Oregon River Experiences runs half day to nine day whitewater raft trips on ten rivers in Oregon and Idaho. We employ guides who possess the maturity, warmth, integrity, leadership skills, work ethic and whitewater boating skills necessary to conduct top-notch river trips. For 2022 we are seeking 3-4 experienced multiday guides and 2-3 experienced day trips guides. Guide school spots open for people new to rafting.
We typically have openings for both full-time and part-time multiday trip guides, and also for full-time and part-time day trip guides, and we accept applications beginning in January each year to fill these vacancies. We are currently seeking mostly multiday guides with experience on western rivers
Full-time guides typically work most weeks of the season. Part-time guides may be scheduled in a variety of ways, including weekends only, 2 weeks on/2 weeks off, 3 days per week, or on an occasional basis. Multi-day trip guides will work mostly our longer trips, but may be asked to fill in on an occasional day trip as well. Similarly, day-trip guides may be scheduled for occasional multi-day trips. Season length varies, but typically runs from early or mid-April through mid to late-September, and occasionally into early to mid-October.
We think that river guiding is one of the best jobs you can imagine. You get to be outside in beautiful natural settings and share fun and adventure with a variety of interesting people. But river guiding also involves plenty of hard work and long hours. The work is fun and rewarding, but it can be physically and mentally demanding as well.
• At least 18 years of age
• Either one season of prior commercial river rafting experience, or completion of both a guide training workshop and subsequent on the job training
• Current First Aid and CPR certifications (or more advanced certifications)
• Personable and friendly demeanor, and an enthusiasm for sharing the outdoors with guests
• Strong work ethic and the willingness to be a team player
• Conduct high quality, safe river trips
• Treat guests and fellow O.R.E. employees with courtesy and respect
• Contribute to a positive, supportive team atmosphere
• Arrive to work promptly as scheduled
• Drive company vehicles safely
• Keep vehicles clean and detect mechanical problems
• Promote sales of future trips as appropriate
• Comply with terms of employment contract
• Conform to company policies as described in the Employment Agreement and the O.R.E. Guide’s Handbook
• Engage guests in friendly conversation both on and off the river
• Cook all the meals on the O.R.E. menu, taking the lead in the kitchen as appropriate
• Rig and de-rig an oar and paddle rafts in a safe and timely manner
• Pack equipment carefully, and unpack, clean and put away all trip gear after trip
• Participate in any on-river guide meetings, as well as post-trip guide debriefings
• On multiday trips, lead hikes and/or other activities to enrich our guests’ time with us
About Oregon River Experiences
Oregon River Experiences runs half day to nine day whitewater raft trips on ten rivers in Oregon and Idaho. We employ guides who possess the maturity, warmth, integrity, leadership skills, work ethic and whitewater boating skills necessary to conduct top-notch river trips.
At O.R.E. we believe nothing renews mind, body, and spirit better than a river adventure. The thrill of challenging the rapids, the quiet joy of exploring a scenic side stream, the warmth of sharing stories around a campfire - these experiences enrich our lives. Once you've joined us we think you will agree.
River running can be about more than simply having fun. It starts with fun, but the best river experiences are also about rediscovering the warmth of companionship, the thrill of adventure, and the serenity of silence. They're about returning to the purity of natural places.