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Thank you for your interest in joining the Wildwater team. We are a growing company offering river adventures across Washington State. Our river season starts at the beginning of April and runs through the end of September, with peak season lasting from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. If you are interested in the outdoor industry or looking for a new experience check out our available positions below.


We are looking for full-time and part-time raft guides for the upcoming river season. To be considered for a full-time guiding position you must be available from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Part-time guides will be utilized on the weekends with some midweek opportunities.

If you are new to the whitewater industry you will need to participate in a guide training course (100% refundable if you work 10 commercial trips in your first season) to be certified as a river guide in Washington State. During our in-house course, you will train in all of the required skills to become certified as a river guide, no previous experience is necessary to sign up. If you have an interest in working at Wildwater, we highly recommend attending our guide training courses to be considered for hire for the season.

Already an experienced and certified river guide interested in becoming part of Team Wildwater? Send your resume (with references) and a list of what rivers you have commercially guided, along with how many commercial trips you have worked. You can email this information to

During the hiring process, we look for individuals with competent river skills, strong leadership abilities, positive attitudes, good work ethic & the ability to communicate effectively with others. Among these qualities, you are required by the state of Washington to minimally hold a current certification in First Aid & CPR.


Now hiring additional kayak instructors for the upcoming season. Kayak Instruction courses are held in the months of June, July, and August, with locations ranging from the Wenatchee River Valley to the Columbia River Gorge depending on skillset and river levels. While ACA Instructor certifications are not required, we highly encourage previous experience to qualify. A minimum of First Aid & CPR certifications are required to become an instructor at Wildwater.


Daily tasks for base staff may include but are not limited to, answering the phone and taking reservations, photographing rafting trips, marketing, and data entry. During the hiring, we look for individuals with strong leadership skills, positive attitudes, good work ethic, and the ability to communicate effectively with others.


Duties include photographing rafting trips, sorting photos, selling photos, and other relevant tasks. You must have reliable transportation and have a valid driver's license. If you don't have your own camera we will provide one for you.


Each year we offer internship opportunities for college students interested in a career in the outdoor industry. We accept applicants majoring in outdoor education, outdoor recreation, marketing, and other relevant fields. Contact us for more information.

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I have been whitewater rafting with 3 companies and by far this was the best one. Spenser and Liam were amazing guides that truly made our experience unforgettable in the best way. Hands down!!!! Best way to end the summer.

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