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Employment with O.A.R.S. - Field Staff

We are currently accepting applications for field staff and guides.
Though applications may be submitted at any time, most hiring will be done prior to April 1st.

Thank you for your interest in joining the crew at O.A.R.S.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Dear Potential O.A.R.S. Guide:

Whether you are a seasoned professional river runner or a complete novice, there are guiding opportunities at O.A.R.S. that can open up a whole new world of adventure. From the rush of spring snowmelt on rivers throughout the West to relaxed sea kayaking on pristine mountain lakes, our guides lead the way deep into some of the most magnificent landscapes on earth. Since 1969, O.A.R.S. has set the first-class standard for adventure travel vacations and our ongoing pursuit of excellence is based on providing superior service to our guests.

Guiding for O.A.R.S. is not an easy job. It is the rare, dynamic individual who can really do it well. O.A.R.S. guides combine a passion for the outdoors with compassion for our guests, a desire to learn with the talent to teach and a flexible attitude with a steadfast commitment to conservation. O.A.R.S. guides deliver the highest levels of service because we love what we do, we love the undeniably special places we visit and we love having a positive impact on the lives of others.

Would you care to join us?


  • Currently, we can only accept applicants who can legally work in the United States or Canada.
  • New applicants must be available to work during the North American summer. Opportunities for guiding our trips to international destinations during the winter and spring are reserved for returning employees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Safely navigate oar/paddle boats and/or sea kayaks
  • Seek to provide our guests with the best outdoor experience of their lives
  • Present facts about the region’s natural and human history
  • Provide a positive role model for children and facilitate kid-friendly activities
  • Prepare delicious meals
  • Care for O.A.R.S.’ equipment
  • Lead interpretive walks and hikes
  • Adhere to Seven Principles of Leave No Trace at all times
  • Be a steward of the natural areas in which we travel


  • CPR and First-Aid Certified (WFR/SWR are a plus)
  • Customer service experience or superb people skills
  • Background in natural history or leading groups, preferred
  • Experience or willingness to work with young children and adolescents
  • Capable of working long hours
  • Physically fit
  • Team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent English
  • Non-Smoker
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Basic computer knowledge

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
O.A.R.S. Companies Inc.,
PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222