American Adventure Expeditions

Splash Fight!
Wet & Wild!
Always ready to lend a helping hand!
Colorado's #1 River!
World-Class scenery!
It's hard not to smile, when you work as a river guide!
Just another day at the office.
Livin' the dream!
Ready to Rock and Roll!
Safety is always our top priority.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
This could be you!

Now hiring 1st time and experienced guides, as well as office staff to work on Colorado's Most Popular Rafting River!

Thanks for your interest in employment with American Adventure Expeditions. We are one of the oldest and largest whitewater rafting companies in the Arkansas River Valley as well as in the state of Colorado.

We are located in the Upper Arkansas River Valley in the heart of the Colorado Rockies! The Arkansas River in Colorado is the top whitewater river in the United States, so as far as working on the water is concerned, this is the place to be!

About American Adventure Expeditions

We employ approximately 4 year-round positions at our company and over 50 summer seasonal staff. Each one of our employees is a trained professional in his or her field and has an extreme passion for sharing their love of the outdoors with others.

At American Adventure Expeditions we pride ourselves on safety, professionalism and excellent customer service that is surpassed by no one. We provide our staff with the best equipment and training available not only to meet but exceed the expectations of every AAE guest.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for employment at American Adventure Expeditions is someone who loves the outdoors and is motivated to share their passion with others.  We strive to create connection through adventure!  Whether it's a connection with the outdoors, with your fellow guides, with your guests, or assisting them to connect with each other, that's what we're all about.

We're looking for hard workers who thrive in challenging, fast-paced environments.  Candidates should have previous experience in a leadership position (captain of a sports team, the president of an organization, manager at a previous job, etc.) and must have previous experience working with the general public in a customer service role.

Room and Board

There is a variety of housing options ranging from free camping at our beautiful riverside outpost to renting apartments in one of the surrounding mountain towns. Just ask and we can point you in the right direction.

Employee Perks

In addition to all of the amazing natural wonders that this area of Colorado has to offer, our employees receive numerous benefits including but not limited, wholesale pricing on all necessary gear, discounts in our retail store, use of company equipment and vehicles on days off, discounts on activities with other local outfitters, competitive pay, incentive-based bonus programs, and more!

Getting Here and Getting Around

We're located at the headwaters of the beautiful Arkansas River Valley in the town of Buena Vista, CO.  Nestled at the base of the Continental Divide with 14,000-foot peaks all around, we're conveniently located 2 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Colorado Springs, and just about 1 hour from Breckenridge and many other popular mountain towns!  

For Fun

From family fun to white-knuckled adventure, the Arkansas River Valley has any and everything you could ask for. Encompassing three counties (Chaffee, Fremont, and Lake), the Ark Valley is considered by many to be the capital of whitewater rafting in North America. However, the area is also popular for backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, ATV’s, mountain biking, horseback riding, soaking in the hot springs or just relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming a whitewater rafting guide for American Adventure Expeditions and are not already a certified guide please visit the employment page of our website to learn about our guide training program, completion of which is required for anyone without previous guiding experience.  

If you have previous guiding experience or are interested in one of our other positions, please also visit the employment page of our website and complete an application.

Foreign workers may apply with the proper J-1 Visa paperwork.
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