Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the rafting department at Zoar Outdoor. We are currently accepting applications for our spring training sessions. Training sessions and application deadlines are listed below. Applications received after our spring deadlines will be held until our next available training session or shared with other departments still hiring. We periodically hire guides with prior experience throughout the season. Our season runs from April 1st-Oct 15th.
This is an outdoor customer service position with an athletic element and a training program like no other. We hire for personality and character, and train for skill. Entry-level guides require no prior experience, advanced river guides should have prior class IV experience. Our guides are a mosaic of personality, ages, and backgrounds brought together by a common love of the outdoors and their servant’s heart.
Raft guides must be at least 18 years of age prior to the first day of work
Eligible for work in the United States without our sponsorship
CPR/FA certification (we will be hosting a course during training)
Capable of lifting guests back into the raft, carrying gear over uneven ground, and swimming in swift-moving water
Embrace feedback as a vehicle to self-awareness and growth
Be a positive contributor to our company’s culture
Ability to keep a smile while working in all weather conditions
A flexible “can do” attitude
Exercise sound judgment
Be playful, professional, and charismatic with a diverse group of guests
Shifts and schedules vary, and our scheduling process is flexible, accommodating staff seeking seasonal full or part-time employment. A multiplicity of roles and responsibilities fall under the umbrella of the rafting department, all of which will be discussed during the interview. Universal responsibilities are:
Punctuality and ready to work when you arrive
Dedication to our guests. You are their safety and experience caretaker, from arrival to departure.
Exercising sound judgment and professional behavior on and off the water
Seeing your work through to completion
This isn’t just a job, it’s part of a lifestyle that values culture, community, connection, and relationships. We celebrate this community with monthly staff parties, staff trips, and outings. Advocating for our programming is part of the job, and as a staff member, you’ll have the opportunity to raft, zip, kayak, SUP, bike for no cost. In addition, we offer flexible scheduling, discounts, pro-deals, comp trips and photos for friends and family, free clinics, competitive pay, lunch daily, and great co-workers.
All whitewater gear is available during training. After training, guides are responsible for obtaining their own river attire and all essential state-required equipment: a helmet, a whistle, a knife, 2 carabiners, a prusik, and a type III PFD. Staff discount for required equipment is available after the first two days of training.
The expectation is that new staff attend all training days unless your prior whitewater or professional career experience warrants a truncation or alternative training schedule. Makeup training dates and all training adjustments will be determined by the rafting manager on a case by case basis. Each training day lasts from 8:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
2022 Raft Guide Training Session
Session 1: April 18-24
Session 2: May 14-22 (1 off day TBD)
Application deadline – May 1st
2022 Guided River Kayaking Training
Each season we hire 1-2 people to be full or near full-time head trip leaders for our Guided River Kayaking program. Training, training dates, and the number of training days are personalized to fit the applicant’s schedule and level of whitewater experience. Qualifications and required equipment is the same as rafting. Applicants must be willing to obtain, or meet the minimum qualifications required by FMCSA for vehicles exceeding 10,000 lbs. This includes: a DOT physical, a clean driving record as part of employee file, and be willing to undergo drug and alcohol testing in the event of a serious accident. Past kayaking experience -whitewater, flat water, or saltwater- is preferred, but we would be happy to train the right candidate on all required skills.