OARS, one of the most respected outfitters in adventure travel, is seeking a Base Operations Manager for the Grants Pass, Oregon operation. This is a full-time seasonal position with a competitive compensation package, company-sponsored health care, 401k with company match, cell phone or reimbursement provided, access to discounts on OARS trips and more.

The Oregon Base Operations Manager works in coordination with the Oregon River Operations Manager to oversee the orderly operation of all trips originating from the Oregon operation, while maintaining the highest standards for safe trips and guest satisfaction. The targeted focus of the Base Operations manager is operations that occur at the base and off-river. The Base Operations Manager and River Operations Manager work in cooperation to make up the Oregon Regional Management Team. As members of the management team, they are responsible for maintaining effective communication between upper management, and the Angels Camp office in general, and the direct supervision of guides and other operational staff.
The Base Operations Manager reports to the OARS President and will work primarily on-site at the Grants Pass office and warehouse. The Base Operations Manager, with support from the River Operations manager, is the direct supervisor for supporting drivers, food packers, warehouse staff and office staff overseeing their hiring, scheduling, and performance evaluation. The Base Operations Manager will support the River Operations Manager with the direct supervision of guides. The Base Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing maintenance and management of the office and all tasks therein, warehouse facilities and all basic property management.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace and ability to navigate reservations system
Self-starter who can prioritize and organize tasks to meet deadlines based on trip schedule, staff needs, departmental needs and seasonal schedule
Strong experience managing operations and logistics with critical attention to detail and exceptional communication skills
Capability for strategic decision-making
Ability to drive company culture prioritizing justice, equality, diversity and inclusion

Preferred Skills:

Ability to drive company trucks and trailers, Commercial Drivers License with passenger endorsement a plus

About OARS

A leader in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel industry, in 1969 OARS became the first exclusively oar-powered rafting company permitted to run trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Now the largest and most geographically diverse rafting company in North America, OARS offers first-class rafting and multi-sport vacations, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world. OARS caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes. Our year-round office staff has more than 100 years of collective experience in the adventure travel industry and we have guides and operations staff who have been with us almost since the company’s inception.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates may email a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in this position to: [email protected] with a subject line of “Base Operations Manager.”