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Jim Gould

Owner & Guide

Jim has always been inspired by the great outdoors, what began as play in wooded lots in his southern Virginia neighborhood, eventually lead him to the University of Virginia where he studied environmental science, policy and planning. Within 24 hours of the graduation ceremonies, Jim was employed as a Conservation Coordinator with the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club where he worked to answer questions revolving around toxic air quality in his hometown of Hopewell, VA. After spending 2 years with the Sierra Club, Jim caught the travel bug and spent a year traveling and working in Australia.  An avid surfer, Jim's departure from Australia eventually lead him to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Working as a professional kayak guide, and surfing every chance he got, Jim lucked into meeting what was to become his wife 3 years later.  A wonderful woman, she's been with him through multiple jobs, including 3 years as an Environmental Educator with the NC Aquariums at Jennette's Pier, a Rental Manager at Kitty Hawk Kites and now an Operator with the Dare County Water Department. When Jim isn't working, you might find him patrolling the sound waters with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, birding, surfing, sleeping on the beach or enjoying a delicious cup of coffee in between one of those activities.   



NOW HIRING for Summer 2024

We are seeking friendly, responsible and energetic people to become Guides for Ghost Crab Quest, LLC.


Applicants must be passionate about the natural environment and have a strong desire to share that passion with the public through hands-on educational activities like Ghost Crab catching. Applicants must live on the Outer Banks and must be +18 years old. PART-TIME positions as a Guide would mean working 2 or 3 nights out of the week, with opportunities for even more hours. GHOST CRAB QUEST offers competitive pay, including compensation for tours that you may be scheduled for but lack participants.

TO APPLY, email your resume, and other supportive info to Jim Gould (Owner):

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