Klamath River Driver/Guide

A leader in the whitewater rafting and adventure travel industry since 1969, OARS has set the standard in first-class rafting, hiking and multi-sport adventures with more than 75 unique itineraries around the world.

At our core, beyond “Guiding Life’s Greatest Adventures,” we’re a second generation family-owned outfitter that strives to make a positive impact on people’s lives by providing outstanding river trips and other outdoor adventures. We encourage and actively support awareness, deeper appreciation, and preservation of our rivers and environment, and seek like-minded individuals who share that same passion to join our team.



Position Title: Klamath River Driver/Guide
Department: Field Operations
Reports to: Oregon Operations Managers
# of Direct Reports: None
Location (if applicable): Grants Pass, OR
Job Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt



Are you a CDL driver who would like to become a river guide?  As part of the OARS Oregon guide team, this driver/guide will drive the 22-passenger bus full of guests for the 45 minute drive to put-in and then work the 3-day rafting trip as a guide.  Qualified applicants must already possess a current Commercial Driver License (Class B or C with passenger endorsement).




  • Regular guide wages with added shuttle pay for drives
  • Company-matching ($.50 for every $1.00 contributed up to 6% of gross pay) 401k plan after 1 year
  • Discounts on OARS trips




  • Seasonal:  June through September




  • Driving a 22 passenger bus
  • Bus inspection
  • All aspects of river guiding




  • Applicants must possess a current Commercial Driver License (Class B or C with passenger endorsement)
  • Possess, or be willing to obtain, a DOT Medical certificate
  • Clean driving record
  • Minimum of CPR & WFR or greater certifications
  • Rafting experience or willingness to train in rafting skills including boating, camp, talks, trip experience, warehouse and rescue/emergency response
  • Safe food-handling including attention to dietary restrictions and artfully present food
  • Ability to care for and maintain OARS equipment and personal equipment
  • Ability to complete all written documentation using required technology
  • Good lifting techniques and attention to all areas of worker safety
  • Securely and safely rig all boats and vehicles for whitewater or road travel
  • Communicate effectively and resolve conflict
  • Customer service and people skills
  • Practice leadership skills
  • Ability to work with a wide array of demographics including varieties in age, gender, race, culture, disability etc
  • Willingness to work all aspects of the job
  • Capable of completing a long day of work
  • Physically fit (water based guides must be able to self-rescue back into boat)
  • Team player
  • Fluent English
  • Risk-management minded
  • Self-starter




  • Physical demands
  • Heavy living of boating equipment and warehouse supplies
  • Extreme weather, ranging from winter-like conditions to very hot temperatures during the summer months in remote locations



Interested candidates should complete a General Employment application as well as submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in this position to: jobs@oars.com with a subject line of “Klamath River Driver/Guide” No phone calls please. This position will remain open until filled.