Position Description:
The ideal candidate is professional, proactive, dependable, with a “team first” drive. A River Guide & Outdoor Educator will always jump in to support their team without question. The candidate will support the supervisory staff with rig/derig tasks. The candidate will attend and participate in regular training delivered by the supervisory staff. They can successfully maneuver a raft, read river currents, prepare meals, and facilitate programming in varied environments.

The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to drive in the tri-county area and must be able to pass a background check. The candidate should supply a commercial river log if applicable. Candidate must have basic first aid and CPR training to do this job.

Position Responsibilities:
1. After training, candidate must demonstrate safe boat handling skills in paddle, oar, and/or motorized crafts on Class I to Class III whitewater ensuring minimum risk to passengers and crew.
2. Float rips are led on the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, and various sections of the Gunnison River. Guides are in the field from one to three days at a time and must be comfortable leading meaningful learning experiences for youth, as well as high-end adult adventures.
3. Must actively participate as an equal crew member in the work of rigging, de-rigging, packing, unpacking, setting up camp, and camp maintenance. Candidate must be capable of sustained physical activity including but not limited to rowing, paddling, hiking, loading and unloading gear, and swimming in swift current. Must be capable of constant lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. Occasional lifting/carrying of up to 100 lbs. required.
4. Must actively participate in the packing and unpacking of all equipment related to a trip. Unpacking after a trip includes the cleaning, drying, and the proper storage of equipment, cleaning of vans and trailers as well as facility upkeep and organization.
5. Must complete assigned or delegated trip paperwork in a neat and timely manner. Must proactively work with management to keep employment documents, including copies of licenses and certifications, up to date. Must complete and turn in incident and/or other safety reports immediately following an incident.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Full Time, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


Ideal candidates possess:
• Colorado Raft guide qualifications
• Current WFA/WFR; Basic First Aid and CPR certifications are required

Additional qualifications for Trip Leader position includes:
• Trip Leader credentials in good standing as per CPW regulations

Required Skills:

Ideal candidates possess:
• Proficient, conservative, and safe boat handling skills in paddle rafts and/or oar rafts
• Current WFA/WFR; Basic First Aid and CPR certifications are required
• Clean driving record and valid driver's license
• Capacity for sustained physical activity, including but not limited to rowing, paddling, hiking, loading and unloading gear, and swimming in swift current

Preferred Skills:

Ideal candidates possess:
• Previous experience working with youth, outdoor/environmental education and teaching preferred
• Familiarity with the Colorado & Gunnison Rivers

Additional qualifications for Trip Leader position includes:
• Leadership and group management experience is preferred

About Colorado Canyons Association

Colorado Canyons Association fosters community stewardship, education, and awareness of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on McInnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante, and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Areas (NCAs) in western Colorado.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit resume, cover letter, and a list of three references (name, email, phone) to [email protected] Please include commercial river log (if applicable). When you apply, it would be best to be aware of your seasonal availability, your desire for part/full time employment and your preferences for Trip Leader responsibility. Resumes will be received between Friday, December 2, 2022, through Sunday, January 1, 2023. Please enjoy your holiday season.