OARS is looking for professional, safety-oriented, exciting guides to join our team while being intentional about diversifying our workforce.

OARS guides combine a passion for the outdoors with compassion for our guests, a desire to learn with the talent to teach and a flexible attitude with a steadfast commitment to conservation. OARS guides deliver the highest levels of service because we love what we do, we love the undeniably special places we visit and we love having a positive impact on the lives of others.

For non-experienced guides, you will be trained on all aspects of becoming a guide, no previous experience is required to apply. There will be in-house training and/or guide school options available.

What are the benefits of being an OARS Guide?

Competitive pay, plus gratuities
All meals while on the river + some additional meals pre/post trip
Paid and/or subsidized swiftwater rescue 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 and diverse management team + fun & professional crews
Guide commission & request/referral program
Up to 48 hours of paid sick leave per season for guides who work 30+ paid days
Health insurance stipend & 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: Water Skills


What's required to become an OARS Guide?

Wilderness First Aid or greater, CPR, EPI and CA Food Handlers Certifications
People skills such as communication and customer service
Understanding of natural history
Leadership qualities
Ability to work with a wide array of demographics including varieties in age, race, culture, etc.
Willingness to work all aspects of the job
Capable of working long hours
Physically fit - must be able to self-rescue back into boat
Safety conscious
Outdoor skills

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

Combine your passion for the outdoors with an opportunity to build your professional skills and experience – apply for a job and join the OARS team! Whether you’re looking for a new career path, a summer job, or a side gig, we have something for everyone. Don't delay, hiring for 2024 is happening now! Apply online at: www.oars.com/employment

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