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New & Experienced Guides - Join our team at Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours

Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is accepting applications year round and currently for our 2019 whitewater river guide & zip line guide training program. Prior experience is not required. WE HIRE BOTH EXPERIENCED AND NEW GUIDES. We anticipate every trainee applicant becoming a professional guide with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours although we can not guarantee as a new guide that you will pass the guide training course as it is a demanding process. (think "the Revenant") A quick video chat interview will help us determine if we are a good fit for one another.

WE HIRE:
RIVER GUIDES (new or experienced)
KAYAKERS (experienced)
ZIP LINE GUIDES (new or experienced)
PHOTOGRAPHERS
OFFICE STAFF
BUS DRIVERS
and more… use the form below to apply for our various positions.
*EXPERIENCED GUIDE FILES CAN BE UPLOADED AT BOTTOM OF PAGE

OPPORTUNITIES

We have a high demand for guides!

We intend to fill our guide training program with the right participants. It is not uncommon to join a training program where you are put in a "Survivor" position. We vet before prior to accepting trainees, so we are not wasting yours or our time and $. Once you are in our training program, we focus on positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. You are your only hurdle. Being a guide trainee with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is an opportunity to become of a part of our fun, energetic team of professionals. Not a position of compromise.

Becoming a guide has many perks full of unlimited adventurous opportunities. You will have the chance to learn to kayak, access world-class mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fishing and much more on a daily basis.

CRITERIA

Meet the following requirements.

Guides with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours will need to meet the following requirements:

• Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
Successfully pass our guide training program - (Raft program begins May 17th, 2019 - this course typically runs three weeks). (Zip program dates will be posted soon.)
Pass a checkout runs before becoming a guide.
Maintain a high fitness level to work outdoors in various weather and challenging scenarios. 
Possess current First Aid and CPR certifications. (Courses are held during or after training, but we encourage to have certifications in order.) We encourage our staff to seek higher levels of certifications such as OEC WFA or WFR & SRT
Commit to 2 full seasons of work which includes weekends and holidays. (Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend. Exceptions are made for students) 
You will be expected to assist our team in maintaining the quality and cleanliness of our base locations, beaches, and associated gear.
You must adhere to Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tour's guidelines and always treat colleagues and guests with the highest level of respect. 

EXPECTATIONS

We will only aim high

You must possess outstanding "people" skills, and a respectful sense of humor, the ability to read social cues and adapt to your guests' demeanor. You will need to easily connect with a variety of personalities and welcome our guests for who they are. You will need to be genuine.

You will need to anticipate, troubleshoot and resolve challenging situations and embrace adventure in all its capacities. You will need to stay energized and deliver exceptional service. You will need to be a flexible, motivated team player tackling a myriad of tasks through the potential of long days. 

You must embrace the lifestyle of being a guide with its challenges and commensurate rewards. We are seeking applicants that have a passion and respect for the outdoors and for those that approach life professionally whether the challenge is large or small. (If you do not feel you fit the model description be realistic with yourself as to whether a job with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zip Line Tours is a good fit for you before you join.)

PAY

Compensation above the average

Our pay rate is the best in the industry. New Guide pay is on a per trip basis at a salaried (rate of $40.00 per trip - rafting - Experienced guides can earn up to $75.00 per trip). You can potentially run (two trips - rafting) in a day when we are busy. Most outfitters mention seasons gross for first-year guides of $2000.00 before gratuities typically based on a starting trip pay of $25.00 per trip. Our guides exceed the average in all capacities.

A guide’s job is a phenomenal experience and will be the job of a lifetime if you are up for the challenge!

COST

The price of training

The cost of our training program (Rafting $500.00 + 5.25% AHRA Colorado State Parks fee. Total $526.25) (Zipping $300.00 + 10% Materials fee - total $330.00) - A 50% deposit will be required once accepted into the training program. The remaining balance is due at a minimum two weeks before training. 

Guide trainees will need to be financially soluble throughout the (three week rafting training period). Guides and trainees typically camp for the summer or rent accommodations in Canon City.

After training all (raft guides will need to purchase the "tools of the trade" PFD, helmet, footwear, throw bag, whistle, river knife, and other everyday guide items). We offer wholesale rates on river gear so you will not be expected to arrive with the equipment you need to be a guide. (All equipment for training is provided during training: Wetsuits, river boots, pfd, etc.)

When

2019 Guide Training programs

Training begins (Rafting May 17th, 2019) - We can not guarantee you will pass guide training although we will give you all the necessary tools you need to succeed.

Our Guides

Colorado White Water Professionals

Royal Gorge Rafting has always hired exceptional river guides which has set us apart. Our guides in the past have come from all avenues. We have employed college professors, teachers, lawyers, medics, pilots, authors, students and of course year round river guides with many exceeding 20+ years in the industry. It is because of our varied and unique staff that we have grown to be one of the most revered companies on the Arkansas River. In addition, we have always employed support kayakers to round out the Royal Gorge Rafting team. We invite you to inquire about joining our team of professional river guides, kayakers and representatives!

#1 In Rafting

Best Services - Our Focus

Royal Gorge Rafting began running river trips in 2004 and since that time we have become the most popular choice for rafting the Royal Gorge and Ziplining in the Royal Gorge Region. Colorado's #1 rated! With that, we always keep our focus on quality over quantity and making sure our guests remain our #1 priority in everything we do. From their overall safety to our goal of exceeding their expectations. We know that in order to get this right we need to have the best staff we can employ on and off the river.

EXPERIENCED GUIDES

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Thank you, for applying with Royal Gorge Rafting & Zipline Tours! We will be in touch soon. If you are a go getter call me at 719 924 0594 - Thank you! James Whiteside
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