California River Guide - Job Description
Full-time and part-time river guide work is available. All guide work is dependent on the varying river conditions and the status of the California rafting season which usually starts in April and can run into late October. Full-time guide work typically begins on Memorial Day weekend and lasts through at least Labor Day weekend but on a good water year it will last until early October. Guides may work on any or all of the rivers on which AO operates as determined by their skill, knowledge, and experience. There are ample training opportunities for qualified guides.
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- Actively participate on the AO Operations Team; Assist managers and other co-workers in building and maintaining a positive and productive work environment in which running trips to the standards of quality and safety as set by AO policy is paramount.
- Establish and grow a thorough understanding of AO philosophy toward trip quality and guest experience; Work to provide the best possible guest experience.
- Learn and stay current on AO policies and best practices both on and off river, including logistics, care of equipment, vehicles, facilities, and paperwork.
- Perform with care and professionalism all the duties associated with the role of river guide; be a steward of nature, learn and grow your interpretive skills, and adhere to the Leave No Trace principle.
- Learn and develop methods to respond to guest concerns or issues, according to AO policy and best practices.
- Be a positive role model and represent AO on the river and in the communities in which we operate.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Some guiding experience is required, at a minimum completion of a whitewater rafting guide school.
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse group of people; Ability to build genuine, authentic connections with guests and co-workers.
- Strong work ethic and punctuality.
- Positive attitude with problem solving skills and conflict resolution skills.
- Ability to work weekends.
- Ability to get to and from workplace locations.
- First Aid certification at a minimum, Wilderness First Aid certification preferred.
- CPR certification.
- Swiftwater Rescue Technician certification preferred.
- CA Food Handlers Card.
Hours and Compensation
- Scheduled work is subject to bookings.
- Full-time guides may be scheduled on-call to accommodate last minute changes in bookings.
- Pay is determined by the length and difficulty of the trip assigned, guide experience, and additional pay for certifications as set in the pay schedule.
- Pay increases are considered on an annual basis.
- Friends and Family discount is available to all full-time AO employees.
- Opportunities to train and advance whitewater skills, whether on multiple rivers at multiple levels or training to row gear and/or guests.
- Employee housing/camping is available on most of our operations for $100/month. We cannot accommodate dogs or other pets.
Questions and more information about working for AO: call (530) 626-8306 x106 to speak with the Personnel Director.
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