The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is currently hiring experienced raft river guides for the 2024 season, to work as a paddle captain or rower for trip contracts for our upcoming rafting season on the Deschutes River. Guides manage the safety of the students while also working as a Field Instructor, co-facilitating multi-day adventure education programming in the field. Instructors also manage risks and assure effective courses, while serving as an educator and role model.

Must be able to teach and facilitate NCOAE’s curriculum to teens and adults, complete documentation accurately and in a timely fashion and participate in pre-trip and post-trip briefs. Additional duties include facilitating a meaningful group experience and setting an emotionally and physically safe, fun and engaging tone for students to follow. NCOAE is proud to be an AEE (Association for Experiential Education) accredited organization.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


• Prior experience working with rafting companies, wilderness programs, outdoor education, residential summer camps, or related field
• Strong Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills.
• Ability to work independently and as a team
• Current Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
• Competency in risk management skills

Required Skills:

• Ability to guide clients safely down (Class II, III & IV) sections of the Deschutes River.
• Ability to conduct a safety orientation talk for clients about to embark on a raft trip and fit clients for pfds
• Knowledge to rig boats with appropriate gear for the trip type.
• Treat all clients with courtesy and ability to converse with clients about the climate, history, wildlife, geology, and plants of the area.
• Maintain friendly, positive attitude towards clients and coworkers.

Preferred Skills:

• 3+ years experience leading rafting trips
• Experience leading domestic and/or international outdoor education programs a plus
• Current WFR or WEMT certification
• Current Swiftwater Rescue certification
• Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in adventure education, outdoor education, recreation, wilderness leadership or related degree

About National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education

From North Carolina to Alaska to the high Andes to Patagonia, NCOAE is the values-based outdoor and adventure education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. Our mission is to design and deliver handcrafted outdoor and adventure education experiences that promote personal growth, professional development, and stewardship in our communities and the nature environment.

Application Instructions

Please email your cover letter, resume, and trip log to [email protected]

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