Rogue River Guide (Experienced)

Each year ROW seeks to hire a few experienced guides to join our summer guide staff in guiding trips on the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River in Oregon. Our three, four and sometimes five day trips are mostly lodge based trips running the river by day and staying overnight at the Rogue River’s historic lodges. ROW guides are a fun-loving, thoughtful and talented group of people with a tremendous passion for the natural world. As much as we love boating, we love sharing nature with our guests even more. Guiding for ROW can be hard work, full of long hours in often physically demanding situations. Yet we find it immensely rewarding to enrich lives through safe and memorable outdoor adventure. To do so, ROW hires guides who are committed to excellence in hospitality and safety, 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. Does this sound like you? Then apply to join our team!


Guide Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Safely navigate oar and/or paddle rafts down the Wild and Scenic section (Grave Creek to Foster Bar) of the Rogue River
  • Excellent risk management capability in remote settings
  • 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 the trip, such as geology, Wild and Scenic Rivers, early homesteaders, Pacific salmon etc.
  • Host guests at lodges and lead guest activities, such as hikes, games, storytelling or campfire music
  • Prepare tasty, appealing riverside lunches, and breakfast and dinner on occasional camping trips
  • 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, including a minimum of 15 hours of off-river warehouse work each season, as needed or assigned

Guide Qualifications:

  • Legally allowed to work in the United States
  • At least one year of previous commercial whitewater guiding experience; multi-day experience and experience with both oar and paddle rafts preferred
  • A current 36 hour minimum or higher advanced First Aid certification (WEC, WAFA, WFR, WEMT, EMT preferred) along with current CPR
  • Certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1 or higher at some point in professional career (or by 2nd year with ROW)
  • A positive, supportive team player
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Physically fit, able to work long hours in the field and lift and carry heavy objects over awkward terrain
  • Willing and eager to interact positively with a range of age groups, from small children to seniors
  • Experience in guest services or group leadership 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

How To Apply:

Application Form


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

Submit forms electronically to:


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

Thank you for your interest in ROW Adventures.