A leader in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel industry since 1969

As one of the most respected outfitters in adventure travel, OARS strives to have a positive impact on people’s lives by providing outstanding outdoor adventure experiences. Our goal, since 1969, has been to help people of all ages enjoy “the best experience of their lives.” We personally encourage and actively support awareness, deeper appreciation, and preservation of our rivers and environment.

Outpost locations are in Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, California, and Oregon

About OARS

Whether you are a seasoned professional river runner or a complete novice, there are guiding opportunities at OARS that can open up a whole new world of adventure. From the rush of spring snowmelt on rivers throughout the West to relaxed sea kayaking on pristine mountain lakes, our guides lead the way deep into some of the most magnificent landscapes on earth. Since 1969, OARS has set the first-class standard for adventure travel vacations and our ongoing pursuit of excellence is based on providing superior service to our guests.

Guiding for OARS is not an easy job. It is the rare, dynamic individual who can really do it well. OARS guides combine a passion for the outdoors with compassion for our guests, a desire to learn with the talent to teach and a flexible attitude with a steadfast commitment to conservation. OARS guides deliver the highest levels of service because we love what we do, we love the undeniably special places we visit and we love having a positive impact on the lives of others.

OARS has opportunities for whitewater rafting guides, sea kayaking guides, managers, outpost staff, van and bus drivers, and food packers.

The Employee Experience

“As OARS guides we are the luckiest people on Earth. We not only get to “live” in some of the most beautiful places on this planet, even better, we get to expose and interpret the secrets of these fantastic rivers to OARS’ clients. It’s better than being a pinch-hit delivery boy for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. A great byproduct of all this is being able to awaken people to the urgent need to take part in defending these vanishing or threatened river canyons. Only by working together can we protect them for the future.” ~ Michael P. Ghiglieri

Ideal Candidate

Seeking ideal candidates that are able to:

  • Seek to provide our guests with the best outdoor experience of their lives
  • Customer service experience or superb people skills
  • Adhere to Seven Principles of Leave No Trace at all times
  • Critical attention to detail
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Proactive work demeanor with good problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized 
  • Effective time management; proficient at multitasking
  • Self-starter, good follow-through

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
  • CPR certified 
  • Able to safely navigate oar/paddle boats and/or sea kayaks
  • Provide a positive role model for children and facilitate kid-friendly activities
  • Background in natural history or leading groups, preferred
  • Present facts about the region’s natural and human history
  • Be a steward of the natural areas in which we travel
  • 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

Employee Perks

  • Friends and Family Discounts on OARS Trips
  • Pro Deals
  • OARS Swag
  • 401(k) Plan
  • May be eligible for Health Insurance or Health Reimbursement Plans

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.