Utah Rafting Company Seeks Experienced Raft Guides and Guide Trainees

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Adrift Adventures is hiring multi-day raft guides and guide trainees for the 2012 rafting season on the Green River and Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument.

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Rafting in Utah is a fun and rewarding summer job for college students and seasonal workers.

Our goal is to make you a certified raft guide in Colorado and Utah by the end of training. It isn’t easy, but it can be a rewarding and memorable experience if you are willing to work hard and maintain a positive attitude.

Adrift Adventures, a wilderness whitewater rafting company in Jensen, Utah and authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, seeks experienced raft guides with rowing experience for multi-day rafting trips, and guide trainees to eventually run daily trips for the 2012 rafting season in Dinosaur National Monument, which runs from May 21 through the end of August.

Jenny Biggs, operations manager at Adrift Adventures, said the most important thing the company is looking for in experienced raft guides is the ability to row and that no previous rafting experience is required for guide trainees.

“We can teach you how to lead multi-day river trips, but we need some guides who already know how to row - who can step right in and guide a gear boat,” said Biggs. “We are also seeking five to six guide trainees who don’t need to have previous rafting experience, but who are willing to complete a two week guide training program in Buena Vista, Colorado through our parent company River Runners.”

According to Travis Hochard, operations manager at River Runners, the raft guide training program starts Monday, May 21, 2012 and is an intensive two-week course that involves long and cold days on the river followed by another week of acquiring miles and experience. Hochard said the annual guide school teaches participants how to navigate a raft, recognize and avoid river hazards, swim rapids, flip boats and practice rescue techniques.

“Our goal is to make you a certified raft guide in Colorado and Utah by the end of training,” Hochard said. ”It isn’t easy, but it can be a rewarding and memorable experience if you are willing to work hard and maintain a positive attitude. I think most people end up looking back on raft guide training with fond memories.”

Hochard indicated that successful raft guide candidates should possess a strong work ethic, work well in a team environment, have the ability to offer genuine customer service and have a passion for the outdoors.

“We also expect raft guides at Adrift Adventures to learn as much as possible about the unique history, wildlife and geology of Dinosaur National Monument and to have a willingness to share that knowledge with our rafting guests,” Hochard said.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and three references to rafting@whitewater.net. Raft guide training applicants will need to pay a $500 course fee and plan to purchase some rafting equipment like a personal flotation device, river knife, splash gear and dry bags. All raft guides are required to have a current first aid and CPR certification. Experienced raft guides from states other than Colorado and Utah will need to complete an out of state guide minimum qualifications form and obtain a Utah River Guide license for $50.

Dinosaur National Monument is one of the most pristine areas in the nation, and the Yampa River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the west. Multi-day trips at Adrift Adventures start in northwest Colorado and end in northeast Utah. Navigation of class III and class IV rapids is required and Leave No Trace camping and travel techniques are strictly enforced.

Adrift Adventures is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service and operates Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting trips near the confluence of the Green River and Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument. To learn more about these and other Utah and Colorado whitewater rafting tours through Adrift Adventures log on to http://www.whitewater.net or call 1-800-723-8987.

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