Job Description -
O.R.E. River Guide
- Conduct high quality, safe river trips
- Treat guests and fellow O.R.E. employees with courtesy and respect
- Contribute to a positive, supportive team atmosphere
- Arrive to work promptly as scheduled
- Drive company vehicles safely
- Keep vehicles clean and detect mechanical problems
- Promote sales of future trips as appropriate
- Comply with terms of employment contract
- Conform to company policies as described in the O.R.E. Guide’s Handbook
Additional duties include the following
- Engage guests in friendly conversation both on and off the river
- Cook all the meals on the O.R.E. menu, taking the lead in the kitchen as appropriate
- Rig and de-rig an oar and paddle rafts in a safe and timely manner
- Pack equipment carefully, and unpack, clean and put away all trip gear after trip
- Participate in any on-river guide meetings, as well as post-trip guide de briefings
- On multi-day trips, lead hikes and/or other activities to enrich our guests’ time with us
- On multi-day trips, present short interpretive presentations to guests
- On day trips, perform land support duties as requested (shuttles, photography, lunch prep).
- Casual, friendly work environment
- Competitive pay
- Complimentary and discounted river trips for family and friends
- Training opportunities on other rivers
- Pro-deal program enables you to purchase outdoor gear at deep discounts
- 18 years of age or more
- At least one season of prior commercial rafting experience (or completion of both a formal guide training workshop and subsequent on the job training)
- Current First Aid and CPR certifications
- Personable and friendly demeanor, and an enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with guests
- Strong work ethic, and the willingness to be a team player
- Good health is a must: position involves long hours and occasional heavy lifting
- Must have own transportation, and provide own PFD, river knife, whistle, throw-bag, dry bag, and (for springtime employment) a wetsuit or equivalent.
- An educational background in earth sciences, biology, archaeology, or similar is a plus, as is an interest in natural and cultural history interpretation.
- Work Schedule: Seasonal, typically mid-April through mid to late September. Our greatest need for guides is from mid-June through August. Guides seeking full time work must be prepared to work all weeks of the peak season.
- Wages: O.R.E. has a detailed pay scale. There are four pay levels based on experience. In addition, pay varies depending on the distance from our home base to the river in question. Trip leaders are paid an additional amount. Finally, additional pay is offered for those with WFR, Swiftwater Rescue, or Interpretive Guide certifications.
- Pay rates range from a low of $75 per river day for a guide who is just beginning to work day trips, to a high of $150 per river day for experienced guides on our highest paying multi-day trips.
- Paychecks are issued twice monthly.
- Employment Agreement: All employees will be required to sign an Employment Agreement before beginning to work. This agreement will specify your duties, as well as our commitment to you as your employer.
- Drug/Alcohol Policy: O.R.E. is committed to maintaining a safe environment for both staff and guests. We have a zero tolerance policy for impairment at work due to drugs or alcohol, and we reserve the right to terminate the employment of any employee found using illegal substances on the job, drinking while driving, or allowing alcohol to impair their work performance.
- Tobacco-Free Workplace: O.R.E. is a tobacco-free company. Smoking and chewing tobacco are not permitted at any time while on O.R.E. property, in an O.R.E. vehicle or while on the river (including in camp on overnight trips).
- Housing: Guides are responsible for their own housing. We do not offer guide accommodations.
How to apply
Download our river guide application form, complete the form, mail, fax or email it back to us.