Colorado Raft Guide Jobs & Training

Raft Guide Training program

Each season we offer a guide training program for new guides in which we will teach the skills required to become a Colorado qualified river guide. We typically train a very small number of first year guides which provides for a very personal and in depth program. Our training program exceeds minimum state standards. Call or email today for more information or to apply.


Experienced Guides

We are looking for experienced guides for the 2024 season. Please contact us directly via email or phone. In Colorado we are required to have on file a record of your medical certifications. The minimum is Basic First Aid & CPR and both must be current through at least Labor Day for you to be considered for employment at WAO. Colorado River Outfitter Regulations also require documentation of your initial guide training and all experience as a professional guide subsequent to your training. You also must be legally eligible to work in the U.S.



Drivers must be at least 25 years old and have a clean driving record. A CDL-class B license is required with air brake and passenger endorsements. All drivers are subject to, by federal mandate, a pre-employment drug screening and random testing. Ability to proficiently back up a trailer is a plus. Call or email to apply.


Office Staff

Bright, friendly, customer service-oriented individuals should call or email to apply for office staff positions. Good computer skills and phone skills are required. Team players only.


Staff Testimonials

Working and training at WAO got me out of my comfort zone in the best way and gives me a home to look forward to every year. There’s a reason why a lot of our guests return each summer too. WAO curates a positive environment and a team that supports each other and this allows us to show up with energy and dedication in each work day and each trip. WAO leadership pushes us to be better, as guides and humans, and make sure we are totally prepared through plentiful training and practice to make a safe, fun experience for our guests. On top of that, I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful office than the Gorge!!

Jocelynn Neumayer, 2022 WAO Guide Training Class

My time as a trainee in 2008 at WAO was really the time of my life. During training, we had all kinds of adventures, from learning to read water and swim in the river, to the great overnight adventures with the trainers. Training was not all fun, there were times it was difficult and very demanding, but in the end, I have never had so much fun in the summer thanks to Tony, Kathy, and the guides at WAO.

Trent Braddy, 2008 WAO training class, “WAO Guide Training”

I’m confident that the raft guide training I received at WAO was not only the best value but also the best quality you can find on the Arkansas River.

Nick Mantei, 2015 Guide Training Class, “WAO Guide Training”