American Adventure Expeditions

Splash Fight!
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Livin' the dream!
Always ready to lend a helping hand!
Just another day at the office.
It's hard not to smile, when you work as a river guide!
Safety is always our top priority.
Ready to Rock and Roll!
This could be you!
Exploring the World-Famous Royal Gorge!
Entering the Royal Gorge!

Rafting Jobs in Colorado

Thank you for your interest in employment with American Adventure Expeditions. AAE is one of the oldest and largest whitewater rafting companies in the Arkansas River Valley as well as one of the oldest and largest outfitters 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.

Room and Board

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

For guides participating in our guide training program, free camping will be provided for the duration of the training program (approx. 3 weeks).

Employee Perks

All that the rivers and peaks of Colorado have to offer!

Getting Here and Getting Around

When we're not on the river you can find us at our office in Buena Vista, Colorado. We also have an office right outside of Canon City, Colorado.

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.

Our Jobs

We are always looking for quality individuals to join our staff. Whether you have years of guiding or customer service experience or this is your first attempt at becoming an outdoor professional, we have a position for you.

We are now hiring for Experienced and Non-Experienced Whitewater Rafting Guides, Safety KayakersGuest Services Managers, Guest Services Representatives, CDL Drivers, and a Videographer and Social Media Internship

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CDL Drivers

Buena Vista and Cañon City
As a professional CDL Driver for American Adventure Expeditions, you will provide safe, clean, and timely transportation for our guests. Previous experience and a clean driving record are a must.
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Guest Services Managers

Buena Vista and Cañon City
As a Guest Services Manager at American Adventure Expeditions you oversee the GSR Team ensuring that we are providing our guests with a positive, helpful, and courteous experience prior to and after their adventure with us!
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Guest Services Representative

Buena Vista and Cañon City
As a GSR for American Adventure Expeditions you are the smiling faces and helpful voices of AAE!!! You're expected to provide a positive, helpful, and courteous experience for all of our guests prior to and after their adventure with us!
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Raft Guide (Experienced & Non-Experience)

Buena Vista and Cañon City
As a professional raft guide for American Adventure Expeditions, you will provide safe, entertaining, and educational guided rafting adventures on the Arkansas River. *If this is your first year seeking employment as a river guide, you will need to attend our guide training school.
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Safety Kayaker

Buena Vista and Cañon City

As a safety kayaker for American Adventure Expeditions, you will provide kayak support ensuring guest safety and security. Must have previous experience.

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Videographer and Social Media Internship

Buena Vista and Cañon City
Tasked with increasing sales by promoting all activities that AAE offers through multiple media outlets. Inspiring customers to adventure with us, by capturing the sheer beauty & unadulterated fun provided by our mountain landscape & the adventures that we offer will be their main objective.

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, if they have the proper J-1 Visa paperwork. For more info visit https://j1visa.state.gov/.

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