River Dance Lodge Support & Activities Guide

ROW Adventures seeks to higher a few exceptional individuals to guide outdoor adventures and provide guest services at the River Dance Lodge in Syringa, ID, north-central Idaho's premier outdoor adventure resort. Lodge and Activities Staff are involved in all aspects of the resort’s operations. Responsibilities include guiding adventure activities, housekeeping and serving in the resort restaurant.  Activities that guides lead are: scenic rafting, sit-on-top kayak and introductory fly fishing trips on the Selway, Lochsa and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers, hiking and mountain biking trips in the surrounding Bitterroot Mountains, as well as evening programs such as leading dutch oven cook-outs and campfire activities. No guiding experience is necessary, but all candidates must successfully complete all required training before beginning work. 

Activity guides are apart of a small, tight-knit team of fun-loving, thoughtful and talented outdoor professionals with a tremendous passion for the natural world. ROW hires individuals committed to excellence in hospitality and safety, who desire to provide meaningful interpretation to guests, support conservation efforts, desire to grow and learn, and who seek to set the high water mark in their professional and personal lives. This position provides a great introduction to what can become a long, rewarding career in outdoor guiding and leadership with ROW Adventures and activity guides often move into other guiding positions with ROW in subsequent seasons.

Guide Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Safely guiding guest activities, including oar, paddle rafts, canoe and sit-on-top-kayaking on Class I - II water, as well as introductory fly fishing, hiking and mountain biking trips
  • Lead other guest programs at the Lodge, such as camp games, storytelling or other campfire activities, especially for children
  • Assist in the preparation, serving and clean-up of meals in the Syringa cafe
  • Assist with housekeeping of the cabins and glamping (luxury tent accommodation) facilities
  • Assist with groundskeeping, such as mowing lawns and trimming bushes
  • Safely drive 15 passenger van with guests and equipment trailer
  • Work positively with other team members to implement all aspects of a ROW trip from pack-up to clean-up in order to provide guests with a safe, meaningful and memorable experience
  • Engage and respond to guests in a positive, friendly and supportive manner, including meeting their expressed and unexpressed needs
  • Provide meaningful interpretation to our guests on natural and cultural history topics pertinent to each trip, such as geology, Wild and Scenic Rivers, early homesteaders, Pacific salmon etc.
  • Take care of ROW equipment and facilities
  • Professionally represent ROW and its Mission, Vision and Values
  • Follow all policies and procedures as outlined in ROW's Guide Manual
  • Act as a good steward of the natural world and follow Leave No Trace practices
  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned

Guide Qualifications:

  • Legally allowed to work in the United States
  • Successful completion of all ROW training or approved equivalent (can be completed after hiring) required prior to first commercial work
  • Excellent risk management capability in remote settings
  • Current 16-hour Wilderness First Aid or higher (e.g. OEC, WAFA, WFR, WEMT, EMT) and current CPR certifications (can be completed after hiring).
  • A positive, supportive team player
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Physically fit, able to work long hours in the field
  • Willing and eager to interact positively with a range of age groups, from small children to seniors
  • Experienced in guest services or group leadership preferred
  • Experience in hospitality industry preferred
  • Strong personal connection to local area preferred
  • Academic or professional background or equivalent experience in natural science, western American history, environmental education or conservation related field preferred
  • Ability to follow ROW's drug-free and tobacco free workplace policy
  • Ability to obtain an Idaho Guide's License


How To Apply:

Application Form


  • Fill out an application. Download a paper application here.
  • Submit a cover letter and resume with your application.

    Submit forms electronically to: jobs@rowadventures.com


    Mail forms to:
    ROW Adventures
    ATTN: Employment
    P.O. Box 579
    Couer d'Alene, ID 83816

    Thank you for your interest in ROW Adventures.