Guides & Operations Support Staff Employment Opportunities with OARS
We are currently accepting applications for guides and operations support staff.
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 OARS
We look forward to hearing from you!
Dear Potential OARS Team Member:
Whether you are a seasoned professional river runner or a complete novice, there are guiding opportunities at OARS 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, OARS 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 OARS is not an easy job. It is the rare, dynamic individual who can really do it well. OARS 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. OARS 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?
Requirements for All Positions:
- Currently, we can only accept applicants who can legally work in the United States.
- 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.
Guide 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 OARS’ 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
- A minimum of a Wilderness First Responder certification is required for guiding multiday trips
- A minimum of a Wilderness First Aid certification is required for guiding one day trips
- 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
- Ability to make Risk Management-minded decisions and minimize risk in a wilderness setting
- The ability to keep a positive attitude and deal with challenge in a dynamic, wild environment
- Tolerance of potential uncertainty and adversity
- Capable of working long hours
- Physically fit
- Team player
- Excellent communication skills
- Fluent English
- Creative approach to problem solving
- Basic computer knowledge