I Run Nature Excursions for a Luxury Hotel — Here’s What It’s Like


  • Teddy Beahm, 33, is a naturalist and director of recreation on the Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island.
  • He would not suppose you want a formal training within the sciences or hospitality expertise for his function.
  • Here’s what his job is like and the way he obtained there, as informed to author Perri Ormont Blumberg.

This as-told-to essay is predicated on a dialog with Theodore “Teddy” H. Beahm III, a 33-year-old naturalist and director of recreation for a luxurious lodge in Westerly, Rhode Island. It has been edited for size and readability.

My present function is a end result of my total life: I grew up enjoying and exploring exterior irrespective of the season, was naturally curious, and at all times sought out data — these are all qualities of a naturalist. My obligations embrace creating and executing all actions for the Relais & Chateaux Weekapaug Inn.

I have a captain’s certification, I’m a licensed lifeguard and member of the United States Lifesaving Association, and I have superior first-aid coaching. I enrolled within the Community College of Rhode Island’s oceanography program and landed an internship in South Africa, the place I studied sharks and discovered the right way to safely tag them. I in the end graduated with an affiliate’s diploma in enterprise administration and administration.

I started my profession with the United States Marine Corps, the place I was deployed abroad from 2006 to 2010. After serving, I moved again residence for a brief time, the place I labored for the City of Newport as a lifeguard captain. From there, I moved to California and ran a boat-rental firm whereas working as a location scout in Hollywood. After spending time in California, my now spouse and I took a leap of religion and moved to Maui, Hawaii, with out jobs or family and friends there. 

On Maui, I labored as a managing captain for luxurious boats with Blue Water Rafting. Then I labored in golf operations at Makena, a 1,700-acre personal membership. From October 2019 to September 2020, I labored in safety on the Grand Wailea resort.

My son was born in February 2020 — one month earlier than the pandemic hit Maui 

While I was lucky sufficient to stay employed, my spouse and I discovered elevating a little one 5,000 miles away from residence throughout a pandemic to be extremely difficult. We determined to maneuver again to Rhode Island in August 2020, after the Ocean House Collection referred to as my spouse concerning a job alternative. During the interview, they inquired about what I did for a dwelling, and so they supplied me the function of in-house naturalist and director of recreation. 

In a means, the pandemic is the explanation I landed this function. If it weren’t for the pandemic, my household and I might have by no means left Maui.