Join the Whitewater Rafting Department

Raft Guides & Guided Kayak Guides

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.

Minimum Qualifications

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
  • Embrace our Core Values


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
  • A 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, its 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.

You must attend all of your training session's days unless your prior experience warrants a truncation. All truncations will be determined by the rafting manager. Each training day lasts from 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

2018 Training Sessions

  • Session 1- April 14-15, 18-22. Application deadline- 4/1
  • Session 2- May 12-13, 16-20. Application deadline- 4/29