Exciting destinations, artful itineraries, knowledgeable caring Guides, superb equipment, and wisdom gained from over 35 years of experience allow ROW Adventures to continually set the high watermark for adventure vacations.

ROW Adventure Guides join a highly experienced staff of fun-loving & talented outdoor professionals with a tremendous passion for the natural world.

What started in 1979 as a small whitewater rafting company in northern Idaho has grown into an award-winning worldwide adventure travel company. Today, ROW Adventures offers guided whitewater rafting, canoeing, hiking, biking, stand-up paddle board instruction, kayaking and fly fishing adventures in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona and Utah; sea kayaking in Baja California and British Columbia; diverse adventure tours around the world, including their hallmark Galapagos Unbound tours; and owns and operates the River Dance Lodge, an outdoor adventure resort in North Central Idaho. If you’d like to work for a leader in the adventure travel industry that pride’s itself on their professionalism and commitment to guest services, conservation and interpretation, apply to join the ROW team!

Responsible travel requires constant innovation and dedication; ROW Adventures actively supports river conservation and responsible travel organizations that are working to help keep our wild places wild. We are dedicated to sustainable travel and adhere to the highest standards of stewardship for the environment, and the local people and cultures, in the areas where we operate.

2017 Rafting Jobs!

Each year ROW Adventures seeks to hire a few exceptional individuals seeking entry level positions as Whitewater Adventure Guides.

Adventure Guides
Each year ROW Adventures seeks to hire a few exceptional individuals looking for experienced or entry-level positions as Whitewater Adventure Guides. No whitewater or guiding experience is necessary to apply, but all hires must successfully complete ROW's Guide School Program and other required training before guiding commercial trips. New first-year Guides usually guide one-day trips on the Clark Fork but may be rotated onto any river, or trip ROW runs for which they are qualified and licensed. Due to the breadth of rivers and types of trips ROW runs, this position offers a great start to what can become a longer, rewarding career in outdoor leadership with ROW Adventures.

New Adventure Guides join a highly experienced staff of fun-loving, thoughtful and talented outdoor professionals with a tremendous passion for the natural world. As much as the team loves boating, they love sharing nature with guests even more. ROW hires individuals committed to excellence in hospitality and safety, who desire to provide meaningful interpretation to guests, support conservation efforts, desire to grow and learn, and who seek to set the high water mark in their professional and personal lives.

More job exploration!ROW’s 2017 adventure season begins in May with Guide Training and runs into late September. The bulk of the season occurs between mid-June to late August.

A Guide teaching his group a few safety tips before heading out into the water.

Guide Duties and Responsibilities
Guides will positively work with other team members to implement all aspects of a ROW trip, including safely navigating oar and/or paddle rafts down Class I–IV rivers or leading hikes, engaging and responding to guests in a positive, friendly and supportive manner, providing meaningful interpretation to guests on natural and cultural history topics pertinent to each trip, leading guest activities, such as  camp games, storytelling or campfire music, preparing tasty, appealing camp  meals, and acting as a good steward of the natural world and following Leave No Trace practices.

More job exploration!View the complete job description for a River Guide (Inexperienced) or explore all current job openings.

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ROW Adventures works hard to create a healthy, supportive environment where everyone on our team is treated with respect. Our team is our most valuable asset and our success is the direct result of our outstanding, quality-driven team members who enjoy working and playing together. We enjoy a high return rate among our staff, yet still hire many new people each year.

Location

Start of staff training at ROW’s main warehouse location.Start of staff training at ROW’s main warehouse location.

ROW’s administrative offices are located in Coeur d’Alene, ID. With the exception of local Coeur d’Alene activities, all trips base out of dispersed locations throughout the Northwest. ROW’s main whitewater rafting warehouse is located in Clarkston, WA. They also maintain a warehouse in Salmon, ID and facilities at the River Dance Lodge in Syringa, ID. During the rafting season, trips are also based out of outposts in Moyie Springs, ID, Spokane, WA, Superior and Great Falls, MT and Merlin, OR. National Park tours are based out of gateway cities at the respective parks.

Compensation & Perks

The life of a ROW Adventure Guide!

Compensation is based on the job and your experience. Most Guide jobs are paid a competitive daily wage with the opportunity for gratuities. Some locations have free housing available; all others have amenities to complement camping (kitchen, lounge, shower, etc.). You will also have access to great industry pro-deals, the opportunity to raft the best rivers in the Northwest and enjoy discounts for friends and family.

A training fee is charged for first year Guides, which covers the cost of staff, interpretative and area specific training. This fee will be reimbursed at the beginning of your second season. If you are hired as an inexperienced Whitewater Guide, you will be invited to ROW's whitewater guide school at a cost of $400. An Enhanced Skills Pay (ESP) is offered for attending training (returning Guides only), medical and rescue certs, and/or commercial driver's license.

Typical Season

Most Guides choose to take advantage of additional training opportunities, such as licensing on other rivers that ROW runs, to best position themselves for more work later in the season and future years.

Most Guides arrive in May to attend the staff training trip as well as training on the Lochsa and/or Spokane and Moyie rivers. After training, Guides are assigned to a river based on their demonstrated ability, work ethic and ROW’s needs. Work in May and June is typically slow, usually no more than 2–3 days per week. Most Guides choose to take advantage of additional training opportunities, such as licensing on other rivers that ROW runs, to best position themselves for more work later in the season and future years. Others take advantage of the off days to explore the area’s rivers and mountains before the season ramps up in July. During July and August, work is generally quite consistent regardless of seniority, with days off infrequent. Guides stay very busy until late August. Managers and senior staff receive first crack at September work. After their last trip of the season, all Guides are required to put in a minimum of 15 hours of warehouse work to help shut down operations.

Job Qualifications

Being a ROW Guide is more than running the rapids–you'll also learn how to cook from a menu that includes a variety of legendary hors d'oeuvres, salads, entrées and Dutch oven desserts!Being a ROW Guide is more than running the rapids—you'll also learn how to cook from a menu that includes a variety of legendary hors d'oeuvres, salads, entrées and Dutch oven desserts!

When applying for a position, know that ROW demands a lot from their staff because they provide a level of service that is well above the standard in the rafting, adventure travel and outdoor resort arena. ROW looks for people seeking to set the high watermark in their personal and professional lives. If you are a friendly, self-starting, energetic, creative and hard-working person with a love for people and the natural world, and are interested in a long-term relationship with ROW, they want to hear from you!

Guide Qualifications
Successful completion of ROW's Guide School or approved equivalent required prior to first commercial work (can be completed after hiring)
A current 36 hour minimum or higher advanced First Aid certification (WEC, WAFA, WFR, WEMT, EMT preferred) along with current CPR (can be completed after hiring)
Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1 or higher certification before first commercial work (can be completed after hiring)
A positive, supportive team player with excellent verbal communication skills
Physically fit, able to work long hours in the field and lift and carry heavy objects over awkward terrain
Willing and eager to interact positively with a range of age groups, from small children to seniors
Experience in guest services or group leadership preferred
Academic or professional background or equivalent experience in natural science, western American history, environmental education or conservation related field preferred.

Hiring Process & Connections

Jump into an incredible summer job with ROW Adventures!Jump into an incredible summer job with ROW Adventures!

Looking for a great place to get started and grow as an Adventure Guide? Visit ROW’s employment page to review open jobs and access the online application. Along with the application, please submit a cover letter that indicates your interest and qualifications for the position and current resume.

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ROW Adventures
ATTN: Employment
P.O. Box 579
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816
(208) 765-0841
jobs@rowadventures.com
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