Whitewater Guide Employment

Whitewater guide employment is an important consideration professionally and personally. It is an opportunity for gaining personal skills in the outdoors that is useful for the rest of your life.

Rafting Guide Job Description

Job Summary:

Serve as a whitewater rafting guide on both paddle and oar framed rafts. Guides will run full-day and half-day river trips mainly on the Alberton Gorge of the Clark Fork River (30 min outside Missoula) and Blackfoot rivers surrounding Missoula, MT. Guides’ primary responsibility is to deal directly with our guests and seek to provide the best possible guest vacation experience. Guides are part of a summer bustling company that emphasizes quality service, teamwork, and a fun outdoor working environment.

Whitewater Guide Employment Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Run full-day and half-day whitewater and scenic trips on the roaring Clark Fork River. Captain both paddle and oar frame rafts.
  • Maintain a good sense of humor and cooperative attitude when dealing with both co-workers and guests.
  • Communicate well with lead guide, owners, and co-workers.
  • Learn about the natural environment and history of the area and share the knowledge with guests.
  • Carry out pre and post trip duties, gear management
  • Pack coolers and food for trips, serve food to guests on full day trips

Performance Standards:

Employees are evaluated on thoroughness in performing duties, pleasant attitude, dependability, punctuality, personal initiative, flexibility, mature judgment, willingness to learn, and ability to be a team player. *Guides must be able to navigate whitewater with good communication with guests; training is available and will be provided for all employees. Guides must be able to flip a raft and pull themselves back into the boat prior to taking customers.


Must be at least 18 years old. 

Must be willing to travel and work on all of the river sections offered by Adventure Missoula for the summer and must have a way of communication when away from the office (cell phone). 

Must have a professional attitude and be willing to learn and accept new ideas. Must be able to work long hours and not be subject to burnout and moodiness. Must work well under pressure, in inclement weather, and be a team player. 

Guides will need to purchase various gear: type III lifejacket, river knife, river whistle, good water shoes, cold weather gear if desired (wetsuit or equivalent); purchases may be made through our pro deals.

Staff  Spring Orientation Attendance (2-3 days, dates TBD in May) 

Completion of Adventure Missoula Guide Training (First year guides only: four days in May Free Training)

Basic CPR/First Aid and/or Wilderness First Responder

Swift Water Rescue Technician Certification – This year’s class is offered April 15th-April 17th 2022 PRO-I Blackfoot River – Swiftwater Safety Institute If you are in another location in the spring, view the other class schedule locations Swiftwater Safety Institute (SSI) – (SRT-I) Overview and Details. There are other programs available as well. Prices Vary

Fish Game and Parks River Guide License, $100 for the season.

If you already have a certification, great!

Benefits of working for us:

  • You will get to enjoy the outdoors EVERY DAY you work and go rafting
  • We’re located at the put-in for the Alberton Gorge with private parking
  • Pro deals, river navigation life skill, gear care and management knowledge
  • You will have the opportunity to meet great people from faraway places.
  • The opportunity to work for a small integrated company with room to grow and develop into other roles
  • Surround yourself with active healthy wilderness-minded co-workers
  • Pay is dependent on experience plus customer tips (averages 3-6K per season)

Applicants email resume, cover letter, and 3 references to: Sara Forsythe, Owner adventuremissoula@gmail.com

View more information at: www.adventuremissoula.com