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We are proud to introduce you to Rafting in the Smokies and sincerely hope you consider working with us. On and off the river, we emphasize good “river-guide behavior” where we treat each other with respect, honesty, and support.


  • Whitewater River Guides
  • Zipline Canopy Tour Guides
  • Bus Drivers
  • Hartford Outpost Check-In/Retail
  • Gatlinburg Call Center
  • Area Marketing Reps

Our FREE Guide Certification Training for the 2022 rafting season will be held April 18th - 23 and May 16 - 21: (CPR & First Aid Certification classes are available, and are required in order to guide commercial trips). Spaces for the classes are limited, advance registration is required.

We provide six days of training as a professional river guide to gain working knowledge of boat control and customer relations

  • All skill levels accepted
  • No experience needed
  • Full and part-time positions available
  • Housing option available
  • On-site guide training (April 18-23 and May 16-21)
  • Enjoy your summer in the Smokies!

Rafting in the Smokies has a growing staff of approximately 50 river guides and 20 zipline guides from all walks of life, from all around the world. Workdays usually start at 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m., depending on your rotation, and the last trip of the day leaves at 5:40 pm. Trips travel about 5.5 miles and last about an hour and a half each. 

You will "check-in" at our outpost in the morning for a quick meeting and to assign trips for the day. Then it's time to blow up rafts and load them on the bus. You will assist customers with getting dressing in their gear and help explain safety procedures, give them instructions on your commands and how to sit in the raft. Then it's time to go hit the rapids! Guides usually work 3-4 trips a day. 

At the end of the day we relax riverside at guide housing, cook meals, play music and games.  Working on the river is a unique experience as you rely on each other in ways that are just not common to the everyday workplace.  We live together, work together, and play together. We are confident you will develop deep friendships that will last you a lifetime. 

We want our staff to have an amazing work experience, with plenty of opportunities for exploration, adventure, and growth.         

Rafting in the Smokies is family owned and operated. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and we seek to employ and promote the best-qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Please apply online via the "Apply Here" link below. 

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