Come Work for Rolling Thunder?

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Come Work for Rolling Thunder?

This summer may be quickly coming to an end, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to spend next summer. If you are a lover of the great outdoors and enjoy entertaining people, why not spend it as a river guide with Rolling Thunder River Company?

At Rolling Thunder River Company, we take great pride in hiring only the best people as river guides, and we do our absolute best to ensure excellent experiences for both our guests and our employees. Since 1977, we have safety thrilled hundreds of thousands of guests and rafted thousands of river miles. Along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes a great rafting guide.

We know that providing the right working environment makes great guides, so we strive to provide a fun and spirited work environment for all of our employees. In return, we expect that those working for us remain totally focused on the safety, comfort and overall enjoyment of each of our guests.

What it Takes to Be a Rolling Thunder Guide

All of our guides must be at least 18 years of age. When hiring, we look for applicants who are intelligent, friendly and have a great sense of humor. A strong attention to detail is also important. We want to make sure that every guests has such a great time on the river that they want to book another trip, and to do that, we needs guides who are committed to making the experience awesome.


You don’t need to have any experience to be a river guide for Rolling Thunder River Company. We will provide you with all the training you need to master  the necessary skills to excel as a commercial rafting guide. During your training period, senior guides work as mentors and evaluators to make sure that you are developing your “river sense” and will have all the tools you need to provide an outstanding river experience.

Training is unpaid, but it is available at no cost to you. Once you complete training and are hired as a Rolling Thunder guide, you will earn a competitive wage as well as tips. As an employee, you may choose to take advantage of our camp-like housing.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Working as a river guide can be very physically and mentally demanding. This is more than a job; it’s a lifestyle. And this lifestyle requires a passionate love for the outdoors as well as tremendous respect for the river. You are expected to be dependable, punctual and to behave in a professional manner both on and off the river.

Guides are required to provide their own river equipment, including:

  • Type V PFD
  • Proper footwear
  • Two carabiners
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • CPR shield

You must also possess First Aid and CPR certifications. As a guide, you will be required to run trips on the river as scheduled and assist with loading and unloading boats from busses. You are also expected to pack equipment and medical kits and unpack after trips, cleaning and putting away river gear appropriately.

As a guide, you will also help guests with fitting of PFD’s wetsuits, boots, etc., and you are expected to provide assistance as needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone. This also includes conducting pre-trip safety orientations for guests and helping anywhere, anytime and with anything.

If you are a lover of the great outdoors and would love to make a living doing something you enjoy, consider spending your summers with Rolling Thunder River Company.

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