If we are looking to hire guides or swampers, these positions will be filled as need arises, generally before or during season. You can send your resume to us at any point though, and we will review them if we are looking to add to our team.
Experienced and knowledgeable guides must be able to:
- Navigate the river through rapids rated 1-10 (roughly equivalent to Class I-V)
- Provide guests with knowledge about the canyon
- Prioritize guest safety
- Prep and cook meals
- Rig/de-rig the rafts before/after each trip.
- Motor guides must have prior experience and will drive 35 foot rafts with an outboard motor. See our FAQs page for more raft information.
- Oar powered guides will use our 18 foot rafts; guests do not paddle.
- Those interested in becoming a guide but having little or no prior experience will begin as a swamper (assistant guide).
- All river positions are seasonal employment.
- Ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds
- Stand and walk for each full day on the river, 7-12 days in a row, plus rigging and de-rigging days on either end of each trip
- Work safely with required chemicals
- Must be organized and attentive to detail
- Excellent communication skills
- Superior customer service skills
- Manage your time effectively
- Have a positive attitude and solid work ethic
- Pass a preseason drug test
Regardless of position, all employees working on the river must have these certifications prior to their first trip:
- Wilderness First Responder
- Food Manager (not just food handler)
- Grand Canyon River Guides and the Coconino County Environmental Health Department provide an online course for Backcountry Food Certification.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume to the owner Steve Hatch at [email protected] and our office manager Katy Nelson at [email protected]. Please include your experience and certifications (with expiry dates). If we are looking to hire, Steve and/or Katy will reach out at that time.