Desert Adventures ~ Adventure Guide

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Desert Adventures is seeking to hire a Adventure Guide! Below is the information about the open position:

POSITION TITLE: Adventure Guide


LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT: Permanent / Year-Round


Job Description – Professional Adventure Guide

Starting Pay: $15/hour + tips
Position Type: Part Time / Full Time
Education: Outdoor Education / Natural Science degree a plus
Certifications: CPR / First Aid, WFA or WFR, Health Card, Clean Driving Record
Duration: Year-round / Seasonal

Job Summary:
Desert Adventures is an outdoor adventure tour company based in Boulder City, Nevada. Our focus is connecting people with nature through experiences and education. We offer a variety of tours including paddling, hiking, biking, and scenic tours. We also operate an instructional program with courses in SUP, kayaking, canoeing, river safety and rescue, CPR / First Aid, and Wilderness Medicine. While guides may specialize in one area, they are expected to support and cross-train in other disciplines. We have one of the most comprehensive guide training programs in the area. Candidates with less than 2 years of previous river guiding experience are required to complete our Guide School, or prove they possess the required technical skills. Guides will lead outdoor trips, assist in river launches/retrievals, shuttles, and transportation to/from Las Vegas hotels. Responsibilities include maintaining and cleaning equipment and coordinating logistics.

Applicants must be outgoing, enjoy educating a diverse audience, confident in a leadership role, and have a passion for nature. In addition to a working knowledge of the natural history of the area, qualified applicants must also have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to entertain the clients. Strong communication and public speaking skills are a must. Experience with multi-day camping and desert travel is important. Must be willing to work long hours in harsh environments, be physically fit, and able to lift 50+ lbs overhead. Guides must demonstrate solid work ethic, possess high standards, and be patient, detail-oriented, and extremely organized. Qualified applicants must be able to make proper decisions quickly and work calmly in tense or chaotic situations and be efficient within a team. Preference will be given to those with WFR, WEMT, ACA or BCU Rescue certifications. You must always act in a professional manner, and dress according to your job function.

Two years previous guiding experience on fast moving water is highly desired. Applicants with no prior guiding experience can gain the necessary skills by enrolling in our Guide School (additional fee). Scholarships may be awarded to qualified applicants.


 Pass drug screen / random tests
 Pass post-offer background check
 Clean driving record, CDL a plus
 Clean professional outdoor appearance
 Non-smoking work environment
 Clark County Food Handler
 CPR/First Aid/AED
 WFA or WFR
 Cell phone with text capabilities
 Internet and email access
 Previous experience (or) Guide School
 Must be at least 21 years old

Additional Info:

SEASON: Desert Adventures operates year-round, with our peak season being February through November. Candidates do not need to be available year-round to be considered for employment, but you must be available during peak season.

TRAINING: Meeting minimum competency levels for guiding is the responsibility of the applicant. Students will have access to resources such as equipment and instruction (at no cost) to obtain the necessary skills to pass the required guide tests and safety evaluation. Logged hours or previous guiding experience may be presented in place of certain training requirements. Upon successful completion, you’ll become eligible for employment with Desert Adventures.

BENEFITS: Supplemental health insurance is available immediately. After 1 year of employment, drivers become eligible for our 401(k) program which includes a matching benefit. Guides who are dedicated to exceptional service can earn substantial income from tips. Continuing education and cross training are available – often at little or no cost. Additional benefits include free paddling, biking, and other adventure trips on your days off (space permitting), along with friends and family promotional rates. You will also receive pro-deals on many brands of outdoor clothing and gear, in store discounts, and the chance to work with a fun, passionate, creative group of individuals.

POLICIES: All employees are expected to comply with company policies and procedures. We are a licensed DOT motor carrier, are an authorized CUA holder by the National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation and permitted to operate in Bootleg Canyon. We are an Equal Opportunity and Fair Chance e

PREFERRED CONTACT METHOD: Applicants may pick up an application in person at 1647 Boulder City Parkway Suite A or inquire via email by clicking HERE.

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