Every season River and Trail Outfitters of Knoxville, Maryland looks to hire people to be river guides, shuttle drivers, and work in reservations and sales as well as in retail focused on paddling gear and outdoor equipment. We also sometimes offer opportunities for folks with outdoor management capabilities, computer knowledge, carpentry, landscaping, and/or maintenance skills. If you meet any of the preceding criteria and are interested in becoming part of our staff, please print and fill out a Driver Application or Staff Application and call us to schedule an interview at 301-834-9950. Please bring your employment application at the time of interview… do not send it ahead.
We are looking for self-motivated people who enjoy working with the public. We value strong communication skills, timeliness, dependability, problem-solving skills, and a cool head in a crisis. We are seeking hard-working individuals with a strong work ethic and a capacity for attention to detail. We provide a professional working environment and seek to spread our knowledge and love of local rivers and trails. Because we seek to promote a healthy lifestyle, staff will not be permitted to use tobacco while working with customers.
Currently, River & Trail is actively seeking applicants for the following positions:
- 1. Raft Guides & Tube Guides
- 2. Kayak & Canoe Instructors
- 3. Bus & Van Drivers
- 4. Interns (See Descriptions below)
SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT – MANAGEMENT
Raft and Tube Guides (click here for more info & training schedule )
Guides needed to lead customers down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and Antietam Creek near Harpers Ferry. Class I, II, III whitewater. After training to become licensed by the state of West Virginia as an official river guide, you will guide customers down the river, imparting to them local history and stories while watching out for their safety. Strong people skills, a love for the outdoors, ability to work with all ages a must. Hiring for soft skills, will train for river skills. SEASONAL
Kayak & Canoe Instructors
ACA-certified guides needed as well as non-certified guides with kayaking experience to run beginner and intermediate kayaking lessons and guided sit-on-top and ducky trips on Class I-III water. Strong leadership and teaching skills necessary as well as an ability to work with all ages. SEASONAL
CDL licensed drivers as well as non-CDL drivers needed to drive school buses and vans with trailers. Non-CDL drivers and some CDL drivers would be responsible for loading and unloading kayaks and canoes and orienting customers on the river trip they are about to take. Clean driving record mandatory and must be 25 years of age or older. Good work ethic, willingness to clean vehicles, and people skills a must! SEASONAL
Customer service and retail shop workers
Act as front line contact with the customer. Responsible for taking computer reservations, checking customers in, selling boats, paddling accessories and retail items, doing daily reports, taking payments and more! Pleasant phone voice, organizational skills, great people skills a must! SEASONAL
Students or non-students with business or outdoor recreation backgrounds to assist in contacting targeted groups for the purpose of educating and selling them on River & Trail trips. Students in this internship will have the chance to get creative and work on approved projects according to their area of interest. Potential projects would be search engine and pay per click work, brochure production/distribution, setting up special events, developing visual promotional tools such as in-house marketing boards, posters, banners for shows, video production for training or advertising, and much more. In addition, interns may have opportunities to go to local festivals and events with our traveling climbing wall, providing an excellent opportunity to meet all sorts of people and talk about our trips.
Student or non-student to manage our outposts. This includes customer check-in, preparing customers to participate in recreational activities such as tubing, canoeing, kayaking or biking. Also may include checking-in and assisting RV & tent campers and helping with the various tasks. Must have good management personality and skills, organizational skills, and be able to lift and move equipment.
Team Building Intern
Student or non-student with a related background that has experience in team building. Would be an opportunity for the intern to bring together and organize training for a small staff to perform corporate and other types of team building as well as lead and assist in team building events including on-land and on-water activities. Responsibilities would also include bringing together materials for the games and activities and scheduling staff to run the programs.
Program Development Internship
A person studying theatre that has an interest in the outdoors and history might be the perfect fit for this internship. River & Trail runs guided rafting, tubing and other trips where entertainment of the public is key. We are looking for an intern with a flair for the theatre to help us develop and polish our presentations during our river trips. In addition, we need help with developing, planning, and participating in “theme” trips. No previous outdoor experience required, training provided for guide certifications. Hours working as a river guide would be paid.
Guide Eco-Tourism Intern
Works to develop a curriculum to educate our staff and customers about current environmental issues in our locale. would also work as a river guide on some of the following trips, depending on certifications and area of interest: rafting, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking. Hours as a river guide would be paid.
Required Hours & Anticipated Starting/Ending Dates for Internships:
This is flexible. However, the season generally runs from April-November. Students could work full-time in the summer with 40 hours or more if desired. There is also a possibility of weekend work in the spring or fall.
Custom Internships are possible in other areas such as:
- Customer service
- Retail sales
- Raft or tube trip guiding
- Portable climbing wall management