An opportunity to serve people and work hard in the outdoors alongside your new best friends.
Noah’s Ark Whitewater Rafting & Adventure Co. is an industry leader in whitewater rafting & adventure trip programming. We are one of the largest outfitters in Colorado, serving 25,000+ guests each year in one of the top recreational areas in the country. With some of this nation’s finest whitewater, highest mountains, & biggest crags, there’s plenty to keep an adventurous spirit occupied.
We are a seasonal operation (May – August). During this time, we employ 100+ people from all over the country. From Sept. – April (off-season months), we shrink to a staff of 10.
Our summer 2023 hiring process will begin in January 10th with our phone screen applications. Just give us a call from 9 am -4:30 pm MST January 10th-20th to start your application.
Summer 2023 Staff Positions:
Guides will be trained to lead trips in three areas: whitewater rafting, backpacking, and either rock climbing/aerial park.
You will raft through class III/IV whitewater in Browns Canyon National Monument, backpack through the Collegiate Peak Wilderness on 3-6 day backpacking trips, lead climbs on some of Colorado’s most famous crags, and guide groups through our riverside high ropes course.
2 summer commitment required.
AERIAL PARK FACILITATOR:
Focuses daily on facilitating a memorable experience for guests on the Browns Canyon Adventure Park, a 60+ element aerial challenge course.
OFFICE STAFF / RESERVATIONS:
Responsible for answering phones, welcoming customers, selling merchandise in our retail store, and helping guests with the trip check-in process.
Packs, preps, cooks, and bakes all meals served in the field and in the Noah’s Ark Riverside pavilion.
In charge of property maintenance, landscaping, and campground cleanliness. Occasionally helps with minor construction projects.
Shuttles guests to and from rafting put-ins, take-outs, climb sites, and back country trailheads (21 y/o+).
- Demonstrates strong leadership abilities.
- Models great character, judgment and integrity.
- Exhibits teach-ability. Desires to learn new job skills quickly, humbly and enthusiastically.
- Passionate about outdoor recreation and desires to make a difference in the outdoor industry.
- Interest in serving and conversing with youth and families.
- Loves working hard.
- Notices and seeks opportunities for personal contribution.
We will be accepting Summer 2023 applications starting January 10th-January 20th.
Call 719. 395. 2158 between 9 AM and 4:30 PM, MST for any pending application questions.
For more information, please visit our Employment FAQ below.
Our staff are the heart & soul of Noah’s Ark. Whether guiding or working behind the scenes, our employees strive to serve our guests with passion and excellence. We believe our employees are some of the best in the industry! Attracted by our extensive training program, commitment to excellence, service, & investment in fostering community, our employees come to us from all across the country. Our seasonal staff positions are highly competitive; on average, we hire 25% of applicants each summer. We are looking for employees who are dedicated to serving guests with excellence, value relationships, are natural leaders, and embody Noah’s Ark’s core values.
Working for Noah’s Ark is both rewarding and challenging. Our summer season is jam-packed, and adventures are waiting around every corner. As an organization, we strive to create a supportive and relationship-driven working environment. We are committed to investing in our employees and challenging them to grow in their leadership & skills.
To be eligible for a guide position (rafting, adventure, adventure park), you must be at least 18 years old and be one year removed from graduating high school. To be eligible for one of our foundational staff positions (kitchen, office, land), you must be at least 16 years old.
Our season generally runs from May 12 – August 20. Preference is given to applicants who are able to commit to the entire season. We invest a significant amount of time and energy into training our guide staff. Because of this and the need to maintain a strong leadership base, we require all of our rafting guides and adventure guides to make a two-summer commitment when they are hired.
Housing & some food are provided at a reasonable cost. The specific meal plan depends on which program you work for. While this arrangement is not required for our staff, the majority of our staff find it to be a great benefit and a rich addition to their overall summer experience.
If you are interested in becoming a whitewater rafting guide, previous rafting experience is NOT required. If you are interested in becoming an adventure guide, some outdoor experience is desired. Regardless of an applicant’s experience level, we require all of our guides to go through our Guide School, which offers all of the necessary training. Our guide positions are physically demanding and lend themselves to an athletic personality.
Guide School for first-year guides varies from 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the program. Second year guides undergo 2 ½ weeks of further guide training.
Noah’s Ark does charge a fee for our Guide School, which helps to cover administrative and logistical costs involved with training. Guides are also responsible for the registration fees associated with their CPR and Wilderness Advanced First Aid course costs.
At the end of the application process in late February, our guides will be offered a spot in our Guide School. Official offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of training.
All first-year guides are trained in wilderness first aid and rock climbing. In rock climbing training, guides learn the basic principles of top rope site management, including anchor setup, belaying, rappelling, and rescue procedures.
- River guides are trained in swift water rescue, oar boats, and paddle boats. Our river training requirements meet the CO state rules for outfitters and river guides. River guides are also trained to lead day hikes.
- Adventure guides are trained to lead 3-6 day backpacking trips. Training includes Leave No Trace principles, stove operation, orienteering, decision-making, and mountain travel. Adventure guides are also trained to lead trips on the Browns Canyon Adventure Park.
From belaying customers on the “Leap of Faith” to helping guests navigate our high ropes course, our adventure park staff help facilitate memorable experiences for our guests on the Browns Canyon Adventure Park.
Our office staff acts as the mouthpiece of Noah’s Ark. Qualifications include a love for working with people, great phone and organizational skills, and an ability to multi-task.
“Food is the most primitive form of comfort.” Our kitchen staff provide this comfort every day by cooking for our guests and staff as well as packing food for our all-day, overnight, and multi-day trips.
Our land crew staff members are the ultimate behind-the-scenes servants here at Noah’s. From stocking the campground sites with firewood to mowing the grass, they help to keep our property clean and our programs running smoothly. We also hire one person on land crew to manage the equipment shed. This person is responsible for packing equipment for all backpacking and rock climbing trips and for equipment repair and upkeep.
While we are not currently hiring for year-round positions, we welcome resumes at any time. We will keep these on file in the event that a full-time position opens up.
Our application process starts January 12, 2021, and final decisions are typically made by late February.
We have a few internship positions available on a case-by-case basis. Our guide positions can serve as an internship. We have other positions in areas such as videography, database programming, and administration. If you are interested in an internship, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!