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336 36th Street at Suite #191

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compensation: $100-300/day plus tips
employment type: full-time

We are an ethics centered equal opportunity outdoor whitewater company serving Washington State out of Bellingham (google this and you'll find us; we are not allowed to list our business name on ads). We have a guide training program for dedicated new guides, and have summer living quarters for students. We have internships for new recruits to mitigate the costs of training, and we have excellent pay for veteran guides looking to get a good solid foothold in Western Washington Whitewater. We do not charge veteran guides to train to come into our system.

Currently looking for qualified and highly motivated professionals and willing trainees in the outdoor guiding industry. In WA we will run the Sauk, Skykomish, Nooksack, Snoqualmie, and Skagit Rivers. Training starts in April. Guides can train while going to school, but there is a time drain for new guides due to the material that needs to be studied. Experienced guides can start anytime; we are busiest June-August and have a program that is built around the quarter system and academic calendars.

For all guides we require a valid 50 hour certification which surpasses RCW 79A.60.430 from a viable quality Washington outfitter. We do require all higher tier guides to have Wilderness First Aid/First Responder (WFA/WFR) certification, as well as Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1). Our pay scale is significantly higher than the going market rate and thus we expect our guides to make these investments prior to being paid in our higher wage brackets. For lesser experienced guides we have a program to invest mutually in your skill development as you are able to progress as an asset to our crew.

We use Remote Medical or any organization that is a part of the Wilderness Medical Society for the WFA/WFR, which makes that cert fairly easy as they hold courses all over the NW. The Swiftwater Safety Institute, out of Jackson, Wyoming is our preferred provider for the SRT-1. Veteran guides who already have SRT-1 may attend our advanced SRT recertification course held each spring.

Depending on how many trips per day, most days Tier 1 guides (1st year) start at $45/trip, Many of our Tier 2 guides (usually 2-4 years previous experience plus relevant certifications and skill set) make $180/day or $16/hour. Our trip leaders make $180-$225/day or around $16-20/hour; bonuses are applied in certain situations which make this tier a little more ambiguous. Our river managers make $300/day on a full day or $25/hour. All of these numbers depend on how many trips and how much work you do in a day. Guides at our company are held to a much higher standard than our competition, and they are rewarded for meeting that standard.

There is an unusually high level of intensity to our approach, which concentrates on minimalism and smoothness with speed and efficiency being very important. We thrive on adversity, and look for opportunities to improve within the context and time of our challenges. We're are an industry leader and have great confidence in our approach; A well built foundation of skills in river running, rescue, professionalism/hospitality, coupled with meticulous study of systems, procedures, and rescue protocols, followed by individual creativity and a collaborative work environment which empowers free thinkers. Because we operate on several challenging rivers we really are looking for people who want to operate at the highest level and take a great deal of pride in their work.

Applicants must include a phone number and best time to call. Phone interviews typically followed by in person interview. Any responses without a resume will be deleted. If you cannot climb back into a raft when it is upside down you will not be able to work here. Please be honest about your skills and abilities, per the norm.

You will be paid more, and will be eligible to work more difficult and dangerous rivers if you have the following qualifications:

Class 5 whitewater experience (AW standard rating) -or- 1500 miles of commercially navigated whitewater Class 3 or higher (AW standard rating) working as a professional guide.
Professional Safety Kayaking ability
Advanced Medical training (WFA, WFR, EMT)
SRT-1 certificate (preferably from SSI)

We pay on a 4 tier wage system paid per trip (all hourly work is addition). Because Washington State requires that all wages are broken down hourly, that is what is presented here. Trips are on average 4 hours apart from each other (if they go over that you'll be paid at the listed hourly rates). Our system is designed to run 3 trips per day. You can expect a 12 hour work day if you run 3 trips. This system correlates roughly to the following hourly wage rates:

Tier 1: WA state "living wage". Note: 50 hour WA guide certification and First Aid/CPR card required
Tier 2: $15/hr. Note: at least 2 of the above 4 criteria required
Tier 3: $18.50/hr. Note: at least 3 of the above 4 criteria required
Tier 4: $25/hr. Note: River Manager (additional discretionary bonuses as agreed)

Guides are hired through winter as open spots are filled. During spring training cut downs occur to get the crew organized in the most prodigious fashion. Process for coming on board is a phone conversation or in person meeting (if you can get to Bellingham, WA). Rookie guides and trainees are also welcome to apply; we have a great internship opportunity which includes all training for qualified persons.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

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