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Employment Guides

“The river has great wisdom and whispers its secrets to the hearts of (wo)men.”

– Mark Twain

River Guide Info

We employ a great mix of people to be raft guides including high school and college students, teachers, cabinet makers, scientists, ski resort workers, and a host of others.  River Guides are an integral part of our staff and the main reason our customers come back again and again. For this reason, good people skills are very important. No prior river experience is necessary, only the willingness to learn.

We hire guides looking to work full or part-time.

Criteria for Raft Guides:

  • Must be 16 years and older to begin certification
  • Complete a minimum of 12 trips on the Shenandoah River and 1 check out trip.
  • Obtain Red Cross Standard First Aid or its equivalent (offered on-site)
  • Obtain Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR or its equivalent (offered on-site)

Raft Guide Certification Sessions:

Two trips per day is the general rule. Time spent working toward certification is not paid.  Participants will pay $100 to begin the certification sessions and the First Aid & CPR certifications.

Once a participant has successfully completed the certification and is hired, she will be provided a gift certificate of $45 to our retail store toward purchasing gear.  $5 will purchase 2 staff shirts.  Those who do not complete the certification or do not get hired after the session will not be refunded or receive the gift certificate.   Those who already have current First Aid & CPR certifications do not have to take the in-person class and may receive a larger gift certificate toward retail.

Weekend Sessions:  8am- 5 or 6pm
 Saturday & Sundays April 2-17     
Saturdays & Sundays April 30-May 15
Saturdays & Sunday May 21- June 5
Saturdays & Sundays June 11-June 26 (if more guides are needed)

Weekday Sessions:  
8am- 5 or 6pm 

Monday – Friday April 11-15   
Monday – Friday  April 18-22
Monday – Friday May 2-6
Monday – Friday May 16-20
Monday – Friday June 6-10
Monday – Friday June 20-24 (if more guides are needed)
Monday – Friday June 27-July 1 (if more guides are needed)

*Schedules may change based on number of participants and availability.

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