Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Whitewater Rafting Guides Needed for the 2016 Summer


Looking for a fun, challenging, physically demanding, addictive and extremely rewarding summer job? Your new job as a whitewater river guide is just around the corner. Spend the summer working as a whitewater raft guide in beautiful East Tennessee. Located just outside the Smoky Mountain National Park, the Big Pigeon River is a Class III-IV river that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Come join the team at Smoky Mountain Outdoors.


Summer rafting guide jobs in the Smoky Mountains

SMO is an established and very busy rafting company. Our guides get more than enough work during the summer months. Every year we continue to grow and are always looking for outgoing, responsible and hardworking applicants to join our staff. We only work four days a week so guides have more than ample time to explore the area together. We provide weekly staff dinners to bring everyone together. We work hard and we play hard.

Our Jobs

Whitewater River Guides!

No Experience Necessary. Training is held in spring. Housing is provided for employees. Fill out an online application at the link provided. http://www.smokymountainrafting.com/employment.php

Training Dates:
May 9 - 14
May 16 - 21
June (Tentative) 6 -11
All dates are subject to change depending on numbers and availability. We try to keep classes small so apply early and be specific on which class better suits you. 

We are always looking for experienced guides too. If you have guiding experience, please send your resume, river log and references to: amelia@smokymountainrafting.com

Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidates are adventurous, fun loving people who love interacting with the public and working in the great outdoors. Must be able to work in a high energy, drug free, positive attitude environment.

Room and Board

Housing is provided for guides. Staff dinner parties are held weekly.

Employee Perks

Tips are always a great perk to the job. We only work four days a week which gives plenty of time to relax and play.

Summer jobs in great smoky mountains national park!

Getting Here and Getting Around

Most of our employees arrive in their own vehicles. However, if you are planning on flying in from abroad or another state, Tyson McGhee Airport in Knoxville, TN will be the closest airport.

If you plan on arriving by bus, we recommend Megabus also in Knoxville, TN.

Airport and bus station pick ups can be arranged.

Once you arrive here getting around is a breeze. Most of our employees have their own vehicles and carpooling seems to be the most popular way. The friendships you create here will most likely result in plenty of options to get around.

For Fun

Want to get away for the weekend? Several major cities in the area are within a one to four hour drive. They include Gatlinburg TN, Asheville NC, Knoxville TN, Pigeon Forge TN, Nashville, TN and Atlanta GA.


If cities aren't  your thing, the Smoky Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are in our backyard. 
Weekend retreats to other rivers are great team building we all enjoy. Come join the largest growing outfitter on the Big Pigeon River!

How to Apply

Fill out our online application, and we'll be in touch!

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Season: Spring, Summer, and Fall

Housing: Cabin

Staff Size: 76

Age Requirement: 18

Location: Tennessee