Rafting Guide – Sands White Water

Job Overview

Position Summary: The Rafting Guide acts as a personal guide on the park(s) cultural, historical, and natural resources while providing support to the guests during the interpretive raft experience.


Essential Functions:

  • Participate in on-river guide’s training
  • Stage, load, rig, unload, and maintain required safety equipment for rafts
  • Greeting and outfit guests with proper safety and river equipment
  • Assist in all Interpretation programs relating to the natural and human history material of the river in conjunction with the Interpretive Trainer
  • Guides will ensure guide compliance with operations Manual and the NPS Commercial Operating Requirements (CORs)
  • Be aware of MSDS sheets books and be able to use this information when necessary
  • Guides should test the communications equipment at the warehouse for operation
  • Must provide an orientation to clients about basic rafting etiquette, area regulations, safety procedures, resource protection information, and emergency procedures
  • Must be a knowledgeable guide for clients, and provide encouragement
  • Maintains excellent customer service and positive attitude towards guest, customers, clients, co-workers, etc.
  • Ensure the rafting gear is in good condition
  • Have the physical ability to perform rafting excursions in extreme weather
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned by manager


  • Demonstrates interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Verifiable experience or training in whitewater rafting techniques
  • Must have a valid US Driver’s License
  • Previous experience in commercial whitewater operations.
  • Training in Whitewater Rescue Technician or Swiftwater Rescue Technician protocols
  • Advanced training in First Aid protocols such as Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness EMT or EMT/Paramedic
  • Experience required with: 18’ or 16’ Inflatable watercraft, rowing frames, whitewater rescue equipment, cell phone, telephone, trailer jacks, cargo straps and ratchets
  • Requires stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling
  • Requires lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 100 lbs.