Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Become a Whitewater Raft Guide! Join Our Team in Tennessee!

Smoky Mountain Outdoors is accepting applicants to our guide training program!

Smoky Mountain Outdoors is the largest outfitters on the Big Pigeon River. Located in Hartford, Tennessee just outside the Smoky Mountain National Park. Situated only 45 minutes from Gatlinburg TN, Knoxville TN, and Asheville NC, Hartford makes for the perfect place to work and explore.

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Hartford, Tennessee

Whitewater Rafting Outpost Support Staff


Looking for a fun job you actually love? Eager to learn new skills and challenge yourself? Wanting to spend your summer working in the outdoors? Look no further! Your new job as a whitewater raft guide is just around the corner. 

Being a river guide means a lot of hard work while constantly learning and challenging yourself. It's also an extremely rewarding and fun job. We guarantee that you will make lasting friends and memories while having the best summer of your life.  

Smoky Mountain Outdoors (SMO) is an established and very busy rafting company. We offer housing and in-house training for our guides. Join one of our guide schools to learn the skills and knowledge you will need to become a river guide. 

The Employee Experience

Working at Smoky Mountain Outdoors is an amazing summer job that will keep you active and social. Our guides consider SMO to be their second home, often coming back summer after summer. The friends and memories that are made here last a lifetime. We like to think this is the best job that you will ever have. 

Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is a healthy and active person who is eager to learn new skills while challenging themselves. During our training courses, we look for candidates who show a great understanding of teamwork, self-motivation, respect, and responsibility. 

Room and Board

We offer staff housing for all guides. Our bunkhouses are divided into rooms for two. We have male and female bathrooms facilities and a shared staff kitchen. WIFI is provided on the property. Rent is extremely cheap and is deducted from employee paychecks. We also provide free weekly staff dinners to bring everyone together for a relaxing environment. 

Employee Perks

We offer free employee trade benefits with many local tourism companies in our surrounding area. We also offer several staff outings each summer. Guides often create their own weekly group outings, always strengthening the team dynamics that we are so proud to have. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

Most of our employees arrive in their own vehicles. However, if you are planning on flying in from abroad or another state, Tyson McGhee Airport in Knoxville, TN will be the closest airport.

If you plan on arriving by bus, we recommend Megabus also in Knoxville, TN.

Airport and bus station pick-ups can be arranged. 

For Fun

Want to get away for the weekend? Several major cities in the area are within a one to four-hour drive. They include Gatlinburg TN, Asheville NC, Knoxville TN, Pigeon Forge TN, Nashville, TN and Atlanta GA.

If cities aren't  your thing, the Smoky Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are in our backyard. 
Weekend retreats to other rivers are great team building we all enjoy. 

Our Jobs

We are currently accepting applications for our raft guide programs.

How to Apply

Fill out our online application, and we'll be in touch!

More information on our guide training program and job description will be emailed to applicants after completion of an online application.