Work where other people vacation - in the deepest canyon in North America.
America's Rafting Co is a small rafting company specializing in overnight rafting trips in Idaho on the Snake River through Hells Canyon and the Lower Salmon River. Our Class III-IV multi-day river trips focus on great customer service, phenomenal food, and an overall unforgettable customer experience with rafting, camping, hiking, and fishing. We're about 5-10 employees in a family style company.
In Hells Canyon on the Snake River on the border of Idaho and Oregon and Lower Salmon River in central Idaho. Boat house is in Cambridge, ID.
About Americas Rafting Company
Here at ARC, we are a small specialized company. We do one thing, we do it right, and that's overnight river trips. We're passionate about taking care of people, obsessed with putting the best food possible on trips, and love giving people a better rafting vacation than they thought possible. Our trips are 3-6 Days with Class III-IV rapids and 34-80 miles per trip.
ARC is owned and run by a 30-something couple and 5-10 seasonal summer employees. We like to treat our guides like family, so they'll treat our guests like family too. Our company is run out of home, with a boathouse out back, a store on the side for guests, and a finished basement with a living room, bedrooms, and bathroom for guides.
If you're looking to guide for a small company where you matter and your voice is heard, ARC may be the rafting company for you.
The Employee Experience
Hells Canyon is absolutely a hidden gem and an extremely special place. One visit and you'll feel it too. The Class III-IV whitewater is fun, the canyon is deepest in North America, and it sure is quiet and remote. Even after sleeping at the bottom of the canyon for 50+ days a summer, it'll call you and beckon you back.
Guiding Hells Canyon is a great way to get into overnight guiding and learn all the skills it takes to be a great guide. Already a great guide? Working for ARC can help fine-tune your skills from fishing to cooking, to creating a caring, fun, friendly, and reliable guide persona.
We run a 3-6 day trip every 8 days from the end of May through October. Every trip has a paid half day pack day before it. Depending on the week, there are 1-3 days off which is a great amount of time to be able to explore the vast wilderness around Idaho.
Our company is located in Cambridge, ID with a population of about 300. It's small, remote, and quiet, but with a little driving there are endless amounts of outdoor activities, and fun towns and cities to explore.
ARC is looking for hardworking and positive people with a knack for customer service and a love of the outdoors.
Overnight rafting trips require an array of skills but not all are necessary to start guiding:
- Reading whitewater and rowing a 16'+ raft
- Ability to lead
- 24-hour customer service on trips
- Ability to create a community and connecting with a group on a weekly basis
- Entertaining guests with jokes, stories, games, music, etc.
- Cooking ability
- Fishing knowledge
- Camping skills
- Knowledge of local history, wildlife, and geology
- Desire to learn, grow, and develop
ARC hires guides with a variety of knowledge and skills. Spring training trips are run annually to develop rafting knowledge and improve skill sets.
Hells Canyon is a rugged place and guiding it requires a strong athletic ability. Guiding experience whether on or off the river is a plus. Boating experience or ability to read water is also a plus.
Room and Board
During trips, guides use their own personal camping equipment: sleeping pad, sleeping bag, tent/tarp (shelter is really only needed during the spring and on the rare occasion that it rains during the summer).
The night before and after the trip, shared rooms with a shared bathroom are available for free.
In between trips, there is no lodging provided but we're happy to help find a campsite or other suitable accommodations (on average only 1 or 2 nights/week aren't spent camping on the river or with shared rooms available).
Meals are provided during the trips as well as a family-style dinner the evening before and after the trips. Guides are also welcome to any leftovers and extra food that come off the multi-day trips.
Getting Here and Getting Around
Having a personal vehicle is highly recommended. There is no public transportation in the area. Our boathouse is located in a remote area of Idaho with lots of great outdoor activities in the area, but a vehicle is necessary to get anywhere.
There are tons of hot springs in our area, along with great hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, hunting, and of course whitewater. The area is remote, so even the best places to visit aren't crowded. Hike to remote natural hot springs with no one else there. Camp on the sandy beaches of the Salmon River. Explore the many other rivers of Idaho on day trips. Backpack the Seven Devils Mountains. Drive to alpine lakes to fish and swim. Fish and recreate on the local reservoirs. The outdoor recreation in our area is amazing, unpopulated, and pristine.
We're located just under 2 hours to Boise (mellow city with great food, beer, and music) and about an hour to Mccall (a fun lake & ski resort town).
How to Apply
Complete our online application and we'll contact you shortly for a quick phone interview!