Employment with OARS

A leader in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel industry since 1969, OARS is a second generation family-owned outfitter that seeks to match the best staff with our first-class guided river adventures. Our year-round office staff averages more than 15 years of experience in the adventure travel industry and we have guides and operations staff who have been with us for decades. OARS strives to foster a respectful workplace where all employees feel valued and supported on and off the river.

We offer competitive pay, subsidized training, health insurance or health insurance reimbursement, 401k with company match, pro deals, annual gear package, top-notch boats, vehicles & equipment, a caring and experienced management team (with women in leadership roles at all operations), and growth opportunities within the company. Staff also have the opportunity to experience a variety of rivers at their base location and, over time, the opportunity to visit other OARS outposts.

Please be advised, we have implemented a COVID-19 mitigation plan that includes practices and procedures to help protect our staff and guests. For the 2022 season we may require staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

OARS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or disabling condition.

We can only accept applicants who can legally work in the United States.


Current Employment Opportunities


Accounting Manager – Angels Camp, CA

International Reservations Manager – Remote


Now hiring for the 2022 season.  Though applications may be submitted at any time, most hiring will occur between October and April.

OARS Jobs for Experienced Guides (and those with limited experience)

OARS Jobs for New Guides (If you have not worked as a guide yet but want to)


Commercial & Non-CDL Drivers – Multiple Locations. Now hiring for the 2022 season.  Though applications may be submitted at any time, most hiring will occur between October and April.


Staff Testimonials:


“An industry leader who does things the right way”

“A family company that cares…for the guests, for the environment and for the employees”

“OARS is a family owned and operated business and when you work for OARS you are part of the family.”

“Beautiful rivers, top notch equipment, really good management and just a great way to live.”

 “One of my favorite things about being an OARS raft guide is working the Pam and George Wendt Foundation Trips, and giving youth in the surrounding communities a chance to get outside and experience the fun that is whitewater rafting.”