Adventure Guides are responsible for delivery of safe, instructional outdoor recreation trips to a range of diverse participants including but not limited to: individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, school groups, seniors, corporate groups, and more. We uphold a culture of inclusivity, mutual support, growth, and learning. Guides will be expected to teach necessary skills and facilitate meaningful outdoor adventures while managing risk and social group dynamics for every trip.

As part of this application process, we will fill several positions for summer guides. Depending on experience and availability, applicants may serve as a Seasonal Guide or Part-time Guide. As such, duties, responsibilities and pay will vary depending on your role. Seasonal guides tend to work “full time” hours for the season they are hired for. Part-time Guides tend to work “part-time” hours. Hours for both Seasonal and Part-time guides depend on the individual guide’s interest, experience, and availability, as well as the needs of the organization. Guides should expect to work 8-12 hour days which includes packing, unpacking and driving to the trip location which is typically 1-2 hours from the warehouse.

– Work as a team to provide fun, safe, educational outdoor recreational trips in length from 1-3 days
– Lead and instruct some or all of the following activities: flatwater kayaking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, paddle boarding, climbing, hiking, camping
– Work with participants experiencing a range of disabilities and think critically to meet their needs by leveraging adaptive equipment, behavioral support, or other creative solutions
– Lead youth programs, including summer camps and/or after school programs
– Provide educational lessons on topics such as natural history, ecology, geography and other related topics,
– Maintain knowledge of, demonstrate, and practice Leave No Trace principles
– Load, unload, manage, and care for equipment and gear
– Transport equipment and passengers to and from activity locations in a 15-passenger van with trailer
– Manage risk and respond to emergencies when necessary
– Work 8-12 hour days in a variety of outdoor settings under a range of weather conditions
– Be an ambassador for Adventures Without Limits and uphold and model the community values of the organization

Pay: $15-$19/hour DOE

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


- WFA (and CPR) certification or higher required upon start date.
- SWR Certification required upon start date for guides intending to work whitewater trips.
- Certifications in outdoor instruction/recreation in the areas of whitewater rafting, flatwater or sea kayaking /instruction, and rock climbing preferred.

Required Skills:

- Professional experience with one or several of the following activities: flatwater kayaking, rafting, canoeing, paddle boarding and/or rock climbing. OR a mixture of professional and personal experience with at least two of the activities listed.
- Ability to adapt to changing situations while prioritizing safety and upholding a quality experience
- Experience working with diverse populations including at-risk youth, people with disabilities, seniors, and people of diverse cultural backgrounds

Preferred Skills:

- Experience working adaptive recreation programs and with people with disabilities
- Bi- or Multi-lingual, particularly with Spanish or American Sign Language.
- Experience working in outdoor education, camps, recreation guiding service, or similar settings

About Adventures Without Limits

Adventures Without Limits (AWL) is a small non-profit with a big mission! Our team is passionate about providing opportunity and adventure to all people, regardless of ability level, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, or age. AWL adventures are inclusive, adaptive, and community oriented! We believe that everyone should have access to the mental, physical, and social benefits of time spent outdoors. Our programs aim to inspire personal growth, instill confidence, develop peer relationships, and enhance awareness of the natural environment through whitewater rafting, flatwater kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, backpacking, climbing, and camping trips. Our community is wide and diverse; we work with individuals with disabilities, seniors, youth, school groups, people experiencing poverty, nonprofit partners, and corporate groups alike from Forest Grove and the greater Portland Metro area. At AWL, we value an inclusive atmosphere that encourages shared growth.

Application Instructions

Please visit awloutdoors.org/jobs to view the full job description, our pre-interview guide, and more. Applications should be sent to [email protected] and should include your resume, cover letter, and relevant trip log, with the subject line "Adventure Guide Application" or "Raft Guide Application".