OARS is HIRING experienced river guides & career-minded outdoor professionals at all of our locations in the West. One-day and multi-day guiding opportunities available, including full time, part time, and weekends in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Utah.
Wages range from $120 and up for one-day trips and up to $250/day (varies by region/river & based on guide experience) for multi-day trips, plus gratuities
All meals while on the river + some additional meals pre/post trip
Paid and/or subsidized swiftwater rescue & risk management training
Free or low-cost camping for staff w/ access to bathroom, shower & kitchen facilities
Annual staff gear package & access to pro deals
Top-notch boats, vehicles & equipment
Caring & experienced management team (with women in leadership roles at all operations) + fun & professional crews
Guide commission & request/referral program
Up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per season for guides who work 30+ paid days
Health insurance reimbursement & 401k w/ company match after 50 paid days
Opportunities to experience multiple rivers & for growth within the company
Friends & family discounts on OARS trips

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


Minimum of CPR, Swiftwater training (for whitewater guides), WAT, First-Aid level as follows:
Wilderness First Responder or greater is required for multi-day guides
Wilderness First Aid or greater is required for one-day guides
Communication, Customer service, and People skills
Understanding of natural history
Leadership qualities
Ability to work with a wide array of demographics including varieties in age, race, culture, etc.

Preferred Skills:

Whitewater rescue of persons and equipment, give care and facilitate evacuation when needed.
Securely and safely rig all boats and vehicles for whitewater or road travel.
Set-up and break-down camps; load and unload trips at the warehouse; pack, unpack and clean-up.
Give effective and demonstrative safety and intro talks.

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

Apply online at: www.oars.com/employment/experienced-guides-employment/