AVA Rafting & Zipline: Whitewater Raft Guide

Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Summer Season!

Location: AVA Rafting & Zipline has three outposts located throughout the state of Colorado. Those three locations are Buena Vista, Idaho Springs and Kremmling
Schedule: Seasonal Full Time
Pay Rate: According to pay scale of river mileage and sections checked out on, +7% end-of-season bonus upon completion of contract
Guide School Start Date: May 17th, 2021

Looking to make adventure your job? Why not work for the best adventure guide company in the state of Colorado. AVA has several locations that all offer their own unique opportunities and activities (so much more than rafting and ziplining). Employees enjoy consistent work where they help make lifetime memories for their guests every day. The good times don’t stop on your days off as AVA employees can experience any of our activities they want for free or even rent out company equipment on their own free of charge.

Make incredible mountain peaks, towers of granite, and rushing rivers your office. Our positive and energetic culture have led countless guides to friends and memories that last a lifetime. There are even opportunities for year-round employment through our sister companies, Breckenridge Ski & Sport and Peak 1 Express. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits.

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Becoming a Professional River Guide: Our world class guide school will teach you all the skills necessary to become a whitewater industry professional. It will also certify you to legally guide commercial rafting trips in the state of Colorado. We teach our students to safely run any river, any crew anywhere. As a result, your certification, and the skills you will learn can be transferred to other states in the US as well as countries all over the world. The knowledge you will gain in leadership, communication, risk management and critical decision making will strengthen your ability to perform in any carrier and allow you to excel in any industry.
The cost of our four-week guide school is $684.12 after tax. A portion must be paid prior to admission in order to reserve your spot. It is non-refundable and non-transferable. AVA will reimburse all returning guides for the cost of guide school over two consecutive years of returning to the company.

Job Description: As an AVA guide your job is to surpass the expectations of our guests by leading world class adventures that provide safe and unique interactions with our natural environment every day. You should be passionate about setting the bar in our industry of safety, respect, and innovation while holding yourself to the highest personal standards with integrity.


Successfully complete AHRA approved guide training program, AVA’s Guide School or have completed certified guide school elsewhere
Demonstrate outstanding guest service and professionalism at all times
Maintain distinct un

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills

About AVA Rafting & Zipline

Make Your Career An Adventure

Looking for an exciting summer with one of Colorado’s outdoor industry jobs? Do you love being outside and active? AVA offers a wide variety of job opportunities each summer in Colorado. We are always looking for people who are energetic, enjoy being outdoors, and are hard-working team players to have an awesome summer of fun working as river guides and support staff. If you are not a person who takes pride in your job and wants to do something you are passionate about, we’re not the company for you. Our season generally runs from May until September, and we staff for that time. A few year-round positions are open, as well.

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