A leader in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel industry since 1969, OARS is a second generation family-owned outfitter that seeks to match the best staff with our first-class rafting, hiking, and multi-sport guided adventures. We are seeking guides for our 2021 season to join our team. Whether you are a seasoned professional river runner or a complete novice, there are guiding opportunities at OARS that can open up a whole new world of adventure. From the rush of spring snowmelt on rivers throughout the West to relaxed sea kayaking on pristine mountain lakes, our guides lead the way deep into some of the most magnificent landscapes on earth. Since 1969, OARS has set the first-class standard for adventure travel vacations and our ongoing pursuit of excellence is based on providing superior service to our guests.

Guiding for OARS is not an easy job. It is the rare, dynamic individual who can really do it well. 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.

Seeking ideal candidates that are able to:

Seek to provide our guests with the best outdoor experience of their lives
Customer service experience or superb people skills
Adhere to Seven Principles of Leave No Trace at all times
Critical attention to detail
Exceptional interpersonal skills
Proactive work demeanor with good problem-solving skills
Highly organized 
Effective time management; proficient at multitasking
Self-starter, good follow-through

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


Guide Qualifications:
A minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification is required for guiding multi-day trips
A minimum of a Wilderness First Aid certification is required for guiding one day trips
CPR certified 
Able to safely navigate oar/paddle boats
Provide a positive role model for children and facilitate kid-friendly activities
Background in natural history or leading groups, preferred
Present facts about the region’s natural and human history

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

Visit the OARS website for application. www.oars.com