Great Smoky Mountains
Nantahala River
Chattooga River Rafting
Pigeon River Zipline Canopy Tour

Owned by Family, Run by Family, Treated like Family

Located in the Southeast region of the US, Wildwater provides whitewater rafting trips and zipline canopy tours at four different locations: the Nantahala River, Pigeon River, Ocoee River and Chattooga River. We are a family owned and operated company that seeks to provide quality trips to groups and families.

All locations are in and around the Great Smoky Mountains in NC, SC, and TN.

About Wildwater

Become part of the Wildwater Family!  All of our unique locations hold not only whitewater opportunities and great aerial views on the canopy tours, but also hold all of your outdoor desires.  Outside of work, there is hiking, mountain biking, great friends and great food- your favorite playground, The Great Smoky Mountains, will be in your back yard!  Whether you are looking to grow your outdoor professional career or just want to have a fun summer job, Wildwater is the place for you!

The Employee Experience

In order to provide the finest recreation experiences available to those who enjoy the outdoors, Wildwater has developed goals to define the present and shape its future:

  1. Quality – Cutting edge service, facilities, equipment, maintenance, etc.  
  2. Environment – We will continue to implement ways to be better stewards of our environment.
  3. Profitability – Quality, innovation and cost control is our chosen path.

A coordinated plan of purchasing, improvements, marketing and most importantly hiring and training provides the foundation for our success, Wildwater may not exceed every outfitter on every detail, but our goal is to provide a consistent overall experience that cannot be matched.

Quality Guest Service will require the commitment of all of Wildwater’s Team Members to full-time courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and honesty.  Without our Guests we would not have a business and paychecks.  Integrity should be the foundation of how we treat our Guests and fellow Team Members.

Wildwater Service Guarantee: Any Guest who feels they did not get the experience they purchased will get an additional trip or other appropriate compensation.  We are serious about service and you are key in providing quality and value.

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for team members who have a focus on guest services, work well with a team, and have an attitude to always learn and have fun.

Room and Board

Housing is available to team members while working or training.  Accommodations include bunk housing, community kitchen, and bath house.  Expect roommates.

Employee Perks

Wildwater team members are not only able to raft and zip at all locations free of charge, they are able to bring family and friends at either a reduced rate or free of charge as well.  Everyone is eligible for discounted outdoor gear and apparel, free team housing, and reduced meal costs at our locations with food service.

Getting Here and Getting Around

Vehicles are welcome but not required for getting around the area.  All team housing is on property and within walking distance to work.  If you do not have a car, many employees have vehicles and will carpool 15 min to the closest grocery store, etc.  It is hard to find a taxi/transportation service from an airport to our property.  I would recommend arranging for someone to drop you off if you do not plan to have a vehicle for the summer.

For Fun

With the Great Smoky Mountains in your backyard, there are endless opportunities for exploration!  Rafting, Ziplining, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, etc. are all available in and around each location!

Our Jobs

Wildwater is a family owned and operated company with four locations: Nantahala River, Pigeon River, Chattooga River, and Ocoee River. We are looking to hire raft guides, zipline rangers, front desk team members, and food service cooks.  We treat our guides and guests like our family! No previous experience is required but we do want to hire team players that are ready to learn and constantly striving to be better. Team housing is available at all locations. The season starts in late March and runs through late November, with our peak season from June-August. Below is a summary of each position we are looking to fill!

Canopy Ranger

You have the largest impact on our Guest's experience in the trees. While this job is both fun and rewarding, it is also physically demanding--Rangers must be in decent physical condition. Training is unpaid, but is provided at no cost. Must be at least 18 years old to be a Ranger

Food Service Cook

We have food service for guests at the Chattooga, Ocoee, and Pigeon Rivers.  We are looking for great cooks who can provide meals to guests and to guides.  A head cook position is available for our meal plan program at the Chattooga River, where we provide dinner for our guide staff during the peak season.

Front Desk/Retail

You are the first smiling face with whom our Guests will come in contact. A positive attitude is a must! This is a fun and often fast-paced job, but requires someone who is detail oriented and works well under pressure.

Raft Guide

You have the largest impact on our Guest's experience down the river. While this job is both fun and rewarding, it is also physically demanding--Guides must be in decent physical condition. Training is unpaid, but provided at no cost (except Guide School). Discounts are available for required gear. Must be at least 18 years old to guide.

How to Apply

Apply online.  After we receive your application, we will be in touch via email or phone!

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