Desert Adventures ~ Adventure Guide

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


Pay: $12/hour – $18/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

Job Summary:
Desert Adventures is an outdoor tour company located in Boulder City, Nevada. Our focus is connecting people with nature through experiences and education. We are looking for professional, mature, and fun people to join our team. We operate an extensive program that includes paddling, trekking, scenic tours, and outdoor courses including, Leave No Trace, CPR/AED, 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 (at their own expense), or prove they possess the required technical skills. Guides will instruct and lead outdoor trips, assist in river launches, retrievals, shuttles, and transportation to/from Las Vegas hotels. Responsibilities will include maintaining and cleaning equipment, and coordinating logistics.

Applicants must be outgoing, enjoy entertaining and 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 act in a professional manner at all times, 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.


  • CPR/First Aid/AED
  • WFA or WFR
  • Clark County Food Handler
  • Clean driving record, CDL a plus
  • Non-smoking work environment
  • Must pass drug screen / random tests
  • Clean professional appearance
  • Cell phone with SMS capabilities
  • Internet and email access
  • Previous experience (or) Guide School
  • Leave No Trace certified
  • Attend annual/monthly trainings
  • Continuing Education Credits
  • Must be at least 21 years old

Additional Info:

SEASON: Desert Adventures operates year round, with our peak season being February through November.

TRAINING: Cost of tuition in our Guide School 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 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: Guides who are dedicated to exceptional client service can earn substantial income from client tips based upon performance. Continuing education and cross training is 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, authorized to operate commercial trips by the National Park Service, and an Equal Opportunity employer. We voluntarily participate in E-verify.

PREFERRED CONTACT METHOD: Apply in person at Desert Adventures, 1647 Boulder City Parkway, Suite A or via email with cover letter and resume to HERE.

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