Employment Opportunities

Each year we invite a wide variety of seasonal staff to join our team of returning members.  Most of our positions are entry level, and do not require any previous experience.  Please read below about the positions available, and keep in mind that if invited to join our team we will do our best to find the best fit for you. Often times during training or the first couple weeks of work, new team members find their strengths and are better suited for a different role than initially thought. Many of our team members guide multiple activities, work in the office, or drive our shuttles as well.

At the bottom of this page, you will find the application.  Please let us know which position(s) you are interested in, and tell us a little about yourself.

You will find the application form at the bottom of this page. Please let us know which position(s) you are interested in and tell us a little about yourself.

Job Descriptions, Qualifications, and Training

River Guide School

Our guides have the largest impact on our guests’ experience. Being a river guide is fun and rewarding but also physically and mentally demanding.

Once a year we conduct a two-week training course. This course is required for non-licensed raft guides in order to work as a commercial raft guide in Colorado. Guide School for 2022 will be held May 16 thru May 27 with weekends off. WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR GUIDE SCHOOL like most companies do!

We also require that all our guides have their current Swiftwater Rescue Training. The SRT class is $150 (30% off normal pricing). We offer all new employees a FREE First Aid & CPR Course but we encourage guides to attain a higher level of medical training. A higher level of medical training increases your base pay.

State Certification

Participation in our guide school does not guarantee a guide position with Colorado Rafting Adventures. However, you will finish the course meeting the Colorado State Standards. This prepares you to work anywhere in the State and is transferable to most other states. Please fill out our application to receive more information about becoming a raft guide for Colorado Rafting Adventures. If we think you might be a good fit then we’ll set up a phone or in-person interview.

The training is a state certification which is yours to keep. Colorado has very high standards and the certification can easily be transferred to most other states. If you are already a certified river guide in Colorado then this course isn’t necessary. You would still need to “Check Out” on each section of the river and provide river and training logs.

Once training is complete you will also be required to have a PFD (lifejacket), helmet, whistle and river knife. You will have access to pro-deals. This allows you to purchase these items at a significant discount.

  • Safety awareness is essential.
  • Capacity to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Outgoing personality, friendly, and able to assist all types of guests.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and think quickly in emergencies.
  • Must have First Aid and CPR (courses are available).

**If you are an experienced guide from another state, click here, for a form that can be used to transfer your training to Colorado.

CDL Driver

Drivers shuttle our guests, guides, and equipment too and from the river. Our vehicles include vans and buses which are often pulling trailers. Drivers maintain the vehicles in a neat and clean manner.  A CDL with passenger endorsement is required to operate our buses but air-brakes are typically not needed.

CDL training may be available but please inquire if you do not already hold a valid CDL.

  • DOT regulations require a physical exam & drug testing of all qualified applicants
  • Outgoing personality, friendly, and enjoy talking with all types of guests


Please let us know which position(s) you are interested in, and a little about yourself.

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Quick Facts / FAQ’s

Our Season

Our season runs from May through August.

Due to the nature of seasonal employment, it is difficult to guarantee full-time work to anyone, especially in the early and later parts of our season.


All of our positions require professionalism and commitment but offer fun and recreation. Lifetime friendships usually get formed when you work with people who share so many similar interest. This is a valuable experience and work opportunity. You get to work with a team that becomes a tight knit group of friends and who often hang out and go on adventures in the evening or on days off.

Some of our benefits include:

  • Complimentary trips for immediate family members based on availability.
  • Ability to live out of vehicle on property with access to kitchen and bathrooms. Unfortunately, no tents are available.
  • Opportunities for pro-purchases on outdoor equipment and clothing.
  • Free CPR and First Aid Training.
  • CDL (bus-driving) training for qualified individuals.

Personal Appearance

A professional appearance is an essential ingredient to our success. As a basic condition of employment we require that you keep your appearance in line with company standards. We trust and rely on your good judgement when it comes to your personal appearance. Your conduct on the job, after hours and in the community is a reflection of you and our company. Please plan to respect yourself, your peers and our company.

Pet Policy

In consideration of the safety for our guests, employees and your pets, pets are NOT allowed to come to work.

Documents Needed

Upon arrival for employment, be prepared to produce valid identification and one of the following documents to complete the employment process: Passport, U.S. Social Security Card, Birth Certificate.

Non U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. work permit.

Available Positions

Click each position to read more about the opportunity:

River Guide