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OARS has opportunities for whitewater rafting guides, sea kayaking guides, managers, outpost staff, van and bus drivers, and food packers. See our job list below for more details and currently available positions. 

  • Whitewater Rafting Guide

    Have the skills and knowledge to:

    • Safely navigate oar/paddle boats 
    • Seek to provide our guests with the best outdoor experience of their lives
    • Present facts about the region’s natural and human history
    • Provide a positive role model for children and facilitate kid-friendly activities
    • Prepare delicious meals
    • Care for OARS’ equipment
    • Lead interpretive walks and hikes
    • Adhere to Seven Principles of Leave No Trace at all times
    • Be a steward of the natural areas in which we travel
    • Obtain a minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification for guiding multi-day trips
    • Obtain a minimum of a Wilderness First Aid certification for guiding one day trips
    • Provide customer service experience or superb people skills
    • Provide background in natural history or leading groups, preferred
    • Work with young children and adolescents
    • Make Risk Management-minded decisions and minimize risk in a wilderness setting
    • Keep a positive attitude and deal with challenge in a dynamic, wild environment
    • Tolerate potential uncertainty and adversity
    • Be capable of working long hours
    • Be a team player
    • Provide excellent communication skills
    • To be creative approach to problem solving

    Locations: All, with the exception of Grand Canyon

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  • Sea Kayaking Guide

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    Guide Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Safely navigate sea kayaks
    • Seek to provide our guests with the best outdoor experience of their lives
    • Present facts about the region’s natural and human history
    • Provide a positive role model for children and facilitate kid-friendly activities
    • Prepare delicious meals
    • Care for OARS’ equipment
    • Lead interpretive walks and hikes
    • Adhere to Seven Principles of Leave No Trace at all times
    • Be a steward of the natural areas in which we travel

    Guide Qualifications:

    • A minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification is required for guiding multi-day trips
    • A minimum of a Wilderness First Aid certification is required for guiding one day trips
    • Customer service experience or superb people skills
    • Background in natural history or leading groups, preferred
    • Experience or willingness to work with young children and adolescents
    • Ability to make Risk Management-minded decisions and minimize risk in a wilderness setting
    • The ability to keep a positive attitude and deal with challenge in a dynamic, wild environment
    • Tolerance of potential uncertainty and adversity
    • Capable of working long hours
    • Physically fit
    • Team player
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Fluent English
    • Creative approach to problem solving
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  • Oregon Assistant Manager

    Grant's Pass, Oregon
    $15.00 / hour

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Critical attention to detail
    • Exceptional interpersonal skills, helping ensure positive communications with co-workers
    • Proactive work demeanor with good problem-solving skills
    • Highly organized in outdoor settings and in office requiring paperwork management
    • Effective time management; proficient at multitasking
    • Self-starter, good follow-through
    • Computer skills: Excel, Word, Google Drive
    • Ability to repair items; mechanically inclined

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    General

    • Be onsite May 1-September 30 for pre-season set-up and post-season close-down
    • Assists Regional Manager with scheduling, trip and vehicle logistics
    • Address scheduling changes as needed
    • Take initiative to ask questions and address concerns with scheduling, logistics and organization
    • Shop, organize and stock food and supplies
    • Knowledge of resources and contents of warehouse
    • Be available by phone and address needed schedule changes while manager is unavailable

    Trip Leader (TL) Support

    • Assemble and sort paperwork
    • Stock Trip Leader box
    • Monitor and record pre and post crew meetings when scheduled
    • Order and prepare de-rig dinner when scheduled
    • Be on-site on load days when scheduled for load support and perform required tasks
    • Confirm shuttle numbers with Trip Leader
    • Confirm all de-rig next-day jobs complete

    Office/Paperwork

    • Verification of certifications and hiring paperwork
    • Knowledge of monetary record keeping
    • Scanning and filing of employee documents and receipts
    • Monitoring of vehicle logs, maintenance and training
    • Prepare and distribute weekly newsletters
    • Coordinate meeting times and vehicle inspections

    Repair and Maintenance 

    • Repair equipment as needed
    • Facilitate daily upkeep of housing and laundry tasks
    • Upkeep of buildings and grounds as needed

    Additional Responsibilities Based on Skills and Abilities

    • Shuttle driving
    • Guiding
    • Wage range is $15.00 to $17.00 depending on skills

    Location: Grants Pass, Oregon

     

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  • Outdoor Retail Sales and Camp Supervisor

    Lotus, California
    $15.00 / hour

    Summary: Under the direction of the American River Regional Manager, performs a wide variety of professional, customer-service based, and store and camp management activities, including being the lead on store related items such as client services, inventory management, sales and quality control.

    Examples of Duties Related to Camp Store:

    • Create and oversee a customer-focused service environment consistent with company standards
    • Maintain camp store standards for merchandising and presentation
    • Maintain compliance with store policies and procedures
    • Monitor inventory levels, facilitate new orders, and perform sales and stocking duties
    • Prepare daily and weekly reports as needed
    • Assist in monitoring overall sales performance
    • Assist in developing strategies to improve sales
    • Compile weekly deposits and take to US Bank
    • Accept payments and make proper change for store till
    • Ability to perform all lower classified sales and camp duties

    Examples of Duties related to Office:

    • Assist in monitoring rosters and advanced notes for client needs and special requests weekly
    • Assist with ordering/purchasing equipment and supplies needed for office and camp store
    • Coordinate and oversee the completion of special projects as needed
    • Assist with addressing client satisfaction issues promptly related to campground/store
    • Post office visits once a week
    • Maintain and keep stocked brochures and documents onsite and in office
    • Available for other projects/tasks/duties as requested by management

    Qualifications:

    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Ability to proactively address camp-or trip-related questions or concerns
    • Ability to operate point-of-sale register system
    • Ability to balance register transactions
    • Ability to process merchandise through the store’s pricing and inventory control system
    • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with store employees, customers, vendors, and others
    • Ability to read, comprehend and follow instructions
    • Ability to count, add, subtract, multiply and calculate percentage
    • Detail-oriented and able to work potentially long hours with minimum supervision
    • Clean and presentable appearance
    • Basic Computer knowledge

    Physical Demands

    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. regularly
    • Ability to work in hot arid environment

    Period of Employment

    • Full Time: May 1st-Sept 5th (40 hour/weeks)
    • Part Time: April and Sept (variable hours)

     

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  • Commissary Manager

    Lotus, California
    $15.00 / hour

    Summary: Under the direction of the American River Regional Manager, performs a wide variety planning, packing and presentation of nutritious and fulfilling meals as part of one key component of our ongoing pursuit of excellence and successful adventures for our guests, as all aspects of our adventures are held to the same high standards that sets us apart from other outfitters all over the world. 

    Examples of Duties:
    •    Learn and effectively use meal-planning program and reservations system to plan meals
    •    Collaborate with the Regional Manager to monitor the food budget and to place orders in preparation for trips
    •    Economically purchase necessary groceries for single and multi-day trips
    •    Adhere to National and California Food Handling Standards
    •    Facilitate changes to planned menus based on clients’ dietary needs
    •    Manage the food room with a high standard of cleanliness
    •    Maintain sufficient supply of food for scheduled trips
    •    Prepare and pack multiple meals to be used off-site daily
    •    Suggest changes to Food Room Manual as needed
    •    Transport and create an appealing presentation for single day trips
    •    Manage inventory control based on carry-over goods and fluctuating meal requirements
    •    Perform other duties as assigned by the Regional Manager

    Qualifications:
    •    Customer service experience or superb people skills
    •    Knowledge of current food trends and special dietary needs is a plus
    •    Experience or willingness to work in food service industry
    •    Excellent communication skills
    •    Fluent in English
    •    Creative approach to problem solving
    •    Basic computer knowledge
    •    Ability to adapt to fluctuating hours of work on a daily basis
    •    Ability to work in hot and cold conditions 
    •    Legally allowed to work in the United States
    •    Minimum of 21 years old
    •    Current Driver's License and clean driving record required
    •    Must possess or willing to acquire CA Food Handlers License within 30 days of hire

    Physical Demands:
    •    Must be able to regularly lift at least 50 lbs.
    •    Ability to work in hot and cold conditions 

    Period of Employment

    •    April 15th - May 1st: 20 - 30 hours per week
    •    May 1st - September 5th: 40 hours per week with variable schedule

     

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  • Outdoor Retail Sales and Camp Associate

    Lotus, California
    $13.00 / hour

    Summary: Under the direction of the American River Regional Manager, performs a wide variety of professional, customer-service based, and store keeping and campground host activities, including campground checks prior to arrivals, checking in guests, facilitating rental equipment, camping assignments, using reservation system and cleaning facilities.  

    Examples of Duties Related to Camp Store:

    • Open and close retail store daily
    • Greet guests when they arrive and answer questions, direct them to meeting locations
    • Process sales transactions with the POS system
    • Remove and record amount of cash in register at end of shift
    • Keep daily record of sales and submit daily reports
    • Maintain and organize stock throughout store
    • Arrange special sale and clearance items at the front of the store for maximum visibility
    • Keep the store clean and orderly

    Examples of Duties Related to Campground Host:

    • Greet and check in rafters and campers
    • Assign campsites and issue camping gear rentals
    • Clean and maintain bathrooms, showers, sinks and floors
    • Stock restroom with supplies
    • Maintain and clean platform tents and surrounding area
    • Launder sleeping bags, sheets and towels as needed
    • Perform general basic campground and campsite cleanup as needed
    • Empty trash cans and oversee recycling as needed
    • Enforce campground rules (campfires, smoking, quiet hours, etc.)

    Qualifications:

    • Excellent communications skills combined with an outgoing and friendly personality
    • Ability to proactively address camp- or trip-related questions or concerns
    • Legally able to work in the United States and speak fluent English
    • Available to work from Memorial Day through Labor Day and adapt to changing schedules
    • Detail-oriented and able to work potentially long hours with minimum supervision
    • Clean and presentable appearance
    • Physically fit as required to fulfill job duties in an arid environment
    • Basic computer knowledge
    • "Handy-person" skills a plus
    • Ideal candidates must be friendly, good with people and able to work with minimum amount of supervision.

    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to work in an arid, hot environment
    • Must be able to regularly lift at least 50 lbs.

    Part-time seasonal position (20 hours per week) May 1st through September 15th

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How to Apply

Please visit our website for current employment opportunities www.oars.com/employment

Interested candidates may submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest, as well as personal and employer references by email to: jobs@oars.com with a subject line of the position interested.