Employment Information for Experienced Rafting Guides

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Experienced Whitewater Raft Guide

We are currently accepting guide applications for our 2018 river season. Applications for 2018 will be accepted now through mid-February of 2018, however your chances of being accepted onto an interview trip are greater if you apply in December and January.

Thank you for considering a switch from the company you currently work with to Wilderness Aware. We are looking for you if you are interested in upgrading the quality of trip that you currently guide, or are interested in working a larger variety of trip types. We will not hire guides that have trouble with their current employer due to poor guest service, cockiness, failure to care for equipment or poor work ethic. We are willing to complete your training if you received inadequate initial training and are willing to learn new skills.

Wilderness Aware was established in 1976 and was bought by the current owners, Joe and Sue Greiner in 1985. We have grown from three boats and 800 user days in 1986 to 32 boats and over 8,000 user days in recent years. We use self-bailing boats exclusively. Boats not capable of holding pressure for a 2-day trip are fixed or replaced. All of our equipment is top-of-the line and is fixed immediately when broken, or replaced when shabby.

We run very conservatively. We concentrate on Class III and IV sections of rivers, although we train on class V on a regular basis with guides and friends of guides. Our policy of intense training and conservative commercial guiding has resulted in 40 years of lawsuit-free rafting.

Wilderness Aware runs a very tight ship. We have certain ways of doing things, and we like to standardize our procedures as much as possible so that when you are working with different combinations of guides, you are concentrating on having fun instead of re-inventing the wheel on every trip. We also like our guides to enjoy a supportive atmosphere, where everyone gets along and contributes to a team effort. That requires some self-sacrifice from guides for the good of the whole. We also look for very intelligent, personable people, with new ideas that can help our system improve and run more smoothly. These things are extremely important to us, not only philosophically, but also because we run so many different kinds of trips it is important for there to be good communication between guides. If you continue this application process, be sure you are comfortable with this kind of work situation.

See the job description page for the pay scale and our benefits package.

HOUSING? Wilderness Aware owns an 18 unit mobile home park. Guides are assigned to a unit with 2-4 roommates. This park is within biking distance from our office just outside Buena Vista. Many guides do not have cars. All renters pay $490 total (+$100 security deposit) to cover your rent for the season, water, sewer, trash, gas and electric bills for the summer.

INTERVIEW TRIPS: Wilderness Aware sponsors several training trips for inexperienced guides each year. We are trying to encourage experienced guide participation by subsidizing these trips at a cost of $225 (a savings of $100). We will offer advice on what works for us and show you policies that keeps our team running smoothly. Our energy is focused on entry level training for inexperienced trainees that will constitute the bulk of the applicants. You will be asked to help head up work crews and guide the harder rapids. Please go to “Information for Inexperienced Guide Training” to see how and where our interview program operates.

REFUNDS/CANCELLATIONS: Once you are invited and have paid for the trip, there will be a $20 fee for any cancellations if we are able to find a replacement for the spot you are vacating on the interview trip. If we are not able to find a replacement, there will be no refund issued.

The bottom line is if you read this letter and contract very closely and feel you can meet our expectations and can work in the environment we’ve described, we want to meet you. In order to be hired, you must complete the application and attend an interview raft trip in the spring. Also, if you have a summary of your river experience, please mail or e-mail us a copy. Be sure to indicate on your application if it is okay to call your present rafting employer. Please let us know if you do not want us to contact your current employer. Check out the job description for more details on the position. Also check out the info for inexperienced guide training program to learn more about our trips. Thanks for considering joining us.

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.

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