (repairs, overhauls and tune-ups). The fleet of bikes will have a wide international origin so compatibility with parts and tools will require improvisation and resourcefulness. They are also responsible for maintaining the Company’s inventory of tools and equipment. The mechanic is required to ride with a basic tool kit to handle any roadside maintenance issues. All staff may be asked to take on additional responsibilities as required, including but not limited to; time keeping, waste management/disposal, food preparation, photojournalism and assisting other staff.
Communications personnel are responsible for the flow of information within the tour and between the tour and company offices both in Toronto and Cape Town. This role will include, among other things, shooting and sending photos and videos and written updates from the tour, coordinating interviews and press conferences / bike donations, updating the information contained in the tour manual, participating in the daily work schedule for the staff and dealing with other specific requests made by the tour leader and the company.
It is expected that the staff person will use any and all tools at his/her disposal to ensure that information is sent to the office in a timely manner through the use of mobile and satellite phones, internet cafes, satellite internet connection, and any other means necessary to get the job done. The care, maintenance and upkeep of this equipment and ensuring that the equipment is charged and ready to use at all times is also the responsibility of the person in charge of communications.
The successful candidate should have a background in photography, videography, journalism, and/or writing. They should also have a thorough understanding of social media. If they’ve worked as a freelance writer and have contacts in the media this is a great asset.
This position is currently available only on the Tour d’Afrique. It requires an individual who is both enthusiastic about and experienced in bicycle race management or the management of other sports related competitions. TdA utilizes a job clock system where each racer has an individually assigned i-button or chip that they use to “punch in” at the beginning of each stage and “punch out” when they reach camp. Setting up the system including the assignment of chips to the racers in the days prior to the tour and ensuring the system is working properly is one key task. The largest piece of work is the labour intensive process involved in downloading of the data at the end of each stage and its entry onto a master spreadsheet.
Keeping the racers and the TDA office well informed about the latest results and standings, and orienting the racers during evening rider meetings into the following day’s stage are other important components of this job. The abilities to work comfortably with numbers (times), to be a stickler for detail, and to systemically double check one’s work for errors are other skills that we look for in people applying for this job, which on the whole is not as intensive as some of the other tour positions. Consequently the Race Director can also expect to help significantly with other staff tasks, such as food preparation.
DIESEL MECHANIC / DRIVER
The candidate who best suits this role will be a qualified diesel mechanic with at least 5 years experience. They will have a valid international truck driver license and proof of a clean driver record, be 25 years or older, experience in left and right hand driving, and experience in off-road driving.
They must also have basic auto electrical skills, good navigation skills, and good people skills. The candidate will be responsible for the daily logistics, maintenance and smooth running of all the tour vehicles, which includes one Landcruiser and 3 trucks ranging from 3 tons to 16 tons.
The ability to deal with and solve all minor and major mechanical issues quickly and efficiently is essential. The candidate will also be dealing with border officials to ensure quick and efficient crossing of all the vehicles, supervising the setting up, maintenance and breaking down the daily camps, and ensuring the safety of the passengers on their vehicles.
TDA HEAD OFFICE POSITIONS
TDA’s nerve centre is the Toronto office in the heart of Liberty Village. TDA Global Cycling is growing quickly and we need your help to make the business expand in the coming years.
If you are a university / college student or recently graduated in marketing, sales, design, web development, or business management and looking to get some hands on experience, then we might be a good fit. Our internship positions are typically unpaid, but you do earn credit towards cycling on one of our tours. Positions would be for someone Toronto-based. Internships could be as little as 3 months to a year.
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS EXCHANGE
Do you have skills? Would they help us? If you think you could help in one of the following areas, or think your skills might be needed, send us an email and we might utilize your talents in exchange for credit towards your participation on a future tour..
- Graphic design
- Web design
- Video and photography
If you are a freelance journalist, photographer, film maker, or videographer and think you could get TDA some exposure in the media, let us know. We would be happy to discuss a media rate for one of our tours.
Unique Travel Experience
Become familiar with the finer points of travelling to destinations off the beaten path. This is a rare opportunity to visit countries most people will never travel through on their own. You will not only have this experience at no cost, but will get paid as well.
Hands-On Leadership Skill Development
A proactive and hard-working person will excel on these tours. You will gain leadership skills through modelling the techniques of the senior tour staff, and through active participation in leading the tour.
Practical Skills Development
You will work closely with the other talented tour staff, and learn useful skills along the way – photography, writing, video, bike mechanics, cooking, and other practical skills for outdoor adventures.
Industry Discounts For Your Gear
Our tour staff have access to generous pro deals from various outdoor gear brands. These offers can help you get all the gear you need for the tour, and for your future outdoor adventures.